Sunday, November 11, 2018

Loved it: Bohemian Rhapsody - and a response to an open letter

This week I went - twice - to see Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic mostly about Freddie Mercury. It was simply amazing, the casting was so spot on I had to keep telling myself that it wasn't actually Brian May up on the screen, but an actor (Gwilym Lee, btw).

While most of my friends who have seen it loved it too, I've seen some bad reviews - mostly people complaining about the inaccuracy of the timelines, a bit of hokeyness regarding the 'tour date montage' (agreed), but I don't let the reviews of others get in the way of my enjoyment.

However, there was an 'open letter' recently on the CBC site, written by someone who not only didn't like it, but had concerns. I felt like I wanted to address it.

Monday, October 01, 2018

JFL42 2018

JFL42 is over again for another year and it was amazing. Taking the time off work, and with the goal of seeing 30 shows, in the end I saw 40 shows - 99 separate performers/presenters - in 10 days.

I am absolutely exhausted and ended up with a cold by the last day (and I haven't had one in a long time so I'm acting like a baby with it). I think next year I may have to scale back to 30.

Favourites going in: Greg Proops of course, Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes
New favourites: Matteo Lane and Marina Franklin
Need to see more: Graham Chittenden and Sterling Scott
Happy surprise: the awesome Sean Cullen at the Andy Kindler show Friday night
Don't need to see again: Donnell Rawlings and Tony Hinchcliffe (I'm just not their target audience)
WTF moment: Vino Diesel (the entire show)
I'm officially old moment: Judge Tyco (I still loved it but I'm so far above their age bracket)

Comments and suggestions:

Friday, August 31, 2018

Tarot: a current list

Photo by Sergi Viladesau
on Unsplash

Thought I'd better make a central list. Some of these descriptions are ones I wrote on this blog previously.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Can’t we just send him to his room?

We like to think things will be better in the future. You know, jet packs, meals in a pill, an end to disease. And enlightenment, a whole lot of enlightenment. As in, people will finally get along. Self-important jerks need not apply.

But I’m pretty sure they’re still going to be out there — as certain as death and taxes, the condescending ass-hat is a part of life, and always will be. And, while I’m sure it wasn’t David Gerrold’s intention, Bem demonstrates this perfectly. Pity the story itself wasn’t better.