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Reading Between The Lines: Reading in the public domain
The best things in life are free and doubly so for literature fallen in the public domain. People often forget how what we consider classics, even modern classics, are now expired in copyright, and therefore freely distributable without legal ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Gaming in the public domain
The games industry was once even more fleeting and unpredictable 20 years ago than it is today. Companies started up and collapsed as quickly as mum’s perennials, pushing out a game or two before quietly biting the dust. But what ever be... Read more

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Reel Life: A filmmaker profile on Steve Martin
Steve Martin’s name has been associated with bargain bin DVDs and family-friendly comics, producing a glut of uninspired, safe comedies that mom won’t find offensive. It’s really just a consequence of age. Every controvers... Read more

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Gaming The System: Annoying gaming trends that need to stop
More often than not, life’s a game of “follow the leader.” If someone seems to be doing something right, why not adapt what he or she does, right? After all, that’s quite literally the definition of a trend. Trends a... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Money from nothing
Everyone loves a great rags-toriches story, and it’s even better when the authors themselves become the subjects of one. Being a writer is a craft almost consistently carrying a tradition of poverty and duress along its side, authors suf... Read more

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Reel Life: Practicing practicality
Surprising use of model and special effects Despite the loudest complaints from movie buffs and cinemagoers, CGI is king in special effects. Computers can – with enough time, money and pure, raw processing power – create the i... Read more

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Reel Life: Falling from grace - The bigger they are (part two)
Ugliness, thy name is dignity lost. And with a power as fickle as that of celebrity, aftershock of an exploded fame bubble can be particularly traumatic with just how inflated they can be. Noteworthy mentions include: Robert Downey Jr. ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Can't get enough: Gaming on the go
You’re waiting for the bus, standing in line or have absolutely nothing to do in an empty room and think that reading’s for chumps. So, what better time to pull out your portable gaming gadget for a few more hours of boredom aversio... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Drawn to Story: The best graphic novels of all time
The term graphic novel almost seems loaded. It is encouraged by some comic fans as a means of separating more meaningful, seriously- written and drawn works from the chaotic noise of superheroes and supervillains. Other decried as the triviali... Read more

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Reel Life: Falling from grace - Stars that went out with a whimper (part one)
The power of celebrity carries the strange duality of being both incredibly potent and incredibly flaky. Overnight, a star can go from picking up the tab for his entire ten-person entourage to doing bit parts and cameos in B-movies in a sad, s... Read more

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Gaming The System: Brick breakers and heart breakers - Games to help you end it this Valentine's
It’s that time of the year when love is in the air. But let’s face it: for some of us, love plain stinks. Maybe we need more alone time on a couch in a poncho armed with Doritos and every single season of Scrubs instead of yet anoth... Read more

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Gaming The System: Insert coin to continue: Game remakes (part two)
Games may stand the test of time by virtue of still being fun, but the technology often doesn’t hold up. Simply put, it’s a pain in the ass for most people to tinker around with emulators and compatibility layers to make their aging... Read more

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Reel Life: Movies about movies - reloaded
Any film that self-examines is always a fun watch. From revealing inside jokes within the film industry to gaining a better look at the filmmaking process, movies going meta always makes for an interesting watch. Some more interesting picks ab... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything
I've touched on Bill Bryson before. His excellent The Mother Tongue was a complete retelling of the history of the English language in a style that was consistently quirky and humorous, more of an interesting story than a sterile academic ... Read more

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Reading Between The Line: Self Teaching - Books that teach, by the best
Learning anything your heart desires has never been easier in this day and age – barring of course the distractions that constantly surround us. Despite the countless Wikipedia pages and YouTube tutorials available – a scatteri... Read more

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Gaming The System: Insert coin to continue - Game remakes (part one)
While remakes in the cinematic world are often controversial –different contemporary styles and key creatives have the potential to butcher their source materials – video game remakes have a lot more potential for success. They hav... Read more

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Reel Life: Criminally funny - Crime comedy films you missed
Crime-comedies have been given a breath of fresh air thanks to 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street for officially putting the genre back on the map. There’s a backlog of criminal endeavours you’ve probably missed to be seen, howe... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Adaptation deviation: Food for thought: Take a bite of this
There’s plenty of literature disseminating the various corruptions and faults with the state of the world and how things are run, but a topic I’m particularly interested on is food criticism. No, not writing about whether the steak ... Read more

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Reel Life: By a long shot: Amazing cinematic single-takes
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman has been the talk of the town. Released in the wake of cult Netflix hit Bojack Horseman, the film dealt with the chronic depression and personal resentment of being a washed-up fo... Read more

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Reel Life: British invasion: Red Dwarf
British television has found explosive popularity in North America— Doctor Who is no longer relegated to PBS syndicated broadcasts. We all know the greats: Doctor Who, The IT Crowd and Sherlock. But one particular cult favourite that&rsq... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Adaptation deviation: When movies strayed away and were better for it (Part II)
Books always get the short end of the stick for their big-screen blowups. The chief case of mistreating novels seems to be a complete disrespect for the source material, completely ignoring everything the book stood for. However, it isn’t... Read more

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Gaming The System: Rare and unreleased: Gaming's strangest consoles
The world of video games is full of oddities for not everything released fits the conventional bill of insert game, hit play. Here are some of the stranger gaming consoles released by non-obscure outfits – gaming giants Sony, Nintendo, Mi... Read more

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Reel Life: It's a process: Movies on movies
We’re all suckers for things going meta. Retrospective examination done right can be both profound, yet funny, a look at flaws, imaginings, and archetypes, all through the lens of self-parody. Musicians talking singing about recording the... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Adaptation deviation: When movies strayed away and were better for it
The biggest complaint of any book fan is just how badly the movie seemed to screw it all up. Deviations, for the sake of squeezing in story within a run time or just because, almost never seem to go over well in the final cut. Sometimes, howev... Read more

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Reel Life: Format wars II: The digital age
What do Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese have in common? If you’ve answered their insistence on using film, you’re probably aware of the ongoing fight to keep the medium of 35 mm filmsto... Read more

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Reel Life: Things The Simpsons may have predicted
It’s been a 25-year run, and regardless of what you think of The Simpsons’ quality today, you have to admit the show got more than a couple of things right about the world today. Well, it’s bound to happen considering the sheer volu... Read more

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Gaming The System: Playing the worst games ever known
It’s one thing to just toss together an arbitrary list of games that everyone knows are bad and should be avoided, but playing them just to get up close and personal with the awfulness is true dedication, the kind that I have. I’ve taken ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Ripped of: When games plagiarize (part two)
Last week, we took a look at some of gaming’s biggest rip-offs, be it the theft of ideas or simply swiping game assets with a good old five-finger discount. Ending this two-part series are some even weirder and even more rip-off-y rip-of... Read more

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Reel Life: Jodorowsky's Dune: The greatest movie ever made
The movie business is just that, a business. It’s a messy, angry marriage between those who want to be sensible with their money and those who want to express to the world the product of their imaginations. Some of the best movies hav... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: They're everywhere: The Psychopath Test
Jeffery Dahmer, Ed Gein. Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates. It’s almost easy to name psychopaths, real and fictional. You’re no psychologist, but you feel like you’ve had enough exposure to the concept of a psychopath through th... Read more

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Gaming The System: Ripped of: When games plagiarize (part one)
Inspiration is a concept that humanity has practically built itself on entirely. It’s just how close to the original as something can get before people are willing to call it out for blatant theft. And of course, in a medium that rew... Read more

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Reel Life: What ever happened to the Zuckers?
As long as something exists, someone will disapprovingly or lovingly mock it for what it is. Parody by definition doesn’t have to be funny, but when paired with movie, it immediately invokes a dozen Airplane! and “Don’t call ... Read more

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The Reel Life: Spookstravaganza: B-grade movies you need to watch
Have you run your Halloween staples ragged? Poltergeist or The Shining are scary, sure, but there’s only so many times you can digest the same without asking for more. If you’re willing to sacrifice quality for entertainment value, ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Spookstravaganza: Itchy thumbs edition
Yes, you’ve played and been terrified by the demons of Silent Hill, and we’re all very proud of you for it. But good horror games do exist outside of Resident Evil and even Amnesia. And boy will these scare your pants off. Fiv... Read more

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The Reel Life: Comically awful: Comic book movies you've never heard of
Superhero movies have made the biggest comeback yet, with the brand-new Marvel cinematic canon establishing a whole new movie universe beginning with 2008’s Iron Man and continuously unfurling without stop, and its rival, the DC body of ... Read more

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Gaming The System: The hidden world of the Cutting Room Floor
As with movies, a lot of interesting little tidbits get left on the proverbial cutting room floor with video games. However, most of this excised content can still be accessed buried deep within the recesses of data, with the hierarchical natur... Read more

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Gaming the System: Game on in London, Ontario!
Most of us are aware of just how big video game development is in Canada, especially with Ubisoft Montreal and BioWare pumping out hit title after hit title. But here in London? Believe it or not, our sleepy little city does in fact have q... Read more

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Gaming The System: New! 999-in-one Super Bootleg Games Article Reviews!
Books, films and music can be pirated and mislabeled as purported sequels to existing titles or as something else altogether. But the uniquely hackable nature of playable electronics opens up a whole new fascinating realm: bootleg video games.... Read more

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Reel Life: X-Philia: Revisiting the '90s sci-fi icon
We all know the staples of ‘90s pop-culture: the epic Nintendo vs. Sega saga, grunge rock and the European music invasion and a whole new era of science-fiction TV. The introduction of digital special effects certainly made it easier for ... Read more

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Reel Life: Life After Pi: An inside look at an industry in trouble
What do your favourite summer blockbusters of the past few summers have in common? Chances are, they’ve got some heavy visual effects work behind them. Even in films that aren’t big-budget sci-fi opus magnums, VFX comes into play w... Read more

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Reel Life: Gimmick-o-rama: Tricks that tried pulling audiences in
The first sign of dwindling ticket sales sends executives in a “What do we do?!?” frenzy to bring the audiences back in theaters. Often deciding that mere quality in a film isn’t the deciding factor in bringing back watchers, ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Chahi-fied: Eric Chahi in the spotlight
Remember From Dust? The quirky little sandbox game that promised big on delivering revolution to the genre of god games, by letting you be a god with the game’s fancy real-time procedural generation engine. Whether the game did ind... Read more

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Tom Goes to the Mayor: Reality, surreal reality
If you’re a college student and enthusiastic TV watcher, chances are you’ve been exposed to the insanity of Tim and Eric. The comedy duo’s various projects on Adult Swim, their most famous being Tim and Eric: Awesome Sh... Read more

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Gaming The System: Do we need a second crash?
If you’re enthusiastic about video games, you probably feel at times they are either the best they’ve ever been or are on a steady decline into an abyss of darkness. We’re seeing exciting new advances: the Occulus Rift VR head... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: Fat, broke and desperate
Lifestyle changes are admittedly tough and not everyone has the resolve for self-improvement. But sometimes getting your life back on track requires a complete kick in the ass. Not a “Tomorrow I'll toss away my bread and stop getting ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Don't lose, never buy new!
The excitement of the console launches has died down a bit. Sure people still love to parade around their new PS4s and Xbox Ones, but really, the enthusiasm is a bit deadened by the fact that, well, there's nothing to play. Right now we... Read more

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Reel Life: You don't have to be a 90's kid for good sci-fi
The '90s saw a boom in everything, and the world of television was swept up along for the ride, mainly around the content aired. It was the decade that saw the rise of cable TV, edgier, more boundary pushing content, which arguably helped ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Winning friends and influencing people: Easy as 1936?
There's no shame in admitting that the only way you know of How to Win Friends and Influence People is from the various times the title has been parodied. With the ever-constant glut of self-help books promising all sorts of cheap tricks t... Read more

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Gaming The System: Holodorks: VR today and yesterday
Virtual reality has probably been the most unstable of gaming developments, with roller-coaster-like public interest and squabbling companies hiding away patents, filing lawsuits and striking each other down left and right. The initial skeptic... Read more

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Reel Life: Are older horror films still scary?
Even those of us who like to act out carrying delicate cinematic tastes have to admit being spoiled by modern filmmaking. The very best of cinema today is truly amazing from a technical and artistic standpoint, with auteurs taking a completely... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Movie industry muckraking
The world isn't kind, and that's a fact that we just have to face. Nearly every turn you take, someone's more likely to maul than mentor you, and that fact couldn't be truer in the Hollywood system. Even with the burgeoning indi... Read more

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Gaming The System: Kicking and screaming: Bringing back old IPs
Nothing hurts the soul more than seeing things you hold dear and nostalgic being ripped apart in the name of modernization. It's a depressing bookend to my earlier orphaned game franchises bit, but hey, what can you do, right? These game f... Read more

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Reel Life: Childish kid's film or gothic black comedy?
Sometimes, going in to see a movie blind can be an incredibly rewarding experience, especially when the film is so poorly marketed that anything appealing about it is lost to potential viewers. I feel especially strongly about this mostly forg... Read more

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Gaming the System: Dead on arrival: The strangest failed consoles
Some ideas seem bad on paper but are assuaged into good ones with competent execution. And then there are ideas that should've been led off a cliff, Lemmingsstyle. Bad ideas in gaming haven't just limited themselves to games, but can b... Read more

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Reel Life: In defence of Michael Bay
The day of my crucifixion has arrived; I defend probably one of the most notorious moviemakers to walk the earth, one who has been charged with supposed grievances against cinema to date. Michael Bay is the subject of a long-running joke, his ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Shakespeare... no fear, right?
Hey, this is a column about reading, books, stuff printed on dead pulp, that sort of nature, right? It was inevitable that literature's big elephant in the room be addressed at some point. I am, of course, talking about the El Barderino, Wi... Read more

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Reel Life: Format wars! Battles waged, won and lost
It's a story as old as Tesla and Edison's AC-DC electric war; when there's a product in need of delivery, the fight between inventors trying to make their system the established method of delivering said product is inevitable. The 2... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Writing for readability
Having dreams and aspirations is important. It's just that when those dreams and aspirations tend to fall on the creative and artistic side of things is when the flow of jumbled, messy ideas should be stemmed in favour of organizing though... Read more

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Gaming the System: Port of Call: The best version you can play
It's business; unless you've hammered out a sweet deal with some company, you're going to want to have your multi-million-dollar game make the rounds on more than just one platform. With hardware differences, no two versions of a g... Read more

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Reel Life: A man and two robots make fun of movies for an hour
Being destructive is ultimately easier and more fun to do than any sort of improvement or creation, it's a proven fact… and someone went around and made an entire TV show based on that premise. Mocking bad movies, or for that matter, exper... Read more

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Gaming The System - All hail Hideo Kojima
It's hard not to love Hideo Kojima, and not just for Metal Gear Solid series. Between his infectious enthusiasm and showmanship in presenting the latest installment in his series to his rather hilarious translated Twitter, Kojima's pro... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Much more than an author
Enjoying terrible works for the sake of ironic value isn't just limited to watching bad movies and listening to the occasional brokeNCYDE track. Stephanie Meyer's trapper-keeper level writing certainly wasn't the first to be enjoye... Read more

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Gaming The System: How Nintendo leapfrogged Atari, Part 2
Nintendo was no stranger to video games. Their wunderkid Shigeru Miyamoto had already helped the company establish a degree of arcade success with Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. Their hot new video game system, the Famicom, already out in Japan, ... Read more

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Reel Life: Fact vs. fiction in the life of the world's worst filmmaker
Bad movies are an entire genre of their own, a world apart from the eyes of mainstream cinema. Something you can enjoy with your smart-alecky friends, the peanut-gallery experience of watching a movie to simply mock it can be incredible amount... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Much more than an author
The world lost a pioneer of British comedy the day Douglas Adams died. Well-remembered, of course, for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy of five,” Adams' quirky sense of humour endures through a small but definit... Read more

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Gaming The System - The video game crash: The death of Atari and the rise of Nintendo, Part 1
It's just one of those things; you wonder why your grandma calls all video games “Ataris” and you mother, “Nintendos.” Or maybe if you're more into video games than the average person, you're probably thinkin... Read more

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Reel Life: Tintin goes Hollywood; for those who can't pick up the books
Undoubtedly, Tintin being a massive comic book franchise, the inevitable adaptations come in tow. But as a fan (or perhaps a newbie), where does one start? Well, anything goes, but remember that the adaptations come with a certain crudeness th... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines - Tintin: Comic book icon still kicking
Tracing back the early days of comics is quite the adventure. Even though they're old-fashioned and somewhat out of date, the entertainment value of Rube Goldberg's elaborate and ridiculous contraptions never get old, to the point of h... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: From home movies to Hollywood
Exploitation ain't dead yet, and it's all thanks to the Tarantino- Rodriguez dream-team. Sure, Quentin Tarantino's origin story as a humble film school dropout who was given a $1 million budget to make one of the most iconic action ... Read more

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Gaming the System: Reel to cartridge: Games influenced by movies
It's no secret that movies have always been the older-brother medium to video games. Age is just one of the factors; not only have movies been around longer, but they have also been developed as an established medium of conveying story and... Read more

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Reel Life: Bedhead, El Mariachi and beyond
Movies aren't easy to make. Even the trashiest, dumpiest of schlockfests required someone to sit at an editing desk, likely for days on end, assembling something irredeemable. Effortless, no, they are not, which is why watching Robert Rodr... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Introspection, Old Testament style
It has more fans worldwide than Harry Potter. More adaptations have been made of it than Hamlet. And more people have died in conflict over it than Star Wars fans and Trekkies at ComiCon. Yes, it's undeniable that the words of the Bible, d... Read more

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Reel Life - Dogme 95: Minimalist filmmaking with avant-garde rules
There has never been a better year to be an indie filmmaker than 2014. On a shoestring budget, one can easily create a film with production quality and (intentional) entertainment value that rivals a $30-million Ryan Gosling vehicle. With the... Read more

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Gaming The System - Videodrone: Games with a cult following
As with any form of consumable media, there's a certain inevitability that a game continues to enjoy popularity years after its release, whether for purposes of nostalgia or simply because it tickles the fancy of people seeking out that ni... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Kids books you shouldn't feel ashamed to read
Okay, so maybe feeling your ears turn red and your cheeks flush when you sit in the library straining to read the latest Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends picture book is natural, but some titles transcend age quite seamlessly. Whether it'... Read more

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Gaming The System: Movie games that don't suck
It's capitalism at its worst, a true exploitation of the faithful: the movie game. Almost inevitably, a successful movie is trailed with merchandise, the most gregariously sinful and wasteful of which is the attempted adaptation of silver ... Read more

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Reel Life - Comedy anthology: When sketches enter cinema
Remember Movie 43? Or, rather, remember trying to forget Movie 43? A jumbled mess of a film that thought extreme juvenility without a punchline could still be funny, Movie 43 was a series of unconnected skits that formed no narrative. Although... Read more

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Gaming The System: Gaming's surprising firsts
Slim Consoles It seemingly started with Sony giving their consoles the slim treatment with the PSone and the PS2 Slim. Sleeker and sexier, but functionally identical to their launch counterparts, they've been hailed as cheaper and more at... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Is the end (of physical books) near?
Ah, books, our pulpy, papery friends. Without them, history would be a lot less literate and, more importantly, my column wouldn't exist. For more than just reading, books have those niche purposes. Be it Romania using donated bibles for ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: A hilarious book about a deadly case of mistaken identity
The entire history of English, the world's most prolific language, certainly would be daunting to narrate, but Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue handles the task deftly, while sporting a charming sense of humour that stops the fairly ser... Read more

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Gaming The System: Best of the worst, Part 2
In a universe with unlimited possibilities and a horrifying amount of awful games, there are always a few titles whose awesomeness comes from that awfulness. Here are a few more games that didn't make last week's cut. Hong Kong '9... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Dubiously informational: Satire on the go
Easily-digestible satire is always good for a light but thought-provoking read. Here are a couple of books that'll tickle your funnybone with an esteemed sense of poignancy. The Devil's Dictionary Accomplished classical American jour... Read more

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Gaming The System: So bad it's goodbest of the worst
Chances are, if you've played video games, you've come across an especially bad one. Whether it bores you to tears or simply comes across as inaccessibly unplayable for whatever reason, a bum deal feels like a bum deal, especially when... Read more

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Gaming The System: Video game spotlight: Sega Saturn
People just love to fawn over the Dreamcast, Sega's last entry into the console market before they decided to call it quits and continue disappointing us through means of mediocre software alone. As cool as the Dreamcast was — being ... Read more

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The Room will change you forever
The Disaster Artist (2013) “The Citizen Kane of bad movies” is just one of many descriptions for what some consider one of the all-time worst films ever made, and yet Tommy Wiseau's disastrous masterpiece The Room continues t... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Looking to the Far Side for some laughs
The Far Side is a single-panel comic that started life in The San Francisco Chronicle, and later went on to get syndicated in more than 900 newspapers, running for exactly 15 years, until 1995. Proving that one panel really can say it all, the... Read more

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Gaming The System: Was the Super Mario Bros. movie all that bad?
The Video Game Movie. Just the mere thought of it sends shivers down the spines of movie and gaming fans. Often considered a testament to the greed of capitalism, the desperate exploitation of a popular commodity, the Video Game Movie has oft... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Chasing the American Dream
The American Dream is a proverb that, despite being overused, continues to carry important insight on the attitudes and aspirations of a nation of people. And never was that dream harder to achieve than being an immigrant of the early 1900s. U... Read more

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Gaming The System: Ghoulish gaming, Part 2
Greetings, gamers of the night! Let's dive further into the creepy crevice of horror games, for that dose of interactive horror! Organ Trail (PC, MAC, iOS) Although its deceptively simple premise as Oregon Trail with zombies and the rathe... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Sci-fi storytime!
Everything around the corner during Halloween seems bent on scaring the bejeezus out of you, doesn't it? Well, if you're looking for a change, why not step into the realm of science fiction, a realm of fantasy that doesn't want you ... Read more

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Zombie expert shares his braaaaaains
Does your need for all zombie-related information get as bad as a zombie's hunger for... well, you know? Then you qualify for the Zombie Research Society! And if you're that big a zombie fan, you're in luck. The head of the Zombie ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Ghoulish gaming, Part 1
With horror games seemingly shedding atmosphere in favour of big, badass, totally-not-scary action, it would appear that there is a real drought of interactive entertainment that can give you the heebie- jeebies this Halloween. To keep your th... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Alien proselytizers or kindred extraterrestrial scientists?
I will admit, I felt like I was cheating by reviewing a book that was required reading for my elective credit this year, but then again, Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer is probably one of the most engrossing novels I've ever been sucke... Read more

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Gaming The System: The fruits of Half-Life
The Half-Life series has been MIA since 2007, with the fifth and (likely final) game to end the story arc, Half-Life 3, having become nothing more than a running joke six years in the making, it's time to take a look back (or, in other wor... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: A hilarious book about a deadly case of mistaken identity
Pest Control will NOT make you think or consider philosophical points or think differently about life, and never comes near being poignant or deep. So why read it? Because it's pretty damn entertaining. Pest Control is through-and-through ... Read more

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Gaming The System: Video games with awesome soundtracks forgotten to history, Part 2
Last week I talked about Galactic Pinball, Cyber Speedway, the Hitman series, Panzer Dragoon and R-Type, five video games with truly awesome soundtracks that were overlooked. Here I present four more video games with unforgettable music. Spl... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: The Bible of any comic book nerd
Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book... where do I begin with this book? It encompasses far too many elements to be simply defined as a book about the history of comics and superheroes. Truth be told, it aspires to... Read more

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Gaming The System: Video games with awesome soundtracks forgotten to history, Part 1
Video game music has come a long way since the simplistic bleeps and bloops of the Atari. Some of the best modern music can be found in video games. With Civilization IV winning a Grammy for its soundtrack, video game music is clearly being gi... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...
We've seen Spiderman father a daughter with his superpowers in Spider-Girl. We've seen the goddamned Batman re-imagined (unintentionally) as a hilarious psychopath. Conversely, we've also seen Batman re-imagined as the hero of a Vi... Read more

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Gaming The System: When franchises die, Part 2
Last week, I talked about Road Rash, Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio, three franchises that were killed before their time. This week, I continue that list with four more series that are fondly remembered by a select few gamers. MDK Debates ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: There's no escaping the Total Control Zone
North Korea has been in the spotlight more often than we'd like. From its wacko foreign policy and half-hearted threats of nuclear annihilation on their “capitalist” enemies to the darkly humorous overblown cult-of-personality ... Read more

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Light read, heavy secrets
Secrets of the Italian Gardener (2013) This review contains minor spoilers, nothing that would ruin the book, but you've been warned. Writing fiction set around a reallife scenario can pose a considerable challenge for any writer. The ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Dahl is much more than a children's book author
Considered one of the quintessential children's authors, Roald Dahl needs no introduction to many, with familiar works such as Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and James and the Giant Peach having reached millions. Da... Read more

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Gaming The System: When franchises die, Part 1
If a falling tree kills a video game series and there's no one there to hear it, does anyone care? None of us hear the end of complaints about franchises being milked dry. Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, take your pick. But while some franchi... Read more

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Gaming The System: Weird and wonderful video game trivia
The history of video games is a long and rich one. Along the way, many developers, consoles and games were immortalized in the hall of video game fame. Conversely, just as many facts lay forgotten in the dust, though not for the lack of being ... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: The true story of gaming's first rock stars
Gaming is a lot more difficult to get excited about these days, isn't it? Even the next generation of consoles looming in the horizon, promising games that are bigger, badder and all-around incredibly immersive, the overall progression of ... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: My dystopia is better than your dystopia
Everybody's go-to for dystopian fiction is either George Orwell's totalitarian Nineteen Eighty-Four or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. And why not? Both are landmark science fiction novels whose words and concepts have entered our... Read more

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Who says being culturally enriched can't be fun?
Opening April 4 at the Palace Theatre (710 Dundas St.), Zorba brings audiences laughter, emotion, music and thoughts to reflect on in the form of a stage performance. Having since been adapted from the original novel by Nikos Kazantzakis into ... Read more

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Fanshawe's push toward a greener society
Now that the environmentalist mindset is becoming increasingly mainstream, addressing how future students will be prepared to tackle sustainability issues has become a subject of concern itself. How will future city planners and civil engineers... Read more

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Fanshawe students get a taste of real filmmaking
The cold night air stings my eyes as I survey the rather horrific traffic collision in front of me. The intersection is barricaded by cop cars on all four sides. I immediately rush towards the mangled wreck, where a group of people are congreg... Read more

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See the '70s through the eyes of a ghoul
I will admit that at first glance, I found American Ghoul's premise of 'mythical monster attempts to integrate into society' a bit off-putting and tad overplayed, but after going through a slew of some rather depressing historical books, I nee... Read more

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Contests to change the world
If you're a student who's always thinking about how to improve the world around you, read on for two contests running right now that could help you make your ideas a reality. Thinking Scaffold Design Contest We all have ideas for the next b... Read more

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2013 Doc Fest hits the big screen
Fanshawe's Advanced Filmmaking Program students have been hard at work throughout the year, creating a number of short documentaries on various subjects. These films examine a variety of topics, from what it's like to be a transgender person to live ... Read more

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WANTED: People with a sense of humour
Ever write a piece that had people in stitches (hopefully for the right reasons)? Chances are, you qualify for the Nearly Robots Cross-Canada writing contest. But what, pray tell, is Nearly Robots? Started by a band of traveling Norwegian dwar... Read more

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Tap into hidden job market with Student2Business conference
With summer comes the jobhunting grind we all fear. On the surface, it would seem that one can't do much to enter the job market, outside of dropping off a resume, perhaps going to an interview, and calling it a day. With such limited interact... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Behind the scenes in East Germany
Read this if: You're interested at a more personal look at the lives of a citizen and their oppressors living in a highly-surveyed police state. The fall of the Berlin Wall and reuinification of Germany ushered in a new era for the country a... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: An in-depth, well-packaged look at human-animal relationships
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is very upfront about what it contains, with its right-on-the-tin title. Written by snake expert and professor of psychology Hal Herzog, Some We Love is essentially the beginner's handbook to the field of a... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: An unorthodox but fascinating look at Japanese crime and culture
Let me begin this review by putting this out there: Tokyo Vice is probably one of the most interesting books you'll read. Yes, that's a pretty bold claim, but anyone who reads this book will be sucked into the hardboiled and gritty world of po... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: An alternate view of Mother Teresa
I always enjoy provocative books that challenge the average way of analyzing and rethinking of our society and culture. Christopher Hitchens' The Missionary Position, a polar-opposite look on Mother Teresa and her work, satisfies that requirem... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: The science of science-fiction
How To Clone The Perfect Blonde isn't your average popular science book. Rather than simply discussing some key scientific concepts, it creates an interesting premise and runs with it. Written by BBC science journalists Sue Nelson and Richard ... Read more

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Faultline 49 presents a post-9/11 world not quite as we remember it
I'm ready to admit it: I'm a huge fan of alternate history, no matter how insane the setting may be. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to fall into the trappings of the old 'What if Hitler won?' premise. While alternate history fiction is by n... Read more

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Reading between the lines: Knocking down pseudoscience
Turn on your TV to any sort of infomercial channel, and you'll see 'health' products being peddled to you left, right and centre. Whether they're magnets being used to enhance your height or foot-baths 'drawing out toxins,' this sort of parlou... Read more

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How do our local politicians use social media?
The use of social media has undeniably become an important facet of any public figure's open life, whether used as a platform for announcements and campaigns, or merely as a public wall of personal thoughts. Most of us are aware and even follo... Read more

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Reading Between the Lines: Don't turn a blind eye to this page-turner
Books that play on common fears can be hit or miss, the 'miss' resulting in clichés being doled out constantly in a poor attempt to come off as being genuinely disturbing. Fortunately, José Saramago, one of Portugal's mostrevered writers, is... Read more

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Talks explore living well in London, Ontario
Ignite Health is coming to London on October 25 at Covent Garden Market. It's an interesting take on encouraging good lifestyle choices as well as informing the public on the various ways to make them. The evening will begin with an icebreaki... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Book or movie? Do Androids Dream vs. Blade Runner
A lot of us are familiar with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, one of the most acclaimed sci-fi movies to ever come out, and a film that has been polarizing audiences ever since it was released. Some praised it for its exploration of some interest... Read more

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Reading Between The Lines: Book explores the problem with African aid
How do you solve the dire financial situations of Africa? If "aid" was ready to leap off your tongue, then Dead Aid is definitely the book for you. Or even if your answer wasn't "aid," you should still read it. Actually, it doesn't matter what... Read more

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Fanshawe's Counselling Service is there for you
If you've been feeling stressed out, anxious, overwhelmed or sadder while in school, you're not alone. Macleans reported on a 2011 National College Health Assessment survey at the University of Alberta, which assessed 1,600 students' mental h... Read more

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