Category Entertainment

A Sad Anniversary

Being in quarantine means I’m not paying attention to dates. Which is how I missed yesterday’s 40th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. It would be tough to understate Lennon’s influence on culture. He was a musician and peace activist who first came to fame as a member of The Beatles. I didn’t see […]

Fast Cars

Sometimes you don’t know what to choose. Ever had that problem? I always am ambivalent when choosing an in-flight movie. And it isn’t just the wealth of choices. Some movies you know demand a theatre experience. Watching them on the back of an airplane seat isn’t the best. Then there’s time constraints. If you only […]

Wandering Through The Neighborhood

I have a confession to make. I never watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  I’m the wrong age. By the time the program started, I was no longer interested in children’s shows.  My children watched it, I think, though not that often. I was careful about their media consumption, but that show I didn’t need to watch […]

Happy Birthday Pete!

Due to some computer issues Monday I find myself being a day behind this week, which is why you are getting Tuesday’s post on a Wednesday. Tuesday was Pete Best’s 79th birthday. You may never have heard of him, but you might have heard music from his band. They were called The Beatles. I wrote […]

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 […]