Casting By (2012, Tom Donahue)

Categories: 2012 and Movies.

This documentary starts off as a PSA or apologia for casting directors. However, it improves quickly when it narrows its focus to Marion Dougherty and one other director. There are lots of interviews with famous Hollywood stars and it’s interesting to know how some of these people got their first film roles. The film is very much a TV documentary and feels a little too much like an advocacy film for casting directors, but it’s reasonably informative and interesting and worth your time if you’re into Hollywood. 6/10 Read More

The Log for Friday December 30, 2016

Categories: Uncategorized.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes with blueberries and yogurt; tea Morning: rice and vegetables; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: turkey, stuffing and cheddar sandwich on pumpernickel Dinner: untold pieces of sushi and sashimi, at least 3 potstickers, one serving of salad, one serving of pea shoots and mushrooms and tofu, other food I forgot; 2 glasses of red wine After dinner: piece of carrot cake, brownie, small piece of pound cake; 2 glasses of mint tea What I Did for Exercise Made it through 14 minutes of a YouTube exercise video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked Read More

The Log for Thursday December 29, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: egg bun with peanut butter and jam, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 3 pieces of beef jerkey Lunch: chicken curry roti Dinner: chicken curry, mixed vegetables and rice, samosa, naan; half a sour fruit ale After dinner: half of two DIPAs, half an RIS, half a barley wine What I Did for Exercise 21-23 lengths of front crawl (I lost count), 9 breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs Read More

The Log for Wednesday December 28, 2017

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pancakes with yogurt and blueberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 2 bananas Lunch: turkey, stuffing and cheddar sandwich Dinner: half a bottle of Riesling Singapore slaw, 16 course tasting menu, inexplicably weird but amazing dessert at Bent After Dinner: mint tea What I Did for Exercise About 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Bathurst Walked from Bathurst and Dundas to Spadina and Front Read More

No Pocky for Kitty (1991) by Superchunk

Categories: 1991 and Music.

This is a set of solid songs that are uptempo and pleasantly loud. I get why this band was a big deal back then because, to my knowledge, this kind of straight-ahead abrasive power pop/pop punk was a relative rarity. But it’s not really my thing. It’s too one note for me, as much as I appreciate what they’re doing and I think they do it well, I just don’t love this particular style of music enough to get really excited about this record. 7/10 Read More

Ghost in the Machine (1981) by The Police

Categories: 1981 and Music.

This is, for me, the weakest Police record: it’s top heavy (the first three tracks – the singles – are far and away the best ones), it’s the first record to really emphasize the growing musical divide between Sting and the rest of the band and it’s just their weakest set of songs. I’d say that it’s certainly the least essential of their albums and the album that most makes me feel like they were deserving of the title of “singles band.” 6/10 Listen to me talk about The Police Read More

The Log for Tuesday December 27, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 pieces of toast, half a bowl of yogurt with blueberries and guava paste; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: bowl of chips; wheat dopplebock Dinner: 1/3 of a pork tenderloin, rice with mojo; bottle of winter ale After dinner: cookies What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance grocery shopping What I Did with My Life It was a stat holiday so I took it off Read More

The Log for Monday December 26, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: 3 pancakes, orange; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: samples of 5 different beers; a few chips Dinner: 4 pieces of pork tenderloin, mojo, rice, 2 helpings of salad; half a bottle of double IPA What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike at full resistance Walked to Danforth and Greenwood and back What I Did with My Life Boxing day: I did nothing Read More

The Log for Sunday December 25, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: smoothie, peanut butter and jam sandwich, 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: chai latte; carrots and dip Evening: crackers and dip; cranberry and orange juice mocktail Dinner: bowl of roast vegetable soup, 2 helpings of turkey, 2 helpings of stuffing, 3 small potatoes; cranberry and orange mocktail After dinner: 4 cookies What I Did for Exercise Walked from Front and Spadina to Ossington and Dundas and back What I Did with My Life Christmas: so I wen to my other parents’ and ate Read More

The Log for Saturday December 24, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: 2 slices of French Toast with rum-flambeed bananas; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: way too much charcuterie, two flavoured ginger ales Dinner: two helpings of lobster linguine, two helpings of roasted ham hocks, 2 helpings of roast vegetables, 1 piece of bread, piece of really rich cake (I think that’s it); 1 flavoured ginger ale What I Did for Exercise 20 lengths of front crawl, 10 lengths of breast Walked from Front and Spadina to Ossington and Dundas and back What I Did with My Life Christmas Eve: so I went to my parents’ and ate Read More

The Log for Friday December 23, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of yogurt with honey; glass of tea Morning: rice pudding; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: jerk chicken, rice and beans, the teeniest amount of cole slaw Dinner: 2 enchiladas, side salad; ginger ale   What I Did for Exercise I made it to 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance, which I’m disappointed by, but it’s still better than nothing Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up half the stairs at Spadina, walked from Kensington to Read More

Boogie Woogie (2009, Duncan Ward)

Categories: 2009 and Movies.

This is a reasonably amusing, reasonably on satire of the London art world which could well be called the Short Cuts of art world movies – at least it aspires to be that. There’s an All Star cast, there are lots of inter-cut stories, there’s a fairly ruthless attitude towards many of the characters. Not having spent any time in these circles, I assume that most of this is fairly spot on. The only real issue for me is that it’s not consistently entertaining. (Well, I guess the other one would be: who cares about the problems of rich art Read More

The Log for Thursday December 22, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

What I Ate Breakfast: Yogurt with honey; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; rice pudding Lunch: lentils, paneer and spinach, eggplant in a tomato sauce, rice, naan Dinner: homemade macaroni and cheese; glasses of OJ What I Did for Exercise Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, walked up the escalators at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs and then the escalator at Donlands, walked home from Donlands Walked to Danforth because I forgot something, walked home with a 30 pound bag of cat litter What I Did with My Life Read More

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008, Stefan Forbes)

Categories: 2008 and Movies.

This is a TV-quality documentary that offers a lot of insight into the man it’s about, but also the South and modern American politics. There’s a lot here to chew on that’s worthwhile. But, there’s also a number of problems, including a lack of context for non-American viewers and an odd structure that veers between straight-chronological and episodic. The lessons of Atwater’s life, if there are any, are extremely relevant to the US today so, for that reason alone, this is worth watching. 7/10 Read More

The Log for Wednesday for December 21, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes, some mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; soft banana Lunch: red pepper soup, 2 pieces of white bread without crusts; Afternoon: mint tea Dinner: 2 servings of homemade macaroni; glass of OJ After dinner: some yogurt and a banana What I Did for Exercise Still not allowed to exercise strenuously until Friday Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the escalator and then the stairs at Broadview, walked home from Broadview Read More

Bonneville (2006, Christopher N. Rowley)

Categories: 2006 and Movies.

This film is absolutely not for me but I’m glad that such movies exist. This film takes the evil step mother of so many Hollywood films and imagines the loss of the father from her perspective instead, and it feels like that’s been a long time coming. Combine that with a road movie and you have an interesting idea, even if it’s geared at a different gender and age than I am. Read More

The Log for Tuesday December 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of yogurt with honey and mashed banana; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; cup of rice pudding Lunch: mushroom soup, bread with crusts removed Afternoon: cup of rice pudding Dinner: ramen; cranberry juice After dinner: a bit of ice cream What I Did for Exercise I am not supposed to do strenuous exercise until Friday Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the escalators at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the first set of stairs at Ossington because the escalator line was insane, walked up Read More

The Log for Monday December 19, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Afternoon: bowl of homemade pho; a couple of small packets of rice pudding; orange juice Dinner: honeydew smoothie; homemade macaroni and cheese What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Bay What I Did with My Life A little bit of work for a client Had a tooth pulled or “extracted” as they say in the business Read More

The Log for Sunday December 18, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 4 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, fruit shake Afternoon: glass of OJ Dinner: 2 bowls of homemade pho; Jelly King brett edition After Dinner: Boogie Monster What I Did for Exercise Walked from Spadina and Front to Ossington and College, and then down Ossington to Queen Walked from Pape and Queen home What I Did with My Life Attempted to fix my internet Worked for a client a little bit Made soup in anticipation of not being able to eat anything tomorrow Read More

The Log for Saturday December 17, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 3 pieces of toast with butter and jam, fried tomatoes; glass of tea Lunch: French fries Dinner: burger with peameal bacon and other stuff; pint of India dark ale After dinner: bottle of Baltic Porter What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Ossington Walked down the stairs at Dufferin, walked up half the stairs at Spadina, walked a few other blocks in between What I Did with My Life I was up till 3 in the morning and I woke up Read More

The Dillinger Escape Plan Live at The Opera House, Friday December 16, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Music.

I wanted to go see The Dillinger Escape Plan in August but my friend who likes them had to work both nights. I figured I’d see them next time. Then they announced they were going on “hiatus,” seemingly permanently, and I thought, for the nth time, “Once again I have failed to see a band I liked before they broke up. Read More

The Log for Friday December 16, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 tuna salad sandwiches; apple Dinner: fried egg sandwich After dinner: 6 beers (at least), 1 bourbon neat What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home Walked to the Opera House from home Walked home from a Christmas party What I Did with my Life Sent some Read More

Body and Soul (1993)

Categories: 1993 and TV.

I keep a list of movies to watch. There are thousands of movies on the list and I will never watch all of them. I add titles to it all the time. Occasionally, due to laziness, I omit the year a movie was released when I add a movie. I did that with the film noir Body and Soul. So when I reached the “Bo” section of the list I didn’t know which Body and Soul I was looking for. The library had one, and it had Kristin Scott Thomas in it, so I naturally assumed it was the “movie” Read More

The Log for Thursday December 15, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Harvest Crunch with 1% milk Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: salami, tomato and cheddar with mayo and mustard Dinner: an arincini; Osso Bucco; glass of Ginger Ale What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Bay, walked up and down some stairs at a building on Avenue Road Walked down the stairs at Bay, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked from Sherbourne and Bloor to Cumberland and Avenue Walked down some more stairs Walked Read More

The Log for Wednesday December 14, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 scones, 2 muffins; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; chocolate dessert of some kind Lunch: 2 salami, tomato and cheese sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: two “pulled beef” on cheese buns After Dinner: Gelato, probably What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Donlands Walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Bay Walked down the stairs at Bay, Read More