Snow day, snow problem.

A storm is coming.

Well, it’s here already. Aside from feeling intoxicatingly seer-ish, my portent comes with the tidings that we might finish work early today. I’m ready to pack up at a moment’s notice, which is why I’m killing time by typing here. We were given a nudge to work ahead and consequently I am ahead. It’s funny how these things align. If the alignment falls further in my favour, the girlfriend and I might go see What We Do in the Shadows. What better way to celebrate a snowstorm coinciding with cheap Tuesday movies is there?

Well if we were in the US, National Pancake Day would be an option. Unfortunately here in Toronto I’d have to IHOP all the way to St Catherines, seeing as IHOP (though International), isn’t common this side of the border. St Catherines hardly seems worth the trip though. What I saved in gas I could just spend at Golden Griddle on $5 unlimited Tuesday pancakes. Wait, “could”? I should. SHOULD celebrate. Ever since I was a kid, cartoons have built up this imaginary stack of thick flapjacks to mythic proportions. Now when the world “pancakes” enters my mind I see visions of delicious sweetness, lathered with maple syrup and topped with a bulb of butter. Dreamy.

Oh sweet Jesus, it’s 3pm and we’re good to go. GO GO GO. I’ll report back in later.

*** Later ***

Success, What We Do in the Shadows seen with Girlfriend. Charming movie with a few familiar Kiwi faces. Familiar as in known from TV, not actual mates. New Zealand’s not that small. That being said, an ex-girlfriend here in Canada once looked up some Facebook friends from Wellington to see if we had any mutual acquaintances. “C’mon, it’s still a country of 5 million people. We’re not tiny enough for 2 degrees of separation.” We were. 6 friends in common with one of hers. Okay, so the country isn’t massive. As for the movie, it was cute. Okay, that sounds condescending. It was enjoyable and melded traditional vampire lore with modern technological advances and a healthy dollop of obviously improvised material. The movie was buoyant, didn’t drag and unearthed (couldn’t resist) fun new terrain for exploration. How would vampires respond to The Internet? How do they get into clubs? Interact with other supernatural beings within the regular quotidian occurrences of their average day? It’s a refreshing break from Hollywood blockbusters.

Also if you’re looking for another great New Zealand mockumentary, check out Peter Jackson’s 1995 classic Forgotten Silver. An exploration of the works of “late” New Zealand film pioneer Colin McKenzie. Lovingly crafted with a deadpan humour, fanciful historical rewrites and subtly laid jokes. It’s an ode to the indomitable explorative spirit of the film-maker, coupled with the enduring No. 8 wire mentality. Since Flight of the Conchords launched NZ culture out into the living rooms of the wider world, the wider world seems to have grown hungry for it. If you’re at all interested in seeing what Peter Jackson did before Hollywood grabbed him, Forgotten Silver is a bloody good place to start. If you can find it.


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