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For as long as NOW's been covering film, Ron Mann has been making films for us to cover. He nabbed this cover story for the documentary Poetry In Motion, which featured beat writers like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs and their new wave offspring. We called it "the definitive film about contemporary poetry." Since then, he's made docs about comic books (Comic Book Confidential), a 60s dance craze (Twist), the war on weed (Grass), actor and eco-activist Woody Harrelson (Go Further) and famed hot rod and custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (Tales Of The Rat Fink).
I'll be the first to admit I don't always know what I am doing! If my works centre on sex, it's because my own sexuality has been changing so rapidly. - Sky Gilbert, founder of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Be daring: say things you'll regret later. - comedian Sandra Bernhard
I am not going to spend two years putting together a film without a guarantee it will be seen throughout the world. -Norman Jewison on his refusal to make Canadian tax shelter films
I have a built-in mechanism that tells me when I'm neglecting important things - like staying alive, for one - because I'm having fun. -Jim Carrey prior to his first Tonight Show appearance
"Call it sincerity, but ABC's love songs don't sound true, do not have a life of their own, and without that, I question their longevity past 1982." - about Brit new wave band ABC's The Lexicon Of Love. Their 10th album, Traffic, is due next February
"Eating Raoul is the most slyly perverse, deadpan and subversive comedy to be released in 1982." - about a film that takes its title literally
"They're a flat-out, basic barroom rock 'n' roll band with nothing new to say. They play basic bland riffs, have a mildly interesting lead singer and horrible background vocals. I've heard it before, at a grade 10 high school dance I think, and it wasn't too compelling then." - about the now-classic Joan Jett & the Blackhearts album I Love Rock And Roll
"Where punk expanded on outrage and angst, providing a message that was a mangled expression of discontent with the 'other' generation's social order, metal deals with more traditional themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll." - about heavy metal music
"Pia Zadora, who should return to justifiable obscurity as soon as possible, has done the impossible: she has provided movie audiences with a standard of non-acting so low that Brooke Shields looks good by comparison." - about the star of Butterfly, a film that even Pia Zadora doesn't remember
"The album is all the worse because it's overproduced, blandly sung and boringly played, and feels like it was cranked out to meet a contractual obligation." - about the Pointer Sisters' So Excited
top 10 albums
Joe Jackson Night And Day Prince 1999
Kate and Anna McGarrigle Love Over And Over
Roxy Music Avalon
Joni Mitchell Wild Things Run Fast
Van Morrison Beautiful Vision
Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle One From The Heart soundtrack
Duran Duran Rio
Elvis Costello Imperial Bedroom
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The Message
top 10 movies
The Long Good Friday
The Road Warrior
The Woman Next Door
Our first comic take on Toronto
in this year
Oil platform Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
Bob Rae voted new leader of the Ontario NDP.
Wayne Gretzky sets the single-season NHL scoring record with his 77th goal. He goes on to score 92 goals that season.
John Belushi dies of a drug overdose; guitarist Randy Rhoads dies in a plane crash.
Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
Michael Jackson's Thriller sells 20 million copies, becoming the bestselling album of all time.
Canada repatriates the Constitution, granting political independence from the UK; the Bill of Rights comes into being.
Toronto comic Jim Carrey talks to NOW about how a guest spot on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson may catapult him to greater things after his years at Yuk Yuk's.
Martha and the Muffins win the CFNY U-Know award for group of the year.
Nuclear disarmament referendum on the city ballot is called into question.
Anti-nuke protesters march from Toronto to New York. No word on whether they came back.
The Weather Channel begins broadcasting, making everyone's daily conversation starter a little more accurate.
The first Rubik's Cube world championships are held in Budapest, Hungary.
The Falklands War ends and is quickly pushed off the front page as Prince William is born one week later.
Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash. Note to princesses: stay out of cars.
The Guardian Angels announce plans to set up a Toronto chapter, as they would again in 1995 and 2006.
NOW doubles its circulation to 50,000 copies in its first year.
Dominion Day is renamed Canada Day.
Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, is released from prison after 11 months.
Abbie Hoffman attends Toronto rally to drum up support to save the St. Lawrence River from eco-disaster.
The UN passes an ineffectual resolution banning the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Time Magazine's Man of the Year is a computer.