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Guttersnipe

Just a critter in the Gutter.

VARIETY PAK

It’s been just over a year since I became a partner in the Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s oldest operating cinema. We’ve shown a lot of films in that time (we average about 40 a month), and I’ve written the synopsis for almost every one.

It’s Fun to Go to the R.W.A

The internet allows writers to do the impossible: write in isolation while in company. A writer might still face off single-handedly against blank screen, but behind the accusing blink of the cursor there are thousands of minds ready to offer information, support and catwaxing options. On the other […]

That’s a Wrap

I enjoy this time of year. Partly because I work in retail, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a kind of gift: festive and fun, and landing somewhere between the insanity of December and the dead quiet of January. But also because I get […]

HIS SOUL’S STILL DANCING

In the course of making The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans, Werner Herzog seems to have discovered how to save Nicolas Cage: let him drown. Why am I writing about Nicolas Cage again, after effectively writing him off in a previous column? Maybe because, with his […]