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Almost weekly, Triniman catches new movies, and adds one or two CDs to his collection. Due to time constraints, he blogs about only 5% of the CDs, books and DVDs that he purchases. Holed up in the geographic centre of North America, the cultural mecca of Canada, and the sunniest city north of the 49th, Winnipeg, Triniman blogs a bit when he's not swatting mosquitoes, shoveling snow or golfing.

film: The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera 2/5 Directed by Joel Schumacher, a successful, mainstream Hollywood director, the latest film incarnation of the The Phantom of the Opera should appeal to the masses, but it left me a bit cold. Christine, (Emmy Rossum, a chorus girl, is coached into becoming an opera lead by a mysterious, unseen musical genius who lives in ... Read More »

film: Flight of the Phoenix

Flight of the Phoenix 1/5 A plane encounters a huge sandstorm and crashes in the desert. The survivors have a limited supply of water and no hope for escape. But, then, someone has an idea – construct another plane using the broken one and fly everyone to safety! By and large, the characters are not well developed or likeable. Dennis ... Read More »

film: National Treasure

National Treasure 2/5 Nicolas Cage is on a life-long quest to find hidden treasure, foretold to his grandfather’s grandfather, or something like that. His grandfather mentioned it to him, but his own father has ridiculed the claim, after spending twenty years of his own life looking for it. His family has gained notoriety as being conspiracy theorists, with the theory ... Read More »

film review: Sideways

Sideways is receiving a lot of critical praise and it is one of the better films of the year, so far. Two friends head out to California’s wine country, to spend a week together before one of, Jack, gets married. Jack is a former TV actor, still handsome in his forties, but now relegated to voice overs. He’s intellectually lacking ... Read More »

R.E.M.. Winnipeg, MB, Nov. 15, 2004 – sold out!

It was a fun show, but they left out about 2/3 of their hits, like most bands do, in favour of unfamiliar new tracks from the new album and some really obscure songs. R.E.M. clearly aren’t a hit singles band. The audience seemed rather subdued during the performance of the lesser known tracks. I visited a website that showed more ... Read More »

The Incredibles

The Incredibles 5/5 Despite praise from a friend who saw it opening night, I resisted seeing The Incredibles until now. There was nothing in the advertising that made it look remotely interesting and I thought I would resist its slick computer animation charms until it came out on video. I decided to give it a chance, though and I’m really ... Read More »

Finding Neverland

This story is based on James Barrie, the playwright best known for Peter Pan and it is one of the best films that I’ve seen this year, despite receiving next to no hype or marketing push. James Barrie (Johnny Depp) is a playwright, successful enough to have a nice house with servants, and a beautiful wife (Radha Mitchell). Still, his ... Read More »

DVD The Guess Who – Running Back Thru Canada

As I was shopping with my Mom, I spotted the newly released Guess Who DVD, Running Back Thru Canada, which was filmed at the Goldeyes’ baseball park in Winnipeg, in June, 2000. I was at the concert and I will never forget it. I can recall the darkening, menacing skies, with lightening flickering all over the area. Would we be ... Read More »