Born in Ottawa as the second son of a Royal Canadian Air Force officer and former WWII spy, Bruce Kirkland lived in 16 different houses across Canada by the time he was 16. So his twinned film-and-music obsessions became the lingua franca of his social survival. Painfully shy, it was only natural that he drifted into journalism, a profession that demands interactions with strangers. From the University of Western Ontario, he plunged in with The Toronto Star before segueing briefly to The Ottawa Journal and finally to The Toronto Sun, where he misspent 36 years as the Sun's primary film critic. Now freed from the yoke of daily toil, Bruce freelances his occasional columns, because writers have to write. Oh, and he never wants to move homes again.