St. Vincent is a feel-good film. Yes, that is a genre that doesn't get enough credit. When done badly it's cloying as hell, but when done right, this genre can actually made a bad day better. This is one such film that makes you hate humanity a little less.
Jason Reitman's Men, Women and Children premiered last night at TIFF'S Ryerson theatre. It is an ambitious and thoroughly entertaining look at modernity, and what that means. The film starts in a macro sense, discussing a sort of time capsule astronomer Carl Sagan sent out into space in the hopes of teaching extra-terrestrial life about humans here on earth, but then quickly we zoom in on the micro in a form of one small town in Texas where everyone's lives all of a sudden seem to be lived in large part through screens.
You’ve probably never heard of Trevor Stack. A young, apparently ambitious intern in Rona Ambrose’s office, Stack seems like a fairly typical twenty-something doing his best to carve out a future career in politics. He is a scholarship recipient, the president of the University of Victoria Campus Conservatives and previously worked as a Ministerial intern for the ruling Progressive Conservative Party in Alberta.
In late June I wrote an article about the findings from a Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) request I made with Rogers Communications back in May. To me, the most interesting fact was that Rogers could not confirm or deny whether or not they had shared information about me to any federal law enforcement agency (LEA).
The worst kept secret in Ottawa is as follows: the NDP, despite proclamations from its leader, Tom Mulcair, is not a pro-Israel party. While their adversaries would likely characterize the NDP as being fastidiously anti-Israel, the party’s members would counter by saying they are simply concerned over the plight of the Palestinian people.
Nick Viall lost to Josh on this week's finale of The Bachelorette. You remember Josh? He kind of looks like the human incarnation of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast? Well, yeah, Andi picked him over Viall and seems to be super happy in her decision. All that is fine. It's a show about a woman dating 26 guys and then choosing what she thinks is best for HER, even if that means a former Minor League Baseball player with the hubris to say he would have made the Baseball Hall of Fame, if his heart had only been in it. At the end of the day, we are meant to trust Andi knows herself well enough to pick the guy who is best for her. And I do believe that. I believe there must be something in Josh she can see that I as a viewer cannot. I respect that completely, even if I probably would have picked that dapper Marquel fellow.
To Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the conservative base is everything. A practitioner of strategic incrementalism, Harper has had decades to read the pulse of the most ardent conservatives in Canada, often providing them with ideological comradery and a readiness to champion the issues that resonate most. The Conservative Party of Canada caters to their base, creating a symbiotic relationship where fundraising successes directly correlates with stated conservative philosophies. In Canada, the relationship between the CPC and their supporters is a constant give and take, and likely the most mutually fulfilling relationship in Canadian politics.
There is a must-have for nations who use rhetoric on the international scene: the power to back up words with deeds that match the national tone.