O Canada Blogathon: Oct. 7 Roundup


Time flies when you’re having fun in Canada!

Today’s posts show the diversity of Canadian filmmakers, past and present, who have helped create films as varied as the Canadian landscape. Is there a single distinct Canadian filmmaking style? Happily, there isn’t – as today’s posts prove.

Movie Rat: Léolo, part 3 The Word Tamer

The Midnight Palace: Michael Sarrazin’s The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: Niagara

Hitchcock’s World: The Lesson to be Learned in Naked Lunch

History on Film: Passchendaele

Caftan Woman: Alexander Knox

Canadian Cinephile: On Leslie Neilsen – Half-Truths & Fart Jokes

Pamela Fallon Thornley: New Brunswick’s Old Hollywood Connection

Thanks to the good (and very Canadian) folks at The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), one lucky blogathon participant will receive a DVD of Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell. A winner will be selected by way of a random draw from bloggers who post within the blogathon period.

Many thanks to the NFB!





  1. Great stuff again. My own humble offering — notes on Marked Man, will go live tomorrow.

    I really, really, really want to see that Sarah Polley movie. She’s among the best actresses and most intelligent moviemakers we currently have.


    • Sounds great! I’m looking forward to reading about the Marked Man.

      I’m dying to see that film too. It has been sooo tempting to open it & watch it… But I wouldn’t be able to re-do the cellophane. I’m sure no one would notice if I opened it & re-wrapped it in Saran wrap??

      Liked by 1 person

      • I’m dying to see that film too.

        Well, we watched it this evening, and I’m sort of stunned by it. It is so good. I went into it not knowing what to expect, assumed for a while it was going to be another directorial self-portrait (yawn), and discovered it wasn’t that at all. After it was over, Pam and I chatted for really quite some while about what it was we’d just seen. A portrait of Polley’s mum? Of her dad? Of her family? Of her biological dad? Or, and I think this is a big part of the movie’s appeal, a portrait of the love shared by Polley and her dad, who couldn’t care less about what the DNS says? Or is it, as Polley herself says, a quest to find out what’s the meaning of truth when everyone’s version is different?

        The movie’s very funny in places, which I’d sort of expected; what I hadn’t expected was how much it sometimes moved me, almost to tears.

        Just . . . wonderful.

        Is my 2c.

        Liked by 1 person

      • You’ve sold me! I’m renting this movie after all our relatives leave next week. I’m so glad to hear your thoughts on it. If you liked it this much, then I know my husband & I will, too.

        Thanks for sharing your feedback. 🙂


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