Top 5 Reasons the New Ghostbusters is Magic

While I have fond memories of watching the original Ghostbusters at a sleepover party when I was 10 years old, I've never really had the urge to revisit it. So when this new all-female ghost busting movie came out, I was only mildly curious. Then I watched the trailer and thought, hmm, that looks like fun. Well, I went to see it on Sunday with a girlfriend and... OMG I did not know how much I needed this movie … [Read more...]

Tiny Pleasures, Beautiful Routines

When was the last time a book changed your life, or at least your perception of it? Last month I found myself deep into two books that took me to places I hadn't visited in a long time. I struggled to put my finger on what it was that I had been missing and that was revealed to me in these books. The best I can do is this: I was reminded of what it was like to live in a not-connected world. I wasn't sure what to expect when my turn came up on the library waitlist for Patti Smith's M Train. To be frank, I didn't think it would be … [Read more...]

Bjütie’s Best of 2015

One of the great joys of reaching the end of the year is all of the lists. Best books of the year lists are the best, but I enjoy it all -- worst trends of 2015, best Instagram pics, most underrated internet cats, everything. New beginnings are the best, but looking back fondly comes in a close second. Here are my personal discoveries of 2015 (not all are of 2015, sometimes I'm a bit slow). Best BOOK I read: … [Read more...]

Disturbing Movies of the 1980s

There's a real oddness at the core of many of the films from my childhood. Was I just young and impressionable or did the movies of the 1980s often delve into the disturbing side of life... sometimes in a very goofy way? It's almost as if filmmakers of the 80s enjoyed exploring dark, unsettling themes, and yet couldn't take them too seriously. The other main theme that comes up often, of course, is class division, often with a love story woven in.  On this Halloween day, the very best of all the holidays, I'd like to revisit some of the strange and wonderful movies of my youth. … [Read more...]

When to Follow the Dream (and when to give up)

Bloody serious I lived in fear of having to clap. Flamenco, that passionate, heartbreaking dance was kicking my butt. A dream since I was a teen had been to learn this exotic dance. And here I was -- I knew the steps, but the rhythms were an unsolvable mystery. My worst nightmare became being asked to do palmas! I had started taking flamenco dance classes before a trip to the Andalucía region of Spain … [Read more...]

When Ugly People Make Beauty

Lucian Freud is amazing. Lucian Freud makes me sick. I wanted to wait until I finished reading the biography Breakfast with Lucian before writing this post, but I think I’ve had to give up on that dream. I started reading it in January and have since set it aside several times in frustration. He was an absolutely fascinating character whose passion for his work drove him wholly, and yet the way he conducted his friendships and love affairs was revolting. His treatment of women … [Read more...]

Come hear me read OUT LOUD in Ottawa!

I still can't believe this is going to happen -- A bunch of us bloggers will read one post from the last year out loud in front of people at an event called Blog Out Loud as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. It's almost as if they think blogs require actual WRITING… Again, I still can't believe it. So if you're in the National Capital Region and are looking to experience a variety of blog posts live, or just feel like pointing and laughing at vulnerable bloggers no longer hiding behind our protective computer screens, please come out. … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season for Cheesy Romantic Comedies

It's 4pm, 3 days before xmas, I'm in my pyjamas, I've not bought a single gift, and ice-pellets have turned the sidewalks into a slip-and-slide. I see no reason to get up from the couch, except maybe to get more food. It's the jolliest time of year! … [Read more...]