D.K. Latta
When not trying to earn a real living, D.K. Latta occasionally writes SF and fantasy stories, and has written pop culture opinions on everything from comic books to radio drama. But long ago he adopted as his primary hobby Canadian film & television with his website: The Great Canadian Guide to the Movies (& TV) -- making him either nobly patriotic or just plain nuts.

Entries by D.K. Latta

Critics Feeling Left Out By 'The Story Of Us' Miss The Point

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 3:57 PM

Marking Canada's 150th anniversary, the CBC has unleashed the documentary series Canada: The Story of Us.

And because this is Canada: cue controversy.

Truthfully, it's an almost impossible task: cramming centuries of one of the largest, most multicultural countries in the world into a few hours --...

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On TV: Killer Doctors And Murderous Mennoites

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 4:42 PM

Two Canadian dramas are aiming to bring a bit of cable edge to mainstream networks.

Pure (Mondays, CBC; back episodes available for streaming from the CBC website) is a crime-drama whose premise might sound like a joke: The Mennonite Mob! Apparently Mennonite crime is not entirely a filmmaker's fancy, the...

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How Will Donald Trump's America Affect Canadian Film And TV?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 4:06 PM

How will Donald Trump's America affect Canadian film and TV shows?

OK -- that probably sounds like the weirdest angle on the recent U.S. election you can imagine. Bear with me, though, 'cause I'm actually headed somewhere with it.

I should establish some context.

I've been writing...

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Taking Stock Of TV's 'Kim's Convenience'

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 4:40 PM

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Exterior and interior pictures of Kim's Convenience store at 252 Queen St E., the actual store that will be featured in CBC comedy debuting Oct. 3. (Photo: Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Kim's Convenience is a CBC sitcom (airing Tuesdays) revolving around...

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Who Is Being Served By The CTRC's New Content Rules?

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 1:52 PM

I'm going to bang on some more about the recent controversy about the CRTC (the Canadian TV/Radio regulatory body) and its proposal to loosen rules regarding importing talent to work on Canadian productions.

I'm re-visiting it because folks in Canadian film/TV are angry and it's worth drawing...

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Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2016 | 3:28 PM

One definition of insanity is repeating the same action but expecting a different result.

Recently the CRTC -- the overseeing body regulating Canadian TV -- announced it wants to loosen rules that limit importing non-Canadian talent (behind and before the camera).

Productions have always been allowed to import...

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Canada's Film And TV Biz Has Untapped Potential For Self-Satire

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 2:09 PM

I recently caught an interview with the creators of the American espionage TV series, The Americans, on CBC Radio's Q where it was mentioned that one of said creators used to worked for the CIA.

Storytellers often draw upon what they know. A novelist might attribute his own taste...

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The Unspoken Reason Why Canadian TV Lacks A Canadian Identity

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2016 | 4:55 PM

Continuing my riffing on Karen Burrows' Twitter essay about Canadian TV and cultural identity (and the subsequent Canadaland interview) and my attempt to keep the conversation going:

Another interesting comment nestled in the middle of her tweets is incredibly important and provocative.

This obsessive...

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Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 8:18 AM

I haven't been writing regularly about Canadian film and TV recently for a few different reasons: including burn-out (I've been doing it on-line since 1998) and I've been focusing on a personal project, putting my money-where-my-mouth-is with my own cheeky attempt at blending pop fiction with Canadiana (yes,...

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Private Eyes: A Home Team Of TV Crime

(5) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:54 PM

Premiering May 26th on Global is a new light-hearted Canadian detective series starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson and called, bluntly enough, Private Eyes. It's a fairly generic light-hearted PI series.

And I actually mean that as a compliment!

There is a tendency among Canadian film and TV reviewers...

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Diversity Begets Diversity In Film And Television

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 11:24 AM

The issue of diversity and representation in movies and TV has come to the fore in recent years. Including the controversy a few weeks ago surrounding the American Oscars in which all the acting nominees were white. It's a complex, multi-faceted discussion. Should one be pointing fingers at the Oscars...

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Canadian Films Are Becoming Available to Everyone

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 7:27 PM

One of the first pieces I had posted on Huffington Post Canada was commenting on a proposal for an ill-fated TV specialty channel -- Starlight -- dedicated to showing only Canadian movies.

However the idea of putting Canadian movies out there in front of people I fully...

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Two New Shows Take Canadian TV to Space

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:35 PM

Science fiction fans might want to note two series that recently premiered: Dark Matter and Killjoys. They even air the same night (Fridays) on the same station (Space in Canada, Sy-Fy in the U.S.). And though struggling with limited budgets, they are both set amid distant solar systems while most...

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The Canadian TV Schedule That Wasn't

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 10:58 PM

Writing about Canadian film and TV -- as I'm wont to do -- can get pretty repetitious. I've actually been halfway through drafting a post before realizing I'd written something similar a year before! And that is because things rarely seem to change. Or when they do it's in a...

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Canadian TV Has Been Feminist for Decades

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Identifying and linking narrative threads is commonplace when looking at American (or other nation's) TV, but is often resisted in Canada.

But it can be a fun mental exercise.

I was thinking about the role of female characters in Canadian TV shows. It's perhaps an interesting topic for...

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A Post-Mortem for TV's Remedy

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 4:23 PM

I was mulling over writing again about the TV medical drama, Remedy -- when it was announced that Remedy has been cancelled! So maybe that gives an (unfortunate) impetus to my post, as well as allowing for some digressions (I'm usually given to writing with a broader-focus to my Canadian...

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The Best Sites for Canadian TV and Film

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 11:43 PM

Arguably a big problem in Canadian film (and TV) is simply exposure -- getting the stuff out there and distributed, and getting it publicized and noticed. Not only do good things get overlooked but, equally, it means bad things don't get a proper deconstructing (a filmmaker never has to admit...

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Canadian TV Needs Better Criticism

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:24 PM

In recent months there has been talk about how TV is enjoying a so-called "Golden Age." And a lamentation that Canada doesn't seem to be a part of that.

Arguably Canadian TV series are enjoying higher ratings and more international success than ever. But pundits counter that the critically...

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Is Canadian TV Doing Better Than We Want to Admit?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:00 PM

People maybe should be talking about Canadian TV drama more.

I know that's a strange opening statement given blogs are a-buzz over the CRTC's new rules and regulations overhauling television broadcasting. And I might formulate an opinion on that in a bit (but it's hard to sift through all...

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Does Canadian TV Need Hollywood Approval?

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:06 PM

A funny thing happened on the way to Canadian Screen Awards. A controversy!

Actor Enrico Colantoni, headliner of Global's medical drama, Remedy, complained Orphan Black was unfairly positioned because of its international co-production status.

As far as celebrity trash talk goes this is pretty minor (Colantoni...

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