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Flashpoint (part 2) — cultural reflections…and the acting vacuum

(Continuing from last time…) Flashpoint‘s cultural legacy will be interesting to ponder. Some viewers (including American ones) suggested there was a tone to Flashpoint that differentiated it from similar American TV series — and they meant this as a compliment. … Continue reading

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Flashpoint (part 1) — the legacy

The Canadian crime-action TV series Flashpoint is in its final season, so I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect upon it. Flashpoint is a cops n’ robbers series about an elite Strategic Response Unit in Toronto — essentially … Continue reading

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Stamp of Approval — or mark of concern?

  The nature of writing posts about recurring topics, and the self-assigned task of (for the moment) trying to post something every few days so that this blog can be seen as vital and active, means I can find myself … Continue reading

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Saving Hope, Continuum, The Listener and…Kimonos: what’s in a (mis)pronunciation among friends, eh?

As I’m sure regular readers of this blog know — I like to set myself up as a bit of a (mild) agitator. And yes — even I pause at that phrase “regular readers”. But people do apparently read this … Continue reading

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The Canadian Identity Conundrum (Part 2)…from Seeing Things to King (and Johnny Depp, too!)

  Continuing from my last post, and musing about the notion of how some Canadian movies and TV shows are desperate not to admit they are Canadian (the filmmakers practically peeing-in-their-pants scared of the occasional “eh?” slipping from an actor’s … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Being Canadian (Part 2)

Okay…so last time I was revisiting a familiar pet peeve of mine, about the way certain Canadian storytellers tend to pretend their stories (settings, characters) aren’t Canadian…or present Canada in a rather dismissive, even contemptuous way. But that was really … Continue reading

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