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1. I just finished reading Babylon's Ashes from The Expanse series of novels, so I'm mostly caught up on the prose version. Excepting the various short stories, of course. Yet to start watching the first season DVD set, though, and would like to watch at least the first two episodes before the weekend's over.

2. The plan today includes finally watching Wonder Woman at a movie theatre.

3. Coping with assorted aches and pains in a low-volume continuing way. Welcome to normal human aging, Dwight.

4. Stuff you might want to listen to:

Alan Alda on Q

Josh Freed on The Current about queues

Clifford V. Johnson, Ph. D. on science depictions in movies and TV, which I particularly recommend for the interview's Agent Carter connection...
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I saw that movie tonight. I laughed, I cried, I swore (in both official languages)...and it was worth it.

Music video (that's actually related)!

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Planning to watch Hidden Figures at the cinema tonight. Not for nostalgia, but to learn something I didn't know before about who helped build what we now have in the worlds we (hope to) live on.

Balancing

Dec. 18th, 2016 09:03 am
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I saw Miss Sloane at the cinema last night. Worth the time, worth the money...for reasons of timing more than anything else. More people should see it.

I think I'm going to skip Designated Survivor on TV for reasons of emotional health. Maybe things will change in time, but for now?

Some sad news I want to note: we're losing The Vinyl Cafe on Radio One for the time being. It seems that Stuart McLean's cancer issues are more stubborn than we'd all hoped. Hoping that he and his medical team have better hunting this go-round...
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Which I have not yet seen.

But I will.

Things are, of course, crazy-busy with family stuff, job-hunting, assorted personal projects, chores, and so on. So it's going to take a few days.

But it's on the list.

I'll let you know when I've crossed that off the to-do list.
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I've seen the first trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek: Beyond.

The former gets the "high spectacle" vote from me, but the latter? I don't know yet. The characters I know from the last two installments of that version seem pretty much in character, of course, but I didn't see enough to really get a feel for wherever it's going.

Back to the former for a moment: I had a look at the tie-in website, warof1996.com as well. Seems to cover most of the questions people were likely to ask about "where has that version of the world gone since those three days", to be sure. One minor disappointment: lack of deep background on each of the cities attacked as identified. We got a number: 108. We got the locations, and someone's certainly going to write up a complete listing of them so that people won't have to mess around with the website interface. And while I understand that to dig into that level of detail would likely take a couple of hardcover novels or a few seasons' worth of TV...ah well.

Chalk all of that up as being in the "nice to have" column, I suppose.
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Just got home from my second viewing of Hyena Road. The first time, I left the cinema feeling shocked. Tonight, I left in a state of anger.

And I'm not quite sure of where to aim that anger.

Does that make sense?
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It's a quiet Saturday. So I think I'll go rewatch Hyena Road.

Matthew Fisher had a few thoughts about the history behind the backdrop of the movie that got my attention. (Warning: trailer for the movie will automatically start playing when the page loads.)

More on other stuff later.
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Watched that movie at Landmark Orléans 10 last night. It was a good show all around. The production team stuck pretty close to the spirit and broad strokes of the novel, allowing for "show, don't tell" doctrine to work out properly. The hard science was used as written. Performances were pretty darned good.

Oh, and I want to buy schematics for the Hermes, the Ares habs, rovers, MAVs, etc.. Please?
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Okay.

I voted on Friday night.

Then I went to see Paul Gross's new movie Hyena Road, which was - as expected - disorienting. I don't know that it'll compare to the greats of the genre, but I did get a sense of what the latest Afghan War's been like for Canadians serving in the middle of it. Which, aside from making back the money spent on it, was all that Gross really wants out of it. I figured if I didn't see it ASAP - premiere night, as it turned out - I wasn't going to have much chance beyond that. I've mentioned before that Canadian movies tend to get short attention from our movie theatre chains, and fully expect this to be no different, even though it should be.

Hyena Road, people. If you've got violence-trauma triggers, be warned. The fight scenes are bloody. But I do believe it's worth the time and money to see at least the once.

Come to think of it, not being patient was exactly why I voted at the advance poll on Friday after work too. I just didn't want to cope with any more pressure to vote "strategically". One acquaintance has accused me of maintaining "purity", but I can't trust a party that turns its back on several of its best contributions to Canadian life to avoid the inevitable false accusations of terrorist sympathy. And those accusations were trotted out by the incumbents anyway on other excuses.

Anyway. A more positive note...

Today, I listened to Chris Hadfield's Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can for the first time, having picked up the album at Compact Music yesterday. As you might expect from Hadfield, there's more of a country/folk vibe off the album. You may consider that either ironic or totally expected given that this was the first ever album with the vocals recorded Up There.

There's a certain exceptionalist satisfaction I get from that. Admitted freely. It took a Canadian to do this. No one from anywhere else thought of it.

And now I'm headed off to see the 6 PM showing of The Martian. I bought, read and enjoyed the book after looking at the first trailer. I figure they've got enough good raw material to work with. If my brains are working properly after getting home again, I'll let you know what I got out of it later tonight.

Later, all!

And for the Canadians reading this? Please vote. I don't need to know for whom, I don't need to be able to approve of your choice(s) before or after the fact. Ever.

Just vote.
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You might remember my commentary from a little while back about seeing this movie at Silver City Gloucester:

"Frankly, I was surprised that Cineplex picked up that gauntlet. At all. I'd figured the Bytowne would have this one locked up, it would last two or three days there, and then we'd all be waiting for the DVD or iTunes or whatever's next..."

Well, as it turns out, Citizenfour was at that cinema for the weekend only. So, the Bytowne will likely get its two or three day run as well after all.

All of this is somewhat disappointing, given the scope of the subject matter of that film. Global scope, I'd say.
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I went and saw that movie tonight. You can thank this interview of Laura Poitras by Piya Chattopadhyay on Q from a little while ago in part for that decision.

I was laughing as I left the cinema. It wasn't a pleasant laugh. Because I cannot doubt what I saw and heard.

Still...it was worth the time and money. And I paid cash for the ticket.

Oh, for further amusement value? The theatre where I saw it is right across the street from what I sometimes call "Spy City, Canada". It's the only movie theatre in town that'll show it. So far, anyway.

Frankly, I was surprised that Cineplex picked up that gauntlet. At all. I'd figured the Bytowne would have this one locked up, it would last two or three days there, and then we'd all be waiting for the DVD or iTunes or whatever's next...
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And kicked off by seeing Captain America: the Winter Soldier on Friday night.

Let me leave it at this for now: it was worth the time and the money.

More as it comes to mind.
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Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] welovethecbc.

If I understood the quotes correctly, the implication here is that Sturla Gunnarsson wants CBC to take over Telefilm Canada's work...?

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/movie-guide/have+story+have+country/9422614/story.html

If my interpretation is the correct one - no guarantees on this! - is that an idea that makes sense?
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From this morning's hardcopy edition of the Ottawa Citizen, by David Reevely:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Uncertainty+over+Lansdowne+cinema+engulfs+World+Exchange/8864752/story.html

A couple of reactions...

1. As I told Reevely on Facebook, having read the article, I'm surprised that the movie-screening rooms at Place de Ville are still intact after two decades, given that so much else of the underground mall there as originally built is now given over to governmental offices and meeting spaces.

2. I see that Diane Deans has reached a similar opinion to mine re: the downtown core and the expected influx of new residents adding to the need for cinema screening rooms. Could there be an impetus sufficient to rescue World Exchange, revive Rideau Centre *and* Place de Ville, and preserve Lansdowne, Mayfair and Bytowne?
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It's my pleasure to inform Mr. Barer - as well as other fans of the Saint more closely located in my acquaintance here on Livejournal and elsewhere - that a copy of his book, The Saint - A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film and Television as published in 1993 is now in the collection of the Ottawa Public Library, and that at present, said book is sitting next to my laptop computer.

It already looks fairly thorough at first glance, and I look forward to further study and enjoyment as time permits.
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We've been lucky here in Ottawa. We have the Bytowne, the Mayfair's first digs in the Wyoming Park section of Old Ottawa South(IE: the part to the west of Bank Street), as well as their new digs at the Orleans Town Centre mall out here in my part of town. We've managed to save some of our old cinema treasures from wrecking balls.

There are people in South Korea less fortunate in this regard.

I'd be interested in suggestions on how to remedy this.

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