October 14th, 2014
Roaming with the buffalo, on my way home from a weekend in Riding Mountain National Park yesterday. @ridingnp

Roaming with the buffalo, on my way home from a weekend in Riding Mountain National Park yesterday. @ridingnp

October 10th, 2014
Second annual Riding Mountain hike-athon begins shortly!  (at Riding Mountain Park East Gate Registration Complex)

Second annual Riding Mountain hike-athon begins shortly! (at Riding Mountain Park East Gate Registration Complex)

October 5th, 2014

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

Trying to stay occupied with persistent insomnia while four other members of the family are trying to sleep can be a challenge. 

 

Staving off delirium and trying to stay entertained is tricky. So right now, at 3am, I’ve decided to make a list of some of my favourite movies. I’m sure others will occur to me, but tonight, these are the ones that come to mind.

 

ALMOST FAMOUS

 

Cameron Crowe at the peak of his powers. I see my brother, my mother, and my friends in this movie. Maybe even a hint of myself spread around a few of the different characters. This film is a perfect rock and roll poem.

 

CORALINE

 

A beautiful, unexpected movie. I came to this movie mostly cold, not really not knowing anything about it than that I was curious. I remember the feeling of physically being pushed back in my seat by the stop-motion 3D animation and seeing images I’d never imagined. It was surreal, dark, absurd and pretty much perfect from beginning to end.

 

RUSHMORE

 

Next to Coraline, this movie gave me the sensation of being told a wholly unique story in a completely unexpected way. The quirk. The soundtrack. The characters. I don’t ever tire of the Wes Anderson style, but this film remains his best.

 

DIE HARD 1 & 2

 

Forget everything that followed Part Two. For that matter, you can ALMOST forget John McClane and Hans Gruber. I can’t even name the villains in Part Two. But what I remember is the tense, claustophobic mood compounded by the winter settings for both films. Teenage pulp awesomeness.

 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

 

I don’t even have to say anything about this one. Sheer perfection from beginning to end. 

 

Honourable Mention:

 

ABOUT A BOY

 

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge Hugh Grant fan, but he was perfect for this movie. And I suppose I can admit that I related to Nicholas Holt’s Marcus more than a bit. 

September 9th, 2014
El Capitain.

El Capitain.

On the way up Donahue Pass.

On the way up Donahue Pass.

On the way up Donahue Pass.

On the way up Donahue Pass.

John Muir Trail. 

John Muir Trail. 

John Muir Trail. 

John Muir Trail.