Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day

It is time to fire up the barbeque and wave the flag for it is Canada Day.
I’m here to add a little extra Canadiana to the day with a few suggestions for your entertainment, whether you want to have movie night, go nostalgic with some TV on DVD or curl up with a good book:


Movies:
  • One Week:  Joshua Jackson stars in this poignant movie, about a man who discovers he has cancer and embarks on a Canadian road trip.  It’s a touching, quiet film about the country and life.
  • Men with Brooms:  Male bonding, relationships, beavers and curling, what more could you want.  Oh yeah, it stars Paul Gross.
  • Cube: A sci-fi horror film about a group of people trying to escape a cube-shaped prison filled with death traps.
  • Away From Her: A moving film about dealing with Alzheimer disease and the effect it has on a marriage.  Staring Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie and directed by Sarah Polley.

TV:
  • The Red Green Show:  Watch Red, Harold and the boys as they get into trouble at Possum Lodge and sing the praises of duct tape.
  • Corner Gas:  The quirky life of the citizens of Dog River.
  • The Collector:  Morgan Pym collects souls for the Devil in Vancouver, until he re-works his arrangement to try and save his hapless targets.
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest: A strong crime drama set in the world of the Vancouver City Coroner’s office.
  • Trailer Park Boys:  The raunchy, crazy, beer drinking antics of Bubbles, Ricky and Julian.

Books:
  • The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay: A three book fantasy masterpiece (note: while I prefer the Sailing to Sarantium/Lord of Emperors epic, The Fionavar Tapestry is set, at least in part, in Canada).
  • No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod: A wonderful, emotional saga of one family.


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