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Idris Elba: Fighter Doc Is Smart, Real

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

For fans of Stringer Bell, DCI John Luther or his real-life non-actor personification as Idris Elba, the idea of Elba embarking on a quest to become a pro kickboxer on the wrong side of 40 was… disconcerting.

Idris Elba: Fighter, the doc series that emerged from this journey, however, is entirely real and genuine.

Sarah watched and wrote about it for Fightland.

To read what she said click here.

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Letterkenny’s Dylan Playfair’s Weird First Fight

Letterkenny's Dylan Playfair

Letterkenny’s Dylan Playfair

On the very funny television show Letterkenny Dylan Playfair plays Reilly, a tough posturing hockey player who isn’t actually that tough.

Playfair knows real tough, though. He encountered it the first time he got into a real fight.

He told Sarah about it in an interview for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Letterkenny’s Andrew Herr On Hurt Nipples, Fighting, Crying In Grade School

Letterkenny's Andrew Herr

Letterkenny’s Andrew Herr

One of the comic foil’s on the v amusing smalltown Canadian comedy Letterkenny is the “Jonesy” the hockey player, played by Andrew Herr.

On the show Jonesy is a frequently posturing, not entirely successful tough guy.

It turns out one of Herr’s first fights — an incident involving pinched nipple, crying in front of his classmates and shame — wasn’t particularly successful either.

Sarah wrote about it in a My First Fight piece for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Ditch TV: Danny McBride, Bike Accidents, More

Danny McBride

Danny McBride

Here’s a batch of video playlists I curated for Ditch TV where I got to collect a bit of pratfall and weirdness to go along with the music:

20 Great Postmodern Jukebox Covers

Bestival Toronto 2016

Remembering Lollapalooza 2007

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2007

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2006

Danny McBride is a Lovable Jerk

19 Best AV Club Undercover Songs

People Falling Off Bikes, Collected

20 Sesame Street Musical Cameos

Remembering Lollapalooza 2006

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How Jared Keeso Almost Ruined The Don Cherry Movie

Jared Keeso in Letterkenny

Jared Keeso in Letterkenny

“How’re ye now?”

This simple phrase is both a greeting and secret code to identify devotees of the best Canadian show on television, Letterkenny.

In an alternate universe Letterkenny star and co-creator Jared Keeso might have never gotten to make his smalltown comedy about brawling and social cliques. That’s because a few years ago he got into a bigtown brawl that could have jeopardized his filming of a Don Cherry film as well as his career.

This winding exposition will all make sense if you head over to Fightland to read the interview Keeso did with Sarah about the punch-up in question.

To read it click here.

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‘Migrant Dreams’ Explores Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Ontario greenhouses

Ontario greenhouses

For all the rah-rah about how well it treats its citizens, provides a safety net for the less fortunate and supports refugees and immigrants, there’s a semi-secret underclass Canadians should be ashamed about the way they’re treated — temporary foreign workers.

Brought in to Canada on restrictive short term contracts to do farming, manual labour and “jobs Canadians won’t do,” temporary workers are often exploited in this country.

A recent documentary about this subject called Migrant Dreams explores this subject in depth.

I spoke to director Min Sook Lee about it for Samaritan Mag.

To read the full interview click here.

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Ditch TV: The Verve, Evil Cats, Trampoline Accidents

Evil cat

Evil cat

Here’s a batch of video playlists I curated for Ditch TV where I got to collect a bit of pratfall and weirdness to go along with the music:

World’s Evilest Cats

Channing Tatum: Modern Renaissance Man

The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphonies

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

Colin Stetson’s Spooky Sax Sounds

R.E.M.’s Shiniest Happiest Hits

16 Covers of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

It’s a Kaytranada Dance Party

Trampoline Accidents, Collected

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2005

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