This week on the NOW site, I catch up with fellow Ryersonian Jason Jones — we were there at the same time, just a building away from each other — about his convulsively funny TBS comedy The Detour, which just launched its third season up here on the Comedy Network.
Have you seen the show? You probably haven’t seen the show. You should see the show. It’s kind of amazing, what he’s doing.
Also, I’m all over the audioscape this weekend: You can hear me discussing Oscar’s apparent embrace of horror — or at least genre — on CBC’s Day 6, and on the indie side, Rad asked me to be the first guest on his brand new podcast, which he has yet to officially name. We talked about the Oscars too.
Ah, it’s the weekend. Listen to everything!
NOW’s second Binge Issue is on the stands today, offering our thoughts and recommendations on all manner of consumable culture. I contributed a few items to the TV roundup, and you may notice that my contributions to the online gift guide are similarly bingeable.
I’m sneaky like that.
I get asked to do some weird stuff, but this might be the strangest thing in a while.
Tonight. The Revue Cinema. Me, Ziggy Lorenc and John Gallagher dissect and discuss the cinematic oeuvre of George Chuvalo. It’s a benefit, which is why I said yes. But really I’m just going so I can watch that clip from The Fly on a big screen.
So, there’s a new Star Trek show on the air.
I have some thoughts.
As part of the Canada 150 cultural thing, CBC has a summer series, The Filmmakers, in which Johanna Schneller celebrates Canadian cinema by picking a film from the canon every Saturday night and screening it along with an interview with the director and a panel discussion.
It’s been pretty good so far, and tonight’s episode is especially great, if I do say so myself, spotlighting Don McKellar’s Last Night — a film too often overlooked in conversations about our national cinema, but one which says more about our country’s identity and attitude than anyone initially realized.
It’s the quintessential Toronto movie — we proved that at NOW with science! — and I was delighted to be invited onto tonight’s panel along with Sook-Yin Lee and Bob Martin to discuss it.
The producers also asked me to write this week’s essay, which you can read right here — I’m really happy with the way it turned out, too. You’ll also find my panel there, should you want to watch it in advance of the movie. But really, watch it in HD tonight so you can see precisely how bald I am. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
Adam West, dead at 88. I wrote a thing.
For this week’s NOW, they asked me to write a thing about the meaning of Twin Peaks: The Return.
It wound up being a thing about the meaning of Twin Peaks‘ return. You’ll see.
Also I contributed some stuff to our Hot Summer Guide, because it’s that time again. Take my advice, see some movies.
There’s no NOW this week — we’re off for the holidays — but of course the world keeps turning and death keeps coming, so I wrote an obit for Carrie Fisher which you can read if you missed it on Twitter.
I guess we’ll have to update it to include the death of Debbie Reynolds now. Fuck this fucking year.
I’m on the radio today! Briefly, but still!
CBC’s Day 6 asked me and my fellow TFCA member Nathalie Atkinson to debate the merits of Nicolas Cage — actor, icon, living meme — so that’s what we did.
It’s airing at 10 am local time across Canada, but if you’d rather listen to it online just click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Enjoy, or I’ll set the bees on you.
Well, they done fucked up.
I have some thoughts on how it happened over at NOW, not that that’s going to change anything.