thank u, next.

It has been no secret that Ariana Grande and her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson,  very recently decided to call their relationship and engagement off.  As per usual, the media took things out of context, assuming that things ended on a bad note between the couple.  Of course, no media source failed to mention that she is known to be in relationships that don’t last and are rushed into.  Ariana decided to take things into her own hands. 

Ariana surprised all of her fans when she released the single “thank u, next” on November 2.  This took her fans by surprise because she had just recently released an album called “sweetener”.  So many people have been talking about this single ultimately because of its bluntness. 

In the first verse, Ariana mentions the names of every single one of her exes, and instead of bashing them, she thanked them.  This song has often been referred to as an “anthem”, meaning that people should consider practicing what the song preaches. 

Through the lyrics, Ariana conveys to her listeners that it is not worth being bitter towards the people you’ve had to cut off from your life.  These people serve as lessons and contribute to your happiness at the end of the day.  Through the music, the listeners are influenced to be happy and carefree, which enforces the lesson of letting things go and simply being glad that they happened.  We learn through our failures and hardships, and these things are required to reach ultimate happiness in life, so we may as well be grateful for them!

 

 

 

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Beatriz Pardal Costa

 

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

When I first sat down to write this review, I had my notes organized with words and ideas about the newly released film, Bohemian Rhapsody. I had it all sorted out: my research of Freddie Mercury, Queen’s timeless songs, the facts and fiction in the film. Yet when it came down to actually writing, I was stuck. Overwhelmed by the British rock band’s achievements in music history and Freddie Mercury’s powerful voice. It felt like I’d never be able to express our love and gratitude for Queen – but this film sure did a mighty fine job of it. 

I’m sure many movie lovers agree that a great movie is determined by how you feel when the closing credits are over. Bohemian Rhapsody left me in a happy mood all week. Before I get into details about the film, I want to reassure my readers that there are no spoilers.

Without a doubt, Rami Malek (known for Mr. Robot) was an excellent choice to play the role of Freddie Mercury. Obviously it was a tough role to play. However, similar to the way Freddie Mercury engaged with his audience on stage, Malek’s portrayal of Mercury’s confidence and fearlessness makes the audience feel part of Queen’s journey. In the article by Corey Chichizola, “How Queen Feels About Rami Malek Portraying Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody,” the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May admitted, “We kind of saw Freddie in him and we could sense Rami’s passion. The first time we saw him was actually in Roger’s flat. It must have been horrible for him, having us watch him for the first time. But we were really blown away by him and his ability to perform – he’s incredible.” Although a live performance could never be replicated, Rami Malek created a memorable performance of Freddie Mercury’s powerful voice and spirit on stage.

I had goosebumps when the song, Bohemian Rhapsody was slowly getting made into what it is today. Queen broke barriers and brought new perspectives to song writing, especially by including an operatic section in a rock song. Even though it was a tribute to Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody shows each band member’s part in creating the songs we still love today. The band’s family-like relationship, the loving friendship with Mary Austin, and how Mercury comes to terms with himself and his sexuality keeps you entertained the whole film.

The target demographic for this film is simply Queen fans. Young or old, rock or pop fans. It doesn’t matter. Queen was for everyone and so is this film. So, if you haven’t seen it yet – go. You’ll be banging your head to Bohemian Rhapsody the whole way home.

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Brooklyn Harker

Pablo Cheese Tart & Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Pablo Cheese Tart and Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake are both delicious Japanese dessert chains with locations in Downtown Toronto, only a 10 minute walk from Ryerson University too. Initially expanded from Japan, you can now find Pablo and Uncle Tetsu locations not just in Toronto, but all around the world too. For instance, Taiwan, Australia and even Singapore. Both of these desserts bakery are super popular and busy throughout the day, especially on weekends. There are always line ups of tourists and locals waiting to buy cheesecake and cheesetarts. I love both of their cheese dessert very much, because they taste different and special each in their own way. Therefore, it is really really really hard for me to pick which one I like better, so I’m just going to recommend both!

        

PABLO Cheese Tart

  • Matcha Cheese Tart $17.00           | Rating  ★★★★☆
  • Pablo Mini Cheese Tart $3.99       | Rating  ★★★★☆

Pablo is famous for their delicious freshly baked cheese tarts. Its location is less than a 5 minute walk from the Eaton Centre, with small cozy cafe seatings great for friends to go together. Pablo has different sizes from a regular 6’’ to a mini. Aside from their signature flavours of original cheese, matcha and chocolate, they also have a variety of seasonal flavours offered in the mini tarts too! Like peach, purple potato and mango. If you’re not a big fan of cheese tarts, Pablo also sells soft-serves, shakes and creative beverages as well.

  

Being a matcha lover myself, I instantly fell in love with their matcha cheese tart after taking the very first bite. Their matcha is so rich and creamy mixed in with the melty cheese! It had a well-balanced sweetness from matcha matching to the subtle cheese. The tart was even filled layers of azuki red bean paste and shiratama (white mochi) inside. The flakey baked crust was perfect with the “custard-like” filling. As well, if you want to try the seasonal cheese tart flavours, it’s better to call in advance to reserve for pick up or go early in the morning before they all sell out. Even though their desserts are a little bit on the pricier side, it’s still nice to grab it once in a while to treat yourself on a special occasion.

    

UNCLE TETSU Japanese Cheesecake

  • Cheesecake $10.00     | Rating  ★★★★☆

You can find 3 Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake locations all in 5-10 mins walkable distance from the core of Downtown Toronto. Uncle Tetsu even has a convenient location at Union Station, great for commuters to grab on the go or bring as a treat back home. Japanese cheesecakes are especially famous for their jiggly, airy and fluffy texture cheesecake. Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake is so popular that they even limit down to 1 purchase of cheesecake per person during some rush hours. Different from other cheesecakes you might have tried in the best, Japanese cheese cake is not as dense, it has more of a “fuwa-fuwa” (meaning light and fluffy) and “soufflé-like” texture. Uncle Tetsu’s signature cheesecake also comes in matcha and chocolate flavours too. Even though I got a chance to try out their original flavour,  trying out their matcha cheesecake is still on my ever-growing “to-eat list.”

  

I love that there’s two options of eating the cheesecake, warm or cold, for 2 different kinds of flavour. I only tried eating it cold, but I heard that it tastes even more  fluffy and “cloud-like” when heated up warm! The cheesecake is so soft that it literally melted in my mouth. It’s not overly sweet or creamy, it has the perfect moist texture and light flavour that makes you just want to keep eating more.

Other than cheesecakes, Uncle Tetsu Bake location also sells freshly baked 3 inch cheese tarts, and madeleines too.

Have you tried Pablo cheese tart or Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake before? Next time if you’re craving for something sweet and cheesy, make sure you give them both a try!

Pablo Cheese Tart

Address: 114 Dundas Street West, Toronto Ontario M5G 1C3

Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Telephone: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Website: https://pablocanada.com

 

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Address: 598 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5
Hours :

Monday 10:00am-11:00pm

Tues – Sun 8:00am-11:00pm

Telephone: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Bake
Address: 596 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5
Hours : Mon – Sun 10:00am-9:00pm

Uncle Tetsu’s To Go
Address: 191 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C7
Hours:

Sun – Thurs 11:00am – 8:00pm

Fri & Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm

Website: http://uncletetsu-ca.com

 

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Yunni Hou

Hey Toronto and Ryerson foodies~ I’m always hungry and looking for new food places to try! Collabs, tastings, and share your food recommendations with me! DM me @my.eatz

Review – The Shape returns this Halloween

Spooky season has come and gone and before we break out the Christmas lights and sing “All I want for Christmas is You”, let’s talk about the new Halloween movie. Yes, they are still making those movies. For all Halloween fans who are still recovering from the Rob Zombie reboot series or even from the films that came after Halloween 2; the new Halloween scraps all the previous reboots and continues the film from the original Halloween. The original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis returns and even John Carpenter returns as a character writer with Maria Hill. Nick Castle also returns as the titular character, Michael Myers or the “Shape”. In the director’s chair is David Gordon Green who directed Pineapple Express (2008). Also new is writer Danny McBride (yes, you read that right) who starred in Pineapple Express.

Judy Greer plays her daughter and newcomer Andi Matichak plays Laurie’s granddaughter. She was purposely cast over popular actresses to go back to the roots of the first film which cast an unknown actress Jamie Lee Curtis as the lead. A new psychiatrist, Dr Sartian is tasked to look after Myers as Dr Sam Loomis from the original is presumably deceased.

The film follows Laurie Strode 40 years after the horrific Halloween night for which she survived the murder spree of Michael Myers.  She has become reclusive and suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder. She has been preparing her whole life for the return of Michael Myers ever since that fateful night 40 years. Myers is kept at Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. However, he manages to escape while several patients are being transported on a bus by killing on the guards and fleeing in a stolen car.

The film has a sense of familiarity with its plot, characters, and shots. Some of the shots pay homage to the original film. When Laurie looks out the window in class, she sees Myers staring at her. In comparison, Laurie’s granddaughter sees her standing outside a classroom window, as a comedic homage to the original scene from 1978. Her granddaughter is a mirror image of the young woman she was 40 years ago. The music has a warm familiarity with a 21st century revamp as Carpenter who was the original creator of the famous eerie Halloween theme song updates it to fit the era now.

However, it is very much David Gordon Green’s film. Laurie Strode is no longer the same helpless survivor, she is now a hardened and resilient character that has taken her trauma and turned it into a plan to kill Myers. She won’t sit back anymore and let him kill her. With the comedic background from Green and McBride, there is comedic relief that gives the audience some comfort in the beginning. The film allows the audience to find comfort in the familiarity of the characters, plot, and comedic relief intentionally. It yanks away any comfort the audience feels in the climax of the film

The film does not exactly match up to the masterful film that Carpenter created 40 years ago. The original film popularized the slasher tropes of the 80’s such as the final girl and killing off promiscuous teens and substance abusers. However, it falls under criticism from feminists who deemed the film deeming to women as Laurie that argue she survives from pure luck instead of skill and needs to be saved by Dr Loomis.

The new Halloween does not match the brilliant simplicity that Carpenter created, but it succeeds nonetheless by bringing a sense of nostalgia from the original. One thing the film does manage to do is empower the generations of Strode women to solve their own problems and be their own heroes. With the addition of comedy and more gory death scenes, this sequel provides the closure with the Halloween series needs after the multiple reboots and sequels. 

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Jessi Law

Impact of XXTENTACIONS Life on the Music Industry

The death of yet another young musician on June 18, 2018 has sparked up conversations about various controversial global issues – gun crime, recklessness of hip hop feuds and the disrupted mental health of musicians to name a few. One of the most critical ones is the debate of whether or not artist’s music should be separated from the crimes they commit in their personal lives. Prior to his death at the mere age of twenty, XXX had been rather notoriously known for his violent past. His childhood consisted of numerous expulsions due to physical fights, nine months of his teenage years were spent in juvenile detention. His rise to hip hop stardom was tainted with his imprisonment for physical assaults and false imprisonment of his supposedly pregnant girlfriend, Geneva Ayala. Upon being released from jail, he was then charged for witness tampering as Ayala had supposedly withdrawn her charges against him due to pressure from XXX himself and his management team. For the four months after his death, it remained unclear if Ayala had been faking accusations for attention as she had done rather suspicious things such as deleting her GoFundMe page for her supposedly injured eye. Thus, XXX’s felony charges had been unresolved prior to his death due to lack of evidence and were dropped after his death.

However, on October 23, 2018, Pitchfork released an audio recording which includes XXX mentioning physically assaulting Ayala and saying that she “is scared for her life”. He also claims that he is “on [Miami] New Times for stabbing…eight [people] in Deerfield” Beach, Florida in January 2016. This is further stirring conversation in the music industry about whether artists involved in such crimes should be disqualified from promotions and award shows. Spotify had temporarily banned artists that had been involved with any forms of ‘Hateful Conduct’ from being promoted on their playlists which had included XXXTentacion and R. Kelly. However, this got cancelled due to disapproval from majority of the music industry. Now, artists such as Vic Mensa are voicing out their opinions against this by making public statements that they “vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers…[The fans] are taught that this mentality is ok by their abusive heroes and normalize this shit”. The public has begun questioning when the music industry will be catching onto the #MeToo movement that has negatively affected employment for violators in the film industry. The Grammys seem unphased as they continue to include XXXTentacion in their nominations and have previously had Chris Brown perform despite him having physically assaulted Rihanna. In the case of XXX, besides being perpetually involved in trouble, the other constant in his life was music. He taught himself piano and guitar during his childhood. What majority of media has left out in the coverage of his story, is his lack of a stable family through his childhood. His mother had him when she was no more than 18. She was bouncing around various jobs yet financially struggling and thus, he was shuffled between different family members, friends, babysitters, etc. In an interview with Miami New Times, XXX explains, “I used to beat kids at school just to get her to talk to me, yell at me.”

My purpose is not to justify XXX’s crimes, but instead to urge audiences to take a glimpse at his life from the perspective of psychology. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) found that children that have gone through ACE such as neglect and physical or sexual abuse are four times more likely to commit a crime. Instead of just talking about the problems a troubled individual has caused, we need to spend more resources into figuring out how such cases can be prevented in the future by addressing the need for better care for children facing ACE.

Before solidating any negative opinions about XXX, take a second to consider that manifesting hate for him will not do anything. Do not let his sins tarnish your impressionof the hip hop industry. Instead, take the lesson out of his shortcomings and downfalls and be part of the reason such cases are avoided in the future. Become the person that one day helps a minor suffering from any kind of ACE be moved to a better environment. Be the friend that gets someone like the 19-year-old Geneva Ayala out of the cycle of an abusive relationship. In the months prior to this death, XXX had been working on an album which includes collaborations with Rihanna and The Weeknd which his record label has announced will be released soon. In terms of his personal life, he himself had become a good influence by starting #TheHelpingHandChallenge to encourage his young fans to do more for the less fortunate. Similarly, let’s turn poison into medicine and find little ways in our daily lives to make this sad story become the anchor for the onset of positive changes.

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Vanshika Khanna