Film & TV

From paper to TV

The scripts are more or less already written

April 03, 2016

While it’s usually more popular to turn books into movies, recently there’s been a trend of TV shows based on popular books, such as Shadowhunters, inspired by Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instrument series; The Expanse, from a series of the… Continue Reading

On the small screen

The Coast and Eastlink host the second annual Smartphone Film Festival

April 03, 2016

The title says it all: it’s a film festival where everything has been shot on a smartphone. That means “that your film must be shot on any brand of smartphone or tablet, meaning no footage from DSLRs, camcorders, GoPros, point-and-shoot… Continue Reading

Marvel announced its newest line up yesterday in a press conference – you won’t believe what happened!

March 17, 2016

Marvel pulled off a Beyoncé this year, releasing their 20-year line up way ahead of the Comic Con holiday weekend as they had previously planned- some suspect it was a DC spy or an intern who foolishly wanted to do… Continue Reading

5 recent films that are the greatest films ever made

Look, you want to fit in, right? Then watch these. Or don’t. They aren’t that great.

March 17, 2016

Serenity 2 (2046): The renegade space pirate crew is back this year after the longest gap between a film and its sequel, in recorded history. Unfortunately, it too bombed at the box office, as in the nearly 40 years since… Continue Reading

When everything feels like the movies

A look back at the Oscar winners

March 04, 2016

Last week’s 88th Oscars film awards weren’t much different than most other year’s: pretty people in very expensive clothing took an evening to celebrate a private industries’ accomplishments, while poking fun at the lack of diversity in the industry. It… Continue Reading

Black History Month is almost over

The world seems to get more diverse as time goes on. In the new Star Wars film, two of the leading stars, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, were Puerto Rican and African American, respectively. One of the biggest literary hashtags is #weneeddiversebooks, and with the use of the internet, it is now easier than ever for people outside the mainstream to get their voices and their works out to the public. With the closing of Black History Month, it seems appropriate to bring up some resources for people who enjoy learning about varying aspects of histories and works of fiction. In terms of fiction, The Substitutes (Myisha Haynes), Nibi (Gyimah Gariba), and Demon Street (Aliza Layne) are easy to find, entertaining webcomics. If you prefer books, Pointe by Brandy Colbert and This Side of Home by Renee Watson are contemporary YA with black leads, though if fantasy is more your thing Ursual K Le Guin’s Earthsea series might be the way to go. Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is a good choice for adult fiction, and if you’re looking for classics, notable author Alexander Dumas was a black writer with some of the best adventure stories of his time. Sometimes history is just as interesting as fiction. For example, Hamilton, one of the biggest Broadway Musicals at the moment which mixes hip hop with history from textbooks. Written by the very passionate Lin Manuel Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, the play is about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his journey from “a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in a forgotten spot in the Caribbean” to the revered figure he is known as today. While the play is not specifically about black history, it does feature anti-slavery themes in accordance with Hamilton’s own views, and the cast is almost entirely non-white – except for the role of the King of England, George III. History is also presented in an interesting manner by Tumblr’s MedievalPOC. It aims “to address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.” It provides short blog entries on paintings, manuscripts or artifacts that demonstrate the presence and influence of people of color in European history, as well as provides resources, such as open source academic articles and timelines. If you’ve seen the same story in the mainstream media or history books all the time, why not try something new?

February 26, 2016

The world seems to get more diverse as time goes on. In the new Star Wars film, two of the leading stars, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, were Puerto Rican and African American, respectively. One of the biggest literary hashtags… Continue Reading

Movie review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

February 26, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies offers exactly what it says it will: Jane Austen’s classic story, spiced with legions of the undead. Is the joke good enough to base a whole movie on? It depends on how funny you think… Continue Reading

FILM: Constantine (2005)

November 29, 2015

I know what you’re thinking: “Constantine? You mean, that non-movie that came out a few years ago with Keanu Reeves battling demons while trying to maintain the balance of good and evil on Earth? That Constantine??” Yes. That Constantine. Plus,… Continue Reading

FILM: The Prestige (2006)

November 29, 2015

Watching The Prestige is like watching a magic show. Spectators sit on the edge of their seats, watching performers with narrowed eyes. They seek to catch every movement the magician makes in the hopes of uncovering his secrets. The movie… Continue Reading

FILM: It Follows (2015)

November 22, 2015

Like many people around Halloween, I decided to watch a horror movie to commemorate the event. Directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows centres around a carefree teenager named Jay who has contracted a curse from her boyfriend Hugh that… Continue Reading

FILM: Room (2015)

November 22, 2015

I am going to preface this review by stating that I went into this film knowing almost nothing about it, which is an achievement, considering how easy it is to merely know a thing these days. This was quite a… Continue Reading

FILM: The Martian (2015)

November 22, 2015

The Martian is not just another space movie. It poses an important question: do we love Matt Damon enough to watch him monologue for two and a half hours? The answer: yes. Yes, we do. Damon plays Mark Watney, an… Continue Reading

FILM: Spectre (2015)

November 12, 2015

A license to kill is also a license to not kill. – M Spectre follows James Bond, Britain’s number one secret agent, as he goes AWOL to investigate a mystery that has ties to his childhood. The plot unfolds in… Continue Reading