Logan Review

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Logan is a superhero drama film released in North America on March 3rd, 2017. It was directed by James Mangold (@mang0ld) and stars Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman), Dafne Keen (@DafneKeen) and Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew).

I grew up on the X-Men movies. My mom would rent each one as it came out and we’d watch it and nerd out over all the cool characters. Eventually, I was old enough to see them in theatres. They became events, my parents and I would see them on release and geek out afterwards the whole way home. I eagerly awaited each one, albeit a little less each time. And after 2016’s disappointing X-Men Apocalypse, I wondered if my love of this series was fading. These were the characters of my childhood- Professor X, Magneto, Storm and of course: Wolverine. These characters were so cool to my 10-year-old brain, so awesome and powerful. But as I grew up, the series didn’t really grow up with me. It floated in the mediocre middle ground of superhero storytelling that relied on flashy characters and drawn out action scenes to carry them rather than meaningful plots and dialogue. So I went into Logan with tempered expectations, but after the first scene these expectations were as shattered as the bones of several unfortunate thugs… Continue reading

Top 5 Movies of 2016

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We typically write about games, but Jen and I saw so many movies this year we wanted to share our favourites. There were so many great films this year and so many awesome performances. It was another great year for strong female leads, from Star Wars to Moana to Ghostbusters– the next generation of young girls and boys will grow up with the best cast of diverse and empowered female characters ever. So here’s our favourite films from the year that was 2016. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Purge: Election Year Review

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The Purge: Election Year is a horror film released in North America on July 1st, 2016. It was directed by James DeMonaco and stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson (@mykeltiwmson).

Calling the third instalment in the Purge franchise “Election Year”, releasing it on the July 4th weekend and making the tagline “keep America great” was a brilliant marketing move that capitalised on the current drama surrounding the bid for the American presidency. It especially calls out the republican nominee Donald Trump. But Election Year is so much more than just a marketing move. Underneath, it is a politically charged movie both in its presentation of a tumultuous, dystopian future America but also as a commentary on the current presidential race. In fact, Election Year is so blatant in its connections to the rise of racist and elitist politics in the United States, I would say that the movie is attempting to suggest that a future America where Trump is president would not look too different from the America presented in the Election Year. And that poignant, terrifying suggestion is what takes The Purge: Election Year from a typical trope-laden action flick to a thought-provoking commentary on the current state of America. Continue reading

10 Cloverfield Lane Review

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10 Cloverfield Lane is a psychological thriller film released in North America on March 11th, 2016. It was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) and stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) and John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr).

I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane with my girlfriend the other night and was totally into the movie all the way up until the last ten minutes. Everything up until that point had been very engaging. It was tense, scary, thrilling and wonderfully shot. There were so many scenes that had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. So many moments that shocked me to the point of disbelief. But the ending? The ending blows harder than a kid blowing into his DS playing Wario Ware. Continue reading

Stigmatizing Mental Illness in Popular Culture

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Mental illness has been and continues to be the subject of many movies, novels and video games. It’s a topic widely misunderstood by the general public in part due to the lack of education on the subject and more significantly a misrepresentation of mental illness in our popular culture. These gross misrepresentations create a stigma around mental illness.

The Facts

Let’s look at the facts. Research done by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s states that “people with mental health issues are not more violent than any other group in our society.” Right off the bat the whole stereotype falls apart. Continue reading

Holiday 2015 Preview

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This holiday season is already getting pretty packed. With lots of great games and movies coming out I decided I’d make a list of the highlights and things to look out for, not only for people interested but also for myself. So here’s what you should be keeping an eye on in the next couple months. Continue reading

Ant-Man Review

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Ant-Man is a Marvel superhero film released in North America on July 17th, 2015. It was directed by Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) and stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly).

Everyone is wondering when the superhero genre will reach the saturation point. Marvel has been releasing two or three movies a year almost without fail and some people are beginning to become numb to the awe factor we all felt seeing the avengers assemble for the first time back in 2012. I was even more worried about this movie when Marvel announced back in 2014 that the original director Edgar Wright was leaving the project due to “differences in their vision of the film.” It seemed Ant-Man might be Marvel’s first flop since Iron Man 2. I’m pleased to say that almost the exact opposite is true. Ant-Man show us that there are still great stories to be told and cool ideas to be explored in the superhero genre. Continue reading