My in-laws are recently landed immigrants, and they live with us until they smoothly merge into the Canadian sweet lifestyle.

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One of the objects in our house that is a gift from my father in law is a wall clock, so here’s the obligatory “FIL/clock on the wall” joke:


Wife: Dear, this afternoon the big clock fell off the wall. Had it fallen a moment sooner, my father would have been hit on the head.

Husband : That clock has always been slow.

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Joke aside, my MIL & FIL were kind enough to babysit, so we can take off for a “sans-souci” weekend at Niagara Falls.

Having seen the Falls about 20 times in the past 5 years as a guide, it was my (and wife’s) first chance to explore outside the beaten path.

We started by setting tent at the Sheraton on the Falls, which offers this view from the 7th floor outdoor pool:

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I do run out of ideas of what I want my next movie to be.

That’s why I maintain a list on the website of my supplier of rented DVDs, the online service zip.ca

I will link most of the movie titles in this blog to imdb.com, for your convenience.

Of course, that’s where I get my art cinema from, and concert movies too. I’ve just had MORE (Pink Floyd), PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman) and Jim Jarmuch’s YEAR OF THE HORSE (if you are into air-guitar stuff, get this. Forget Guitar Hero, get a friend and ride the Crazy Horse together).

Every once in a while I look back at the movies I rented in the last 3-4 months, and the feeling is good: they still do 5-star movies. On any scale you would think of, one can find a recently-produced movie to top it.

Here’s a sample from my list, hopefully you’ll say “Hey, I haven’t seen this one, let’s check Georgies taste”

I know, these are last year’s movies, but I know some of you might have missed them.

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD ( 5 stars out of 5)

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TEXT: a DJ story around last weekend’s Alice Russell show in Toronto

MUSIC: Alice Russell – Mean to Me (LP My Favourite Letters, 2005, Label – Tru Thoughts Recordings)

RUNNING TIME: a little short of 9 minutes, including the music.

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We moved to Toronto’s suburbs in late 2006. By then, my Subaru Outback was 1 year old and we were totally in love with him.

With life in the ‘burbs, we soon found out that we need another car. We leased a brand new VW Rabbit, cause I saw it’s ad in Rolling Stone and thought it was cool.

Fast forward 5 months, and we had it with the life in suburban Canada: we missed the busy corner at Yonge and Davisville! We sold the house immediately and moved back to our beloved Merton Street.

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You can reach this heavenly corner in a one-day trip from Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Detroit, London, Buffalo etc.

This is a place on the Northern shore of Lake Erie.

It’s called Sandy Hill.

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A sound-bite stuck to my mind while walking away from Scarborough Dude‘s (with John Meadows) presentation at PAB2008: “I bought every single Rolling Stones record from the 60s until today; I have the right to play a damn Rolling Stones song in my podcast!”

I felt compelled to stand up and applaud!

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