RoD down under!

Good morning, Internet, it’s Monday, August 16, and I’m excited because…

The CBC announced yesterday that Republic of Doyle will be airing on ABC Australia!

Ok, if you don’t know, Republic of Doyle is a CBC series shot here in St. John’s, NL.  It features Sean McGinley and Allan Hawco as a father-son private investigating team who solve crime and other mischief around town, sometimes almost entirely by accident.  It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s fun, and somebody almost always suffers a blow to the head.

RoD is a source of joy and pride around here.  St. John’s looks gorgeous, local talent gets a bit of work (heck, I’ve gotten a day or two out of it myself!), and it’s attracted a bit more of the public eye on this fine province.  Every Wednesday this past winter, a crowd gathered at the Duke of Duckworth (the pub featured in the series, and also a favourite hangout for the cast and crew) to watch each new episode as it first aired.  There was general celebration when the CBC announced that it would be renewing RoD for a second season, and now Australia gets to share in our joy!


In more immediate news, I saw two excellent movies this weekend, which means that I saw more movies in fewer days than I have since high school.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Ok, so I haven’t been so excited about a movie coming out since… oh… the latest Harry Potter (yes, I’m one of those).  Scott Pilgrim is an indie hero, a young man with a band and no plan. You’ve probably seen the trailers, since they are all over the tv and internet, but just in case you haven’t:


The movie is based on a series of 6 graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley featuring a Torontonian hipster (played by Michael Cera, who you know from Juno, Arrested Development and Superbad – did you also know he’s from Brampton, Ontario?) who falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers and then has to defeat her 7 evil exes in order to date her.  And the movie is So. Much. Fun.

It feels like, for lack of a more original term, watching a comic book.  The scenes move fast, the action is JackieChanesque, and the references to video games are… well… perfect, from the very first moment, which I won’t spoil for you.  Lots of Canadian music in it, too! Highly recommended.

Ramona and Beezus

If you were a North American child between 1950 and now, chances are you’ve read at least one Beverly Cleary book.  Cleary is the wonderful woman who gave us Ralph S. Mouse, Henry Huggins, Ribsy, and, of course, Beezus and Ramona Quimby.

(If you haven’t read any of these books… go do that now. Right now. Go to the library immediately – don’t even read the rest of this blog. I won’t be offended. Beverly Cleary is a better writer than me.)

Ok, now that we’re all on the same page with Beverly Cleary… there’s a movie.  It’s rated G, so if you want to take your son/daughter/niece/nephew/cousin/friend’s kid along to justify your seeing it, I encourage that (especially if you get that kid a copy of the book afterward).  It’s very sweet.  I cried.  A lot.  Much more than I expected… probably about a quarter of the movie was spent crying.   Also, as an added bonus, Sandra Oh is in it.  And John Corbett.  Yay.

And now, on to the plan (dun dun DUN):

Upon further deliberation, I propose to post a video entry every THURSDAY, and a second (usually written, but maybe, occasionally, video) entry every MONDAY.  I don’t guarantee that written entries will be as long as this one… but they will be written, and posted, and you will be able to read them.

Also, it has come to my attention that folks are having trouble commenting.  I don’t know why that is, but I’m sad about it.  If you are reading this and have a good handle on WordPress and know what I’ve done wrong, it would be stellar if you would email me to help me out.  Meanwhile, I will ask around to see if I can get it fixed.  So, if you are trying to comment but can’t, I’m sorry, I’m working on it, and hopefully it will all be fixed soon!