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Take Off, Eh! by tweegnlb

Canada, we are who we are regardless of what others think of us.

Ok, who are we kidding? We love to hear what others think of us. We have a reputation for being the ‘nice’ guys, and we all know what happens to the nice guys, they get forgotten about (and it’s not aboot!)

Well, after years of being placed on the back burner of popular culture, Canadiana has finally come into its own.

We all remember Canada’s grainy attempts at self production over the last 40 years or so, and anyone who has a problem with the Littlest Hobo can answer to me! (I love that dog!) But now it seems we have finally caught up with the rest of television and our stories aren’t just about Joey Jeremiah’s band anymore.

With shows like the Trailer Park Boys and Kenny vs Spenny blazing a brand new trail for Canadian adult sitcoms, we’re finally getting the respect we deserve!

Brent Butt, creator of Corner Gas, has opened the door for family sitcoms based in Canada, (ie) Little Mosque On The Prairie), and has developed characters that can be loved for their small town ways and respected for the subtle, sarcastic, truly Canadian way they poke fun at other cultures the world over. He has done the impossible and generated a steadily growing fan base not only inside our boarder but even in the US and Europe.

But wait, lets not forget what the show SCTV did for us back in the 70’s and 80’s! Many of the best comedians of our time got their start on that show, and lets admit it, where would we be with out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis’s portrayal of average Canadians: Bob and Doug McKenzie, without whom we would not be who we are today. When anyone the world over thinks of Canada, the image of toque wearing, beer drinking, hosers comes to mind, and we as a culture are proud of that!

We are who we are and we take great pride in it, so join me in taking pride in The Great White North Eh!

UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!

The Trailer Park Boys are Back!  For fans who have not heard, the Boys are back this Sunday, December 7th, 2008 on Show Case, in an all new one hour special!  Though this will be the last regular episode, the Boys will be back in their second (and hopefully not last!) full length feature film this fall!  Lets all join together and tell these guys how much we miss them, and maybe they will stick around!  (Via showcase.ca)

Also, Corner Gas star Brent Butt has a new brainchild soon to be on CTV.  The show will star Brents real life wife Nancy Robertson, Wanda from the show, as a childrens author with anger issues.  Lets hope Brent makes it on for a couple of cameo appearances!  (Via The Hour)



See, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things… by tweegnlb

This is a sad, sad time to be a Canadian.

I really thought we were above crap like this.

Last week a new fad struck the nation, one where seemingly intelligent individuals took it upon themselves to fall in line with the stupidity of the group and celebrate national “Kick a Ginger Day”.

(please see this URL for a Calgary news clip)

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/index.php?rn=222561&cl=10789507&ch=222562

I have two problems with this development.  First, obviously, is the blatant stupidity of those who participated, and the pain or embarrassment that they caused their red headed peers.  Second is the fact that in their defense, these idiots are trying to pin their crimes on an episode of the cartoon South Park, which aired last year.

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The idea was popularized via a Face Book page of the same name, started by a youth in Vancouver.  Those involved in altercations over the ‘holiday’ are currently being investigated and some may even result in criminal charges being laid for committing a ‘hate crime’.

Now common people, are we really this stupid?

At one point, the writters of South Park made an episode in which Erik Cartman tried to trick the townspeople into reviving the Nazi movement to remove all the Jewish people from South Park.  So does this mean we are now allowed to blame Neo-Nazism on the behavior of a few cartoon characters?  I mean really!  This material is from a show that prides itself on social satire and showing the ridiculous side of human behavior.  Stupid, just stupid…

Now this prompts me to ask you all a question one of my teachers posed the other day:  ‘In situations like this, should we blame the influence of a movie or television show or should individuals be responsable for how they respond?’  To me the answer seems pretty obvious, but im open to discussion so please feel free to comment.



Four Christmases and 10 Holiday Favorites! by polkadots33
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

With less than one month till Santa’s big day I decided to check my list…twice and put together the ‘nice’ list of holiday favorites that you may want to view in the days leading up to Christmas.

I understand that due to traditions each person may have a very different top 10 but I have come up with a general group and would love to hear your comments about which movies you think make the list of the best Christmas movies.

First off though I must mention the new 2008 Christmas movie…

Of course with a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn and many other great actors I think it is fair to say Four Christmases  might be worth checking out. It opened today and although I couldn’t make it to the theatre, I have already heard that it was ‘really good and really funny’.

So check it out and see if it makes your list of faves, at least with Vince Vaughn involved you are guarnteed some laughs!

 Here’s the trailer…

So in no particular order, here is a list of the best Christmas movies! 

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)-directed by Frank Capra

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -directed by George Seaton

A Christmas Story (1983) -directed by Bob Clark

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) -directed by Bill Melendez

A Christmas Carol (1938) -directed by Edwin L. Marin

The Santa Clause (1994) -directed by John Pasquin

Home Alone (1990) -directed by Chris Columbus

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) -directed by Chuck Jones and Ben Washamgrinch

Prancer (1989) -directed by John D. Hancock

and one of my favorites…

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989) -directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Many Christmas movies have been remade once or a few times, to me this must mean that we like the classic stories and don’t mind a modern twist every now and then.

So with just under a month to get all your decorating, shopping and baking done..don’t forget to find some time to grab a cup of eggnog and settle in for an evening with your favorite holiday flicks…whatever they may be!



Nostalgia, It Just Keeps Coming Back Again and Again by tweegnlb

Sure it started as a sickness.  Young soldiers had a yearning to go back home, back to a past they longed to relive, but today it captures our attention and our dollars, and we cannot seem to get enough of it!

We have all at one time or another seen an image or felt a feeling that instantly took us back to better days in our childhoods, sometimes even a smell can do the trick.

And today, a large portion of our popular culture and entertainment aims to do just that.  One of the major influences of this phenomenon is the fact that Gen-Xers and early Millennial s are taking up the reins of large corporations and production companies.  These companies are now remaking and re marketing the television shows, movies and toys of our youth and we have taken it all and demanded more!

One key player in the new market of old memories is actor Seth Green who, along with the geniuses at the magazine Twisted Toyfare, have come up with the highly popular pop culture parody TV show Robot Chicken.

robot-chicken

The show is genius in its simplicity: take comic book superheros, toys and other pop culture phenomenons and put them in adult situations.  The scripts almost write themselves, and the audience is already highly invested in the characters, so the humor flows freely.

Individuals who still have their old toys can have lots of fun taking them out and actually playing around with them again, and trust me it can be hilarious!

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Incidentally, the common ‘Stick’ was recently admitted into the National Toy Hall of Fame( via The Circuit on Space Channel ) for its unending ability to become a sword or almost any other item one can conceive of in the blink of an eye!

Here are a couple neat sites for nostalgia buffs just in case you’re interested:

http://www.retrocrush.com/archive.html

http://www.retrojunk.com/

All in all, i think we have shown ourselves that nostalgia is a sickness we can live with : )



The Bad (Golden) Eggs by tweegnlb

What is it about cartoons that start with “S” ?

Two modest little shows: Simpson’s and South Park, who knew?

They both began as the bad guys of adult cartoon entertainment. They were the scapegoats for what was ‘wrong with television’ (if not our social moral fabric) in the 1990’s.  The Simpson’s glorified the bad behavior of a spiky headed 4th grader, and the hands off parenting style of his drunken buffoon of a father.  South Park was just 4 children with potty mouths, swearing for attention.

It was shameful and offensive, and we loved it!

sims

Both shows have earned respect in their own ways: The Simpson’s for its longevity and multilayer ed comedic genius, and the way they changed the face of television, breaking through the crap so other shows, like South Park, could even have a chance.

In the beginning, viewers saw South Park as a show that relied on shock value for laughs.  But eventually people caught on to what they really were: the no bullshit kings of popular culture and social commentary.

South Park must be respected for its unbiased position on truth.  Whether they’re commenting on homelessness, politics or religion, South Parks creators pull no punches – its a no holds barred mentality that has worked greatly to the shows advantage.

South Park has shown that they even hold themselves and their staff to this all or nothing mentality, in their choice to kill off longtime character Chef (aka Isaac Hayes) in a very unflattering manner, after Hayes publicly voiced his disappointment at the show for making fun of his beloved Scientology.  Matt Stone and Trey Parker responded by saying their is no line that cannot be crossed and that they could not continue the show if they gave in when people were upset by being singled out.

Recently, South Park was honored with the distinguished Peabody Award for their commitment to unbiased social commentary and the unbelievably current production of story lines and episodes (often produced 3 or 4 days after a topic hits news venues).  A very prestigious award not usually given to cartoon types.

No one can argue that these shows have a huge and ongoing effect on our popular culture and entertainment values.  i for one cannot go a single day without quoting a line that fits perfectly into a situation, or smiling when someone shows just how silly we can be.

The Simpsons was recently picked up for 3 more seasons on Fox, and the creators of South Park have said that as long as there are things to make fun of, they’ll keep making new episodes.

Enjoy them both while they last!



TWILIGHT! by jojobigms
November 9, 2008, 9:54 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Television, YouTube

For those of you living on the moon for the last three or four months there has been a novel out in society that has sparked imaginations, terrorized sleepless nights, and of course grabbed the attention of the film industry which has taken a step further with the novel. The book it’s self was not a big hit when it first came out, it took a while until the society of vampire lovers came along.

twilight

The interesting thing is how long it took for the book to gain popularity by the popular mass consumerism of the youngsters of today. The book was never released until it’s first copy in 2005, until then it took nearly three years for people to grasp and put into the grapevine of society. However, never the less to see the effects of this book towards their readers is incredible. look around, I have seen nothing but this book in the hands of continual readers of love,lust, killings. Wow and now there is a movie to be viewed, and since this audience has connected with the book so quick, the movie has seen quite the outlook for the next season.

so, without further adeus, I leave you with the clip from the movie.



The First Dog by noyoufalled

So we’ve all heard of the First Lady, possibly even the First Family, but the First Dog?

[via wikipedia.org]

Meet Barney, President Bush’s Scottish Terrier. Barney likes golfballs, volleyballs, and observing a good game of horseshoes. He is the star of numerous photo shoots, stars in his own films, and even has his own ‘advice’ column. You can learn everything you’d ever need or want to know about Barney on the White House website – Barney has his very own page!

But not everything is happiness and golfballs in Barney’s world lately. Not only will he be losing his home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when his Papa George leaves office in a couple of months, Barney is right now at the centre of an assault scandal!

It seems like Barney is getting a little riled up about the 2008 Election Results, not to mention all those rumors that his home will be invaded by a shelter dog! The horror! 

But enough about Barney and old President Bush, there’s a new man in town! For those of you tired of the Bush family escapades and ready to look to the future, you can help the Obama’s pick a new presidential pooch! Hopefully the next First Dog will be a little more approachable!