(Note: this originally appeared in The Globe and Mail in December, 2012.) The things one loves in life are the things that fade. – The poster tagline for Heaven’s Gate By the time my friends and I took our seats in the University theatre in Toronto for the Canadian...

(Peter Fonda, U.S.A., 1971): Peter Fonda's directorial debut was the product of Universal Studio's five-minute 'youth division' campaign, when the industry-rattling success of Easy Rider prompted a hastily initiated then promptly aborted slate of low-budget movies directed at the long-hairs. Dennis Hopper's virtually unseeable The...