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Dan Aykroyd on believing in the paranormal, being woke, and embracing...

With tales of his great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd, and his connections with the afterlife having passed through familial interests, Canadian funnyman Dan Aykroyd’s penchant for the paranormal was...

Tiny Pretty Things perpetuates ballet’s worst stereotypes

Tiny Pretty Things is one of the newest teen dramas from Netflix, and also one of the most problematic. The series—based on the young adult...

A conversation with the cast and crew of Hudson & Rex:...

With the dog days of summer steadily approaching, the beloved Canadian series Hudson & Rex premiered its third season on January 5, 2021 for tail-wagging, crime-fighting...

Untamed: A dose of feminist self-help

In Untamed, author-philanthropist Glennon Doyle breaks free from her cage and inspires us to do the same. Brimming with intimate wake-up calls and eye-opening anecdotes, this memoir...

The greatest artist comebacks of all time

Most musical artists will misfire at some points in their career. Some endure minor hiccups along the way, while others climb the charts to...

How our flat screens are helping flatten the curve

While many people suspected Covid-19 would creep into our TVs and influence show plotlines, it’s actually television that’s impacting how we view the pandemic....

Classic sound and weirdness abound in Paul McCartney’s newest solo album

Paul McCartney’s solo album series began with his 1970 debut, McCartney, and presumably concluded when McCartney II released in 1980. At the time of their respective releases, both albums...

The most controversial movies of the 21st century

Movies are powerful. They can influence our beliefs, shape our morals, and coerce our behaviours. For this reason, when movies introduce controversial topics, many...

Promising Young Woman: An incendiary revenge that is as confectionary as...

Riding on the hackneyed proverb, “Those who seek revenge should dig two graves,” Promising Young Woman is Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut that explores the self-destructive nature of retribution....

Taylor Swift continues to meander the unknown with evermore

Five months after the release of her critically acclaimed album, folklore, which earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, Taylor Swift is echoing its narrative...

Hallmark helps keep our spirits merry

Hallmark—the master of sappy Christmas movies—is running its annual December marathon, easing our cabin fever with fresh mistletoes and crackling fireplaces. These love-to-hate and hate-to-love...

Movies that transformed their genres

As time progresses, transformations in the film industry can represent—or document—the way society also progresses. Movies change and reflect how we view ourselves and...

Lana Del Rey at her most vulnerable in Violet Bent Backwards...

Singer Lana Del Rey brings her ethereal storytelling to life with her debut poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. In it, Del Rey reminisces on...

Six songs that changed the world

Music moves us—literally. It makes us sway and tap our feet. We whistle to music, throw our hands up in the air for it,...

How one model is transforming the fashion industry

While fashion and the perception of beauty continue to evolve with social norms, so do industry conceptions of diversity. In the past, the vast...

The tragic beauty and inspiration behind Corpse Bride

“Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way in darkness. With this...

Rewind: As Good as It Gets (1997)

Starting out bitter and then becoming sweet, the romantic comedy is a tired genre, but director James L. Brooks refuses to let it derail his film....

The Devil All the Time portrays humanity at its worst

“Some people were born just so they can be buried,” is the haunting line from Sebastian Stan that perfectly sums up the panoply of misdeeds and deranged...

The importance of the Bechdel Test

When it comes to the big screen, female archetypes can leak into our subconscious and perpetuate unrealistic, limiting perceptions of women. For decades, the Bechdel...
Journal

Finding optimism during pessimistic times

Quarantine left me wondering what exactly optimism is and why it is something that we continue to desire. Is it a smokescreen created to...

In an era of uncertainty, Taylor Swift embraces the unknown with...

When it feels like we’ve lost everything, music promises us prosperity and comfort amidst uncertainty and isolation. No artist knows this better than Taylor Swift. The...

Dan Aykroyd on believing in the paranormal, being woke, and embracing...

With tales of his great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd, and his connections with the afterlife having passed through familial interests, Canadian funnyman Dan Aykroyd’s penchant for the paranormal was...

Tiny Pretty Things perpetuates ballet’s worst stereotypes

Tiny Pretty Things is one of the newest teen dramas from Netflix, and also one of the most problematic. The series—based on the young adult...

A conversation with the cast and crew of Hudson & Rex:...

With the dog days of summer steadily approaching, the beloved Canadian series Hudson & Rex premiered its third season on January 5, 2021 for tail-wagging, crime-fighting...

Untamed: A dose of feminist self-help

In Untamed, author-philanthropist Glennon Doyle breaks free from her cage and inspires us to do the same. Brimming with intimate wake-up calls and eye-opening anecdotes, this memoir...

The greatest artist comebacks of all time

Most musical artists will misfire at some points in their career. Some endure minor hiccups along the way, while others climb the charts to...

How our flat screens are helping flatten the curve

While many people suspected Covid-19 would creep into our TVs and influence show plotlines, it’s actually television that’s impacting how we view the pandemic....

Classic sound and weirdness abound in Paul McCartney’s newest solo album

Paul McCartney’s solo album series began with his 1970 debut, McCartney, and presumably concluded when McCartney II released in 1980. At the time of their respective releases, both albums...

The most controversial movies of the 21st century

Movies are powerful. They can influence our beliefs, shape our morals, and coerce our behaviours. For this reason, when movies introduce controversial topics, many...

Promising Young Woman: An incendiary revenge that is as confectionary as...

Riding on the hackneyed proverb, “Those who seek revenge should dig two graves,” Promising Young Woman is Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut that explores the self-destructive nature of retribution....

Taylor Swift continues to meander the unknown with evermore

Five months after the release of her critically acclaimed album, folklore, which earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, Taylor Swift is echoing its narrative...

Hallmark helps keep our spirits merry

Hallmark—the master of sappy Christmas movies—is running its annual December marathon, easing our cabin fever with fresh mistletoes and crackling fireplaces. These love-to-hate and hate-to-love...

Movies that transformed their genres

As time progresses, transformations in the film industry can represent—or document—the way society also progresses. Movies change and reflect how we view ourselves and...

Lana Del Rey at her most vulnerable in Violet Bent Backwards...

Singer Lana Del Rey brings her ethereal storytelling to life with her debut poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. In it, Del Rey reminisces on...

Six songs that changed the world

Music moves us—literally. It makes us sway and tap our feet. We whistle to music, throw our hands up in the air for it,...

How one model is transforming the fashion industry

While fashion and the perception of beauty continue to evolve with social norms, so do industry conceptions of diversity. In the past, the vast...

The tragic beauty and inspiration behind Corpse Bride

“Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way in darkness. With this...

Rewind: As Good as It Gets (1997)

Starting out bitter and then becoming sweet, the romantic comedy is a tired genre, but director James L. Brooks refuses to let it derail his film....

The Devil All the Time portrays humanity at its worst

“Some people were born just so they can be buried,” is the haunting line from Sebastian Stan that perfectly sums up the panoply of misdeeds and deranged...

The importance of the Bechdel Test

When it comes to the big screen, female archetypes can leak into our subconscious and perpetuate unrealistic, limiting perceptions of women. For decades, the Bechdel...
Journal

Finding optimism during pessimistic times

Quarantine left me wondering what exactly optimism is and why it is something that we continue to desire. Is it a smokescreen created to...

In an era of uncertainty, Taylor Swift embraces the unknown with...

When it feels like we’ve lost everything, music promises us prosperity and comfort amidst uncertainty and isolation. No artist knows this better than Taylor Swift. The...

In an era of uncertainty, Taylor Swift embraces the unknown with...

When it feels like we’ve lost everything, music promises us prosperity and comfort amidst uncertainty and isolation. No artist knows this better than Taylor Swift. The...

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