On a recent evening, my friend Steve and I washed down a Death Wish triple bill with an excess of pizza and beer … I know it wasn’t healthy, but we had a good time.
Well, another year gone and this blog turns three today. This is my 244th post and, scary as it seems, I’ve written over 400,000 words. That’s a lot of rambling rumination about the movies I’ve watched in the past 36 months … and yet when I look at my notes, I see that there are […] Read More
Winnipeg documentarian John Paskievich spent several years following around noted Winnipeg “eccentric” Ed Ackerman with a small digital camera. The results, a remarkable portrait called Special Ed, debuts at the end of April at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. But for now, you can get a taste by watching the trailer on YouTube: I […] Read More
After I posted some old family pictures a while back which showed my father with the Titanic‘s second officer, Commander Lightoller, on a trip to Calais in 1939, I was contacted by Tiphaine Hirou of the French Titanic Society asking for permission to use the photos. I’ve just received a copy of Tiphaine’s interesting article […] Read More
Although my documentary on Winnipeg movie theatres was originally conceived as a one-hour show, I ended up interviewing almost thirty people who gave me more great material than I could possibly fit into that format. As a result, the project grew to feature length. But even then, there were interesting stories and observations which simply […] Read More
My documentary about Winnipeg movie theatres is creeping towards completion – I had a session with the person doing the on-line last Thursday; he’s working on several projects simultaneously, but hopefully mine will be done by the end of the coming week. And the sound files should be going to the person who’ll do clean-up and […] Read More
Many years ago, I became kind of obsessed with the novels of Jim Thompson, one of the best mid-century American writers. Although he mostly wrote short crime novels intended for sale on drugstore paperback racks, he definitely wasn’t a pulp writer: a) he had just about the blackest view of life and human behaviour of […] Read More
I wrote this story a few years ago after re-watching one of my favorite movies. As winter has descended rather bitterly over Winnipeg, and the stores are now inundating us with non-stop Christmas Muzak, I thought I’d share it here in the spirit of the season. – K. George Godwin It was a knockout blow. […] Read More