Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How Trump's White Supremacist Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th 2021 - New York Times' Visual Investigations

This is required viewing for all who care about equality, justice, and the rule of law, and how all were undermined and attacked by the deeply immoral narcissist, would-be-dictator Donald Trump and his racist/White supremacist supporters on January 6th of this year.   Watching these 40 minutes - meticulously compiled from real videos shot by the rioters themselves and other available video - will leave you fully informed about how outrageously close these pigs came to destroying American democracy that day, including the shameful and pathetic response from U.S. police and military authorities tasked with protecting the Capitol building.    

Trump and his supporters remain a massive threat to democracy, the rule of law, and justice not only in America, but across the world.  Donald Trump has not been held accountable for how he incited this treasonous and violent mass crime to take place based on his pathetic lies about the election.  Trump's time in prison for these crimes and his many other crimes needs to come as soon as possible.  Republican Party officials who empowered this maniac and are still placating his racist/violent supporters, and even now continue to cover up this mass crime, also need to be arrested for treason and put into prison (let alone pay politically for this outrage.)   

Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and others who organized this riot, kept its momentum alive over hours in this attempted coup, should be considered treasonous terrorists who must be rounded up and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for the safety of our society and democratic values.  

We must stop these evil people!  We should consider ourselves living in a time equivalent to the 1930s, when a massive threat to democracy was not yet fully realized.  These White supremacists are on the move and planning their next crimes as we speak.  People of colour, Jewish people, LGBTQ people already know well the dire threats we face from these evil folks.  It's time for everyone who values justice and equality to understand the massive threat these folks pose to all and demand a full crackdown against White supremacy terrorists.  Complacency could lead to our literal destruction as a democracy.   I hate to be melodramatic, but I have no choice.  Naivete needs to be overcome in favour of informed action against these real threats to our lives and decent, progressive, democratic values. 


Saturday, June 12, 2021

It’s now confirmed: Doug Ford has a fetish about using the Notwithstanding Clause to override your rights…

The Notwithstanding Clause in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms was supposed to be used sparingly such as in cases where human safety could be endangered if governments didn’t act in response to possible court rulings.

One example could be to protect children were child pornography somehow legalized by a court in favour of freedom of expression. 

But of course courts have been quite reasonable balancing rights while protecting vulnerable Canadians and the greater good going back decades.  

It was Quebec that enjoyed using the Notwithstanding Clause the most to override language rights to bolster its vulnerable Quebec culture.  I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat: if the only way your language and culture can survive is to systemically oppress all other cultures and languages, then maybe your language and culture isn’t really worth saving. 

Quebec recently oppressed religious and expression rights again by banning any outward religious expression in the public service, a law that has negatively impacted mostly on Muslim women who now can’t work in certain public sector jobs.  

But Doug Ford in Ontario wins the prize for worst excuses to use the Notwithstanding Clause.  He first tried to do it in 2018 when a court tried to stop his vindictive, purely political attack on local democracy in Toronto in the middle of a municipal campaign.  Ford was motivated solely my malice and revenge against former enemies running municipally whose races Ford simply squashed.  It certainly wasn’t about helping Toronto.

Ford's first instinct was to use the sledge hammer approach of the Notwithstanding Clause to resolve the issue to his liking.  However an appeal court ruling set aside his need to use the notwithstanding clause that year.  This case is still before the Supreme Court now.  But the incident illustrated clearly how eager Ford is to override basic human rights when they conflict with his agenda. 

But this week’s move by Ford to again invoke the Notwithstanding Clause to greatly limit the ability of unions and other groups from running ads critical of the government 12 months ahead of the election proves the first attempt wasn’t some one off. 

No, Ford is showing his true self again.  When other reasonable options like appealing this ruling still exist, Ford instead jumps to override the Charter.   

The first 2018 attempt was merely gratuitous and disturbing. The second time now proves Doug Ford has some kind of fucked up fetish when it comes to stripping you of your rights. 

The bullying and disrespect so ingrained in this flawed imbecile’s psyche is now on full display.  We saw it too when he tried to ramp up police arrests of citizens out for a drive in the second wave of Covid-19 and wanted to close provincial borders with police barricades.

His instincts are cruel and nasty.  He’s dangerous and his hands on the levers of power resemble those of a dangerous, spoiled child’s hands.  

The sooner this buffoon is removed from those levers of power, the safer and healthier all Ontarians will be.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Canadian Media Guild local at CBC Toronto Has A Long History Of Celebrating Pride

CMG volunteers in 2014 World Pride parade

Happy Pride Month to everyone!

As some of you may know already, I have been volunteering for a few years as Treasurer on the Location Executive Committee at CBC Toronto for the Canadian Media Guild (CMG).   I've been very happy to put my principles into action and work on behalf of my colleagues.   

This year, Covid-19 has again prevented public gatherings to celebrate Pride.   That includes for our local union, which has a history of celebrating this festive season.   

I posted this piece today on the local CMG website.   I'm happy to provide a link to it here as well.  Here's an excerpt: 

"This June marks Pride Month across Canada and in many parts of the world.  It's a month to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, of which I am proud to be a member... 

"Our CBC Toronto location unit of the Canadian Media Guild has a long history of joining in this celebration...   

"Prior to the pandemic, that included regularly participating in the annual Pride Parade in Toronto... 

"One of our biggest parade turnouts was in 2014 when Toronto hosted World Pride.  Many guild members will remember carrying our banner down Yonge Street on that hot day and later gathering together for food and drinks to celebrate...

"...Both the union and our employers must all do better to promote respect and inclusion and fight all forms of hatred and discrimination.  That awareness and determination must extend to the 2SLGBTQ+ community, both in terms of how we are treated and also how we treat each other...

"There's much more work to be done.  We will continue to do that work." 

Et en français aussi.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca suddenly and thankfully starts to show real potential

 

I was unequivocally clear in my post early in 2020 criticizing Steven Del Duca as a candidate for the leadership of the decimated Ontario Liberal Party.

The post got a lot of attention, some praise but also criticism.  Many agreed with my assessment of Del Duca's flaws.  Others accused me of hurting the party by being so critical of one of its leadership candidates (their arrogance assuming Del Duca's inevitable victory irked me greatly at the time, although admittedly they weren't wrong about his chances.)  

My words in early 2020 were an honest reflection of my thoughts at the time, spurred on by a desire to stop Del Duca's momentum and wake up Liberal supporters into choosing someone better.  It didn't work.  Del Duca went on to easily win the Ontario Liberal leadership on the first ballot in March 2020, just before the pandemic lock down really kicked in.

Until recently, I had been resigned to the sad opinion that Del Duca's Liberals would never present much of a challenge to the governing PCs, nor even the opposition NDP.   I predicted that next year's Ontario election would largely be a repeat of the 2018 vote, with a likely re-elected PC majority with the NDP easily coming in second.  

But after about 14 months in the leadership, I must admit my thoughts have changed about Del Duca.  What changed my mind?  His late April interview on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin linked above and here.  If we see more of this, Del Duca may have a fighting chance.  

What I saw in this interview were finally the inklings of a clear and coherent message that may indeed gain great traction among Ontario voters.  

Del Duca presented a clear-minded, thoughtful, intelligent narrative, even talking about his own self-awareness, and Doug Ford's lack of it.  It was a message honed to highlight the strengths of his candidacy, and to my surprise, he was convincing. 

Sure, Del Duca is the opposite of charismatic.  Paikin even jokingly asked him about that in the interview.  If Del Duca is wise (and we know he is), he'll continue to play off the humour of such suggestions.  

For we know that Ontarians don't particularly care if their premier is charismatic.  Ontarians mostly just want competence and managerial ability.  Ontarians don't want to constantly worry about how provincial affairs are being managed at Queen's Park; we just want to know that the folks in charge are fair-minded and running things well. 

No doubt, more and more Ontarians are realizing that isn't the case today.  We are currently struggling through the third wave of Covid-19 in Ontario made far worse by the flawed leadership of Doug Ford.  If there were mistakes that could be made by the province in guiding us through this pandemic, Doug Ford made them.  

The Ford disaster reached its crescendo in mid-April when, as things looked their darkest, Ford announced he would now set up provincial border stops, empower the police to pull over (Black) people, and shut down playgrounds and tennis courts.  Absolutely tone deaf.  It took one day for Ford to flip flop on the new police powers, and several more for Ford to finally promise three days sick leave for Ontario workers. 

Suddenly, all the good will Ford had built up over the last year since Covid began faded.  We were reminded Ford is a man governed only by flawed, unsophisticated, pro-business-at-all-costs ideology.  Ford doesn't have a thoughtful bone in his body.  His bravado is only matched by his bullshit.  The emperor has no clothes and Ford is never going to change.  

Against Ford, Del Duca is suddenly looking like a better option.  If Del Duca continues to improve his game, he is going to provide voters wary of another Ford government with a tempting alternative.

But what of Andrea Horwath and the NDP, you might ask?  Sure, they'll continue to have many supporters who likely won't be much tempted by Del Duca.  Before my recent change of heart, it was mere desperation that I pinned my hopes on the NDP to potentially oust Ford from office

But I have to admit I think Horwath has likely reached her peak.  Even amidst Ford's current troubles, her rhetoric sounds canned and unconvincing.  It seems clear to me her best chance to win was in 2018 when she did well but still lost.  It wasn't even close.  I hoped she would step aside after 2018, but she hangs on.   

Ontarians simply are not inclined to hand over the provincial government to the NDP.  Not this incarnation of the NDP, at least.  (Things are different in western Canada where the NDP is more centrist and has a tradition of occasionally winning.)  

We shall see what happens in 2022.  

Regardless, Del Duca finding traction with voters will undoubtedly help get rid of Doug Ford.  It'll help resuscitate the Ontario Liberals and put them back in the game in their former strongholds in and around Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere.  I'm not predicting Del Duca mania similar to Justin Trudeau's 2015 majority victory.  But I'm certainly no longer predicting disaster.  Far from it.  

Please consider me now cautiously optimistic again about Ontario Liberal fortunes.  

Monday, April 19, 2021

Exhausted and going a little crazy in these Covid times, but at least I now have my AstraZeneca vaccine appointment

I regret really letting health care officials have it with my last post.  

Like all of you, I'm exhausted after a year plus of this pandemic.  The massive flaws of our species are on full display everywhere you look.  

The only thing that gives me solace when I observe Dumpster Fire Ontario under the current provincial government is the fact that so many other jurisdictions have it worse.   

Take most of America, which is thankfully finally using its superpower might under President Biden in the right ways and vaccinating the willing, despite the broken, misguided efforts of Republicans to undermine the recovery with their ideology.  Other countries like Brazil are in the worst of it, thanks to the deadly combination of the psychotic idiot they have as President and the 55% of the general population that voted for him in 2018, many of whom shockingly are still believing Bolsonaro’s lies and apologizing for him. 

Compared to those places, Ontario has it good.  It could be far better, of course.  The Ford government should've taken the science seriously, protected people including our most vulnerable fellow citizens over maximized profits for the few.  But if they had done that, they wouldn't be a government led by Doug Ford, after all.  No doubt, Ontarians are waking up fast to the massive deficiencies of Dougie.  Was kicking out Kathleen Wynne really worth this?  Not for a second.   

I lost it last week having to endure the technical torture of Unity Health's feeble booking site after waiting so long to become "eligible" for a vaccine here.  Then Ontario announced Sunday night that 40+ residents can get the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies starting Tuesday.  And today, I'm thrilled to say I was able to find a pharmacy that would book me for one before the end of April.  I'm thrilled.  Thank you to everyone who helped me in this.  Fingers crossed that the appointment doesn't get cancelled or some other screw-up hinders my vaccination. 

I'll look forward to my first dose and joining the ranks of the luckier.  It's true so many other more vulnerable people who have to put themselves in danger every day just to make a living deserve a vaccine sooner than I.  It's also true that Ontario shouldn't be in this bad a situation.  There's no excuse one year in for our provincial government to have made this many mistakes.  Doug Ford should resign now.  

None of this is fair.  I'll try to reflect on that.  And remember to be kinder and appreciate more often the good things I do have.  And not forget we're all in this together. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Liars

 

I sent this message a few minutes ago to Unity Health Toronto, the alleged providers of health care in my Toronto Centre community.  I think it speaks for itself.  

From name: Matt Guerin

Comment: I just logged onto my three local vaccine clinic appointment booking links available through Unity Health as we've been told by your website and by local Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam that new Covid vaccine appointments are opened up every Thursday at 7 pm.

I used 3 different tabs to check each of the 3 clinics that are allegedly offering appointments now to 48 year olds in my Covid hot spot postal code M5B.  No appointments were available when I checked all three clinics at 6:45 pm (just like it's been all week). I stayed on the tabs, refreshed a few times, and kept checking and checking. 7 pm came and went.  No new appointments appeared.  There were no appointments period.   Despite being told pretty publicly that new ones would be added Thursdays at 7 pm.  I gave up at 7:31 pm. 

There have been too many lies spread around during this pandemic. Our premier is a buffoon liar who has screwed up Ontario's response to this pandemic.  Other public officials have completely let us down too, from the federal government to local officials.   I'm disappointed to find out that Unity Health is now also providing false information and false hope out there to the public when we're desperate to be vaccinated. We don't need more lies.

Shape up. If new appointments are to be added Thursdays at 7 pm but zero appear at that time, you are liars. Stop lying.

 ***UPDATE APRIL 17***

I logged onto their site tonight.  Unity Health will only book 7 days in advance.  Each day, the calendar moves one day ahead, and just minutes ago after midnight Saturday April 17, the 24th became available to be clicked on for the first time.   And wouldn't you know it - on all clinics, there are ZERO appointments available for the 24th already, even though it was impossible for anybody to select the 24th until 14 minutes ago.  

This proves my point.  If anyone can possibly get through this bullshit Unity Health has put up as our only way to book a vaccine, it's a miracle. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Corrupt Doug Ford government siding with big business interests and hurting ordinary Ontarians on Covid, Highway 413 and most everything else

Considering Doug Ford and the Ford family's criminal history, is it any surprise that Ford's Progressive Conservative government would be up to its eyeballs in corruption?  

This exhaustive investigation by the Toronto Star and National Observer lays bare the actions of the Ontario Tory government and its corrupt big business land developer friends since Ford's Tories came to office in 2018.  

Reading it makes me angry.

"Eight of Ontario’s most powerful land developers own thousands of acres of prime real estate near the proposed route of the controversial Highway 413, a Torstar/National Observer investigation has found.

"Four of the developers are connected to Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government through party officials and former Tory politicians now acting as registered lobbyists.

"If built, the road will raze 2,000 acres of farmland, cut across 85 waterways and pave nearly 400 acres of protected Greenbelt land in Vaughan. It would also disrupt 220 wetlands and the habitats of 10 species-at-risk, according to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

"One developer, John Di Poce, employed the head of the Ontario PC party’s fundraising arm for several years and three other developers employ the chair of Caroline Mulroney’s 2018 PC leadership campaign as a government lobbyist. Mulroney is now Ontario’s transportation minister and will play a key role in future decisions about the 413 highway.

"Another of the developers, Michael DeGasperis, hosted Ford and PC MPP Stephen Lecce in a private luxury suite at the BB&T Center in Miami to watch a Florida Panthers’ NHL game in December 2018. In a statement, spokespeople for Ford and Lecce said both politicians paid for their own tickets to the game and no government business was discussed.

"That was shortly after the Ford government had resurrected the proposed 413 highway."

We've already seen the impacts of "unappealable" Minister’s Zoning Orders, or MZOs, in many parts of the province where environmental laws designed to protect us all, not to mention local rules, have been washed away in favour of fast-tracking whatever land developers want.  

Now it looks likely the corrupt Tories are going to push forward with the unnecessary Highway 413, destroy acres of precious farm and wetlands, just to get their select corrupt big business developer friends even richer than they already are.   

This is hard to swallow on top of Ford's mishandling of the pandemic, constantly favouring the worst instincts of big business against the health of all Ontarians - closing down too late and then opening up too early again and again as variants of Covid-19 rip through the province.  As more enlightened leaders like New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern have shown us, we needed hard lock downs early in order to keep case levels and community transmissions down.  Not in Ontario or other places like it governed by conservatives.   Ford kept hesitating despite his fake words, implementing half measures and sowing confusion, resulting in a tragic second wave and now an exploding third wave.  The new deaths that will occur because of his incompetence, as well as the lifetime health impacts for those who survive this third wave, are his responsibility.     

Is there hope for the future?  Not as long as this pro-big corruption PC Party stays in power.  Even if Ford were somehow kicked out and replaced as PC leader, this is a party whose ties to the ultra-rich and corrupt elite in Ontario are unseverable.  For example, the ties between Caroline Mulroney and the forces pushing for Highway 413 are now obvious.  Let's not forget she's also the daughter of one of the most corrupt Prime Ministers this country has ever seen (and whose decision to sell off Connaught Labs in the 1980s undermining Canada's ability to manufacture vaccines really isn't aging well, don't you think?) 

Under our pathetic electoral, winner-take-all system in which 59.5% of Ontario voters only received 39% of the seats (Ford's Tories won a 61% majority with only 40.5% of the votes), it can be disheartening for those who want just, equitable, fair government that doesn't merely do the bidding of corrupt big business. 

What are our options?  

The Ontario Liberals, to their credit, did do some good things in office from 2003 to 2018, including reject Highway 413.  But they also did a lot of crappy and corrupt things that have yet to be forgotten by the wider public.  Every time I try to add credit to my Presto card to take transit in the GTA, I'm reminded of the crappy deal the Ontario Liberals handed to commuters here.  

New Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca, who as Transportation Minister was happy to change official plans in order to benefit himself politically, doesn't seem like the tonic we need after Doug Ford's corrupt Conservatives.  Del Duca's ties to the same land development cartels are probably as strong as Ford's.  Still, perhaps he'll draw enough votes away from the corrupt Tories to deny the PCs a majority.  

After the 2018 election, I was so disappointed with Andrea Horwath's defeat, I sort of gave up on her.  Yet, perhaps I was too hasty in that estimation.  Horwath remains as Ontario NDP Leader.  She's as clean and uncorrupt as any leader can get.  Maybe it is time for Horwath.  She's already gained so much ground, winning 40 seats and 34% of the vote in 2018, dominating urban areas of the province from downtown Toronto, parts of the 905, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Kitchener, London, Windsor and most of northern Ontario.   The road to power is a lot shorter for the Ontario NDP than it is for the decimated Ontario Liberals.  A government led by Horwath would put the corrupt interests currently controlling Doug Ford on the outside looking in. 

That could only be good for Ontario, even if just for one term.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing (voting Tory, voting Liberal) over and over and expecting a different result.  I'm thinking outside the box again.  

June 2022 can't come soon enough.  I just pray and hope that Andrea Horwath puts in the work, hones a clear and compelling anti-corruption message and platform, recruits strong candidates in crucial ridings who look like cabinet ministers, not anti-poppy nut bars you wouldn't want to let babysit your kids.   

Because without one strong option for change, sadly this corrupt present in Ontario will continue to be our future for many years to come. 

**** UPDATE April 7, 2021

This is more like it.   Too little too late?  For the sake of all of us, I hope not. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

My favourite films of 2020...

Scene from 'Supernova'
2020 was a tough year.  So was getting a chance to watch the many 2020 flicks that got released as theatres were completely shuttered, and not all flicks are available on the streaming service of our choice. 

So this list, which usually comes out late December or early January, is now here on March 1, the day after the Golden Globes.   I've stuck to my instincts drawing up this list, picking the favourites that meant the most to me personally, trying to ignore the hype which so frequently trips me up.   UPDATED April 18 with new top 10 entry, Minari.  This follows adding Palm Springs as well a few days ago.  

1: Supernova, it could've easily been maudlin and melodramatic, but instead this is one of the most beautiful portraits of love I've seen in years, and the same sex nature of the central relationship between Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci is pretty much irrelevant to the restrained proceedings, such a breath of fresh air, stunning acting and cinematography.  Love wins my heart over more acclaimed, darker stuff. 

2: Promising Young Woman, make sure you know as little as possible about this film before you see it and its shock value will be most greatly experienced.  Unforgettable.  Very dark but as timely as it gets, putting center stage a tragedy all too familiar but never quite explored like this. 

3: Nomadland, yes the hype is well-deserved, this moves at such a gentle, poetic, almost hypnotic pace, I was in awe and carried along.  Frances McDormand gives Prime Frances McDormand here and it's wonderful to behold. 

4: Sound of Metal, Riz Ahmed is sexy and perfect in this touching, deeply powerful portrait of an average guy/talented drummer who suddenly loses his hearing.  The sound editing is perfection.  I can't imagine a more compassionate and realistic portrait of something most of us would dread to experience.  A must watch.    

5: Tenet, Christopher Nolan's latest is also his most beautiful film.  If you're going to embrace a bizarre scientific premise in your story, this is how you do it.  It unfolds with little explanation and is confusing at first, but eventually I totally got into its rhythm before the end of the first viewing.  Subsequent viewings cemented my love for this film.  Oh and being able to stare at John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, not to mention a cast of other Nolan regulars, was a lot of fun.  

6: Minari, very cute, gentle, sweet, enjoyable experience watching a Korean family re-start their lives on a 1980s Arkansas farm, perfect performances from everyone

7: Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya is mesmerizing in this, I could tell watching his power on screen that he'll probably be winning awards for this portrait of a natural born leader who takes his place in the Black Panther movement of the 1960s, only to be betrayed by a troubled FBI informant. 

8: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, short and sweet, makes it point and then finishes, Chadwick Boseman is fabulous here as is Viola Davis. 

9: Palm Springs, Adam Samberg is great alongside co-star Cristin Milioti in this funny, and thought-provoking piece about a man and a woman (and one or two others we see) caught in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop.  I so needed this charmer during Covid Wave Three, thank you!  

10: Violation, dark, dark, dark, but strangely satisfying, its objectification of the naked male form, also the perpetrator in this story, was long overdue.  Perhaps I would've liked it more had I seen this after Promising Young Woman.   

And the rest in order of preference: 

Monsoon, a slow burn that really drew me in, a love letter to lost homelands, this story chronicles the beautiful Henry Golding's return to Vietnam, a place he left as a child with his family.  There, he enjoys a hot affair with the stunning Parker Sawyers.  Beautiful story, beautiful cinematography, beautiful men.  

One Night in Miami, impeccably polished, well-acted and written, it's fun being a fly on the wall listening to these conversations, although I wished for more actual drama.  

Mank, interesting, but not as interesting as I was hoping, and definitely not the sum of its parts.  David Fincher has done much more interesting films than this.  

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, Andra Day along with the incredibly hot Trevante Rhodes of Moonlight fame are awesome in this biopic about the Jazz legend's struggles with racist U.S. authorities and her own demons.   

The Mauritanian, great, restrained flick about a wrongfully imprisoned man stuck in Guantanamo for years.  Also loved Jodie Foster. 

Antebellum, fascinating, surprising allegory of how the legacy of racism impacts on the present day.  Modern day queer goddess Janelle Monáe is stunning in the lead role.

Ammonite, interesting watch, Kate Winslet can do no wrong, not riveting but still I had no difficulty finishing it. 

The Social Dilemma, a completely accessible documentary with dramatizations that make clear to the masses how social media giants like Facebook have been not only hurting all of us, but undermining democracy itself. 

The Trial of the Chicago 7, I'm not a fan of Aaron Sorkin's writing, it's always too showy, too smart for its own good.  Plus scenes in this flick kept repeating over and over, perhaps it was true to the actual trial transcripts but it was annoying.  Sacha Baron Cohen did bring his dialogue to life, as did many, but I didn't buy Eddie Redmayne in this for a second, he kept trying to seem likeable and palatable to the masses, miscast in my opinion. 

News of the World, what's with older straight male directors obsessing this year over relationships between old white straight dudes and prepubescent girls who don't speak much if at all?  Still I enjoyed Tom Hanks in this flick which was interesting some of the time.  

Death to 2020!, the tonic we needed at the end of last year.  

Love and Monsters, its special effects are superb and made me squeamish when I watched the trailer, I almost didn't start it.  But Dylan O'Brien's gorgeous talents and a friend's recommendation helped me press play and I wasn't let down.  Lots of fun.  

Still Processing, a short film by Sophy Romvari I saw at TIFF 2020, this really moved and impacted me with its unique portrait of the director coming to terms with her family's tragic past.

Greyhound, great little WWII flick about the Battle of the Atlantic, gripping, well-done. 

Uncle Frank, didn't break much ground but superbly acted and lovely all around. 

Summer of '85, the hottest French boys you could imagine have a tortured affair, mostly pointless though, so it needed either way more story or way more nudity to be memorable.  

Ava, I could stare at Jessica Chastain, aka 'Brandy' in this flick forever.  A lot of fun. 

Hillbilly Elegy, finally watched it and liked it, although Glenn Close's best moments don't happen until near the end, but was glad when they did.  Still, this movie wasn't good enough to win Oscars, so sadly Glenn will be empty-handed again on April 25, I predict.

Escape from Pretoria, lovely Daniel Radcliffe doing lovely things in a South African prison, get your minds out of the gutter. 

Cherry, I had no idea this film contains uber hottie Tom Holland's first nude scenes, which make this film a landmark.  But sadly, the film is otherwise godawful.  So I recommend you just search for the Holland nude clips online and skip this torturous depiction of two loser addicts.     

Falling, a bit too tortured of an experience, can't really recommend it. 

Songbird, not the greatest, a bit too timely this portrait of a love affair during a horrendous pandemic, but this flick gives us the first look at KJ Apa's beautiful butt, so I'll forgive it for anything. 

Rebecca, meh.

Want to see as soon as possible:

Da 5 Bloods

Pieces of a Woman

MLK/FBI

On The Rocks

The Father

French Exit

Possessor

Disappointing: 

The Boys in the Band (remake)

The Midnight Sky