There are a lot of entertaining TV shows out there right now, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt compelled to sit down & write about one of them. Not until I watched BBC’s award-winning show for Best Mini-Series: In The Flesh.
Yep, it’s a zombie show. But it isn’t about the blood, gore & outrunning the undead. The zombies here have PDS or Partially Deceased Syndrome and are being rehabilitated into society. The show uses zombies as a metaphor for so many ostracized groups in societies both today and historically. And that’s where this show gets its power.
The outsider: not accepted by family, not welcome in the community, living everyday with a label that evokes hatred & stereotypes. So many people can relate. Which is why so many people relate to Kieran Walker, the lead character played by Luke Newberry. The ending to Season Two, Episode Three not only made me yell out loud & lose my breath, but it has it’s very own YouTube clip [spoiler alert!].
Though it’s not outwardly a gay-themed show, LGBT blogs & magazines have probably been the most vocal in sounding their support and recognition of the show’s similarity to the gay community, the struggle with coming out, and the stigmatization of people living with HIV and AIDS. As a gay man, these undertones in the show are exactly what had me sitting at home with tears in my eyes over zombies on my TV screen……and that’s a first.
There are some movies that sit on my shelf for a while because I need to gather up courage to watch them. Fateless is one of those films.
Based on the Nobel Prize-winning autobiographical novel Fatelessness by Imre Kertész, the film follows little 14-year-old György on a journey we wished had never happened.
It’s a beautiful film with some gorgeous cinematography and a few storyline twists that are as beautiful as they are haunting.
I’m more excited than ever to return to the streets of Budapest to find the same streets of György’s memories……
Watch the trailer below.
I first heard Tate Takako sing in her song Houseki that was featured in the beautiful film Nobody Knows in one hell of a tear-jerking ending. Click the text to see the official video with highlights from the film. Then go see the film.
Since then I’ve become completely obsessed with her discography, her piano, and her soft voice .
Her music isn’t the easiest to find here in North America. But thankfully there’s this lovely internet where we can all check her out.
The following is the poster for Nobody Knows, a beautifully touching film that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 when the 14 year old star took home the Best Actor award
In 2012 I screamed like a girl when I found out that MIKA was playing in Nantes, France where I was living at the time. I got tickets. His show was sold out. It was an unforgettable night.
In 2013 I screamed like a girl when I found out that MIKA was playing in Toronto, Canada where I’m living at the time. I got tickets. His show is sold out. It will be an unforgettable night!
His show at The Opera House in downtown Toronto sold out in less than 10 minutes. I actually broke a sweat trying to get these tickets!
My favourite new song from his “Origin of Love” Album 2012
I never really thought I’d get a chance to see Mika live. He’s popular in North America, but not the level of crazy-popular that he is in Europe. And I’m a bit crazy about the guy & his music.
So you can picture the mini freak-out dance I did when I realized that Mika would be touring to Nantes (my home in 2012)!
He played November 26th at Cité des Congrès in Nantes, France
I thought of going to DisneyLand Paris…you know, the Magic Kingdom and all that stuff. And then someone told me about Parc Astérix. Yes, an entire theme park devoted to Astérix, that famous Gaul from the ridiculously famous French bande desinées. And bibbidy-bobbidy-boop: my mind was set on Parc Astérix. Sorry Peter Pan….maybe next time!
However, Paris had other plans for me! It was pretty cold and those chilly Paris days called for an extra scarf, an extra coffee, and an extra hour in a cozy café each day! No roller-coasters.
Unfortunately, Park Astérix will have to wait.
This was a commercial I did shortly after moving to Toronto. It was for the Food Network
in Canada, took 13 hours to shoot, and is 30 seconds. The final product is cool, but it was then and there that I decided that live theatre was more my thing!