Buckley and Gore were “The Best of Enemies”

Looking for something smart on TV this weekend? Try your local movie theatre. “Best of Enemies” opens in selected cinemas—including Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox—this Friday, July 31. The documentary, from filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon (“Respect Yourself: The Staxx Records Story”), looks at a fascinating footnote to the explosive year 1968. William F. Buckley… Read on



A good, Short read for summer

Looking for a good summer read? This came out last year but I just got to it last week at the cottage: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (HarperCollins 2014). Short has had an amazing life so far. He grew up in Hamilton, Ont., dreaming of showbiz and fascinated by… Read on


Review: test driving Samsung’s spectacular 88-inch SUHD TVs

Did you know that Samsung has been the No. 1 manufacturer of TV’s sold worldwide for nine consecutive years? That’s just one of the things I learned after an overnight test drive of the new Samsung curved, 4K UHD TV. The test occurred two weekends ago at a swanky, Hollywood-style pad tucked into the tony Toronto neighbourhood… Read on


Summer seems like a good time to Fool Canada

Last October when I was at MIPCOM in Cannes you couldn’t help but notice all the signage for Just For Laughs Gags. Scenes from the very visual Quebec comedy were everywhere, on giant electronic billboards as well as on the sides and roofs of the many overpriced taxis. The message: visual gag comedy sells internationally.… Read on



Summer starts slowly with True Detective Two

Summer is the fastest season, A few days have already whizzed by before I could get this link up to this story I wrote on Summer Television for The Canadian Press. Things slowed right down, however, for Sunday’s Season Two premiere of True Detective (HBO, HBO Canada). I watched most of the first hour on an 88-inch,… Read on


That Mad Men finale: delayed reaction

Mad Men has often been accused of being slow, so I thought I would take my time before weighing in on the final episode. Actually I just saw it Friday night. Was up north the Sunday it aired and my neighbour has rigged his dish just to get hockey games. Had it in my PVR… Read on


Review: Happyish is supremely unpleasant

Warning! Do not watch Happyish. I’m still trying to scrub the first two episodes out of my eyes. If the miserable, aggressively unlikable characters from the series were reviewing it they would call it a total piece of s—. There would be swearing. I’ve never heard so much cursing and I’m a Leafs fan. The… Read on


Mad Men’s final season premiere: Is That All There Is?

Peggy Lee’s haunting “Is That All There Is?” plays a big part in Sunday night’s Seventh and final season opener of Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC). I remember first hearing the song back when I was in Grade school. It came out in November of 1969 and times in nicely as Mad Men closes out… Read on