Jesus of Suburbia: A Metaphor for the Five Stages of Grief?

Dearly beloved, are you listening? Green Day’s 2004 rock opera Jesus of Suburbia is an explosive and cathartic nine minutes of pure punk rock angst and killer guitar riffs. Composed of 5 separate parts that all come together to tell a cohesive story, Jesus of Suburbia is about a scrappy kid trying to escape the trappings of suburban life and flee to the city. Coincidentally, I’m a scrappy kid trying to escape the trappings of suburban life and flee to the city! I’ve been listening to it a whole lot more recently. On my latest re-listen, I noticed that each […]

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: The Hero We Deserved

Faith, Alfred. Faith. Somehow, someway…Zack Snyder did it. The eclectic director finally got to release his original vision for Justice League, and it was a lot better than anyone expected! Except for the diehard Snyder fanboys. You guys win this round. In the wake of Marvel’s smash hits at the box office, Warner Brothers put Snyder in charge of heading their own superhero saga. His films got mixed reviews, and during his post-production of Justice League, Snyder had to leave due to the death of his daughter. Studio executives scrambled to find Avengers director Joss Whedon, who finished the movie, […]

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Falling on the Sword: Why Smash Twitter is So Angry Right Now

Toxicity? In MY video game fanbase? It’s more likely than you think. Image Credit: thegamer.com Super Smash Bros. is a lot of things to a lot of people.  For some, It’s an intense competitive fighting game. For others, it’s a casual party blast. For me, it’s probably one of my favourite games of all time, with over 400 hours sunk into it. But for many online, Smash is an excuse to wage flame wars on twitter over which characters join the roster. Nintendo’s premier crossover fighting extravaganza never fails to get the internet buzzing with hype whenever a new character […]

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Why You Should Give Wandavision a Chance

A spoiler-free review on why you shouldn’t touch that dial! After a year and a half long hiatus due to COVID-19, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is back in crime-fighting and cape-wearing action. Wandavision, the first of many shows released on streaming for Disney+, is a weekly drama/mystery/horror wrapped in the aesthetics of different eras of sitcoms. Oh, and they’re superheroes, did I mention that? Image Credit: Vulture.com At first Wandavision might seem like it’s biting off much more than it can chew, and I think the heavy marketing push prior to it’s debut didn’t exactly capture it’s appeal. At the […]

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Debunked: Justin Trudeau is Fidel Castro’s Son?

Are the rumours and conspiracy theories really true, deau? Last month I stumbled upon an article discussing the theory that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the illegitimate son of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The article is a fascinating look into how the written word can be used to twist facts for the purposes of clickbait. I guess I’ve played my hand a bit early with that last sentence, because when you take a step back from it’s narrative of political romance, this conspiracy theory sounds more and more like, well…a conspiracy theory.  Image Credit: Karen Leibowitcz The article sets the […]

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Vaughan Ills: Testimonials of a Retail Worker in a Pandemic

Asymptomatic carriers, the Ministry of Labour, and some poor poor employees walk into an outlet mall…  You know what COVID-19 is. It tanked the economy, was responsible for 1.5 million deaths, and it ruined the phrase “to avoid something like the plague” because that’s not a thing people do anymore. Still, I venture out, because I don’t intend on living in my parents’ basement forever. I work at Vaughan Mills, specifically the Oakley store, and I can safely say that working during a pandemic is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. I started working again in August, when Ontario’s cases […]

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The Boys Review

No Supe for you. Have you ever watched Captain America: Civil War and then said to yourself; “Hmm, that Iron Man sure is overreacting! Superheroes don’t need to be regulated, what kind of commie nonsense is that?” After watching Amazon Video’s The Boys, Iron Man’s commie nonsense makes a lot of sense.  Adapted from a 2006 comic of the same name, The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes are real. Real jerks, that is. Beneath the product placements, the selfies, and the corporate facade lies a network of super-powered narcissists, drug addicts, and rapists with varying degrees of […]

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