New Pornographers

So we’re halfway home, eh? Then today, allow me a moment to sum things up.


Best first-time watch of 2015: IRMA LA DOUCE
Best new album: “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar
Best new song: “Colors” by Genevieve
Best concert: Prince at The SONY Centre
Best TV show (veteran’s category): Mad Men
Best TV show (rookie category): Daredevil
Best podcast: Song Exploder
Best new book: “Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby
Best first-time read: “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami
Best graphic novel read: “Saga – Book One” by Brian K. Vaughan
Best food tried for the first time: hokkigai (aka surf clam sushi)

How’s about you – come across anything good in the first half of 2015? And have I forgotten anything – if so, ask in the comments!


For your listening and reading fulfillment, I give you…


Going back a week, Andrew, Kurt, and Matt celebrated a major milestone by recording the 400th episode of the Row Three Cinecast. Not only is that sort of output absolutely Herculean in the information age, but the show has had a profound influence on my own work and film literacy. So plug-in those headphones and raise a glass.

Andrew Robinson has cast an eye towards the classics this week after watching one of the most iconic Marilyn Monroe films – GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.

I remain on the fence about seeing TERMINATOR GENISYS tonight. Mariah has a review posted that gave a little bit of a clue as to what I should expect, but I still can’t make up my mind. Related, I’m the guy you hate to be in line behind at the buffet.

This week, Marya E. Gates arrived at the halfway point of her Year With Women (take a look at her summary for June here). In honour of this, she put out a call on Twitter for people to post picture of their favorite female filmmakers. I bring this up because responding to it introduced me to a few great film writers I might not have otherwise met.

The first writer I learned about thanks to Maraya’s meme was Alex Heeney at The Seventh Row. (Row Three, Row Seven. Note to self, the next blog I start needs to be named Row Five). Recently, Alex posted a rather thoughtful look at a documentary now on Netflix – WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Go check out her piece, then go check out the film itself.

The next site I learned about through Marya’s meme was This Cinematic Life. Admittedly, with this site I have a bit more digging to do, since the bylines area little less visible. I’m thinking it’s the work of one inquisitive brainchild, but for all I know it could be a gathering of a sixteen person hivemind. No matter what, TCL is working through the Sight & Sound list (hooray for challenges!), so take a look at this week’s entry – a film I recently saw for the first time myself – TROUBLE IN PARADISE.


As for The tweet of the Week, it’s not even close…I just wish I was there…