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

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

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


Two brothers are digging a hole outside a farmhouse. After a disagreement about their mother, one of them walks out of frame. He returns a moment later to bash his brother over the head with a shovel and the camera pans to the side where Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is watching, just like an audience … 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 Jan. 11, at 11:59 p.m., is the cut-off for students to submit their works of previously unpublished poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, scripts, graphic art/original artwork, and photography to the nationally distributed literary magazine run by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

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

The Shining and other holiday classics

Everyone knows about It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. These are the traditional classics of a traditional holiday. Even A Christmas Story has become an oft-repeated favourite, and most families have their annual film choice already made. But if you’re looking to try something new, allow me to suggest that this season you take … Continued

VIU’s Art and Design students host annual sale, Dec. 5

This holiday season why not consider buying local art? On Wednesday, Dec. 5 the Art and Design department will be holding its annual Student Art Sale, a one-day-only event not to be missed. A range of artists with different styles and techniques can be found on our very own campus, with paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, … Continued

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