Sunday, October 24, 2021

Danica Teng - Associate Arts Editor

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The subtle yet vital message in The Farewell

Telling a lie is often seen as a bad thing. But what about a lie with good intentions? This is the heavy burden in Lulu...

The crashing dreams of childhood stardom

Big dreams often begin in childhood, and the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” so often prompts starry-eyed responses....

Why women’s representation in media matters

Girl in trouble; boy to the rescue. Chances are you’ve seen this trope countless times. Whether it’s in a book, a play, or a...

The power of brevity in the short story genre

Sometimes, the length of a story can intimidate us. A mammoth-sized novel can feel like a monumental challenge, and if the story’s dry, can...

Capturing the elusive magic of Studio Ghibli

It’s odd to explore another world and still feel at home, but this is the feeling that Studio Ghibli films create. With its charming...

Unraveling the wacky world of WandaVision

Looking back on the legacy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this franchise has become a pivotal part of the entertainment industry. Fans, old...

The boom and benefits of streaming video games

In August 2013, Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg—also known as “PewDiePie”—became the most-subscribed channel on YouTube. His popularity proliferated with his “Let’s Play” videos, which...

Disney aims to keep the magic alive with live-action remakes

Disney is the magic many of us grew up with, and now, these nostalgic animations are resurfacing in our minds and on our TV...

The Mandalorian steals our hearts in season two

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the story of The Mandalorian shone a light on our lives. Dubbed the most “in-demand series...
This Disney short represented Filipino culture around Christmas time.

Filipino culture and the universal message in From Our Family to...

Every Christmas season, the floodgates of holiday movies and specials open. Being wrapped in a blanket, hot chocolate in hand, re-watching your favourite holiday...

The Queen’s Gambit is a checkmate for Netflix

On a checkered board of 64 squares, you need strategy and instinct to survive in the game of chess, which is exactly what Beth...

The rise of internet influencers in mainstream cinema

From the early days of YouTube to the waning days of Vine, online platforms have created chances for anyone to go viral and make...

The intrigue (and danger) of virtual celebrities

People continually seek new experiences, and as technology advances, newer things grab our attention. Modern technology has revolutionized our lives—from how we play video...

The pitfalls and potentials of American remakes

Hollywood never seems to run out of ideas, and sometimes it's easy to forget that American remakes have been around longer than we imagine.  In...

Exploring the twisting worlds of Junji Ito

Horror has its many ways of stirring up fear. In movies, it’s the frightening scenes that startle the audience, while in books, it’s the...

After years of anticipation, Blackpink drops The Album

An album titled The Album may sound questionable, but for fans of the K-pop girl group Blackpink, it's a statement. The title announces the long-awaited arrival of...

Enola Holmes smashes all conventions

Sherlock Holmes is a familiar name around the world. But what about Enola? If you haven’t heard the name before, you will soon with...

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

Death almost always affects the lives of surviving family and friends. But what about the lives of millions? This idea applies to beloved actor Chadwick Boseman,...

Recommended Reading: Shannon Terrell’s The Guest House: Stories of a Nervous...

“I am a guest house. Maybe you are too. I cannot choose what comes and goes. All I can do is open the door,...

TIFF Gets a Makeover in 2020

2020 took everyone by surprise with COVID-19, and loss followed wherever the pandemic ended up. But even as the world seems to be slowing...

Re-configuring socialization in quarantine

Social distancing and self-quarantine may not be what many expected for 2020. People are advised to keep their distance from others and stay home...

Women writers and their pen names

“Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be.” After Charlotte Brontë sent her poetry to the poet laureate Robert...

Susan Ksiezopolski on the power of writing in communities

Writing can often be a personal and individual experience, but award-winning writer Susan Ksiezopolski recently spoke to UTM’s Professional Writing and Communication program on March 11...

Coronavirus effects on entertainment

The coronavirus outbreak—now named COVID-19—has filled the new year with despair. Just entering the third month of 2020, the virus had 93,090 confirmed cases with over...

The cast of Friends is reuniting

It’s been almost 16 years since Friends aired its series finale—“The Last One Part 2.” The popular television series thrived for ten seasons until the adventure ended...

The hardships of the K-Pop industry

People often like to get lost in music. We like the way it makes us feel. We like the creators and the talent. Not even language...

Weathering with You tugs heartstrings

“The sky’s a deeper unknown world than the sea.” Under the heavy Tokyo rain, there’s a story of a boy and a girl. Another love story, for...

Film censorship harms artistic integrity

Cinema is a shared art. Films can travel from one place all the way to another on the opposite end of the Earth. Though cinematography itself...

Romanticism and You

Hello, you. Do you ever wonder who sees what you post online? Do you ever wonder how much someone can find out about you through...

On Baby Yoda

Before the start of a new decade, the end of 2019 brought us the next big meme. Pictures of “Baby Yoda,” The Child from The...

Home Alone (1990)

What happens when you put one kid, one big house, and two clumsy burglars together? A Christmas classic. Home Alone (1990) stars Macaulay Culkin as...

Doctor Sleep is a must-see sequel

It was only last month that I wrote a review on Stephen King’s The Shining (1980), but much like Jack Torrance with an axe, the film...

Hollywood is dishonouring the dead

People often idolize actors and actresses, so even if we’ve never known them personally, it still hurts when they pass away. We mourn the loss...

Film diversity is needed

Cinema has lived through time in constant evolution. Films open paths to different worlds and incite excitement with the stories they tell. Since cinema is an...

The age of reboots appeals to nostalgia

Every now and then, the world seems to dwell on the past. People start to miss the little things, like our favourite TV shows from...

Beetlejuice (1988)

October is essentially synonymous with Halloween and gives me an excuse to re-watch my favourite Halloween classics. Every year, I always find my way back to...

The Tablo Podcast

We share the Earth with billions of other people, so it’s not surprising that we might not get along with everyone. Although many may daydream of...

THE SHINING (1980)

After watching the sequel of Stephen King’s IT in theatres, I wanted to revisit one of King’s most iconic stories: The Shining. The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley...

UTM students participate in banner workshop

The Blackwood Gallery in conjunction with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative held a banner-making workshop outside the CCT building in preparation for the upcoming global climate strikes. The Blackwood Gallery...

Alegria: A transcendental performance

The circus is officially in town. By Toronto’s waterfront, the renowned Cirque du Soleil has made Ontario Place its home for the next few months to perform...

The subtle yet vital message in The Farewell

Telling a lie is often seen as a bad thing. But what about a lie with good intentions? This is the heavy burden in Lulu...

The crashing dreams of childhood stardom

Big dreams often begin in childhood, and the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” so often prompts starry-eyed responses....

Why women’s representation in media matters

Girl in trouble; boy to the rescue. Chances are you’ve seen this trope countless times. Whether it’s in a book, a play, or a...

The power of brevity in the short story genre

Sometimes, the length of a story can intimidate us. A mammoth-sized novel can feel like a monumental challenge, and if the story’s dry, can...

Capturing the elusive magic of Studio Ghibli

It’s odd to explore another world and still feel at home, but this is the feeling that Studio Ghibli films create. With its charming...

Unraveling the wacky world of WandaVision

Looking back on the legacy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this franchise has become a pivotal part of the entertainment industry. Fans, old...

The boom and benefits of streaming video games

In August 2013, Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg—also known as “PewDiePie”—became the most-subscribed channel on YouTube. His popularity proliferated with his “Let’s Play” videos, which...

Disney aims to keep the magic alive with live-action remakes

Disney is the magic many of us grew up with, and now, these nostalgic animations are resurfacing in our minds and on our TV...

The Mandalorian steals our hearts in season two

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the story of The Mandalorian shone a light on our lives. Dubbed the most “in-demand series...
This Disney short represented Filipino culture around Christmas time.

Filipino culture and the universal message in From Our Family to...

Every Christmas season, the floodgates of holiday movies and specials open. Being wrapped in a blanket, hot chocolate in hand, re-watching your favourite holiday...

The Queen’s Gambit is a checkmate for Netflix

On a checkered board of 64 squares, you need strategy and instinct to survive in the game of chess, which is exactly what Beth...

The rise of internet influencers in mainstream cinema

From the early days of YouTube to the waning days of Vine, online platforms have created chances for anyone to go viral and make...

The intrigue (and danger) of virtual celebrities

People continually seek new experiences, and as technology advances, newer things grab our attention. Modern technology has revolutionized our lives—from how we play video...

The pitfalls and potentials of American remakes

Hollywood never seems to run out of ideas, and sometimes it's easy to forget that American remakes have been around longer than we imagine.  In...

Exploring the twisting worlds of Junji Ito

Horror has its many ways of stirring up fear. In movies, it’s the frightening scenes that startle the audience, while in books, it’s the...

After years of anticipation, Blackpink drops The Album

An album titled The Album may sound questionable, but for fans of the K-pop girl group Blackpink, it's a statement. The title announces the long-awaited arrival of...

Enola Holmes smashes all conventions

Sherlock Holmes is a familiar name around the world. But what about Enola? If you haven’t heard the name before, you will soon with...

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

Death almost always affects the lives of surviving family and friends. But what about the lives of millions? This idea applies to beloved actor Chadwick Boseman,...

Recommended Reading: Shannon Terrell’s The Guest House: Stories of a Nervous...

“I am a guest house. Maybe you are too. I cannot choose what comes and goes. All I can do is open the door,...

TIFF Gets a Makeover in 2020

2020 took everyone by surprise with COVID-19, and loss followed wherever the pandemic ended up. But even as the world seems to be slowing...

Re-configuring socialization in quarantine

Social distancing and self-quarantine may not be what many expected for 2020. People are advised to keep their distance from others and stay home...

Women writers and their pen names

“Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be.” After Charlotte Brontë sent her poetry to the poet laureate Robert...

Susan Ksiezopolski on the power of writing in communities

Writing can often be a personal and individual experience, but award-winning writer Susan Ksiezopolski recently spoke to UTM’s Professional Writing and Communication program on March 11...

Coronavirus effects on entertainment

The coronavirus outbreak—now named COVID-19—has filled the new year with despair. Just entering the third month of 2020, the virus had 93,090 confirmed cases with over...

The cast of Friends is reuniting

It’s been almost 16 years since Friends aired its series finale—“The Last One Part 2.” The popular television series thrived for ten seasons until the adventure ended...

The hardships of the K-Pop industry

People often like to get lost in music. We like the way it makes us feel. We like the creators and the talent. Not even language...

Weathering with You tugs heartstrings

“The sky’s a deeper unknown world than the sea.” Under the heavy Tokyo rain, there’s a story of a boy and a girl. Another love story, for...

Film censorship harms artistic integrity

Cinema is a shared art. Films can travel from one place all the way to another on the opposite end of the Earth. Though cinematography itself...

Romanticism and You

Hello, you. Do you ever wonder who sees what you post online? Do you ever wonder how much someone can find out about you through...

On Baby Yoda

Before the start of a new decade, the end of 2019 brought us the next big meme. Pictures of “Baby Yoda,” The Child from The...

Home Alone (1990)

What happens when you put one kid, one big house, and two clumsy burglars together? A Christmas classic. Home Alone (1990) stars Macaulay Culkin as...

Doctor Sleep is a must-see sequel

It was only last month that I wrote a review on Stephen King’s The Shining (1980), but much like Jack Torrance with an axe, the film...

Hollywood is dishonouring the dead

People often idolize actors and actresses, so even if we’ve never known them personally, it still hurts when they pass away. We mourn the loss...

Film diversity is needed

Cinema has lived through time in constant evolution. Films open paths to different worlds and incite excitement with the stories they tell. Since cinema is an...

The age of reboots appeals to nostalgia

Every now and then, the world seems to dwell on the past. People start to miss the little things, like our favourite TV shows from...

Beetlejuice (1988)

October is essentially synonymous with Halloween and gives me an excuse to re-watch my favourite Halloween classics. Every year, I always find my way back to...

The Tablo Podcast

We share the Earth with billions of other people, so it’s not surprising that we might not get along with everyone. Although many may daydream of...

THE SHINING (1980)

After watching the sequel of Stephen King’s IT in theatres, I wanted to revisit one of King’s most iconic stories: The Shining. The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley...

Alegria: A transcendental performance

The circus is officially in town. By Toronto’s waterfront, the renowned Cirque du Soleil has made Ontario Place its home for the next few months to perform...

UTM students participate in banner workshop

The Blackwood Gallery in conjunction with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative held a banner-making workshop outside the CCT building in preparation for the upcoming global climate strikes. The Blackwood Gallery...

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