Maintaining Good Mental Health During Lockdown

Something that most of us are dealing with during this time is a mental health toll. It’s really difficult to feel happy, motivated, and optimistic while having such a similar routine for so long and not having much of a choice about where you spend your time. It’s especially difficult when it feels like there is no end or halt in sight. But, this doesn’t mean that all hope should be lost! There are many little things that can be done in order to keep up with your mental health. It’s so important to do so because your mental state […]

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Positive Pandemic Moments

We are officially one month into 2021. And as we were entering the new year, I wanted to reflect on some of the positive things to have come out of the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic changing our everyday lives. It has certainly been an adventure to watch the way the world has changed over the course of the virus. From work to school to our social lives, I’m not sure there’s a single person who has been completely unaffected by the new climate of our society. In my last blog post I talked about some of the films […]

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The Most Anticipated 2021 Netflix Original Films

2020 was a difficult year for theatrical releases, with many blockbuster films heading straight to the digital platforms. On the other hand, many streaming sites, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, are becoming the new normal for many film-goers.  Because of this, Netflix announced a slate of over 70 new films for 2021, which is more than any other production company. They plan to release at least one every week, up until the new year. Here are some of the best movies you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home in 2021: 1. The Harder They Fall […]

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Toronto Filmmakers: A Conversation with Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas

Last month, I was happy to get the chance to chat with directing duo Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. Lewis and Thomas are both Sheridan film graduates who operate out of Toronto. Their latest thriller, White Lie, has been praised nationwide. Their meta comedy Spice It Up, a favourite of mine, is set and filmed at Ryerson too! White Lie is available to stream in Canada on Crave and Hoopla, as well as on-demand. Find out how to watch their other features on the Lisa Pictures website (Lewis and Thomas’ production company). Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas busy on set […]

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The Best Way to Beat the Pandemic Blues

Image credit: @goodgoodgood / Unsplash The first month of 2021 has come and gone. Looking back at the end of 2020, the promise of a new year seemed exciting, motivating, and an overall fresh start. Putting one of our hardest years behind us that we’ve had to face was relieving.  But after these four “fresh” weeks that we’ve just experienced, it’s sad to say that nothing feels very different. Except that the days seem to be getting colder, the sun seems to shine a little less, and we’re deep into zoom university once again.  The negative headlines and news stories […]

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The Mummy Is a Great Film – “Bad” Films Can Be Good?

The Mummy (1999) is a great film, the other films are great as well (yes even the third one). I’m not afraid to admit that they’re some of my favourite films. I can probably do a one woman show, just reenacting all three films. I love me some Brendan Fraser; a fun fact once I saw him at Eaton Centre many years ago. I love the terrible cgi mess of Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson as the Scorpion King. I love the ridiculous, campy feel of this Indiana Jones knockoff. I have watched the entire series each year since I was […]

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Listening to My Followers Song Recommendations for 2 Hours

As a music lover, I constantly get song recommendations from friends that I tend to add to my playlist and forget about until days later! So, I decided to make a playlist curated by my Instagram followers song recommendations and to my surprise, the playlist was 4 minutes under 2 hours long! With all these songs, I listened to the full playlist and definitely found myself gravitating towards certain songs mainly in my fave genres of R&B, Indie-Pop/Rock and K-Pop. Image Credit: @brenessaroach Spotify #1 Hope In H*** by Black Pistol Fire Image Credit: Instagram @brenessaroach This first song was […]

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The Best of 2020 in Television

Image Credit: Mollie Sivarim (Unsplash) 2020 will be known as the year we all stayed home. It was the year we learned how to stress-bake bread, fold all our cardboard boxes from our Amazon deliveries, and generally lose our collective minds inside. It was also the year where we probably watched the most TV. With theatres closed and film dates pushed back, the world turned to the TV screen (or for students, the laptop screen) to escape. So, to pay tribute, let’s review some of the best TV shows of 2020! The Best Newcomer 2020 introduced a delightful spread of […]

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5 Tv Sitcoms That Are Too Funny to Not Re-watch

Now that we’re half-way through the school year, some of you might be looking for ways to relax, decompress and just have a good time. Luckily, there are a whole bunch of classic TV sitcoms that are available to stream and have continued to make us laugh well into the 21st century. These shows are great to put on between classes or anytime you feel like you want to lose yourself in TV land. Here are my top TV picks for guaranteed 2nd semester laughs: 1. Golden Girls Image credit: theguardian.com We all know the song “Thank You For Being […]

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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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How to Be a Better Morning Person

Cover image – @FreeStocks via UnSplash It’s the start of a new semester and if you’re like me, that means you need to readjust your sleeping schedule to work with all your early classes – you need to become a morning person! I hate being tired during my lectures, which tends to happen when I wake up ten minutes before they start and log into zoom.  To prevent that early morning fatigue, here are 5 tips that I use, to help make getting up a little bit easier: 1. Don’t Hit Snooze I know, it’s tempting. Would an extra five minutes […]

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5 Tips on Surviving Another Online Semester

Alright, so we all are stuck with another online semester which many are not so fond of, but do not fret for I have some solutions that may (or may not) help you with this new semester. Bare in mind that these tips are what I personally used to get me through my first semester online, which I found useful.  Tips: 1. Try your best to go to your classes at the assigned time whether it’s asynchronous or not. I know because we have the option of watching the recorded version of the lecture, we decide to sleep in and […]

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The BEST Sleeping Tips… Like Ever

There are two types of winter-breakers; the ones who use the time off responsibly by catching up on much needed rest, and the ones who, like me, completely ruin their sleep schedule by spending all night on Instagram, TikTok, Netflix, phone calls or whatever their release of choice is.  Oh look, 4:37am already??? Where’d the time go?  Despite what category you fall into, the brewing of a new semester means new priorities; as such, authentic rest should also be prioritized as a means of carrying out this semester with optimal focus and confidence.  I was always someone who struggled with […]

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Movies To Remember 2020 By

Image Credit, Top-left clockwise: Variety, Variety, WonderlandMagazine, RogerEbert 2020 was a year full of new challenges, many of which most of us probably never expected to be facing. COVID-19 has changed the way our day to day society functions, from masks to online schooling. The climate of the workforce has also changed alongside society, most industries have been forced to adapt to this new normal. With the film industry as no exception. Most movie and television productions were forced to shut down until it was safe to reopen. And while it may seem like the pandemic paused the film industry, […]

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Translating Experiences

Before you read on, I want to ask you: How many languages do you know?  Mukadderat. Sortable. Tu’burni. Jabali. Mellifluous. Sombremesa.  Every one of these words (phonetically spelt) come from a different language. Each one has a meaning so specific it cannot be translated accurately.  Mukadderat (Turkish): the fate/fatality of divine timing.  Sortable (French): someone you can take anywhere without being embarrassed. Tu’burni (Arabic): bury me with your love.  Jabali (Swahili): strong as rock.  Mellifluous (English):  a sound that is pleasing to hear. Sombremesa (Spanish): the time you spend talking at the table after finishing a meal.  For the intrigue […]

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