Monday, May 25, 2015 - 14:07

At 70 years old, George Miller still has it.

Mad Max - Fury Road was awesome. Visually, the world George built was detailed, coherent and insane. I mean, in what universe do cancer riddled maniacs drive fuel guzzling ultra modified hot rods and monster trucks when there is virtually no fuel, pumping stations, mechanic shops, tire manufacturers or basic infrastructure left in the world?

In what universe do men develop beefy muscles when food is in extremely short supply?  And why flush thousands of gallons of precious water into the desert after expending so much energy to pump it from the ground?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 09:33

I just saw Age of Ultron...for the first time.

If you are into eye candy as I am, this is worth seeing twice.

Yes, there are a lot of characters. Yes, it is probably confusing if you are not up to speed on all the Marvel characters. Yes, it is stuffed full of so many one-liners you might suspect it was written by a stand-up comedian. Yes, it tries to stuff a romance into wall to wall action. Yes, it spends about 5 seconds developing a new potentially awesome main character only to, in classic Joss Whedon style - have him killed off in the performance of an act of heroism, and yes, it routinely defies logic, physics and the laws of diminishing returns.

What is your point?

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 15:34

When I was 4 we lived 25 miles outside Bracebridge in the Muskoka Lakes area. I live in a tiny hamlet called Milford bay – population, somewhere around 45. We had a corner store.

When my dad would drive us the 25 miles to Bracebridge, I would rubberneck out the window and let my imagination run wild.

We would pass the swamp, where prehistoric monsters and giant snapping turtles lay in wait beneath the surface. There was an old tree fort suspended in a half dead tree in a marshy area that must have been dry at one point in the past. I always wondered what kind of person would build a tree fort in a monster infested swamp. Then one day I realized, another monster, of course. I felt like Sherlock Holmes after figuring that out.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:22

Today I thought I would tell an interesting story about my book, “The Boy Who Loved Bananas”.

Matthew, the main character in this book, was based on my son, Matthew. Around the age of 4 and a half, Matthew was in his banana phase. He would eat 4 or 5 every day and could get enough of them. Coincidentally he was also in his, climb-anything-that-can-be-climbed" phase. So one day I said to him, "Mats (my nickname for him) if you keep eating so many bananas you will turn into a monkey." I was kidding, of course, but Matthew didn't know that. He immediately upped his banana intake, hoping my words would come true. He wanted to be a monkey! And that got me thinking, what if he did become a monkey?

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 19:55

I turned fifty in August and after getting over the initial realization that I was a half century old, I decided that it was time to busy.