Critics

10 Life Lessons from History's Most Famous Artists

Kim Smiley | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Everybody's a critique. Paul Cézanne, the Post-Impressionist painter, was mercilessly ridiculed by critics when he exhibited with the Impressionists. Claude Monet's paintings were called "formless, unfinished and ugly." Aside from the art of perseverance, what can the greatest artists of all time teach us? Here are my top 10 takeaways.

A Prolific Canadian Playwright Celebrates His 30th Anniversary

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Norm Foster's career as a playwright. I had the good fortune to interview Foster just before he headed to Ireland and Scotland from here in London, Ontario. Here's my Q&A.

Les Miserables Is a Better Name for the Audience

Donald D'Haene | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

The motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation Les Misérables has been seen by more than 60-million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Yet, mere minutes in, I went oh, oh, something is off. This is overproduced to hell and back.

If You Couldn't Stand "The Tree of Life," Here's Another Flick to Avoid

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

2012-09-06-tiffreal.jpg Terrance Malick's To The Wonder has just played the Venice Film Festival and is headed our way for the Toronto International Film Festival. It's not that I want to influence people not to see To The Wonder. It's just that time is precious. I watched Malick's The Tree of Life, and that's 140 minutes I'll never get back.

How to Take Criticism, And Why it Doesn't Always Matter

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

Criticism is very subjective. My first editor told me, "I don't care for your writing style. Too personal." A decade later that personal style landed me a publisher's contract for my autobiography, Father's Touch. My advice when seeking out critical opinion is not to sell yourself short -- aim high, not low.

When it Comes to Wine, Trust Your Instincts

Erin and Courtney Henderson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Living
Erin and Courtney Henderson

We were tasting a flight of Barbarescos, the northern Italian wine from Piedmont. The guy behind the booth waxed poetic about the wine's nuanced flavours, marveling at its rustic leather notes mixing with dark fruit, tea leaves and rose petal. "I get none of that," I thought to myself.