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Since last I checked in with you fine folks to spread the word of posts and podcasts that I dig, it’s been a tough several days.

Much of it centres on the jobfront, so I hope you’ll pardon me if I don’t get too specific. What I will say is that it’s been an eye-opening week in a lot of ways professionally, and 2015 is shaping up to be a year I won’t soon forget.

It’s funny – I often see this space of mine as a counterbalance to my job; a spot where I am in complete control of everything that goes on. More than that, it’s a spot where people actually come specifically to listen to what I have to say. There’s a value to that which I’d never really understood until recently, but suffice it to say I understand it now.

I’m afraid and excited about what lays ahead of me, and if I’m very lucky, I’ll be able to point to this space as a source of something good.

Sorry to be so cryptic – if you stuck with me through all of that, I’m quite grateful. On to the matter-at-hand.

 
For your listening and reading fulfillment, I give you…

 

Movies You Love has returned in 2015! Andrew Robinson dusted off his mic this past week and rapped with Shane Slater about his love for Mike Nichols’ THE GRADUATE. Listen in!

Up at the pigeon coop, Terry wonders if Oscar has a responsibility to represent diversity.

Want more? OK – at Between the Reels, Luke actually spends a great deal of time examining his toxic relationship with Oscar. I’m sure sometimes he feels – as one jilted, would-be Best Picture put it – “I wish I knew how to quit you”.

This week I will finally get a chance to see A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. This is actually something of a fluke, since I thought about watching it on-demand several times but never pulled the trigger, so my indecision has been rewarded with a big screen opportunity. Looks like Mister Small has already caught up with it and has posted a review in honour of its Lightbox engagement.

As we begin to think about what might take the prize for Best Picture this year, we’ll likewise be looking at honourees of the past (I’m concentrating on 1976 myself). Jay Cluitt soaked up OUT OF AFRICA this week, and didn’t seem too fussed with it. Things get interesting in the posts comment section though, where a true lover of the film drops by to add context.

Enough looking back! Nikhat wants us to look forward, and gets us in the mood with her most-anticipated films of 2015.

 

For the Tweet of The Week, allow me to direct you to an upcoming podcast that I am truly excited about featuring two of my favorite locals…

Enjoy!