50 Shades of Grey trailer: Oh God, oh God, it’s even worse than I thought

I’m sure there are dozens of people all over the world waiting for the second half of my review of D&D 5th Edition’s Basic Rules. That will be coming in a few days, but I wanted to write about something else just now.

Those of you that have any interest in it will probably have seen the first trailer for 50 Shades of Grey, the film adaptation of the… “novel” of the same name by EL James aka Snowqueen’s Icedragon. For those of you fortunate enough to avoid it, I’m going to ruin your day. Continue reading


Here’s What’s Next: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Part 1

The gamers among you will almost certainly know that Wizards of the Coast released the first official Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition item last week. Wait, are we still calling it D&D Next? Let me check…

OK, I’m not sure; Wizards are just calling it Dungeons & Dragons. But for the sake of clarity, I’m going to call it 5th Edition. I should state early on here that, aside from a few sessions of 4th Edition D&D, I’ve never really played the world’s most famous roleplaying game. I got into gaming through the Warhammer RPGs, which are a very different beast. But I have played plenty of Pathfinder, and Pathfinder is just D&D 3.5 with the serial numbers filed off, so I don’t think I’m lacking in a whole lot of knowledge here. Continue reading


Our Robots Vs Monsters Hunger Shall Be Sated

My love for Kaiju Vs Mecha fight fest Pacific Rim is no secret and I was disheartened when the movie didn’t set the box office on fire in 2013. It wasn’t a perfect film, by any means, but it was a damn sight more satisfying than the Transformers franchise, which squeezes out another epic turd this coming weekend. Robot on monster action was what we asked for, and when you also include the cheesy acting and paper thin plot, it was a fun Summer blockbuster.

The film’s success in international markets, however, gave hope to fans that we might see a seuqel. Last night, word came to us from Guillermo Del Toro himself about the fate of the Pacific Rim universe. Continue reading


He’s Stannis, but he’s not quite The Mannis

WARNING: This article features possible spoilers to the season for finale of Game of Thrones, as well as the books upon which the series is based. If you’ve somehow managed to go all week without being spoiled and want to stay that way, turn back now! Continue reading


First trailer for “Gotham” revealed

Even as Warner Bros. and DC flail around trying to catch up with Marvel’s movie output, they can at least take solace in knowing their television shows are largely better. FOX announced that “Gotham,” a prequel show of sorts that follows a young detective Jim Gordon as he establishes himself in the famous fictional city, will receive a thirteen episodes stint on the network later in the year. They also released the first trailer for the show. Continue reading


Red = Green in “Doc of the Dead”

The zombie genre has seen a huge swell in popularity in recent years. The success of “The Walking Dead” television series is only one sign that the public can’t get enough of the undead. We’ve got zombie books, zombie mugs, zombie flip-flops – pretty much anything you can print zombies on, it’s there. Alexandre O. Philippe, director of The People Vs George Lucas, explores the phenomenon in his new film Doc of the Dead, which I caught at the Canadian International Documentary Festival. Continue reading


Real Life Writes The Plot: Canadian International Documentary Festival

You know what I love most about living in Toronto? Tim Hortons.

But if you asked me if there was anything else I loved about Toronto, it would probably be that there’s always something going on. This is the first real city I’ve ever really lived in, so I’m often amazed by how spoiled for choice I am. Music, movies, art in all its myriad forms – it sometimes feels like every few weeks another big event rolls into town.

And so it is that the 2014 Canadian International Documentary festival kicks off next Thursday, the 24th of April. I’m going to catch a few docs and, if you happen to be passing through Toronto in the next couple of weeks, here are some you might want to keep your eyes on. Continue reading


Podcast: April 8, 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Conor and Katie naturally saw the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You’ve already read the review of the comic book blockbuster; now listen as we ramble on about the movie, unemployed HYDRA agents, Robert Redford’s pimp slap and the potential for a Marvel Cinematic Universe that continues to grow and evolve.


Music: “The Cannery” by Kevin MacLeod


The Super Soldier Who Came In From The Cold – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger was a pleasant surprise to many people, though I’m not sure why. I saw the same trailers, the same cast, the same guy in the director’s chair and I knew it would be a fun movie. Though it felt rushed at times, it did the spectacular job of bringing a hero to the screen that could have gone horribly wrong. There was no jingoistic tone or flag-waving patriotic BS with the first Captain America film. Instead, it got right to the core of the character: Steve Rogers simply hated bullies and, in him, existed the real sense of what “America” could mean.

So I’m very happy to report that the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, manages to surpass the quality of the previous movie and, in my opinion, is the best Marvel flick we’ve seen since The Avengers. Continue reading