Monthly Archives: August 2012

Coen Oddball

The phrase “Coen Oddball” may seem redundant or non-specific, when that bizarre heading matches so many of the Coen Brothers’ films. Raising Arizona?  oddball comedy Fargo? oddball thriller with pregnant cop stalking killer on frozen lake Oh Brother Where art … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Above the clouds

Last weekend John Terauds used the occasion of the Simcoe Day holiday to celebrate the quintessential Torontonian composer, Godfrey Ridout. It reminds me of a time long ago, when I took a course taught by two giants at the Faculty … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contracts renewed

My Canadian Opera Company ticket subscription arrived in the mail today.  I was never in doubt about renewing the tickets, still starry eyed by the new building and the overall quality of what we’ve been getting. Even so—I tell myself—it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Essays | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

10 Questions for Sam Stedman

Sam Stedman is a part-time university professor, with a PhD in ethics and theatre from the University of Toronto, and a mission to make his family more eco-friendly, step by step, piece by piece. After 10 years of post-secondary teaching, … Continue reading

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elwy’s impact

In August filmgoers’ thoughts turn to TIFF: the Toronto International Film Festival.  Founded in 1976, TIFF isn’t just a local event anymore, having become one of the most important festivals in the world, if not the single biggest showcase for … Continue reading

Posted in Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

In common

Once every decade Sight and Sound magazine polls experts on film to determine which films are understood to be the best.  In 1962 they chose Citizen Kane best film, and every ten years since that time, they have returned Kane … Continue reading

Posted in Essays | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment