Category Entertainment

An Eerie Prophecy

It can be a little freaky when life imitates art. It isn’t supposed to be that way. Everything you need to know about COVID-19 can be found in the 2011 film Contagion. Somehow I missed it nine years ago, despite an all-star ensemble cast. I guess I’m just not much of a moviegoer. Contagion tells the […]

RIP Charlie Daniels

American music icon Charlie Daniels died Monday, felled by a stroke at age 83. I only saw him perform live once, about 1980 I think, in Ottawa. I did read is autobiography though, and reviewed it here in October 2017. No need to add anything more.     He’s a simple man (by his own words) […]

Murder Most Foul

Somehow it works. The first new music from Bob Dylan in almost a decade is a 17-minute epic that you will want to listen to again and again, with new insights on each listen. “Murder Most Foul” is Dylan’s “American Pie.” Though Don Maclean’s romp through the sixties was lighthearted and fun, this is a […]

A Conspiracy Of Bones

There’s never a beach around when you need one. Which means I’m not sure how I feel about A Conspiracy Of Bones, the new novel from Kathy Reichs, published today. I spend two weeks each summer on vacation in Maine, sitting on the beach all day and devouring mysteries and thrillers from the local library. […]

Messiah

I don’t have time to binge-watch television. That explains why it took my wife and I almost two weeks to get through the ten episodes in the first season of the new Netflix series Messiah, which was released in January. It is a compelling drama that touches on so many aspects of contemporary society. A […]

Tolkein

Spoiler alert; the book became a hit. But probably anyone who watches Tolkein knew that already. I remember reading about this film when it was being made, but missed it in theatres. Thank you Lufthansa for showing it when Air Canada didn’t. (I should note, Lufthansa had no Canadian movies available. Sometimes hard choices have […]

Signs For Troubled Times

We continue to recap the most-read posts here during 2019. Strangely enough, none of the were from the year but from previous ones. This one, which came in at number three for the year. The best seller at the U2 concert last Friday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto was one of The Joshua Tree tour t-shirts that […]

Language Lessons

The sixth most viewed post here in 2019 was my farewell to two characters from my language class that I published in 2018.  We’ve spent every day together for the past few months, but now Tim and Lara are leaving my life. We didn’t really have a proper goodbye. Lara is a young girl from […]

Skywalker Rising

I liked the ending. Somehow it seemed fitting. I could have done with a little less action though – it seemed like one light-sabre battle after another, to the point they all seemed the same. And, spoiler alert, you know the good guys are going to win. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings to […]

First Hand Experience

Four years ago I wrote a post I called “Climate Change For Dummies,” my thoughts on environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio’s hysterical reaction to living through a Chinook, a climate phenomenon I only knew from books. This week though I was in Calgary, Alberta, and more or less experienced a Chinook.  I say more or less […]