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Concert review: Skream and Benga

By Evangelos Typist

The show kicked off with a set from Calgary’s dubstep masters Piranha Piranha, who played through a catalog of tunes from the halftime, wobbly sounds of 2005 all the way to the heavier, more intricate sounds of 2011– all dubstep, of course. The mixing was technically near-perfect and the overlapping ambient soundscapes of underground dubstep… Continue reading Concert review: Skream and Benga

Film Review: Skyfall

By Ben Rowe

We have been watching James Bond on the big screen for 50 years. Bond’s adventures began in print, authored by Ian Fleming, nine years earlier. Rooted in the Cold War and modernist ideals of the ’50s and ’60s, the Bond films defined the culture of those decades but have unfortunately struggled with relevancy for years.… Continue reading Film Review: Skyfall

Film review: Dredd 3D

By Ben Rowe

The year is 2099. America is an irradiated wasteland. The East Coast is united in one sprawling urban metropolis, Mega-City One. The population lives under the rule of a totalitarian police state, controlled by the fascist Judges. Armoured, faceless and heavily armed, the Judges are the police, judge, jury and executioner all in one, dispensing… Continue reading Film review: Dredd 3D

The failures of The New 52

By Ben Rowe

Last September, DC Comics launched ‘The New 52,’ the largest single publishing initiative in the legendary comic book company’s history. Every series published by the company was relaunched and rebooted, resulting in 52 new #1 issues. Along with instituting same day digital copies for all issues, the idea was to attract new readership to the… Continue reading The failures of The New 52

Film review: Antiviral

By Ben Rowe

Antiviral is the feature film debut of Brandon Cronenberg, son of famed Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. Set in the near-future, this parable about celebrity worship depicts a society willing to pay to be injected with celebrities’ diseases just to feel closer to them. Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works for the Lucas Clinic, which buys… Continue reading Film review: Antiviral

Rand preferred coffee, not tea

By Ben Rowe

“Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” Those are the words of Ayn Rand, the controversial novelist-philosopher whose work Atlas Shrugged has been adopted by the burgeoning Tea Party movement as a kind of libertarian-capitalist bible. But the… Continue reading Rand preferred coffee, not tea

Ten years, many mistakes

By Ben Rowe

Ten years is a long time. Ten years ago there was no Netflix, no Facebook, no YouTube and no iPods. What there were, however, were two more buildings in the New York City skyline. Ten years ago on September 11 the United States of America came under attack when the Sunni terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked… Continue reading Ten years, many mistakes

Local filmmakers get their shot at $100 Film Festival

By Ben Rowe

Since 1992, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers has hosted the $100 Film Festival, an opportunity and contest for low-budget films and the artists behind them to receive community recognition and support. Held every March at the Plaza Theatre, the $100 Film Festival was originally a challenge to create short films for $100 or less.… Continue reading Local filmmakers get their shot at $100 Film Festival