Mother’s Day at OnDeadline’s Sunday movies

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women out there and those in my life, whether through family or friends, you are beautiful and wonderful.

For the expecting moms I know and the newly crowned moms, you will do a great job.

We owe so much to our mothers, so much, allow yourself today to let the mom in your life know you love her.

Here is a wonderful litte feature called Mother’s Day for Peace.


Ignorance, swine flu zombies and gaming’s dark side

In a long awaited return to some kind of normalcy here at On Deadline, here is our latest installment in our movies feature.


Here is Miss California’s beauty pageant answer at the recent Miss America competition which fueled much debate. The point of these pageants is beyond me but the fodder they create through asinine answers is great for the rest of us to howl, jeer and comment on.


With all the doom and gloom and hysteria about the Swine Flu spreading around the media, causing more damage and angst than the actual flu itself, here is by far, the greatest explanation of the flu I have come across. Cute animals explaining the flu, it gives some basic great advice and mocks the hysteria we have been subjected to…love the zombie worries.

TOP GUN: When a video gaming obsession turns to addiction and tragedy

In this heart-wrenching and numbing piece by CBC’s The Fifth Estate, the dangers of obsessive video gaming are explored. The death of young Brandon Crisp, who through his gaming obsession became embroiled in fights with parents, which pushed him to runaway, leading to his death in the woods, left a community and parents abroad stunned. Click below to watch.

TOP GUN: When a video gaming obsession turns to addiction and tragedy.

Wife of fallen Canadian soldier speaks

Today’s feature is a single showing simply because nothing else compares this week.

Michelle Brown, wife of Dennis Brown, a warrant officer with Canada’s troops in Afghanistan, took time to speak to media this week about the passing of her husband, her friend, her hero.

The strength, dignity and sincerity in her words in this clip are admirable beyond the words that can be written here. She explains to all of us on either side of the war debate divide, that there are men and women who want to go over and make a difference, there are people who answer a moral code and calling different and higher than most of us can imagine. She drives home a message many of us forget, or don’t wish to acknowledge, yet it is one others do heed and act upon.

Strength and peace to the Brown family and those of other fallen troops, whether Canadian or not.

Tiger Returns, ‘Where the Hell is Matt?’ and ‘The Code’

Today at Sunday: At the Movies with On Deadline, we have a brilliant Nike ad, a blockbuster uplifting video enjoyed 12.9 million times and an excellent look at the hockey fighting debate.


We are not fans of golf here at On Deadline but we can sure appreciate the dominance and greatness of Tiger Woods in that professional recreational activity. No one does it better than Tiger. Nike has taken advantage of his return from injury to show how life has been without Tiger for his competitors. A quick comedic bit, wait for the ending.


Enjoyed to the tune of 12.9 million views on YouTube, this clip is a monster blockbuster. It was an ad for Stride Gum, which follows Matt and his “dancing around the world” dream after quitting his job.

The soundtrack is catchy and uplifting. The cinematography eye-catching, with beautiful vistas unfolding before you…all while you try and figure out, “Where the Hell is Matt?”


The hockey fighting debate rages on.

With the death of 21-year-old Don Sanderson, who suffered a fatal head injury in a hockey fight, the debate on fighting’s place in the game has raged beyond sports media in Canada.

The Code, courtesy of The Fifth Estate, explores this element of the game, talking to the players and pundits who either celebrate or denounce it. On Deadline has previously weighed in on this, though we do not support fighting, we feel it is unrealistic to think it can be legislated out the game. Does fighting look stupid? Yes. Two grown men wailing away looks archaic and it does take away from the world’s fastest and intricate game. However, hockey will always be prone to violent outbursts.

The Code does a good job of weighing in on the debate. Let us know what you think after seeing this in-depth look at it. Click below to watch:

THE CODE – Hockey’s Unwritten Law of Fighting and the men who live by it.

Sunday: At the Movies with On Deadline Feb. 22

A young friend of mine passed away in his sleep earlier this week and the tragedy of losing one so young, so soon, has not been lost on any of us who knew him.

The time we had spent together was intense and meaningful, even if it paled in length of time compared to my lifelong friends. However, his impact will last a lifetime. He was an example of how to live life, smile and be sweet, for both are infectious and produce kindness in return.

One clip today is a movie scene he always recited for a laugh, the other, I think, speaks to his sweetness of character.

He was my pub crawl mate. My teammate. A friend. RIP Migs.



Thirsty koala, Charles Darwin, teenage drug abuse

 Today’s installment of Sunday: At the movies with On Deadline, we have a cute koala among devastation, a Charles Darwin primer since he turned 200 and fighting teenage drug addiction in Alberta.


Among the scorched earth and stories of lives lost in Australia due to raging fires this feel-good video hit the ‘Net. Aussie firefighters came across a thirsty and confused koala and a drink of water brought two worlds together.



Here is a quick biography about Charles Darwin, author of the theory of evolution, a scientific theory still controversial to this day. This three-minute short bio is a primer courtesy of the Biography Channel.


POWERLESS: Fighting Teen Drug Addiction in Alberta, courtesy of CBC’s Fifth Estate

A thought provoking look at the controversial drug addiction fighting methods at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). Is it tough love for a tough problem? Is it effective because it tears down addiction and then builds up? Does it tear down too viciously and inhumane in approach? A strong look at this program dealing with a problem too many of us turns a blind-eye to.

Talking to Americans, the Power of Lux & Canada’s shame

In today’s installment of Sunday: At the movies with On Deadline, we have some comedy, some pensive education clips and a little media absorption exercise to a wonderful piece of music. Kick back, find some time and enjoy.

TALKING TO AMERICANS – courtesy of Rick Mercer

Ok, so some Canadian visitors will get a hoot from these clips of Rick Mercer’s infamous “Talking to Americans” series. Yes, some of things Mercer asks Americans are slightly unfair but it is the common sense questions that really deliver the comedy. Canada finally legalizes staplers? Canada completing the chunnel to China? Canada gets a second area code?An American governor congratulates Canada on preserving its national igloo?


The following is as much about viewing as it is about hearing. Lux Aeterna is a powerful and enchanting arrangement by Clint Mansell for the movie Requiem for a Dream. The two videos in the segment can be a fine example of what adding visuals can do to move someone and effect how they absorb an experience.

This first clip has a simple black backdrop with the full six-minute version of the song. If you have never hear it, give it a listen in its entirety and see if it moves you like it seems to do to everyone else.

The second clip is a four minute version of the song played to some strong Second World War footage. The piece is already moving but look and see what the images do to your media absorption experience.



Hard to believe it happened in Canada. First Nations children, some ripped from their homes, then forced into government organized residential schools to prepare them for life in a “white society”. This shameful part of our Canadian history only happened 50 years.  On Deadline has blogged before on this issue as well.

The CBC archives on this matter are a good starting point if you want to learn more about this time in Canadian history.