Actually, the above is a part of a series of cartoon posters for cult movies, from Creature from the Black Lagoon to Beetlejuice ... and, of course, Blade Runner. They're by Ïve Bastrash, a Canadian illustrator, and they have such a charm of their own, you wonder about what the movies themselves might have been like with such a style.
I bought the new collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent (a.k.a., Annie Clark) earlier this week. It's really creative, which I kind of expected, and filled with inventive brass and sax arrangements, which I wasn't quite expecting. They're playing in Toronto on Thursday night.
Like many Canadians, I know Bobcaygeon more as a Tragically Hip song than as a small town in Ontario. For my money, Bobcaygeon is one of their best songs, weaving together constellations, bar violence, Willie Nelson and who knows what else. (The Men They Couldn't Hang? My money's on the band, not the personality type.)
Last year, the clever idea emerged to have a Hip concert in Bobcaygeon itself, with the town's population growing by 10fold for the event.
And they filmed it. Bobcaygeon, the movie, is coming soon; here's a trailer.
I walked right into not one but two spiderwebs this morning while I was clearing up some deadwood around the property and tossing it on the pile of tropical storm Leslie remnants. The spiderweb above, though, was one I spotted a few days ago, growing on the pole by the fire hydrant near our house. It was too remarkable not to stop and admire.
The image above was run through an Instagram filter to bring out the detail of the webbing.
Duane Hall, the brother with violently disturbing dreams and the hush-quiet voice made creepier by Christopher Walken's deadpan delivery, is here. So is Cheech, above, the gangster who finds he has a natural gift for dialogue. There's Fielding Mellish: he goes in for his name alone, but the fact that everything he does is hilarious certainly helps.
It's a list from Total Film of the 50 greatest Woody Allen characters - most of them played by the very fine actors (and unusual cases, like Marshall McLuhan) who have lined up to be in his films. It's a good list, not to mention a decent prod for picking a movie for an autumn night.
Not the Carly Simon song from Heartburn, but something else. I heard this tune a few weeks ago in the car during a longer drive; I don't recall having heard it before. A little research turned up that it's by Simon Webbe, an English singer (didn't know the name) a member of the U.K. boyband Blue (them I've heard of).
I shrugged off the boyband connection. The song cheered me up when I heard it, and that can't be too bad.
The photo above shows Tom Osborne and Kathy Dunderdale in ostensibly happier times, on election night in October 2011, when the PCs won their third straight mandate in Newfoundland and Labrador. They actually weren't that close at the time, as both have confirme in the last few days, following Osborne's defection on Thursday to sit as an Independent in the house of assembly.
One of the things we've learned over the last few days is a bit about the communcations strategy inside the provincial government, including the government's move to screen and decide when an MHA can speak publicly on what topic. Osborne cited it as one of the reasons why he's disillusioned with the party to which he had belonged through his adult life.
Hal David died earlier today, of complications of a stroke. He was 91. He wrote many, many hits with Burt Bacharach (and less frequently with other collaborators), with the pair pretty much scoring a good chunk of the soundtrack of the Mad Men era.
You can't do much better than Make Me Over, recorded by the voice of many of their songs, Dionne Warwick.
This is from a collection of images made in France, largely in the first decade of the 20th century, about what life would be like in the year 2000. The image above imagines what mail delivery might be like in small towns. There are many more to seen here. Pretty illuminating!
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.