Thursday, December 28, 2017

Movie Review: Best of 2017

This week, with this being the last episode of End Credits of the Year 2017 and all, we do what all famous movie critics do at this time: make a list. The topic we’ve chosen, naturally, is the best films of 2017, and it was another great year of cinema if you know what to look for. So this week, we’ve got four lists, and while there’s some overlap, but more than enough proof that in spite of everything, it was still a fun and interesting year at the movies.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This week on End Credits, it’s the best time of the year: Star Wars time! On this episode we’re going to review the brand new epic space opus Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and try to squeeze in some further Star Wars talk about how the new era under the mouse house has been going. Speaking of which, we’ll discuss the downside of the studio merger everyone’s excited about, and we’ll talk about why the Golden Globes, as always, suck at picking the best movies.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Movie Review: Top 5 Christmas Movies

On this week’s End Credits, we take a break from our usual format to do something just as conventional: Christmas movies! You know you like to complain about their syrupy sweetness, but you just can’t help yourself, you love them anyway, right?! From elderly misers, to LA cops, to sorority sister under threat, to beleaguered bankers, to the greatest story ever told, there’s probably going to be something here to suit everyone’s taste. So start the chestnuts roasting, grab a glass of eggnog, and sit around the crackling radio for some old-timey, and post-modern, Christmas goodness!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

This week’s panel on End Credits has seen things you people wouldn’t believe… We have not seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, and we haven’t watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate, but we did watch Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 back-to-back. We’ll look at the lessons we learned from what is arguably Ridley Scott’s greatest film, and how they apply to Denis Villeneuve’s audacious follow-up that dares to go where no filmmaker has gone before. Or is that another franchise?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Movie Review: It Chapter One

You’ll float too! But, you know, in a good way, as End Credits moves to its new old time slot in the morning of the middle of the week to make sure that you kick off your hump day right! How will we do that? With a review of a new movie and a discussion of movie news. This week, we’re going to look at the newest advice for making good video game movies, the newest instance of white-washed casting in the films, and the newest Star Wars director to be fired. All that, and a happy clown and the seven kids that love him on this first episode of our fall slate.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Movie Review: Death Note

This week on End Credits, we issue a death note… to summer! Yes, it’s our last show of the summer, and it’s our last show in our temporary Thursday time slot, and we tee up the fall with a delightful new horror pick about teens that kill people magically with the help of a demon. In other news, or rather *the *news, this week, we talk about some marriage drama, the changing way we see movies, and the perfectly stupid idea of telling a super-villain’s origin story.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Movie Review: The Beguiled

This week on End Credits we’ve got female issues. Or rather other people have female issues and we have to talk about them. For instance, the man that gave us Pulp Fiction, and The Hateful Eight is tired of made-up violence and wants to tackle real life incidents of monstrous murder, in this case against a Hollywood actress. And then, one critic thinks a made-up test to promote better women characters in film is destroying movies, and Disney can’t find two Middle Eastern people that can sing and dance and act out of seven billion humans on Planet Earth. And we’ll top all that off with review of a film that’s a new spin on an old theme.

Read more and listen to the podcast at End Credits Radio.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Movie Review: Transformers 4: The Last Knight

On this week’s edition of End Credits we mix up the format. For the first half of the show, to mark a very special occasion, we will dive into Canadian cinema and pick a few titles any Canadian cinephile worth their salt should definitely check out. In the second half of the show, we’ll talk about a movie that’s an assault on good taste, or at the very least severely damages it.

Read more and listen to the podcast at End Credits Radio.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

This is it! The first episode of End Credits! Every week in this space, we, a small but dedicated group of local movie lovers, will talk about some of the latest news items from the realm of pop culture and review a recent cinematic offering. This week, we have concerns. We have concerns about using soured fruit to rate the quality of a film, about the portrayal of women in movies (even the prestigious ones), and about men’s rights wackos getting scared of women enjoying a movie without them. All this, and a journey back to World War I with a warrior princess, on this week’s inaugural show!

Read more and listen to the podcast at End Credits Radio 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Three Words 2017

I have had two years in a row which really tested my strength and more importantly, my resiliency. I'm so done with that. I know I am strong and I know I am resilient, and I don't need to prove it to myself or to the world. What I do need to do is stop surviving and start thriving.

A reminder of my words in 2015 - Strength, Rebuild, Whole

And my words in 2016 (which I never posted) - Create, Rebuild, Challenge

There's a lot of growing and building and working in those words, and there was in those 2 years also.

I'm tired. So this year I'm going to rely on the things that help make me so resilient. I'm going to spend more time on the good things.



Despite a challenging year in 2016 surrounded by lots of grief, I was generally a happy person. But this year I don't want to be happy despite shitty circumstances, so I'm going to focus on putting more joy into my life. I'm pretty grateful and make note of 3 things I am grateful for every day. This will continue. But I also plan to choose more places, times, experiences, even things that bring me Joy. Actively.


Which brings me to word two, Intention. This one is sort of a cheat because last year I started talking about intention a lot by the middle of the year and kept telling people it was a word I was using to guide my life. This year, I really mean it. I'm tired of letting things happen to me. I want to choose the things I do and the ways I spend my time and the people I am with. I don't want to look back on my year and think "I've been lucky to have such a great life." I want to look back and think "I created such a great life for myself."


Deepen. This is a really different idea for me. I want to deepen the relationships I have with people. Some of it is about Joy and Intention. I love my friends and family and they bring me happiness so I want to choose to be with them more to get more happiness. But from another point of view it will be a challenge and a pushback against the year I've had. In 2016 I lost a number of people to death, many close, some even closer. At no point have I thought about breaking ties with people to suffer fewer losses, though I've joked with people about it. I know that is not the healthy response to grief, but I also know it can be a natural one. I'm not leaving it to chance. I'm going to actively work against building walls to keep myself safe. I want to deepen every relationship I have. I want to be more open and vulnerable. I want to trust more in the people around me and put more of my safety, security, and happiness in their hands.

In some ways I think my words for this year don't seem like a huge leap for me, but in other ways I think they are going to be really hard work.