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Cara Gee - Empire of Dirt (2013), Strange Empire (2014).  Photographed by Ryan Emberley.

Cara Gee - Empire of Dirt (2013), Strange Empire (2014).  Photographed by Ryan Emberley.

Strange Empire - Season 1, Episode 1

"Um excuse me, but who the hell are you?"

"Carmilla. I’m your new roommate, sweetheart."

My oldest friend is back in Toronto for business while also catching up with friends & family. Over the weekend we were discussing music trends and he said something that made a lot of sense: at some point in your life, with work and kids (my son is thirteen months, his daughter is four months) you have to sacrifice one field of pop culture to remain an expert on another. For him, he’s really keen on TV series and stopped keeping abreast of movies. Meanwhile I’m the complete opposite. I still haven’t seen Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, the list goes on and on.  Basically I’m out of touch when it comes to TV.

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So it was by pure chance I saw a funny GIF set on someone’s Tumblr showing a group of college students sitting in front of a webcam. Nothing strange there, except one girl was tied up in ropes with an enormous wreath of garlic around her. The image reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and after a little research, I found myself watching the web series Carmilla.  Each episode is only 4-5 minutes long and halfway though, I gotta admit I’m enjoying it a lot.

Unfortunately this all means Breaking Bad will have to wait a little while longer.

Actress / producer / director Amy Seimetz.

Actress / producer / director Amy Seimetz.

Georgie Henley.

Georgie Henley.

Oct 8
The Theory of Everything (2014), directed by James Marsh.

The Theory of Everything (2014), directed by James Marsh.

Oct 6
You+Me is a collaboration between Alecia Moore (a.k.a. Pink) and Dallas Green (a.k.a. City & Colour).  Their album rose ave. will be released Oct 14.

You+Me is a collaboration between Alecia Moore (a.k.a. Pink) and Dallas Green (a.k.a. City & Colour).  Their album rose ave. will be released Oct 14.

Oct 5
Walter Martin, photographed by Alexandra Strada.

Walter Martin, photographed by Alexandra Strada.