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#45・

Masterclass in a pub.

A few years ago I took Andrea on my David Bowie Walking Tour of London which ends at the Ship pub, just a few steps from Trident Studio where the Ziggy Stardust album was recorded. I've whiled away quite a few hours at that bar over the years, but this visit …

 
#44・

The Naughty and Nice Lists for 2021!

Goodbye 2021. Hello 2022. Another weird year in the books.I got asked two questions over and over this year. Every day someone asks me, “May I see your vaccine passport?” Every other day someone asks, “Do you think movies theatres will ever go back to normal?…

 
#43・

How a Christmas Movie Saved My Relationship

James Stewart stars in one of the movies that always puts me in the mood for Christmas, but it's not the one you think. Sure, "It’s A Wonderful Life" is classic and yuletastic, but I also enjoy "The Shop Around The Corner." It’s a Christmassy romance that see…

 
#42・

Let It Fake Snow, Let It Fake Snow

On a film set the weather is frightful;But on screen it’s so delightful;And since snow in July is a no go;Let it fake snow! Let it fake snow! Let it fake snow!Are those beads of sweat on Santa’s brow? It just might be. Movies set at and released during the Ch…

 
#41・

I’ve always known Scrooge and Tiny Tim

IMDB lists 70 entries for the character Ebenezer Scrooge. Everyone from Jack Palance to Vanessa Williams (her character was called Ebony Scrooge) have “bah humbugged” their way through the role but why have the character and the story of “A Christmas Carol,” …

 
#40・

The clothes make the man, or in this case, the superhero.

Let’s face it, without the batsuit Bruce Wayne is just another billionaire playboy with some cool toys. With it, he’s the Caped Crusader, keeping Gotham and the world safe. The clothes make the man, or in this case, the superhero.To play the Dark Knight in th…

 
#39・

Last Call with Richard Crouse: Return me to Harry’s Bar, 5 Daunou.

I have a new podcast about on the stories behind the places where everybody knows your name. On the first episode of "Last Call with Richard Crouse" we visit Paris and James Bond's favourite bar. The home of the Bloody Mary and "An American in Paris," Harry's…

 
#38・

The Value in Being Present and Living in the World

I just read a book called Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age by Christina Crook. A study of how to prioritize our real lives over our on-line lives, it teaches us how to “step out of your algorithm.” It’s fascinating stuff. I have often won…

 
#37・

Give Yourself Permission to Have Respect For Yourself

I recently rewatched Born to Be Blue, the stylish biopic about the turbulent life of My Funny Valentine trumpeter Chet Baker, played by Ethan Hawke in the film. In it, Miles Davis tells the horn player, “You haven’t lived enough” to be a great musician.That l…

 
#36・

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear

William Shakespeare wrote, “Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear,” a fitting sentiment for the most solemn day on the calendar. Every November 11 we pay respect to “the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times …

 
#35・

Beware the Haunted Toaster

Years ago I interviewed Kōji Suzuki, author of the novels that spawned the Ring movies, manga comics and television shows. Ringu, the first book in the series, was published in 1991 and introduced us to the idea of a videotape (remember those?) that killed pe…

 
#34・

No More No. 2

Hollywood wouldn’t spend the time or effort to make photocopy quality sequels if we didn’t line up to see them, so why not use your buying power to demand better movies? Read these easy-to-follow rules for sequel avoidance:Generally speaking, shun movies with…

 
#33・

The Films Are the Heroes, Not the Characters

In today’s world it’s not enough to simply be a hero. Now you must be a superhero. Unlike the old days when square-jawed movie stars rescued damsels in distress or battled cold-hearted landlords, today’s champions won’t get out of bed for anything less than t…

 
#32・

Michael Caine Will Still Set His Alarm Clock

It's an extra "Hello" this week! Yesterday rumours on Twitter had it that Michael Caine was retiring from acting, calling it quits after a celebrated career. Turns out that isn't true! “Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 a.m. to ma…

 
#31・

Highly Scientific Double-Blind Bond Peer Reviewed In House Clinical Trial

Who is your favourite James Bond?Daniel Craig suits up for the last time as Bond this weekend in his fifth spin as the super spy in No Time to Die. The film’s overseas reviews have been very strong and it will likely dominate the weekend’s box office but who …

 
#30・

Tom Hardy's Jekyll and Hyde Career Choices

Welcome to the newsletter everybody! I hope you like it, and if you want more, there’s loads of writing, reviews and other goodies on my website richardcrouse.ca! And now… Tom Hardy's Jekyll and Hyde Career Choices.Like Wrigley’s “Double your pleasure! Double…

 
#29・

My Meeting with Johnny Nasty

Guy Ritchie’s films have entertained me for years but I’m afraid he didn’t find me very interesting.The incident happened during my press day with Ritchie and Charlie Hunnam, the director and star of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I first spoke with them f…

 
#28・

Excessive Fun with Nicolas Cage

It’s no secret that Nicolas Cage’s taste in movie roles has changed from the days when he starred in A-list films like Raising Arizona, Moonstruck and Leaving Las Vegas. The 57-year-old actor appears to flip a coin when deciding what to make these days. Somet…

 
#27・

The Empty Page Presents the Most Possibilities

There’s a meme that occasionally pops up on my social media pages. It’s a picture of a person slumped over a typewriter, fists clenched, captioned with the words, “Writing is easy. You just sit at your typewriter until little drops of blood appear on your for…

 
#26・

Why We Fell in Love with the Movies

As the sun sets on a busy summer film season I wanted to hit pause and take a look at why we fell in love with movies in the first place.My film education began at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, N.S. Located just blocks from my house, I practically grew up i…