Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 12: Blood Ties

| October 12, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment, Les Liens de Sang (Blood Ties) tells the tale of a family ruled by the deviant sexual demands of a domineering father, a young girl’s birthday, and the gaining of freedom through the efficacy of a wish made at the blowing out of candles. This animated short film released in 2014 won […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 8: Baba Jaga

| October 8, 2018

Most of you will be familiar with the name “Baba Yaga” from the movie John Wick where it’s incorrectly offered as the Russian equivalent of “boogeyman”. As much as we enjoy Keanu Reeves in the title role, if John Wick is your only point of reference in navigating the realm of Slavic mythology, you’re missing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 7: Fallen Art

| October 7, 2018

While brilliant, tonight’s Dark Sentiment isn’t quite so uplifting as yesterday’s. In fact, one might say, quite the opposite for some of its characters. Written and directed by Polish animator, illustrator, and director  Tomasz “Tomek” Baginski, and released in 2005, Fallen Art is set against a backdrop of decrepitude. As described by production firm Platige, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 5: Golden Shot

| October 5, 2018

Turkish film maker and animator Gökalp Gönen created the short film you are about to see over approximately a one year period, releasing it in 2015. Golden Shot has won over 25 awards and tells a tale of ill considered faith — “Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 3: Teddy’s Revenge

| October 3, 2018

The 27’th Dark Sentiment of last year spoke of monsters, guardians, and most particularly Teddy Bears. Tonight we’re going to revisit the subject, only with the holders of those labels somewhat … redefined, and with all but the grimmest of realities stripped away. When last detected, Montréal based Teresa Lang, (AKA smokingmoose) described herself as, […]

Canada Day 2018

| July 1, 2018

You can keep your bit coin mining. It’s a well known fact that nickel mining is an important component of the Canadian economy. Less well known is that the one in Sudbury, Ontario, is the biggest we’ve ever found. This is Canada Day up here in the Great White North, on which all and sundry […]

Risk: Nothing of Value Happens Without It

| May 27, 2018

“In 1866, a book was published titled Readings for Young Men, Merchants, and Men of Business. Fortunately for the world, this tome has been unearthed and scanned by Google bringing it back just in time to prove my point. “This is a world of excuses where everybody needs to have one foot over the safety […]

“Further Annoying the Law-abiding Won’t Help”

| April 1, 2018

“How much do you trust your government? “It’s the eternal American question, but one Canadians should be asking themselves, too. “Because in a few months, we will presumably all wake up free — for the first time in any of our lives — to legally possess recreational cannabis. “And with that new freedom will come […]

Smoke, Mirrors, and a Soldier

| March 25, 2018

I read an article the other day written by Josh Makuch and published last Friday to Vice  with the title, “I’m a Veteran In Favour of More Gun Control — Gun owners could learn a lot from how the Canadian military treats their firearms.” This was, of course, trendy because the Trudeau government is only this […]