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VISFF Tickets Now On Sale: Tickets for the 8th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) are now on sale. This year’s festival will be comprised of 14 films, 12 minutes or less in length, created by talented local filmmakers of all levels of experience from Vancouver Island. The festival is a juried event, and … Continued

Hey Rosetta!

We are lucky to be able to boast that Canada is home to many great musical groups that have extended their success and faithful followers beyond our country’s borders, reflecting, through their own individual achievements, the unique and worthwhile talent that exists in our nation. We can take pride in the fact that Montréal is … Continued

The Satyr Players present the 2013 One Act Festival

The annual One Act Festival, presented by VIU’s Theatre club, the Satyr Players, will take place at the Malaspina Theatre, bldg. 310 at the Nanaimo campus, from Jan. 29–31. This year’s line-up includes five shows. In addition to two mystery plays, three original scripts written and directed by VIU students will be performed. Mathew Snowie’s … Continued

Safety Not Guaranteed: An indie film review

Wolfville (CUP)—Safety Not Guaranteed, a newly released indie film, has garnered much intrigue since its release. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an unlikely, engaging plotline, the film is a definite must-see. The story is triggered by an ad in a newspaper: “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This … Continued

Review: Lincoln

History can sometimes weigh on a film like an albatross around its neck. The importance of getting things right while being entertaining, making it something respectable, and making it broad enough to get an audience to justify the larger budget for period sets can be overwhelming. When the subject matter is the man on the … Continued

Local authors balance moods at dual-reading

  Local authors balance moods at dual-reading  Mady Ritzker  the Navigator  Tuesday, Jan. 8 was a stormy day. In Nanaimo there was a blustering blizzard that gradually transformed into an icy rainstorm down the highway towards Parksville. Wind warnings were raised by Environment Canada across the Island, and it was a miserable day to be … Continued

A brief retelling of Friday the 13th movies

Clayton Bambrough Contributor The Navigator One of the most iconic slasher villains in film is the machete wielding, ultimate momma’s boy, with his trademark hockey mask, known as Jason Voorhees. To date, there have been a dozen films featuring this unstoppable killer, including a 2009 reboot and a 2003 crossover with other slasher favourite Freddy … Continued

Portal deadline Jan 11

The deadline for the 2013 issue of Portal magazine is approaching fast. Jan. 11, at 11:59 p.m., is the cut-off for students to submit their works of previously unpublished poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, scripts, graphic art/original artwork, and photography to the nationally distributed literary magazine run by students in the Creative Writing and Media … Continued

Mother Mother at The Port Theatre

For me, 2012 was a year of amazing concerts. I was lucky enough to see some fantastic shows, from City and Color in Jan. to The Shins in Sept., and after each one I was overcome with the familiar post-concert high, the feeling of “wow, that was the best show I have ever been to.” … Continued

Lana Del Ray

It seems that in the last few years—2012 in particular—we’ve seen a surge of powerful female vocalists emerge on the music scene. In the pop, rock, and indie worlds women like Adele and Florence Welch have risen from the bubblegum masses to create new expectations of individuality and original talent for female artists. In the … Continued

New Music 2013 Canada

The Belle Game If you are looking for a rising local act to latch on to, Vancouver-based indie-pop group The Belle Game is one to watch for in 2013. The group has teamed up with Boompa Records associate Bella Union and will release two new songs, available on limited edition 7” vinyl on Jan. 21. … Continued

Out of the Blue and Beyond the Black Rainbow

The future of cinema has arrived in the form of 38-year-old Vancouver writer-director Panos Cosmatos and his debut feature film, Beyond the Black Rainbow. Shot in Vancouver, the film was released for some North American festivals in 2010 but wasn’t distributed on DVD and Blu-ray until Sept. 2012. Raised in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Panos … Continued

The Hobbit at 48 frames per second

I’ve decided to skip doing a full review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (4 out of 5 stars) since fans will go see it no matter what is said, and Peter Jackson has offered up something far more interesting to talk about: High Frame Rate 3D. I plan to go back to see a … Continued

Living with Monsters

We all live with monsters. Some are cute. They giggle when we tickle them. Monsters in literature and film terrify us, but we love the adrenaline rush they provide. And, then, there are the monsters, real and imagined, that threaten to destroy us. Like it or not, we must all learn to live with monsters. … Continued

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