Friday, February 26, 2010

My YouTube Favourites: Part 3

YouTube is kind of like a thrift store. You go back every week, scouring rack after rack of shoddy old videos...and every once in a while you find something incredible.

1. Raptor Devours Cheerleader
Oh no he didn't!

Timothy Dalton and Mae West in "Sextette"
Have you ever seen James Bond actor Timothy Dalton sing 70's pop hit 'Love Will Keep Us Together' to an 85-year-old Mae West? It's pretty erotic.

3. Siskel & Ebert '80s Outtakes
They are so nasty to each other...more barbs than a mall in Florida. It was a bizarre love/hate relationship between hosts that will confound and amaze for millennia.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my YouTube Favourites.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The New Design

You've probably noticed some design changes to the site recently; it's the work of the talented Victoria Dobbs (follow her on twitter, yo.) I think the new layout is a lot easier to navigate.

You should also check out the newly updated journalism and press sections. The journalism section has all the 'Toronto Portraits' columns and various posts I've written for blogTO over the years. The press section features some TV, newspaper and radio coverage of my film and theatre productions.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

25 Things You Should Know About London

• It's a fashion capital; you better step up your style the second you get off the plane.

• People will be friendly because they like your shirt or cold because they don't like your hat.

• Nobody has basements here.

• "Are you going on?" means "are you going to another pub after this one?"

• "To be honest with you..." means absolutely nothing, because people say it before everything.

• "Bits and bobs" means a collection of insignificant objects, as in "her place is a mess; she's got bits and bobs all over her floor."

• To "nick" something means to steal something, and people steal often enough. Keep your friends close and your wallet closer.

• Everyone drinks twice as much as in North America.

• Everyone eats twice as much chocolate as they do in North America.

• Someone could make a fortune selling something called 'Cadbury Lager'.

• Always sit on the second floor of the double decker buses, at the front. It's a lot like a ride.

• The sun is rarely seen. It's like Bespin: a cloud city.

• It's somewhat class obsessed. The Queen is the poshest of them all; the structure starts at her and moves it ways down.

• You can tell someones class from just about anything; like what grocery store they go to. 'Waitrose' is posh, 'Iceland' is not.

• Xenophobia is institutionalized here. It seems like you need proof of residence and a UK passport to buy a loaf of bread.

• Michael Jackson is alive and well in every Londoners heart.

• You can drink in public. On the streets, in the park.

• There are casinos and casino games all over the place. Like a wet Nevada.

• You don't tip bartenders here, which I find odd. With the binge drinkers they have a lot to deal with.

• Remember, there's no such thing as a bathroom or a restroom over here. A toilet is called a toilet.

• All the shops close at 6pm. Most pubs close at 11pm. People tend to fall asleep at about 11:30. A night city London is not.

• No one can afford to eat in restaurants, so to replace them they have grocery stores everywhere selling pre-made sandwiches.

• Everyone is about three years behind, internet wise (which is surely a good thing.) People are still excited about facebook here.

• There are hardly any public trash cans due to bombing fears, though I don't see garbage littered everywhere. I don't really understand where it all goes.

• Above all else, people are scared of snow. Even an inch.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Signs of London (Missing Letters...)

Alright, here's my new hobby: photoshopping letters out of public signs. I probably have too much time on my hands...

Everyone gets worn out.

Thanks for reminding me.

They're so open minded in Britain.

Short fuse.

That sounds tricky.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Annex Gleaner interview about 'The Bloor'

I sat down with Matt James from The Gleaner recently to talk about the Bloor Cinema and the documentary Peter Kuplowsky and I made about the theatre in 2005. I've been reading the Gleaner since I was a kid so I was really flattered when they gave me a call.

You can find the article in the winter edition of the paper or check it out online here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Water Main Bursts; London Canal Now Rivals Venice

A water main burst next to the building I'm staying in on Saturday and we didn't have cold water for a while (better then missing hot water by a mile though, right?) I can't say I've ever actually seen one of these go so it was kind of interesting, the opposite of that fire I saw two weeks ago.

I walked by at around 1pm on Saturday just after it broke...I strolled by again at 6pm the situation hadn't changed. There were plenty of elderly British people standing by the new shoreline, going on about the 'cheek' the municipal services.