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Steve Burgess

Steve Burgess is a freelance writer and the author of Who Killed Mom?, published in 2011 by Greystone Books.

Born in Norwalk Ohio, home of the famous virus, Steve was raised in Regina, SK, and Brandon, MB. He writes a regular column for The Tyee, often reviewing films but also, sometimes, detailing his hilarious world travels for Tyee readers. Steve is a former CBC Radio host and has won two National Magazine Awards. He has also won three Western Magazine Awards.

Reporting Beat: Travel, pop culture, politics, cobbling, knife sharpening, furnace repair.

Twitter: @steveburgess1

Website: Steve Burgess

Stories by Steve Burgess

opinion

A Tyee Series

The Christmas Letters: Stephen Harper on 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Leaked emails reveal PM's latest try at warm and fuzzy.

By Steve Burgess, Today


culture

Please Advise! This Christmas Music Is Goddamn Awful

Just 'cuz it's tradition doesn't mean your ears should bleed, says Dr. Steve.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Dec 2014


culture

Please Advise! I Wish to Ironically Enjoy the Grey Cup

Come all ye hipsters feigning disinterest, and hear our sportive Steve's advice.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Nov 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Is This an Election, or a 'Law & Order' Episode?

As Dr. Steve says: If elected office you're pursuin,' you had best commence the suin'.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Nov 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Which Local Candidate Represents Me?

Depends, do you have ebola? No? Well, read on anyway for Dr. Steve's opinion.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Oct 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Why Hasn't Postmedia Bought the Tyee Yet?

We're stumped, too. Dr. Steve explains the nuances of gobbling up everything.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Oct 2014


opinion

Please Advise! I'm the Speaker, Not Parliament's Babysitter

If anyone can help turn petulant crybabies into dignified MPs, it's totally Steve Burgess.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Sep 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Baggage Fees Are No Joke

Spinmeister Steve Burgess helps WestJet safely land its latest luggage policy.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Sep 2014


opinion

Please Advise! As Premier, I Must Further Crush the Teachers

Tyee's PR guru explains how Clark can break her fat-cat foes.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Sep 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Can I Get a Job in the Livable City?

In Vancouver? Sure! You're an apartment-peeping drone, right?

By Steve Burgess, 22 Aug 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Women Leaders Behaving Badly!

Thought they were immune to slippery politics? Dr. Steve's got your naivety pill.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Aug 2014


culture

Please Advise! My Great American Road Trip Has Gone Awry

A travellin' Steve Burgess explains how to make the best of a sputter-filled vacation.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Jul 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Facebook Controls My Emotions

Spinmeister Steve fans the flames of social media's most insidious conspiracies.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Jul 2014


opinion

Please Advise! World Cup Proves Unethical, Irresistible

Like heading a solid gold soccer ball, FIFA guilt can mess with your mind.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Jun 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Trudeau's 'Choice' Dilemma

Our spinmaster-in-residence weighs in on the latest 'bozo eruption' in Parliament.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Jun 2014


mediacheck

Please Advise! Attention Seeker Seeks Attention

If you are not Tara the Cat, some pointers on getting serious media.

By Steve Burgess, 22 May 2014


opinion

Please Advise! My Candidacy Needs Wings

Black-Capped Chickadee yearns to be Vancouver's official bird. Burgess swoops in.

By Steve Burgess, 7 May 2014


opinion

Please Advise! King's Landing Politics Are Harsh? Try Canada's

Tyrion Lannister whines of vicious schemers and insane rulers. It ain't so different here.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Apr 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Benched Canucks GM Starts the Job Hunt

Spinmeister Steve helps Mike Gillis set new goals.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Apr 2014


mediacheck

Tyee Expands into Medical Marijuana

Why we're betting a newly emerging business sector can save journalism.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Apr 2014


opinion

Please Advise! How to Leverage that Hitler Brand?

With a name dropped everywhere from Pictou to Crimea, history's most heinous wonders how to exploit his infamy.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Mar 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Gregor Wants to Get Ford-Level Famous

Tyee advice-man Steve wades into the awkward realm of mayoral envy.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Mar 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Why Does Libs' Gas-Powered Budget Stink?

Might be all those magic beans you're passing, Burgess tells BC money minister.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Feb 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Putin Stumped by Vancouver's Putin-Free Games

So cheap! So gay! So dissent-y! How'd we do it, Russia's leader asks Burgess.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Feb 2014


opinion

In Bangkok's Streets, It's Occupy Flipped

For largely upper class Thai protesters, democracy hasn't worked of late. A dispatch.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Jan 2014


opinion

Please Advise! Stephen Harper Wants to Get Lucky

In search of a happier 2014, the PM consults super natural Steve Burgess.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Jan 2014


opinion

Please Advise! All Harper Wants for Christmas Is Good PR

But how to appeal to all the godless holiday heathens, he asks spinmeister Steve.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Dec 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Help Harper Keep the Xmas Bash Under Control

So many hard-partying Tories, so many secrets to spill. But Burgess knows the fix.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Dec 2013


opinion

Please Advise! What Should Rob Ford's Agent Have Him Do Next?

Spin doc Steve ponders some crack projects for the rising star.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Nov 2013


opinion

Advice? The Unstoppable Rob Ford Needs None

Spin doctor Steve's re-election tip for Toronto's mayor? Just be you.

By Steve Burgess, 5 Nov 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Tells Harper Why the Senate Scandal Has Legs

And why that 'look at this free trade deal' feint won’t work.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Oct 2013


opinion

Please Advise! A Throne Speech from the Senate... Awkward?

Burgess offers feedback on Harper's great vision for the Canadian people.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Oct 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Advocates for a 'Friendlier' Anthem

Canada's song too gendered? Steve's got a waaaaay better version in mind.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Oct 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Thanks Marois for Crushing Progressive Politics

Advisor Steve gets a lesson, courtesy of Quebec's values charter.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Sep 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Tempers Big Telecom's Verizon Victory

Was the cell despots' jingoistic ad campaign against the US giant a success? Steve's got opinions.

By Steve Burgess, 5 Sep 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Counsels Closet Canuck Ted Cruz

The U.S. Senator wants to sever his Canadian ties for good. Steve can help.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Aug 2013


opinion

Please Advise! Burgess Helps Vlady Putin Stay Real

Rich? Powerful? In need of discreet counsel? Write to Steve. We'll tell the world.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Aug 2013


opinion

What's in a Royal Baby Name?

William and Kate should have kept their kid genderless as long as possible.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Jul 2013


opinion

Oh, To Be a Harper Enemy

With a nod to Nixon, the PM proves you're nobody in politics 'til somebody hates you.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Jul 2013


opinion

Vic Toews, You Could've Been Our Cheney

Eclipsed by media-hog mayors and senators, the Public Safety Minister resigns. Too soon, I say.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Jul 2013


opinion

The Conservative Convention that Wasn't

What policies will Tories come up with next? Due to floods, we'll have to wait and see.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Jun 2013


opinion

Obama Knows Your Canadian Secrets

If I hear him right, it's not just American data collected. Imagine what he knows!

By Steve Burgess, 14 Jun 2013


opinion

Mike Duffy, Poor Rich White Man

The senator simply adopted the culture of his new profession. Was that so wrong?

By Steve Burgess, 31 May 2013


culture

'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Under director JJ Abrams, the Starship Enterprise is more of a Led Zeppelin.

By Steve Burgess, 17 May 2013


culture

'The Great Gatsby'

This version's brash, sensational, musically eclectic... and not great.

By Steve Burgess, 10 May 2013


opinion

BC Election 2013 Wildcard: How 'bout those Canucks?

When fan favourites win big games incumbents get a boost, scholars discovered.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Apr 2013


culture

'42'

Jackie Robinson's career was one long teachable moment. Does this film make the grade?

By Steve Burgess, 12 Apr 2013


culture

Burgess Says Farewell to Roger Ebert

He was a lover of film. His boss Conrad Black, not so much.

By Steve Burgess, 5 Apr 2013


culture

Found Your Seat for 'Game of Thrones'?

The Sopranos of Middle Earth are back. Dragon you in yet?

By Steve Burgess, 29 Mar 2013


culture

'The Bible'

Watching History Channel's miraculous hit created by 'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Mar 2013


culture

'The House I Live In'

Drug war has become 'slow motion holocaust' says riveting new documentary.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Mar 2013


opinion

What the Lady of Myanmar Reads

Once imprisoned, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi found escape and courage in literature. Including Harry Potter.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Feb 2013


opinion

Stoned in India

Across the chasm of class and privilege in India, a rock sometimes flies at a visitor.

By Steve Burgess, 31 Jan 2013


opinion

Getting Schooled in Bangkok's 'Som Tham'

Attempting to stomach a chili-laden local favourite, Steve Burgess looks foolish. A dispatch.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Jan 2013


culture

Are You Dirty for Seeing 'Zero Dark Thirty'?

Storm of controversy about film's portrayal of torture precedes its opening today.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Jan 2013


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Postscript and Acknowledgments

Watching TV with Dad. Acknowledgements. Eleventh of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Jan 2013


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 19 + 20

Life and death on the streets of Rome. And finally, a Japanese vision of Heaven, in a blue and white dress. Tenth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Jan 2013


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 17 + 18

The parables of Joan Burgess. And the curtain falls on a life well-lived. Ninth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Jan 2013


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 15 + 16

A 50th birthday to remember -- and forget. Plus: Tales from Riverheights Terrace. Eighth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 31 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 13 + 14

Who killed Grandma? And a meditation on luck. Seventh of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 11 + 12

Who killed Mom? A suspect is ID'd. And subsequently brought to trial. Sixth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 9 + 10

Wherein the Burgess family arrives in Christmas Town. Whereupon the pressure cooker finally explodes. Fifth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 7 + 8

Wherein a honeymoon on a troop train proves less than ideal. A potential president of the United States arrives on the scene. And the Burgesses enter the Land of the Jolly Green. Fourth of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 5 + 6

Wherein Joan Slorance lives -- and nearly dies -- on the prairies; and later encounters the bouncing football of Fate. Third part of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 25 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir, Chapters 3 + 4

Wherein Steve Burgess goes to Casablanca but does not meet Ingrid Bergman; and even monsters have back stories. Second part of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Dec 2012


books

A Tyee Series

An Early Gift: A Delinquent Son's Audiobook Memoir

The tale begins with a crisis and a Dickensian voyage though Christmas Past. First of 11.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Dec 2012


culture

Thirteen Alternative Christmas Movies

Scrooge repentant again and again? Might as well be watching 'Groundhog Day'!

By Steve Burgess, 21 Dec 2012


culture

'The Hobbit'

Baggins, dragons and Smeagol, oh my! But has HBO-grade fantasy ruined it all?

By Steve Burgess, 14 Dec 2012


culture

'The Fruit Hunters'

Luscious new documentary is proof that pleasures need not always be guilty.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Dec 2012


culture

Twilight of Lincoln

'Breaking Dawn Pt. 2' has hairy werewolves. 'Lincoln' has Abe. The parallels abound. Right?

By Steve Burgess, 24 Nov 2012


culture

'Skyfall'

A quantum of solace: this meaty Bond flick is a worthy rebound from previous franchise installments.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Nov 2012


news

Burgess: Dispatch from Florida on Election Day

Even comparing Obama to Fidel Castro didn't work. Mitt's boat ran aground here.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Nov 2012


culture

'Cloud Atlas'

A film with three directors, six parallel plots, and countless versions of Tom Hanks. Can it be done?

By Steve Burgess, 26 Oct 2012


culture

'Hellbound?'

When it comes to Christians, there's no hotter dividing line than hell, reveals Kevin Miller's new film.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Oct 2012


culture

'Looper'

Moral quandary. Human destiny. Totally suspend disbelief and this time-traveling thriller has it all.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Oct 2012


opinion

Let Mitt Be Mitt!

Who says that secret video is a problem slip? Romney's finally free to let it rip.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Sep 2012


culture

A Tyee Series

Ten Catchy Right-wing Pop Songs

TYEE LIST #21: A mixtape for your next dance party. Bust a move! Conservatively of course.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Sep 2012


culture

The Coquihalla Gets Its Own Reality TV Show

Savouring 'Highway Thru Hell' and 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!' too.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Sep 2012


opinion

How Vancouver's Surly Fans Helped Win the '72 Summit

And key people who propelled the drama.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Sep 2012


culture

'Lawless'

Watch this story of corn liquor bootleggers to get a leg up on corn.

By Steve Burgess, 31 Aug 2012


culture

'The Campaign'

Hollywood elects to satirize the long road to the Frat House, er, White House.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Aug 2012


culture

'Alps'

Odd characters perform odder jobs in this possibly genius, possibly hack film. Opens Friday in Vancouver.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Jul 2012


opinion

The Flaming, Frenzied Legacy of US Politics

Health care hysteria, shameless attack ads. It's not crazy, it's constitutional!

By Steve Burgess, 13 Jul 2012


opinion

Euro 2012, Tournament of Political Scores

Germany defeated by debt-shocked Italy, villains and thugs abound. Stay tuned.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Jun 2012


opinion

Burgess Does the Twist, Italian Style

Winding up the Amalfi Coast is a race against whatever you had for lunch.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Jun 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Ten Ways Ryder Hesjedal Changed Canada Forever

TYEE LIST #15: Victoria's cycling boystar didn't 'just' win the Giro d'Italia.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Jun 2012


opinion

Is the Eternal City Crumbling?

Greying centurions, decay, Vatican and soccer scandals. Nothing boring about Italy.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Jun 2012


culture

'Storage Wars'

Reality TV's king of auction-packed adventures. Why a hit? And is it fake?

By Steve Burgess, 18 May 2012


culture

'The Avengers'

How to make the ol' superhero blockbuster fresh? Try letting a quirky cult-meister direct.

By Steve Burgess, 4 May 2012


opinion

Canucks' Lu-dicrous Management

Three years ago Roberto Luongo was the $64 million future. Now he's chopped goat liver?

By Steve Burgess, 27 Apr 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Canada Can Do Less with Less!

TYEE LIST #11: Five aspects of our national life that will be downsized by the Harper cutbacks. Change is good!

By Steve Burgess, 21 Apr 2012


culture

Watching the Home Team: 'Real Housewives of Vancouver'

Contemplating the one per cent most Botoxed of the one per centers.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Apr 2012


culture

The Reigning 'Game of Thrones'

No level of controversy could bring down this narratively fearless series. (Sorry, 'Luck.')

By Steve Burgess, 30 Mar 2012


culture

'Into the Abyss'

Werner Herzog is your guide in this peculiar tale of crime and death row in Texas. Plus, a special screening.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Mar 2012


culture

'Game Change'

Palin, McCain, and the presidential race of a lifetime. Political campaigns, the genre that keeps on giving.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Mar 2012


opinion

It's Better to Wander than to Search

And other musings while traveling the back roads towards (I'm pretty sure) Xang Kong.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Feb 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Ten Things Never to Say to the Sedins

TYEE LIST #2: Prepare yourself for a chance run-in with Vancouver Canuck twins Hank and Danny.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Feb 2012


opinion

Do Gooders and Guilt Tours in Luang Prabang

Helping is a thriving industry in Laos, but some locals wonder who benefits the most.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Feb 2012


opinion

Turning Turtle in Bangkok

What won't Steve Burgess do just to earn a little karma?

By Steve Burgess, 27 Jan 2012


opinion

In Tokyo, English Is Business Serious

Back on the road, Steve Burgess immediately gets in trouble with authorities.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jan 2012


opinion

Republican Braintrust: Update

Which political titan shall be the one to take on Obama? America starts to decide!

By Steve Burgess, 6 Jan 2012


opinion

The Bell Man's Mission

A gong, a balaclava, and a Sarah Palin puppet. The makings of a true Christmas caper.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Dec 2011


culture

Inside the Xmas Music Underground

Vancouver filmmaker Mitchell Kezin helps rescue weird holiday tunes from oblivion.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Dec 2011


culture

'Young Adult'

Charlize Theron's 'psychotic prom queen' vies for a high school flame in this highly immature flick.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Dec 2011


culture

'The Artist'

What is this (mostly) mute film about a silent movie star's struggle for relevance really saying?

By Steve Burgess, 9 Dec 2011


mediacheck

Pssst. A Lot of People Hate the Canucks

Local media doesn't dwell on why, but outside the home town no one holds back.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Nov 2011


culture

'J Edgar'

Put out a manhunt for Clint Eastwood before he kills (a film's potential) again.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Nov 2011


culture

'Wiebo's War'

Documentary director David York on sour gas, flawed heroes, godless filmmaking, and more.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Oct 2011


culture

'The Ides of March'

Ah, to live in George Clooney's America, where politicos have principles and movies are intelligent.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Oct 2011


culture

MeTV

Were the good old days of TV really any good? A border-crossing broadcaster lets you answer that for yourself.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Sep 2011


culture

'Contagion'

Bloodless. And more reasons to resist catching Soderbegh's disease flick.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Sep 2011


culture

Really, Why Is Shakespeare Still Selling?

Blasphemous question, I know. But help me here. Why aren't more bored by the Bard?

By Steve Burgess, 25 Aug 2011


culture

Best of Summer's TV Crop

Freshly picked, weird but surprisingly tasty shows ripe for watching.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Aug 2011


culture

No Suckers Please, We're Leacock Lovers

With a funny book to share with Canada, Burgess heads to make-or-break Orillia.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Jul 2011


culture

Hogwarts Has Closed

'Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows 2' is a fine and fitting farewell.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Jul 2011


mediacheck

The Joy of Unplugging from My iPod

A traveler embraces letting random noise be the trip's soundtrack.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Jul 2011


opinion

Far from the Madding Crowd

Traveling in Italy, a Canucks fan learns Vancouver not only has lost, it's burning.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Jun 2011


opinion

Lunch with a Roman Swami

Spiritual sage Bhakti Madhurya Ban Maharaj assessed my meatballs: bad karma.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Jun 2011


opinion

How the Internet Kills Great Neighbourhoods

As clicks replace human exchanges, Vancouver film emporium Videomatica is latest victim.

By Steve Burgess, 20 May 2011


culture

'Thor'

No need to get hammered before going, this turns into a pretty good action flick.

By Steve Burgess, 6 May 2011


mediacheck

It Seems Harper's Bubble Is Twitterproof

He's still well ahead, immune to the constant deluge of terrible things tweeted about him.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Apr 2011


books

My High Flying Youth in Brandon, Manitoba

Family dinner, zoned on LSD. And more confessions of a problem prairie child, from the new memoir by Steve Burgess, 'Who Killed Mom?'

By Steve Burgess, 15 Apr 2011


opinion

Canucks 2011: Dare You Hope?

Such a great season. So much more reason, therefore, to brood and worry.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Apr 2011


opinion

Japan in Springtime

Amidst catastrophe arrive cherry blossoms and the season for hanami, a nation's celebrations of life.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Mar 2011


culture

'The Adjustment Bureau'

Sci-fi whoa dude movie keys on hats, water, and one pretty good meet-cute. Just sayin'.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Mar 2011


opinion

Disco Lit Bridge on the River Kwai

In Kanchanaburi, Thailand, war crime memories mix with cheerful kitsch.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Feb 2011


opinion

Thailand's Ghosts, Political and Not

Keeping the spirits satisfied is never easy, and an election now hovers.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Feb 2011


opinion

In Japan, Why Ask Why?

Just get used to what seems weird, and sing along with the pink elephant head.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Jan 2011


culture

'Rabbit Hole'

An intense close-up of parental grief and rage. Interesting choice for Christmas Eve.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Dec 2010


culture

Make Yanni Stop! Pay What it Takes!

Public television in the US is great, when not meeting its bills by peddling folkie nostalgia and new-age nostrums.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Dec 2010


culture

'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

People are watching this thing. And not just for the halibut.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Dec 2010


culture

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One'

Our young heroes are on their own, feeling their way through a dark and unfocused storyline.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Nov 2010


culture

'Due Date'

What drives around comes around. In this case, a cruder Planes, Trains and Automobiles.'

By Steve Burgess, 5 Nov 2010


culture

'Hereafter'

There's a special place in hell for 'serious' Hollywood films like this.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Oct 2010


opinion

Nine Per Cent Gordo

A preliminary attempt to put the premier's latest popularity rating into some useful perspective.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Oct 2010


culture

'The Social Network'

Hey it's just a fun flick. Tell that to the real people forever depicted as sleaze-geeks.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Oct 2010


culture

The Affleck Effect

He wrote, directs and stars in 'The Town.' Are we to think he's the next Clint Eastwood?

By Steve Burgess, 17 Sep 2010


mediacheck

Sportsnet One Screens out the Sedins

Did we really need another sports station? One that carries Canuck games we can't see?

By Steve Burgess, 10 Sep 2010


mediacheck

Obama's a Muslim, Reports Globe

The crackpot tabloid Globe, that is. And that's how the body politic gets infected by nutty, wrong ideas.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Sep 2010


mediacheck

Who Killed My PVR?

All those shows I'd saved digitally, mysteriously wiped clean. I must learn to live again.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Aug 2010


culture

What a Swell TV Summer

'Pillars,' 'Rubicon,' 'Mad Men' and 'Jersey Shore': It's cool inside.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Aug 2010


culture

'Inception' Is a Dream of a Movie

Finally, a summer blockbuster film that invites you to use your brain.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jul 2010


opinion

Where Rome's Dead Tourists Hang Out

They have their own cemetery. Among too many visitors who've died young are poets Keats and Shelley.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Jul 2010


opinion

Postcard from Cup Crazy Europe

No telling who you'll sit next to at game time in a Paris restaurant or a Roman piazza.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Jul 2010


opinion

Unhand My Baguette!

It takes guts to sample the pride of Lyon's French foodies. And think before you grab.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Jun 2010


opinion

Look What They've Done with East Berlin

Now it's vibrant, young, crammed with edgy art and culture.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Jun 2010


culture

Albert Maysles, King of the Rock Doc

The genius documentary maker on Mick Jagger, concert mayhem, emotional honesty, and more.

By Steve Burgess, 28 May 2010


culture

'Robin Hood'

Gladiator meets Friar Tuck, and did Monty Python touch up this script?

By Steve Burgess, 14 May 2010


opinion

How about Those Canucks? Cough, Cough

What in the name of Jiri Bubla is going on with our goddamn hockey team?

By Steve Burgess, 23 Apr 2010


culture

'Clash of the Titans'

Why just in time for Easter? And do Greek gods look better without glasses?

By Steve Burgess, 2 Apr 2010


culture

Why 'Breaking Bad' Is So Good

Pitch black and often funny, the show wouldn't work here. We have health care.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Mar 2010


culture

'A Prophet'

Great story, great acting, Oscar nominated and French. This prison yarn surely ranks among the year's best films.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Mar 2010


opinion

This Was an Olympics of the Streets

It was at Vancouver's ground zero where protests urged change, police behaved, and throngs celebrated.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Mar 2010


opinion

As Vancouver Waits, It Skates

On eve of Olympics, some of us are bitter, some exultant, and some just glide along.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Feb 2010


blogs

Can This Onion Ring Get More Fans Than Harper? Yep!

By Steve Burgess, 4 Feb 2010


culture

'Darfur'

This time, with his clear depiction of massacre, director Uwe Boll is no joke.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Jan 2010


culture

'Book of Eli'

Some apocalypses are worse than others.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Jan 2010


culture

'Avatar'

Thanks to James Cameron, Hollywood special effects march on. Hollywood scripts, not so much.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Dec 2009


culture

'The Road'

Bring provisions for the trip. We're in post-apocalypse-vérité territory.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Nov 2009


culture

'Twilight: New Moon'

Herein lies 'the most irrelevant movie review in history.'

By Steve Burgess, 20 Nov 2009


culture

Vancouver's Asian Film Fest Is Nothing to Sneeze at

It showcases Canadian and US filmmakers of Asian descent, and the audience is growing.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Nov 2009


culture

'Coco Avant Chanel'

Biopic of fashion genius could have been taken out a little in the end.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Oct 2009


culture

'A Serious Man'

The Coen brothers' latest drops Job into a Minnesota suburb in 1967. Nihilism ensues.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Oct 2009


culture

'Hell's Kitchen' Claims about Araxi a Tad Overdone

Cooking show says winner gets to be 'head chef' at a top Whistler restaurant. Actually, no.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Oct 2009


culture

Michael Moore, Yesterday's Manic

His political spin jobs once seemed needed. Now they're just part of America's very bad problem.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Sep 2009


culture

Hollywood Hijacks History

Special effects and Tarantino-sized egos mean anything goes, even in the past.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Sep 2009


culture

'Mad Men' Still Crazy Good

What's that cheater Don Draper going to sell us next? Maybe his downfall.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Aug 2009


culture

Stay out of 'District 9'

Looked cool in trailer, but random mess just alienates a thinking human.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Aug 2009


opinion

A Song for Marco

How I found myself crooning a Scottish ballad to an Italian vendor.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Aug 2009


culture

John Hughes, Breeder of the Pack

He made Dubya's favourite film and spawned the Brat Pack. Don't hate him for it.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Aug 2009


blogs

Vancouver’s Japanese community torn over where best to celebrate roots

By Steve Burgess, 4 Aug 2009


opinion

Hot Enough?

I tell myself don't sweat it. Grandma's rickety fan has other ideas.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Aug 2009


culture

'Funny People'

Apatow plus Rogen plus Sandler plus cancer. Are you laughing?

By Steve Burgess, 31 Jul 2009


culture

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

Still a great ride, the Hogwarts Express chugs down a long, dark tunnel.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jul 2009


opinion

At the World's Wildest Horse Race

Can't stay away from Palio, Siena's bareback passion play.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Jul 2009


books

Italians, Dark and Sunny

Tobias Jones got them right: corrupt, partisan, maddening... and bellissimo.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Jun 2009


opinion

My Roman Holiday

When there, I do my best to party as the Romans do.

By Steve Burgess, 5 Jun 2009


culture

'Terminator Salvation'

It's the end of the world as we've known it (in previous films).

By Steve Burgess, 22 May 2009


culture

'Star Trek'

Kirk was a jerk. Spock was mocked. Who knew?

By Steve Burgess, 8 May 2009


culture

'Gomorrah' & 'State of Play'

What's your pleasure? Tawdry Neopolitans or hard drinking Irish heroics?

By Steve Burgess, 17 Apr 2009


opinion

Feeling Asia's Pain

Hard days for the barista, hotelier, airline exec or finance minister.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Mar 2009


opinion

Seeking Happiness in Bhutan

Notes from a few days in the land that forgot about GDP.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Mar 2009


culture

'Watchmen'

Good flick. Let the nerditude begin.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Mar 2009


opinion

Kathmandu Kicks Some Ass

A film made its Buddhists mad, and you don't want to do that.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Feb 2009


opinion

Singapore Loosens Up

Our intrepid columnist is back on the road, with tales of the 'One-Eyed Dragon.'

By Steve Burgess, 30 Jan 2009


culture

'Defiance' and 'Waltz with Bashir'

As Israel attacks Gaza, Hollywood offers Jews fighting Nazis.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jan 2009


culture

'The Wrestler' Wins Big

Mickey Rourke's brilliant, if not so triumphant, return.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Jan 2009


opinion

Bush to Pardon Self

Might just be the smartest thing he's ever done.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Dec 2008


culture

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Brad Pitt in rubber jowls. You know what's coming.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Dec 2008


culture

2008: A Few Good Films

In an unfortunate year, here are my lucky seven.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Dec 2008


culture

'Milk'

Martyrs can be messy, but not in this paen to a murdered gay politician.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Nov 2008


culture

'Quantum of Solace'

Get out of there Bond! This thing is gonna blow!

By Steve Burgess, 14 Nov 2008


culture

Clint's Latest Shows He's the 'Changeling'

And Dirty Harry should punish him for it.

By Steve Burgess, 31 Oct 2008


blogs

Dion is done; sew on a new head

By Steve Burgess, 14 Oct 2008


opinion

Biden vs. Palin: Who Won?

One gambled on the firepower of folksy sound bites.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Oct 2008


culture

'The Duchess'

Love among the big wigs, and very tight pantaloons.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Sep 2008


opinion

Talking Politics in a Nevada Brothel

In this desert outpost, Obama and McCain barely stand a chance.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Sep 2008


culture

'Burn After Reading'

Brad Pitt's so famous he makes the perfect doofus.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Sep 2008


culture

Nostalgia TV

Surfing time-travel channels, from 'Mad Men' to 'Shogun.'

By Steve Burgess, 22 Aug 2008


culture

'Tropic Thunder'

Stiller's multi-personality parody is at war with itself.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Aug 2008


culture

'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'

This is how sequels get a bad wrap.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Aug 2008


culture

Do Go Gentle into this 'Dark Knight'

It might be the best superhero film ever made.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Jul 2008


culture

'Hellboy II'

Can he use his terrible strength for good? Or even mediocre?

By Steve Burgess, 11 Jul 2008


opinion

Not a Very Nice Day

The French port welcomes me with blood on the street.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Jul 2008


culture

'Get Smart'

Something about 86 and 99 doesn't add up.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Jun 2008


opinion

Pyramids? What's the Point?

Random (very random) exchanges in old Cairo.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Jun 2008


opinion

In Jerusalem, Revelations

What I learned gabbing my way through the Old City.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Jun 2008


opinion

Bagged in Paris

How do you say, 'I'm not an idiot, I'm just tired'?

By Steve Burgess, 21 May 2008


culture

Iron Man Flattens Speed Racer

Proving even comic book movies need brains over flash.

By Steve Burgess, 9 May 2008


culture

Glued to the Playoffs on CNN

The roughest sport is on. Hockey can wait.

By Steve Burgess, 25 Apr 2008


culture

Bring Us the Head of Dave Nonis!

Or, um, maybe that doesn't really fix the Canucks.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Apr 2008


culture

So Long Charlton Heston, Jules Dassin

Holy Moses, we lost two much-imitated cinema greats.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Apr 2008


culture

No Sex Please, We're Tories

For Bill C-10, the C stands for censorship.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Mar 2008


culture

Big Yuks with David Duchovny

Poor guy can't solve his weird relationship with BC.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Mar 2008


opinion

In Seoul, Armed and Generous

Schmoozed by South Korea's friendly troops.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Mar 2008


culture

Truly, TV's Tawdriest Hour

Fox's 'Moment of Truth' takes the game show to new abysses.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Feb 2008


opinion

Poetry of Seoul

A little 'word steak' carved from my Korean menu.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Feb 2008


opinion

Japan Has Slow Trains, Too

And I'm in a hurry for hot tai-yaki!

By Steve Burgess, 6 Feb 2008


opinion

In Bangkok, a Hungry Quest

Find pad thai on a tuk-tuk? Good luck-luck.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Jan 2008


opinion

Manila, No Place for Chickens

Prime time on the cockfight channel.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Jan 2008


culture

'Charlie Wilson's War'

Nichols and Sorkin find a funny Bin Laden back story.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Dec 2007


culture

'I Am Legend'

Will Smith, all alone in the big dead city.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Dec 2007


culture

'I'm Not There'

Dylan biopic sinks like a wobbly, misshapen rolling stone.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Nov 2007


opinion

Bike Sexuals

Suddenly, a new group is persecuted by Big Brother.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Nov 2007


culture

'No Country for Old Men'

Flip of the Coens lands on the good side.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Nov 2007


culture

'American Gangster'

Ridley Scott's latest could use more tough love.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Nov 2007


culture

Blame the Uniforms?

The Canucks were supposed to be good, right?

By Steve Burgess, 26 Oct 2007


culture

TMZ, Sleaze Central

Website, TV show open the gates of celebrity hell.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Oct 2007


culture

The Kingdom

Boffo, jaw-jaw, bang-bang movie for politicos.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Oct 2007


culture

What Can 'Mad Men' Tell Us?

Smart TV show recalls when men were men, and women weren't glad.

By Dorothy Woodend and Steve Burgess, 21 Sep 2007


opinion

Terror Schlock

They're making a mint on 9-11.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Sep 2007


culture

'Shoot 'Em Up' Needs Taking Out

Even smart, sexy stars can get it wrong.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Sep 2007


opinion

Coffee Hits $15 at the Pump

How far will they push addicts like me?

By Steve Burgess, 20 Aug 2007


culture

'Your Mommy Kills Animals'

And guess what 'Mr. Hands' does with them?

By Steve Burgess, 17 Aug 2007


opinion

Karl Rove Is Just in Hiding

Ready for his next smear job on US Democrats.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Aug 2007


culture

'Killer of Sheep'

Cult film with a title like that can't be all baaa, right?

By Steve Burgess, 8 Aug 2007


culture

When TV Goes Hollywood

Can an empire like 'Simpsons' really keep the magic?

By Steve Burgess, 27 Jul 2007


opinion

Stone Barbers and Boorish Yanks

My outside-the-guide travels in Rome.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Jul 2007


culture

Darkest, Harryiest, Most Political Potter

'Order of the Phoenix' rises.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Jul 2007


opinion

Ciao!

My divorce and honeymoon in Rome.

By Steve Burgess, 10 Jul 2007


opinion

Austria's Music Box

Vienna, unbombed, remains perfectly perfect.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Jul 2007


opinion

French Castle Fatigue

Tourism can ruin treasures, non?

By Steve Burgess, 25 Jun 2007


opinion

My Apology to Paris

Love your city, not your museums.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Jun 2007


opinion

Awards on Steroids

Meet the new generation of 'winners.'

By Steve Burgess, 22 May 2007


culture

Has 'Shrek' Cash Machine Run Dry?

No shortage of dollars, just of sense.

By Steve Burgess, 18 May 2007


culture

Upgrading the Canucks

Trade Naslund? What's it gonna take?

By Steve Burgess, 8 May 2007


culture

No Web of Intrigue

'Spidey 3' is full of bugs.

By Steve Burgess, 4 May 2007


Canucks Win First Round

Just like we probably shouldn't have said they would.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Apr 2007


mediacheck

Mark Steyn's Latest Victims

Massacres prompt pundit to slag old folks, paraplegics and dead students.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Apr 2007


culture

When Souls ‘Fracture’

Legal flick weighs wealth and virtue.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Apr 2007


culture

Now Do You Believe?

If Oprah's right, Canucks are going all the way.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Apr 2007


culture

Love Cheese? Try 'Grindhouse'

But schlock is tastier with less Tarantino sauce.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Apr 2007


culture

Don't Cha Believe in Hoochie Female Empowerment?

The 'Pussycat Dolls' blur reality TV feminism.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Mar 2007


culture

Comic Book Film for Dubya

In '300,' macho Spartans whup pesky Persians.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Mar 2007


opinion

Home Is Where the Hair Is

Scariest thing about travelling? Foreign hairdressers.

By Steve Burgess, 5 Mar 2007


culture

The Tyee's Own Oscars

Who really won? George W., dresses and lesbians, among others.

By Dorothy Woodend, Steve Burgess and Shannon Rupp, 26 Feb 2007


opinion

How to Cure Travel Fatigue

Hint: not fireworks.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Feb 2007


opinion

They're Baaack!

Big creepy spiders are crawling into my life again.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Feb 2007


opinion

Soda Pop Gods

How riots, food and patriots keep Bangkok bubbling.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Feb 2007


opinion

'The Noodle of Prejudice'

My list of delicious Japanese language treats.

By Steve Burgess, 31 Jan 2007


opinion

Memoirs of My Geisha Search

And what I really discovered in Gion.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Jan 2007


opinion

Burgess in Tokyo

Adrift in a land awash in wireless TV.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jan 2007


culture

Burgess's Top 2006 Flicks

Pearls in a swinish movie year.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Dec 2006


culture

Burgess’ Top TV of 2006

Head to the video store.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Dec 2006


culture

Burgess's Top 10 Classic Flicks

Movies to hunker down with.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Dec 2006


culture

Bond. Blond Bond.

Daniel Craig is right full hair to 007 saga.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Nov 2006


culture

Borat Makes Me Cringe

And I like.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Nov 2006


culture

Royal Pains

'The Queen' and all her kooky clan, even the corgis.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Oct 2006


culture

Belly up to ‘Trailer Park Boys’

Like all great works, it’s about the power of change.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Oct 2006


culture

'All the King's Men' Goes South

The film itself operates like a sleazy politician.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Sep 2006


culture

Still Plugged into 'The Wire'

Cop series is simply the best thing on TV.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Sep 2006


culture

'Hollywoodland': Why Go There?

Why real-life whodunits end up Hollywood bland.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Sep 2006


culture

Dark Days for Canadian Film

Bad scripts + coddling critics = crap culture.

By Steve Burgess, 25 Aug 2006


culture

Oliver Stone's Churchy 'World Trade Center'

Jesus shows up on 9/11.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Aug 2006


culture

Pirates Kick Superhero Butt

Their secret weapon? The rollick.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Jul 2006


culture

Mourning Pink Floyd's Muse

The 'tattooed brain' of Syd Barrett.

By Steve Burgess, 12 Jul 2006


opinion

Burgess Down the Stretch in Italy

Final notes, including a fervent, farewell "po po po."

By Steve Burgess, 11 Jul 2006


opinion

Evading McTuscany

Burgess leans into the undiscovered Italy.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Jun 2006


opinion

Burgess Survives Explosion in Istanbul

Or so his story will go.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Jun 2006


opinion

Burgess Joins the Yankee Jet Set

Fool's luck in beautiful Amalfi.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Jun 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

The Joy of ZZZZZZZZ…

In praise of sleep, my chief luxury.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Jun 2006


opinion

Fall of the Roman Empire

Now the men dress like barbarians.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Jun 2006


culture

The Da Vinci Formula

So little sex, but so many climaxes!

By Steve Burgess, 20 May 2006


culture

Trailer Trash

Handy planner for summer moviegoers. And avoiders.

By Steve Burgess, 19 May 2006


culture

Das Boot Kaput

'Poseidon' wants to be taken seriously. Serious problem.

By Steve Burgess, 15 May 2006


culture

In Defense of 'United 93'

It's uplifting, the film Oliver Stone can't make.

By Steve Burgess, 5 May 2006


culture

Hockey Playoff Gods Are Jokers

So Edmonton beats Detroit. Naturally.

By Steve Burgess, 2 May 2006


culture

'Da Vinci Code,' The Flick

Another missed opportunity for the gospel truth.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Apr 2006


culture

Trade Naslund

And other tough prescriptions for the finished Canucks.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Apr 2006


culture

Why 'Brick' Is Slick

'Teen noir,' perfectly executed.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Apr 2006


mediacheck

Chop! Chop!

CTV's helicopter auto-rotates the news.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Mar 2006


culture

So Long, Buckaroo

Owens' brand of twang and hokey lyrics ain't 'round no more.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Mar 2006


culture

Oscar the Screw-up

When was the last time he got it right?

By Steve Burgess, 3 Mar 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess Is Back

What he's learned about porn, planes and people.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Mar 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess Meets a Monster

Fear, death and arachnophobia in Sulawesi.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Feb 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Shadows and Light in Bali

Terrorism's pall can't obscure the kindness of Ubudian strangers.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Feb 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Name's Bond. Steve Bond.

In certain corners of Bangkok, I'm a dashing celeb.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Feb 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess Chews on Singapore

Hey bro, don't step in the 'Tyee!'

By Steve Burgess, 26 Jan 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess Is Back on the Road

And trying not to get 'Shanghaied' in Shanghai.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Jan 2006


culture

Curious Kong

One very high tech, fat and dumb monkey.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Dec 2005


mediacheck

Here Comes the CBC Doughnut Campaign

If last night is the measure, it's gonna be a long one.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Nov 2005


culture

When Did Late Night TV Lose its Smarts?

Another anchor reels in and sails off.

By Steve Burgess, 24 Nov 2005


culture

'Alone in the Wilderness'

Series follows the handiest man making everything from scratch.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Nov 2005


mediacheck

Anchors Away!

Out with aw-shucks Aaron, in with cool Cooper.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Nov 2005


culture

Pigging out on HBO

'Deadwood' and other addictive DVD sweets.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Nov 2005


culture

Who Needs a Sexy Party Anyway?

Gauging the zest of Vancouver's film fest fests.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Oct 2005


culture

Martha's New Show Is Criminal

NBC needs to apprentice in TV show planning.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Oct 2005


culture

You'll Eat up 'Grizzly Man'

Werner Herzog's documentary probes the sanity of bears' best friend.

By Steve Burgess, 3 Oct 2005


culture

Dude, Take a Thrill Pill

'Invasion' and 'Prison Break' sagas sagging already.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Sep 2005


culture

I'm a 'Carnivale' Freak

It's weirder than The PNE on acid.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Aug 2005


opinion

Governor General Me

I'm liking my chances next time around.

By Steve Burgess, 8 Aug 2005


mediacheck

Lou Dobbs and the Canadian Menace

CNN host bores in on the BC drug tunnel and more threats.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Aug 2005


opinion

Ahhh, Summer in Manitoba

Burgess braves blood sucking monsters in search of Brandon bliss.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Aug 2005


culture

So Long, Long John

Blues legend Baldry was a natural front man, pushed to the back.

By Steve Burgess, 25 Jul 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

The Monolith and I Are Home

Burgess returns and begins unpacking his monstrous suitcase.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Jul 2005


culture

Burgess Takes in the Sea Fest

Destined to be the next big thing? Maybe not so much?

By Steve Burgess, 9 Jul 2005


opinion

Burgess Braves Italy's Grunge City

In Naples, tots ride motorbikes and wield crayon weapons.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Jul 2005


opinion

Emperor Larry

Like Caesar or Senator Palpatine, Mayor Campbell could sweep back on bigger terms.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Going It Alone in Cinque Terre

Neurotic Steve. Simpatico Steve. Who will win?

By Steve Burgess, 29 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

This Barcelona Place Is Great!

And Burgess finds women friendly in Milan, too.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Stalked, the Casbah

Burgess the neon tourist wanders Fes and Marrakech.

By Steve Burgess, 16 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess in Tangier: Fresh Prey

Right off the boat, the Canadian meets some helpful locals.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess in Rolling Purgatory

Undo that seatbelt! And other Spanish train etiquette.

By Steve Burgess, 7 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Granada, End of the Hippie Trail

Burgess beholds the Alhambra, gets in line.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Jun 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Tapas? Tricked Ya!

And other encounters with the proud Spanish culture.

By Steve Burgess, 25 May 2005


opinion

A Tyee Series

Burgess Skips Town Again

Now he’s in Europe. First postcard: ‘Christian Train Camp’.

By Steve Burgess, 17 May 2005


culture

When ‘The Shield’ Is Just Too Shiny

For cop shows with complex hero/villains, I’m down to ‘The Wire.’

By Steve Burgess, 9 May 2005


culture

Corn! Soup! Dirt!

And other musical triumphs of modern TV advertising.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Apr 2005


culture

The Junkie Show

A&E’s creepy ‘Intervention’ is truly addictive reality television.

By Steve Burgess, 19 Apr 2005


opinion

Help! I Live in Lorne Mayencourt’s ‘Hood!

When politicians vow to kick ‘living ass’, where can a trembling West Ender hide?

By Steve Burgess, 11 Apr 2005


culture

Sin City? Absolve Yourself

And pray someone can do better that with newfangled CGI.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Apr 2005


mediacheck

All-Schiavo TV

The latest media sensation is news for people who don’t like news.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Mar 2005


opinion

Our Man in Asia Comes Home

Second thoughts on Vietnam while counting the hotel hair products booty.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Mar 2005


opinion

Holiday in Cambodia

Burgess brightens up, until the Genocide Museum.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Mar 2005


opinion

Escape from Vietnam

Can a person be allergic to a country?

By Steve Burgess, 7 Mar 2005


opinion

Cry of the Broken Romantic

How Hunter S. Thompson saved me from the 70s.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Mar 2005


opinion

Vietnamese Driving Lessons

Traffic is normal today on the Saigon-Pan Thiet highway. Hang onto your lunch.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Feb 2005


opinion

Burgess and the Red Dragon

In Can Tho, coffee is more expensive with a dose of sad comedy.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Feb 2005


opinion

Burgess and the Big Night Out

It’s a new year in the former Saigon, and the smoke, the explosions and Mylar fish are just as they ought to be.

By Steve Burgess, 11 Feb 2005


opinion

Walkabout with Hanoi Steve

On the streets are many faces but one refrain: “Help me. Help you. Help me.”

By Steve Burgess, 4 Feb 2005


opinion

Burgess in Bangkok

A postcard from where wanderlust meets standard midlife neuroses.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Jan 2005


opinion

Dispatch from Hong Kong

Just ahead of the P.M.’s arrival, our man Burgess files this, uh, report.

By Steve Burgess, 21 Jan 2005


culture

Forced to Watch: Too Much Sex

The smug divas of Sex and the City just wore me out. Gotta wonder, is HBO good for Canada?

By Steve Burgess, 30 Dec 2004


opinion

Home for the Holidays: Why?

I ask myself that every year. And make the same tortuous trek.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Dec 2004


culture

Hello Dark Ages

Genghis Zahn at CNN? Is ‘Survivor’ worth saving? And other tele-musings.

By Steve Burgess, 20 Dec 2004


culture

Winnie Their Pooh

A Brit wrote the book, not us. So why do we keep flogging a dead bear?

By Steve Burgess, 13 Dec 2004


culture

My Greatest Canadian? Sorry, Not Terry Fox

Hint: In the great Canuck tradition, my choice is running off to the U.S. to make it big.

By Steve Burgess, 25 Nov 2004


culture

It's Branson Vs. Trump as Centuries Clash

Two new reality shows invade; our intrepid correspondent succumbs.

By Steve Burgess, 22 Nov 2004


opinion

Bushed! It Couldn't Be Worse

Politics, truth, justice and the American Way are currently incompatible.

By Steve Burgess, 9 Nov 2004


culture

Team America’s Free Fire Zone

A refreshingly vulgar satire of the usual puppets on screen.

By Steve Burgess, 18 Oct 2004


culture

Big on 'DIG!'

Darkly hilarious, this may be the best rock documentary I’ve seen.

By Steve Burgess, 15 Oct 2004


opinion

The Hogwarts School of Debate

The presidential debates are like the game of Quidditch. Where does Dubya get his mojo powers?

By Steve Burgess, 13 Oct 2004


opinion

Say it Again, Dubya!

Kerry was the better debater last night. But Bush proved long ago how to lose arguments and win anyway.

By Steve Burgess, 1 Oct 2004


culture

Why PBS Can't Save America

U.S. Public TV scrambles grating gurus, dead singers and major exposes no one sees.

By Steve Burgess, 30 Sep 2004


culture

How to Soften Hockey Withdrawal

Would I put my foot in it by suggesting soccer?

By Steve Burgess, 22 Sep 2004


culture

Better Dumb TV, through Science!

OK, if a gnarly croc fought a Great White, who'd win? Animal Face-off seeks answers our greatest minds (past age ten) have ignored.

By Steve Burgess, 14 Jun 2004


culture

The Jackass Effect

Why I watch the evil spawn of Candid Camera that punk'd our culture.

By Steve Burgess, 2 Jun 2004


culture

My Favourite Soap Opera

It's Winter Love Song, a tortured, trashy Korean masterpiece on Shaw's Multicultural Channel.

By Steve Burgess, 21 May 2004


culture

Dude! Where's My Chariot?

Don't send a boy toy to Troy. And other musings about today's zero heroes.

By Steve Burgess, 17 May 2004


mediacheck

CanWest's Clumsy Vendetta against CBC

The more the National Post cries bias, the more oddly obsessed it appears

By Steve Burgess, 10 May 2004


culture

'Restaurant' Feeds My Addiction

But despicable 'Swan' flutters my stomach with a moral quandary.

By Steve Burgess, 6 May 2004


culture

Forced to Watch: Canucks on Sportsnet

Announcer Jim Hughson goes easy on the Canucks, but at least he knows Mats Sundin plays for someone else

By Steve Burgess, 8 Mar 2004


mediacheck

They Killed TV's Fun Couple

Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford were morning TV's best hosts until CityTV execs forced a divorce. What would Moses say?

By Steve Burgess, 23 Feb 2004


culture

Forced to Watch: Gas Jokes

Who says Canada can't produce a decent sitcom? Brent Butt's Corner Gas pumps out laughs.

By Steve Burgess, 23 Feb 2004


culture

Forced to Watch: God Does Sitcoms

Vancouver's new religious channel looks like regular prime time, until the commentators examine the shows from a Christian point of view

By Steve Burgess, 9 Feb 2004


culture

Forced To Watch: More Reality TV

I said I believed in Reality. I didn't say I liked all of it.

By Steve Burgess, 4 Feb 2004


culture

Forced to Watch: Reality TV

From The Donald to 'America's Top Model', a lot of it I like. For real.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Jan 2004


culture

Bashing Japan: People Love It!

Let it slip that you hate Sofia Coppola's film 'Lost in Translation' and readers demand an explanation. Here it is.

By Steve Burgess, 13 Jan 2004


culture

Forced To Watch: A Dumb Undertaking

Everyone says Six Feet Under is the new Sopranos. Fuggettaboutit.

By Steve Burgess, 6 Jan 2004


culture

Forced to Watch "Muurrrdeeerrrrr"

City Confidential's pulpy narration makes it the guiltiest pleasure on crime-soaked TV.

By Steve Burgess, 17 Dec 2003