Fantasia 2010 – Black Lightning Review

Apparently no one in Moscow looks up either. Or at least they don’t for a while. That is, until a series of heroic deeds around the city (rescuing children from burning buildings, depositing bank robbers in front of police stations, etc.) are performed by someone in a flying 1951 black Volga. Certainly it is the […]

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour Review

I hate it when a beloved series rushes through its climax. I felt that with Y: The Last Man, and I’m currently feeling that creeping sensation with Ex Machina. Nothing worse than enjoying a series for years, anticipating the unique storytelling opportunities that only a finale can offer, and then discovering that the creators have […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Review

Ladies, I have a question to ask you: if a skinny awkward physics student informs you that he is stalking you in a non-threatening manner, would you be alarmed? And if you looked like Teresa Palmer, would you even come close to considering him as a potential future boyfriend? I ask because this is exactly […]

Inception Review

Christopher Nolan won himself a great deal of opening weekend cred thanks to The Dark Knight; he is likely going to need it for Inception. It’s not that Inception is a bad film—the movie is actually one of the most original major releases to come along in ages—It’s that the film feels too cerebral for […]

Plants vs. Zombies Review

Take up Gardening Plants vs. Zombies Style Chances are if you have ever been on Facebook, or held a mobile phone, you have seen Bejeweled, the flagship title from PopCap Games. The company’s mandate is “to create fun games that literally everyone can enjoy,” and as their website points out, this means a lot of […]

3D Dot Game Heroes Review

Nostalgia is nearing its own genre in video gaming. While we let a Tarantino slide with constant homage filmmaking, it’s not nearly so subtle when ambushed by pixels over polygons on an HDTV. This isn’t a plea for help, not at all. Some games, like Retro Game Challenge and Half-Minute Hero used throwbacks effectively while […]

This Movie is Broken Review

Torontonians are a strange lot. We’re often accused of being uptight, snobbish and centrist by fellow Canadians. As a born and bred local, I’ve always felt that maybe we’re a little uptight because we get shat upon so much by the ROC (seriously, do you know any other nation that hates their biggest city so […]

VVVVVV Review

As the window for independent game makers widens, so the variety of expected material should also grow. VVVVVV (or the The Letter V Six Times if you want to use your mouth) is the new title from Irish game artist Terry Cavanagh, who last year found himself praised for the artistically inspired  Don’t Look Back. […]

Amazing Spider-Man #630 – 634 Review

Reinventing the Rogue Lately it has been difficult to decipher what makes a good character in comics. This is mainly due to writers trying to make a character the polar opposite of what they are. Superman is evil, Iron Man a complete buffoon, and so on. My main problem with Marvel’s core Spider-Man title has […]

NXNE 2010: Suck Review

How long would you wait for your big break? And if you knew it would never come unless you took drastic measures like, say, becoming a vampire, would you? Do sex and drugs really make rock ‘n roll? According to Rob Stefaniuk’s tongue-in-cheek film, rock music is nothing without some kind of drug or in […]

Jonah Hex Review

Alan Jones joins us once again for a guest review, this time for Jonah Hex. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. The American Western has fallen in stature considerably since its days as a staple […]

Worldwide Short Film Fest Reviews Part II

Identical twins have always played a large part in film fantasies both titillating and frightening. It’s no surprise that this genetic and reproductive anomaly is fascinating, and Scooter Corkle takes advantage of this fascination in his film Chloe and Attie. Identical twin sisters Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins play the title characters. Chloe looks after her […]

Just Cause 2 Review

Sometimes we the gamer can get so wrapped up in narrative, technical advancements, online specs, social approval and how much battery life is left in the controller that we forget why we’re playing games in the first place. We’re playing, we’re having fun, goofing in a jungle gym. Swinging from the bars, jumping from medium […]

Worldwide Short Film Fest Reviews

Short films are (almost) always amazing and inspiring. It is much more challeging to make a short film, as filmmakers have less time to develop a story and therefore must be as minimalist and economical as possible. Here is part one of my reviews of selected shorts from this year’s festival. Have you ever wondered […]

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Review

People about to watch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will have two reasons to walk into the theatre with trepidation. Some may ask why the titular Prince doesn’t look very Persian; those who have played the Prince of Persia video games will wonder whether this is another disastrous game-to-film adaptation that will discredit […]