02. British Columbia
04. New Brunswick
05. Newfoundland and Labrador
06. Northwest Territories
07. Nova Scotia
10. Prince Edward Island
12. Saskatchewan - Tideland (2005) + Space Milkshake (2012) + Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977) + Wolfcop (2014) + Alien Thunder (1974)
Wasn't sure whether to post this on here or the Conquer the USA topic, but since its a different country and not a North America thing, y'all instead get the eventual 13 segments of Canada in this thread.
01 Saskatchewan (Canada)
I get what this film is trying to do - essentially a modern reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland - where Alice escapes the hell around her with the help of her imagination. But after our viewing, this film gave me a psychotic episode! The way Gilliam plays with reality and interweaves it with imagination - just wrecked havoc with my own grounding. We now have to worry whether other films might have a similar effect on me. I don't think I've ever sat through a more unpleasant film. The light pedophile touches + treatment of the mentally handicapped were just too much for my sensibilities. Gilliam's films all play with reality and insanity, but without comedic touches, you wind up with a miserable result.
Space Milkshake (2012)
Space comedy about a trash collection station which becomes mixed up in an interdimensional conquest plot. The small crew of four spend most of their time being obnoxious. It doesn't help that the two women are victims of the men's anger or sexual harassment issues. Space Milkshake borrows quite a bit from Dark Star - with a similar dull + comedic look at future space travel. Unlike Carpenter's effort, this film can only manage to land a single joke: a space-lock which people constantly trip over. Also, the promise of
a mutant alien rubber ducky falls flat quickly - as it gets barely any screentime before it evolves into another form.
Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)
Bud Cort takes on the role of a one-room school teacher in Depression era-Canada. There's some very light comedic touches added in, but otherwise its mostly about the harsh realities facing the students + Cort. One family loses their home to the bank, and the only thing we could think of was: no matter where they ended up, it had to have been better than those god-forsaken plains. This film did help to answer a question I always had: how did one-room school houses even work? (with 10 grades being taught at once). I'd only recommend this for fans of teaching films - as its otherwise too depressingly flat of a film.
Idiotic frat boy comedy about a cop who's also a werewolf - and uses his new found powers to instill some justice into a small town. I appreciated the practical effects, but this was a pain to sit through. There's quite a few films that play as tributes to 80s films - with gratuitous nudity, gross violence, and one-liners - except they miss any sense of charm or nostalgia. Its too self-aware and self-indulgent to be enjoyable on that base level. You also see a lot of men peeing in this film for some reason. This was a hard pass, and I don't recommend this film unless you have a group of rowdy frat boys with you.
Alien Thunder (1974)
Donald Sutherland as a Mountie trying to get his man. It turns into a film about obsession - as Sutherland's pursuit turns into a small war. Sutherland's obsession turns into one of cruelty and revenge. As the target of pursuit is a First Nationer, the film traces some customs + the plight of their people. That's about the largest departure Alien Thunder has from every other pursuit Western story. This film was oddly distributed by Troma of all people (with zero of the hallmarks that you'd expect).
Canadian television show from the mid-2000s that takes place in Saskatchewan. Its weird to remember that most Canadian comedies don't have a laugh track - and that plays to the show's benefit! We only watched one episode but we'll probably watch another. The comedy is a bit dry and not all jokes hit, but I appreciate the random scenes cut in to illustrate a humorous point. The show just felt so Canadian - with everyone being polite and having no real issues with each other.
Alot of Youtubers have been forced to travel to Saskatchewan on these idiotic paid vacations - where they're forced to have fun - in order to promote tourism. So be amazed by ziplines, camping, walking around cities, trying to have fun on a sand dune, etc.
Bannock - This food has two different origin stories - it was either created by the First Nations people, or introduced by Scots. In either case, its now associated with the former. Its essentially a frybread with very few ingredients. It was rather plain, so we spiced it up with several varieties, including: Pizza seasoning, Bagel seasoning, chocolate chips, cinnamon, cheese stuffed (the best one), etc. Unlike most of the foods we make for these projects -we'd probably make Bannock again.
We wanted to order Saskatoon Berries - but with shipping from Canada, it would've been over $30, which was more than we wanted to spend for this project.
"Taking the Grids" - driving unpaved roads
“In the rhubarb” - hitting the ditch
Google Maps finds
Lake with a waterfall into another lake
Hotel above a parking garage in Moose Jaw
Kenlis church in middle of plains
Sad outdoor kiddy pool with no water in it
Meath Park (more like meth park)
The last saskatchewan pirate song
Saskatchewan - Zuffalo
(genuinely great song)
Great Wall of Saskatchewan
"Western agricultural traditions meet eastern spirituality at Grotto Gardens Country Market, where Downward Goat Yoga offers pet therapy for body, mind and soul."
The Shand Power Station, the most environmentally advanced coal-fired generating station in Canada
Wheatland Express Excursion Train. Themed rides include tasting excursions, medieval feasts and maybe even a train heist.
"The Macklin Bunnock – If you don’t know what a bunnock is, take a trip to Macklin and check out the giant bunnock sculpture that doubles as a tourist information centre. Confused? A bunnock is the ankle bone of a horse. If you’re still confused, the town’s residents will be happy to tell you about the game of bunnock and the Macklin World Bunnock Championship Tournament, which is held every year and regularly draws more than 1,000 competitors of all ages."
Pile O'Bones was renamed Regina in 1882 (now the capital of Saskatchewan)
Joni Mitchell got her start in Saskatoon
Tommy Douglas - who created Canada's universal healthcare system
The Saskatchewan CCF won in June 1944 with a "Pocket Platform" calling for home ownership and debt reduction; increased old age pensions, mothers' allowances, and disability care; public medical, dental, and hospital services; equal education; free speech and religion; collective bargaining; and the encouragement of economic co-operatives.
Saskatchewan became the first province to allow civil servants to organize unions (1944), the first to enshrine a bill of rights prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, colour, or creed (1947), the first to implement compulsory government automobile insurance (1946), and the first to institute a hospital insurance plan (1947).
Saskatchewan covers 651,900 sq. km – one-half of the province is covered by forest, one-third is farmland and one-eighth is freshwater.
Saskatchewan supplies more than a third of the world’s total exported durum wheat and is the world’s top exporter of lentils and dry peas.