Another Miller moves to New York

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

My personal favourite former City of Toronto Mayor, David Miller, announced he will be moving to New York to become the Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. The former mayor will assist in the school’s urban strategies, and I couldn’t think of anyone better suited to the job.

David Miller was mayor of one of the biggest cities in Canada for seven years, and while there, Toronto received a number of honours from The Climate Group such as the Low Carbon Leadership Award.

It was clear how much he loved Toronto. I remember running into him a number of times on weekends when we’d both be walking around the city. He’d always be sure to make eye contact and say hi to anyone who noticed him. I always thought it was such an obvious, yet admirable effort to make in his position.

Toronto’s loss is sure to be New York’s gain.

[via: Digital Journal photo: Toronto Life]

The Deathly Hallows Part 2

June 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

The new and final Harry Potter movie is going to be in theatres in just over a month. I don’t know what your big plans are to see it, but I plan on taking full advantage of my freelance, working from home situation and going to see it alone on a weekday afternoon. I find it’s truly the best way to enjoy a movie you’re really excited about. No distractions!

Have you ever gone to the movies alone? What are your Harry Potter plans?

[posters from Fandango]

Getting in the Parisian mindset

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

“And God knows, when spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise… A man does not need to be rich, nor even a citizen, to feel this way about Paris.  Paris is filled with poor people- the proudest and filthiest lot of beggars that ever walked the Earth, it seems to me. And yet they give the illusion of being at home.  It is that which distinguishes the Parisian from all other metropolitan souls. When I think of New York I have a very different feeling.  New York makes even a rich man feel his unimportance.” 

– Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

[Photo: Paris2London]



June 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

Last night, Nick and I went to see Woody Allen’s new movie, Midnight in Paris. It was the first movie we’d gone to see in the theatre since Black Swan because there just haven’t been many movies that have made us want to leave the comfort of our living room and deal with the loud and care-free movie-goers of New York. Despite the fact that there were definitely theatre-talkers present, the movie was great. A must-see for literary nerds and lovers of Paris. Nick and I are even more excited to visit the city this Summer!

You know how you can tell that the movie you’re about to see is good by the previews that play before it? Well I want to see every single movie I saw trailers for, especially this one:

Yep, right up my alley.

Are there any movies you’re excited for this summer?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

June 1, 2011 § 7 Comments

If you were into the Get Up Kids and Catcher in the Rye in your late teenage/college years, chances are, you’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. A cult favourite, I first read it my second year of college when I befriended a very fun, tattooed, stretched-eared, bespectacled girl who lent it to me and have probably read it 5 times since. I have bought it as gifts for friends and family I thought would enjoy it and still think of it as a must-read for adolescent boys and the girls who are trying to understand them. Now, it’s becoming a feature film, to be released next year.

Starring Paul Rudd, Emma Watson, and even Arrested Development’s Mae Whitman, I am going to say I have faith that this will translate into a decent movie version of the book. Of course, movies are just never as good as books, that’s just how it is. So I suggest reading it yourself before (or maybe after, to avoid any disappointment) you see the movie.

[photo: Qcait]

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