Canada is known for giving us maple syrup and Ryan Reynolds, not to mention their undying love for hockey and inexplicably endless politeness. But when I think of Canada, there are two lovable hosers that come to mind, and that’s beer-chugging, hockey-loving brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis in both the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV (or Second City Television) and the cult classic comedy feature film Strange Brew. Now the knuckleheads from the Great White North have been immortalized as statues in Edmonton, Canada. Read More »
Rick Moranis doesn’t think of himself as retired, but with has last feature film performance being a voice in the 2003 animated feature Brother Bear (followed by a straight to video sequel), the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star has certainly been out of the limelight for a long time now. That’s why it’s so exciting to hear that he’ll be returning as one of his most beloved characters from his days back on SCTV, the Second City sketch comedy TV series.
Rick Moranis will reunite with his sketch comedy partner Dave Thomas as the two reprise their roles as Canadian duo Bob & Doug McKenzie. However, if you’re hoping to catch this exciting reunion, along with some other amazing SCTV comedians, it’s not going to be easy. The return of the McKenzie brothers is part of a larger, fundraising SCTV reunion show, and you can learn more about it below. Read More »
Carts of Darkness, a 59-minute documentary on homeless guys in Canada who get their thrills by gunning stolen shopping carts down steep hills (and gunning plenty of beers), is online for our viewing pleasure. Directed in high def by Murray Siple, the film offers a window into this fringe microcosm set deep within the beautiful landscapes of Vancouver, with tunes by rock groups Black Mountain and Ladyhawk. Siple’s personal investment and attraction to the subject matter becomes apparent before the half-way mark, and I was surprised to see the film turn into a memorable character study that touches on big ideas without feeling polemic or hippie-dippity. If you have an hour to spare, and a mixture of This American Life, Jackass and Strange Brew sounds appealing, check it out in full after the jump.
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