Review: Skyfall ( 5 stars )

Sean Connery. George Lazenby. Roger Moore. Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan. Now Daniel Craig. Casino Royale introduced us to Craig as “The New Bond.” Quantum of Solace may have stumbled, but he was still “A Bond.” Now Skyfall shows us that Craig is “The Bond.” Perhaps it is because Craig is more actor than movie star; … Continued

At The Skylines: The Secrets of Life

Six young men from Southern California make up heavy metal band At The Skylines. They have combined their diverse musical influences, from jazz to classic rock, to create their first album, The Secrets of Life. There is a definite heavy energy throughout the record that is consistent with the expectations of metal music. However, it … Continued

Yum-tum-tum hey! Come on and cheer!

It can be dangerous to admit you love Christmas songs, but at the same time nobody can claim to completely hate them either. Truth be told, the prospect of Mariah Carrey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” being played over and over (and over and over and over) again is enough to dread Dec. … Continued

Ann Kipling: The Solitudes of Placement

There is a definite shift in atmosphere upon leaving the wet, rainy outdoors to enter the Nanaimo Art Gallery on the VIU campus. The gallery is always a quiet escape, but there is an additional sense of peace that resonates from this season’s exhibition, brought forward by artist Ann Kipling’s line drawings in “Ann Kipling: … Continued

Events for readers and writers

Nov. 17: New book launch VIU professor Marilyn Bowering and former-professor Kate Braid will be launching their newest books at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Nanaimo Museum. Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World is Kate Braid’s memoir of her time as a journeywoman carpenter. In 1977, Braid applied to be a … Continued

Art Bites: Holiday Craft Fairs

It’s that time of year again—support local artisans and find unique gifts to give this holiday season at upcoming craft fairs across the island. Attend one or attend them all, spanning from traditional in Errington to trendy in Victoria, originality is guaranteed at every event:  Parksville’s Winterfest & Craft Fair will take place Friday, Nov. … Continued

Wreck-it-Ralph: Interview with Director Rich Moore

“Why aren’t you guys studying? How do you have time to listen to some guy talk about cartoons when you’re in college?” Rich Moore, director of Disney Animation Studio’s newest release Wreck-it-Ralph, joked in a conference-call interview based off questions from student newspapers across North America, which was moderated by Disney Animations Communications Director Amy … Continued

Review: Cloud Atlas (4 stars)

4 stars “Remarkable,” “Convoluted,” “Entertaining,” “Sprawling,” “Masterful,” “Transcendant,” and “Guaranteed to divide,” are the words the critics have been using to describe Cloud Atlas. I prefer what was said by the film’s three directors, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachoswki, and Andy Wachowski (creators of The Matrix and Run Lola Run), when they premiered the six-minute first … Continued

Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Western Edge Theatre put on a production of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Headliners theatre on Oct. 26–28. The title made me think this play was going to talk about Steve Jobs and tell the story of his life. That was not the case—not even close. The one-man play … Continued

Review: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Leon Potter’s production of Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (RGAD), which ran at the Malaspina Theatre from Nov. 1–10, keeps the audience questioning reality. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are originally minor characters from Hamlet that Stoppard has taken and successfully created a completely different style of play using many of the same … Continued

Argo Review

Following the success of his directorial debut in Gone Baby Gone and the bewitching crime-saga, The Town; there’s no measure as to how Ben Affleck has matured into one of the most proficient filmmakers of his generation. In his latest suspense-fuelled adventure, Argo, he delivers his most sympathetic and gripping film to date. Based on … Continued

Burlesque to Broadway

Singer Quinn Lemley said she hoped to take her audience on a journey during her performance of Burlesque to Broadway at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre. Lemley says she encourages her audiences to dress up. She says women came dressed in sequins and boas at a past performance in a venue with an army base nearby. “There … Continued

The Smashing Pumpkins rock Vancou…uhh…Calgary!

In the wake of finding out that The Smashing Pumpkins Oct. 7 Rogers Arena show had been cancelled only a week before the event, I spent several days harbouring the feeling that I’d been kicked hard in the stomach. That was until I made the last minute decision to go see them in Calgary. I … Continued

Art Bites

Annual Urban Issues Film Festival The theme for the seventh annual Urban Issues Film Festival, which takes place on Friday Nov. 9, is “Nature of the City and Nature in the City.” Sponsored by the VIU Geography department and other local organizations, the event will include long films, such as We Are Not Ghosts, which … Continued

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