This weekend, Canadian film and television will be celebrated like never before!

For the first time ever, the Geminis and Genies have been combined for the Canadian Screen Awards. A decision, which I still think is brilliant. Combining both small-ish industries to create one big awards show, will surely generate some excitement for Canadians. Well, at least more than the Geminis and Genies ever would.

But before I go on any further, I have to admit something.  Even though this is a Canadian entertainment blog, this doesn’t mean that I’ve seen every piece of Canadian entertainment. I know, I know, you probably feel duped. But let’s keep being honest, most of you are here for the contests anyway, right?

So before the Canadian Screen Awards get around to celebrating the best of film and television, I have a couple of things I’d like to admit. Specifically: that I’ve never seen.

Men with Brooms (The show or movie.)
Look, it’s nothing against curling.  I actually like curling. In fact, it’s the only sport I saw when I went to the Vancouver Olympics, curling is cool. But to actually spend money on a movie about curling? That’s a different matter.  I remember when it came out, I couldn’t imagine that actually happening and I guess that’s still the reason I haven’t seen it today.  Men With Brooms was also a short lived series on CBC, which, as you can guess, I never watched either.

One Week
Perhaps the most quintessential Canadian movie in modern times has yet to grace my eyes.  From Tim Hortons to Gord Downie, almost every scene of this movie is blatantly Canadian. Well, at least that’s what I can tell from the trailer. I remember when this movie came out, everyone was talking about it being the first Canadian movie they had seen, at least among my friends.  But for one reason or another, I just not saw it. Is it good? Should I watch it? Can I just watch two episodes of Fringe instead?

The Barbarian Invasions
The Barbarian Invasions  is supposed to be an amazing movie, but, I haven’t seen it. The 2003 French-Canadian film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film back in 2004, so you’d think that I’d be all over it. But it’s still one of those movies I know I’ll get around to watching, even though god knows when that’ll be. I’m sorry Quebec.

The Kids in the Hall
This one is so bad, I actually considered lying about it. I’m pretty sure advertisers and sponsors will start pulling out.  I mean, I’ve seen a few clips and things like that online, but yes, I’ve never seen Kids in the Hall.  But don’t worry, I’m constantly getting punished for it. Almost every day someone makes a Kids in the Hall reference that I simply don’t understand. There’s classic expressions, characters story-lines that simply go right over my head. It’s that very head that hangs very low today.

When I was in University, I remember all my friends talking about this movie.  I didn’t know if it was a student film, a prequel to Trailer Park Boys or what and truthfully, I still don’t know. I mean, obviously it was good and popular enough to justify a sequel, which I also haven’t seen. Maybe someday.

So what about you, anyone else want to make some Canadian screen confessions?

Mike Morrison


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