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Movie season

I’m not particularly keen on The National Post, but it’s the only national paper the stores around here carry, it’s the only national paper whose articles don’t disappear from the website, and The Post did give me this lovely photo of, and an article about, Paul Gross today.  (Though whoever wrote the headline should be dangled by the ankles from the CN Tower.)

Paul Gross’s World War I movie Passchendaele opens the Toronto Film Festival tonight, and our family is very much looking forward to this fall; the movie opens October 17, and ads were already airing during the Olympics.  But I think I’ll make sure the kids can each spell the title before we buy tickets…

The National Post‘s movie review

The Globe & Mail‘s article (catch it before it disappears)

Canadian Press article

By the way, also from the Canadian Press — Paul Gross’s wife and co-star Martha Burns, along with Susan Coyne (who starred with both in the delicious Slings & Arrows), have a short film at the Toronto Film Festival, “How Are You?”, opening September 11.  The end of the article includes the welcome news that Burns and Coyne are working on a screenplay of Too Close to the Falls, Catherine Gildiner’s memoir of her quirky Niagara childhood.

Back to making peach pies, chokecherry syrup, and stewing about the various North American elections.

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One Response

  1. were you going to take the kids to that movie? Because I’m having trouble imagining how you could make a film about Passchendaele (which I probably didn’t spell properly) that wouldn’t terrify the crap out of kids. Even kids like Tigger who know a lot about that history. (The bit in the museum in Ypres needed to be walked through v.v. quickly.) I’ll read the reviews and look out for it, though.

    BTW, my grandfather fought there. And lived. Though the memory of it depressed him. (which seems like it shouldn’t need to be said)

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