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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.
Canadian filmmakers seem to love hockey stories -- whether theatrical motion pictures, TV movies, or TV series. From the recent CBC biopic, Mr. Hockey, all the way back to 1972's Face Off (and probab...
Canadian TV executives constantly cluck their tongues and ask, "How -- oh, how! -- can ratings be improved?!" You want to know how to improve Canadian TV? Make more #@$%&#! Canadian programs!!!! Period.
04/30/2013 05:31 EDT
Recently it was announced there will be an industry seminar asking the all-important question: how to get people watching Canadian TV shows? The problem with discussing what's wrong with Canadian TV is first even defining the criteria. And perhaps looking at the issue as a glass half full vs. a glass half empty.
04/24/2013 05:20 EDT
One could make the case the original Kirk (William Shatner) would regard the current Kirk (Chris Pine) with some skepticism. And as much as I suspect I'll enjoy the new film, I suspect I'll miss the old Kirk, and what he said about our definition of "hero."
04/15/2013 05:42 EDT
Canadian TV, like Canadian society, has long oscillated between American standards...and European mores. There seems to be this weird eagerness to promote the myth that Canadian TV (and by inference, Canada) is bland and conservative in comparison to American TV.
04/08/2013 05:29 EDT
Part of the strength of it is the fact that it seems un-selfconscious and unapologetic about its Canadian setting. It isn't like the writers are struggling to cram in some awkward Canadianism just to say they could...but because they're trying to be true to these characters and their world.
04/01/2013 05:27 EDT
With Canadian TV, it's rare for people to say: "Hey -- you know what this reminds me of?" But one can see Canadian influences watching the new crime drama Motive. Maybe part of the key to having a pop culture is admitting there was a culture before you took the stage.
03/17/2013 11:11 EDT
03/05/2013 05:20 EST
The Oscars are over but don't return your tuxes yet, because next up is...The Canadian Screen Awards. Hip, hip...huh. Canada desperately wants its equivalent of the Oscars/Emmies even as -- particula...
02/28/2013 04:36 EST
The media reaction to the Hollywood film, Argo -- depicting when Canadians in Iran provided a haven for American diplomats -- has subtly started to diverge in the American and the Canadian press. In t...
02/25/2013 02:47 EST
I like to blog about pop culture -- specifically (though not exclusively) Canadian film & TV. Ideally, I should write about one particular theme...then move on to another. But as Al Pacino said in a...
02/19/2013 04:31 EST
A recurring gripe of mine is how many Canadian movies and TV shows slavishly pretend they aren't Canadian -- such as by disguising Toronto as New York or as a generic "Anytown, North America." So how to best test this idea...and have fun at the same time? Let's make a drinking game out of Canadian references!
02/14/2013 05:18 EST
In an episode of the 2005 BBC Radio "mockumentary" series featuring the New Zealand comic-musicians, Flight of the Conchords, (prior to their TV incarnation) there's a scene where the characters are d...
02/11/2013 04:09 EST
There's currently a proposal for a new Canadian TV specialty channel -- Starlight TV. Its mandate would be simple: to show Canadian movies. So there are a lot of admirable reasons to support the idea of Starlight. But there are also problems.
01/29/2013 05:45 EST
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