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The Bear Truth with Timothy Treadwell and Diary of the Grizzly Man

14 Jan

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Now Available on Apple TV and other digital platforms

Even in British Columbia, residents living very close to The Rockies have to face the Grizzly Bear. When these gentle creatures venture too often into the towns, that can lead to problems. Sometimes, the animal has to be euthanized instead of simply relocated.

Filmmaker and bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell studied this creature in its native habitat, but not even living with them can help; he spent 13 years in Alaska’s Katmai National Park trying to understand their behaviour and sadly, he knew he was in trouble. The media was abuzz when his remains was found.

Diary of the Grizzly Man is produced by Erik Nelson and Jewel Palovak, the producers of Werner Herzog’s acclaimed documentary, Grizzly Man (2003). This new three-hour mini-series is crafted from Treadwell’s vast film archive, and takes us deep inside the unfolding dramas and life and death struggles of the Alaskan animals he devoted his life to protecting and understanding. It contains never-before-seen footage and astonishing still photographs of Treadwell’s interactions with very wild nature–dangerous interactions which would ultimately lead to the death of Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Hugarnard.

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A Nerd’s & Safety Guide to the 2022 Victoria Film Festival

8 Jan

Film festivals are continuing to be half in-person and half online as the world enters into year three of the pandemic. Sundance cancelled their physical edition and will be fully digital. It’s tough to say if smaller events in cities like Victoria, British Columbia will follow suit. As long as there’s no huge spike in hospitalizations, all anyone can do is stay informed to what the policies are should they want to attend in-person.

People going to a Victoria Film Festival screening must present their vaccination card and id. The check-in process should be even more machine-operated/contactless. When patrons are not eating or drinking, a mask must be always on. Additionally, there’s no advanced booking of seats for distancing between groups. This organisation isn’t likely to have enough volunteer power to enforce by doing high temperature checks, so everyone has to do their part to keep others safe. 

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Ghost Stories for the Winter Season (Part Two)

17 Dec

Kwaidan (1964) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

In part two, some tales take advantage of the season more so than a specific day to deliver the chills. This list of ghostly tales considers how the land is ready to rebel against the wayfarer. 

Fighting the Wendigo isn’t tough, but rather is in why hasn’t it terrorized humanity sooner? There’s also the Yeti to consider, but those films involving a monster of the North or icy tundra are a dime a dozen. In keeping to the spirit, only shades are considered in this list:

Kwaidan “The Woman in the Snow” (1965)

This anthology series has one stand out for the season. The Woman in the Snow is about a woodcutter who meets an icy spirit. He would’ve been killed, but made a promise to not say a thing to anyone else about her. The chills are truly delivered when he forgets his promise ten years later…

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How to Celebrate the Holidays with The NFB!

13 Dec

holidaysThe NFB Ho Ho Holidays channel is back with more goodies than ever: seasonal classics, recent works and family favourites. It’s a good mix of live-action and animated material. There’s 53 films in all that you can watch for free!

This year, this company is offering up a few pieces of line art for anyone to colour up! I encourage folks to to print out the drawings and once painted up with your favourite markers, take a quick picture on a smartphone and post it online on Facebook or Twitter to share (with the hashtag #NFB.)

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Counting Down the 12 Days to a Comic Book Style Christmas

11 Dec

Harvey Kurtzman's Marley's Ghost (comiXology Originals) by [Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O'Neill, Shannon Wheeler, Gideon Kendall]By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Counting down the twelve days to Christmas is easy. Deciding on what to read on each day is tougher. In what I present is a list of what I’m excited about getting under the tree–should Santa be reading. This catalog is varied, as I have a lot of interests and a few are upgrades from the digital copy I have already.

I also have a few seasonal bits to get me into the spirit of the holiday, and the rest are not just for encyclopaedic reference.  

Most are are available to order on Amazon USA for those interested in obtaining for the fussy nerd on their gift giving list. Disclaimer: sales made through the links provided go into maintaining this blog.

Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost
ComiXology

This Eisner Award winner of 2018 is simply described as holiday magic, according to New York Magazine, and I’m inclined to agree. It’s a posthumous completion of legendary creator Harvey Kurtzman’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel. The idea took more than a half century to realise, and the reason is perhaps lost to time. The reason why this work matters is that this creator of MAD Magazine is considered one of the most influential creators of the sequential art format, and no list can be complete without some work referencing this seminal classic for the season. Plus, it appeases the paranormal enthusiast in me!

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