https://pixabay.com/illustrations/censored-censored-seal-web-speech-1680266/ I am always intrigued when I see people stridently advocating censorship, particularly even before they have watched or read the work in question. You may have seen the online controversy over Cuties, the new film distributed by BAC Films in France and by Netflix in the rest of the world. To give an oversimplified … Continue reading Wading into Controversy: “Cuties” (2020)
The other week I was watching a documentary on Netflix, called God Knows Where I Am. It's fascinating and somewhat horrifying. A woman's body is found in an empty house, with two journals detailing her stay in this self-imposed isolation -- free in theory, and yet unable to leave due to the dictates of her … Continue reading Forgotten Joy
Home again. I was greeted by the dog, who seems to only love me for the treats I give. He runs to get in front of me, herding me, hoping for something, anything. My younger son tells me that we need to do something ASAP about the wifi in his room and that he has … Continue reading The Escape: Home, Books, Movies, Etc.
As you may remember, I was very disappointed that scheduled events on the home front prevented me from flying to Toronto to see My Zoe, but I did get to see The Lodge on Friday, at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). (Thanks, Serv, for letting me know it would be playing here!) The film was scheduled … Continue reading The Lodge
When is watching a movie like slipping into a warm bath? When you see familiar characters brought to life once more. Yes, I admit it... I have at least one guilty pleasure. I had resisted for years, but one day, I found myself watching Downton Abbey just to see what all the fuss was about. And … Continue reading Like Slipping into a Warm Bath
So apparently this is my 200th post! At my current rate of posting, though, it would take me more than 8 years to reach 300! Probably I should post more. Be that as it may, I was really productive today! Inspired by Guylty's clean-up (and the fear of next week's visitors seeing how we really live), … Continue reading My 200th Post Is Cleaning Up!
So, how do I get myself back into regular blogging? It's not that I don't have any topics... in fact, my backlog of ideas is so long that I don't even know where to start! Overwhelmed by choice! (A bit of a longer post today to hopefully get me back into the rhythm.) But really, … Continue reading This and That
Today at work we had a party with lots of purple and a fabulous cake. The organizers showed this video with the song "Bread & Roses", with a folk duo singing. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDXqoxljTI As a finale to the day, I am taking myself out to see "The Favourite" to enjoy the reportedly fine female performances. Happy … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day!
One of my stocking stuffers at Christmas was a copy of Hello! Canada. The horoscope, unfortunately, resonated with me: "The task that lies before you may look so vast that you're tempted to give up, but ...you can throw your pessimism away. So roll up your sleeves! There's work to be done and you have the … Continue reading Pick-Me-Ups
My younger son and I went to see the National Theatre Live broadcast of King Lear, captured the same day in a small London theatre, the same one where Ian McKellen made his West End debut in 1964. I knew that McKellen would be playing Lear, but it was a surprise for me that Sinéad … Continue reading Theatre at the Movies: King Lear