Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Happy 50th Anniversary to CITY-TV!
The Booze Muthers, Moses Znaimer and a security guard close down the station one August night in 1984. (6 mins)
A hurricane of promos, glimpses of CITY's stars, a special message from Moses and then nighty-night, probably only for broadcast junkies.
P.S. Not Chuck--he was at CMFT.
Clip: City-tv sign-off August, 1984 - Retrontario.com
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Monday, September 26, 2022
When the clock slips past midnight, I curse the pretenders who would dare share my company.
Seth, the Jimmies, the lethal James Cordon can't hold a candle to midnight's golden decade, those years of sex jokes, skeletons and dancing horse.
In the moments above, Craig Ferguson and Martin Short discuss Toronto's mayor (in 2011), morons with power and Marty's love for T.O.
If the autoplay doesn't start at 18:26, just go there. Short's segments total about 9 minutes.
The eeriest show I've seen this year has been tapped for a second season. Yay!
Wolf Like Me, a creepy werewolf tale shot in Australia has a cult following and an unlikely hero. It's on amazon prime in Canada, Peacock (Universal's streamer) in the U.S.
Josh Gad--yes, Olaf the singing snowman from Frozen--is a single parent with a weird kid who encounters charming Isla Fisher, who is not quite what she seems.
Just six half hours in the first season--but the sixth is stunning and wilder than any thriller/horror flick I've seen in years.
The Aussie writing, acting and production values--wow! the wolf!--eclipse anything the CBC has done in decades.
If you're longing to be a werewolf fanboy or looking for Halloween-y scares, check it out.
I'm just sayin'...
Kate Beaton claims she took a job in the oil fields to pay off her student loans back in the Maritimes.
She spent two years with oil roughnecks.
The result is Ducks, currently the #1 graphic novel on Amazon. Rapturous critics and amazon reviews (all five star) have hailed comics artist Beaton in the New Yorker and culture mags.
There's a great piece about Beaton, her popular Hark! A Vagrant comic strip and Ducks on the Vulture website
She lives in Cape Breton.
The ducks of the title lived (and died) in a tailing pond near Fort McMurray.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Peggy Lee wrote more than 300 songs: the cleverest were slipped into her live nightclub act at Basin St East, the Palmer House, Imperial Room, Waldorf-Astoria, Cocoanut Grove, Copacobana, Diplomat and Ciro's.
She'd sometimes use this as upbeat encore, after her downbeat closer, Is That All There Is.
Gotta love the total write-thru, new verses all the way ....
Saturday, September 24, 2022
"I'm glad to be hated by you .... Jack Nicholson and the cast made being in a mental institution like being in a mental institution."
--Louise Fletcher, Best Actress Oscar in 1976
(Nicholson won Best Actor, also Best Picture)
Clip: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next (1975) 2 mins