In Defense of Batman V Superman: How Warner Bros. Marketing Team Will Cost the Company Billions

This past weekend, the movie going public showed up in droves to witness Warner Bros. latest instalment in their long-gestating Justice League franchise. The studio had made every effort to market the superhero epic as a cage match, of sorts, between Henry Cavill's Superman and JLo's ex-boyfriend's Dark Knight. As I always do before heading to the [...]

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No Competition for EA Sports

I have to confess to something: I'm the victim of a vicious addiction. I'm forced to satisfy this craving every night in the comfort of my own home, with my arms outstretched and my mind awash with euphoria. There's nothing like loosening your grip on reality, is there? Of course, I'm talking about my beloved Xbox 360. [...]

Same Old Controversy: American Gun Control

In case nothing jumped off the page while you were scanning Google News today, there was another mass shooting in the U.S. This time in Oregon, a state known for it's liberal tendencies. I know, nothing new or interesting here. Shootings in America have become so commonplace, so old hat, so expected, they're receiving the [...]

How the Film Industry Murdered Originality

If the impending fall television season has taught me anything, it's that people will watch ANYTHING. From The CW's "Supergirl," which looks like a sad attempt at meshing the popularity of superhero films with "The Devil Wears Prada," to "Heroes Reborn," NBC's attempt at recapturing the short-lived success of 2004's Hayden Panettiere vehicle of the same name—Hollywood seems [...]

Fat Cats and Fatter Donations

Today, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens donated $10 million (?!) to the Montreal children's hospital. Make no mistake, that's a substantial contribution from a hockey player. (Yes, I understand that it'd be more of a commitment for a forklift driver) If, say, a baseball or basketball player were to make an equivalent donation to their [...]

Awkward Moments: That’s Not My Name

"Yeah, Gray...Like the colour." I say this at least once EVERY DAY. No, I'm not exaggerating. I deal with the public on a daily basis and am frequently introduced to kindly patrons wanting to exchange names. This is Canada and people are friendly. It gets awkward. "No, not Greg. Gray. Nope, Gary has two syllables. It's pronounced Ggggg-rrrr-eeeeeeeh. Dre? [...]

Roundabouts vs. Intersections; ‘Murica vs. Jolly Ol’

There's only one thing I hate more than physical pain: boredom. Like Sherlock Holmes, my darkest fear is being slowly bored to death by a mid-season baseball game, or a rehearsal of the musical West Side Story by a group of overly confident amateurs. Which explains why I despite sitting in traffic with the vitriolic hatred of a thousand [...]

Tipping Your Server-A Good System?

I just finished a shift at the bar. Being cheap wings night, it was CRAZY busy. It felt like the whole town showed up to gorge on boiled animal appendages while drinking a side of their yeasty favourite. Hundreds walked through the door, and a total of five employees were tasked with accommodating the hungry masses. [...]

Without a Smart Phone in 2015

Phones have become larger than life. Not literally, of course. They're typically very small and can be easily crushed with almost anything you'd find lying around the house. But what they can DO is remarkable. Anyone from 2 to 99 years-of-age can pick up an iPhone, press that friendly home button and instantly communicate with the world [...]

Should I Bother Voting?

I often wonder about the state of our political system...and I'm not alone. Every year, billions of dollars are pumped into attack ads, slander campaigns and those little eraser-less pencils that are designed to help Canada choose its next Alpha (The Prime Minister) and Omega (Deputy Prime Minister). You gotta love the democratic process. Realistically, we [...]