Forgiving Oscar Pistorius of Murder

So, I have developed a real curiosity and fascination for restorative justice. For example, as much as I deplore and fear crystal meth, and as much as I would love to see crystal meth dealers sent to Singapore for a whipping before being shipped to America for a prison sentence, I am trying to choose …

The End Of Privacy, or, I For One Welcome Our New Google Overlords!

When I first moved to Toronto, David Samis (yes, the David Samis) invited me to a presentation evening called Trampoline Hall.  Actually, this was before the Internet became huge-huge, and although it was long before YouTube, it was like what you might today call a live, local “TED Talk” on a stage.  The presenter that …

Guns don’t kill people — well, actually, yes, they do.

That’s, um, what they were invented for. Killing people. It’s like saying, “War doesn’t kill people”, when war is designed specifically to kill people. Don’t get me wrong: I dig guns and love to shoot them! If there’s anything I could possibly add to the debate about gun control, it’s just that people in cities …

Columbine to Connecticut

America is an outlier for numbers of mass shootings, but sometimes people forget they happen pretty much everywhere. I don’t have a lot to add to all the writing already on the internet regarding school shootings, or public shootings in general; it’s all been said.  I’m not an op-ed columnist, I’m a filmmaker, that’s why …

Patterns: THIS IS ENGLAND

I really recommend this movie. I like all the IFC stuff I’ve seen lately; man, I should have gone to the IFC cinema in NYC. Next time. I think it works for STC. Ultra-indie, ultra-non-Hollywood, but I could see the pattern. To test: GENRE: Rites of Passage. “Going through something,” a “wrong way”, and a …