Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for Islamic State and planner of international attacks, reportedly met his end Tuesday in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

The United States hasn’t confirmed his death yet, but the media arm of Islamic State issued a statement saying that al-Adnani had been “martyred.” (more…)

Tue, August 30 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Breathing the oxygen of publicity into the alt-right

With Hillary Clinton’s speech last week naming the alt-right as an adversary, alt-rightians were over the moon at the recognition. But Chava Gourarie asks how the media is supposed to cover such a fringe, ragtag “movement.” (more…)

Tue, August 30 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

America’s alt-right and Trump

Hillary Clinton took a hard run at Donald Trump today, saying he has “built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia” and linked him to a still-fringe ideology called alt-right.

And just what is the alt-right? (more…)

Thu, August 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Finland to run a basic income experiment

Finland wants to see if a tax-free monthly income of 560 Euros (about $816 Cdn) can help move people off welfare rolls and into employment. (more…)

Thu, August 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Buzzfeed splits into entertainment, news divisions

Buzzfeed is one of the must-watch companies in digital media, so its corporate restructuring that sees the New York-based firm divide up into an entertainment and news divisions is worth noting. (more…)

Thu, August 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Lynch’s Mulholland Drive favoured as top film of 21st century

BBC Culture polled 177 film critics from 36 countries to come up with the top 100 films of the 21st Century to date.

Placing number one on the list was director David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. (?!?!) (more…)

Wed, August 24 2016 » Film, Main Page » No Comments

Colombian government reaches peace deal with FARC

One of the world’s longest conflicts came to an end Wednesday when the government of Colombia reached a peace deal with the FARC rebel group in Havana, Cuba. (more…)

Wed, August 24 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Score one for Starbucks as overly-iced coffee lawsuit goes nowhere

I’d hoped it would be otherwise, but an California judge rejected a plaintiff’s claim that Starbucks’ iced coffees have too much ice in them at the expense of beverage. (more…)

Wed, August 24 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » No Comments

NPR ends website comments

National Public Radio in the United States has joined those media organizations who have decided to shut down online comments and seek audience feedback through social channels. (more…)

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A complete list of TIFF Midnight Madness titles

Back when I lived in Toronto, I used to attend the Toronto International Film Festival on a regular basis. The programme that had me drooling was Midnight Madness.

The screenings of wild and crazy films began at 11:59 p.m. Hong Kong chop-sockey; the mind-bending, if ghoulish, creativity of Japanese director Takashi Miike (IMO, the quintessential Midnight Madness filmmaker); and offbeat horror and action films too plentiful to mention.

If you want to scan film covers and discover some of these titles for yourself, Toronto Plex has created a complete list of Midnight Madness titles.


Wed, August 17 2016 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on A complete list of TIFF Midnight Madness titles