Sleepless in Laval – reasons to be cheerful – parte un

September 14, 2010


“The list is a good thing” It is midnight on Sunday the 12th September 2010 and I cannot sleep. This week I should be attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), tomorrow night the gala unveiling of TIFF and Cinematheque Ontario’s commitment to film in Toronto, the Bell Lightbox, yet here I sit in my […]

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Lest I Forget

September 7, 2010


First and foremost, please do not take the title of this post to be in any way disrespectful of veterans, war memorials or epitaphs in general. Maybe mindful of some of my conversations about Schindler’s List this past week, the phrase, lest we forget, kept recurring while I was writing so eventually I gave in […]

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Ten Reasons Why I Love You

August 30, 2010


Ignoring the dearth of comments for Once a Great Notion and pausing for a moment to point out that of the 165 visits to this site so far the greatest number has been to the afore-mentioned non-discussed post, I am reminded once again of people’s reticence to stick their heads above the parapet and state […]

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Once a Great Notion

August 20, 2010


An initial article about Inception and Toy Story 3 led to a friend’s post on Facebook and his hopes for his son’s first experience at the movies. This led to some back and forths about early movie memories which in turn led to last week’s article about my own first film, Grease. This then resulted […]

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Do You Remember The First Time

August 11, 2010


 Last week, we birthed this column with a piece called ‘To Inception and Beyond’, which I wrote to remind myself of the simple pleasures of seeing a damn fine film and how it can change my day for the better. Some comments that took place offsite centered around how nice it is for kids to […]

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To Inception and Beyond

August 10, 2010


A few weeks ago Philip French wrote in the Observer that (re)viewing Inception and Toy Story 3 in the same week reminded him that it was good to be alive. How true. Imagine my pleasure earlier this summer at seeing both films on the same day. A jaw-unhinging IMAX viewing of Inception was followed some […]

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