Study Exchange: LA & AADA

After months of planning, worry, and anticipation, it’s finally here – study exchange. Over the next 5-6 months, I’ll be traveling around the US and Canada whilst studying at Concordia University in Montreal. First stop… LA! Continue reading

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Netflix – The Beloved Serial Killer

The worst thing about Game of Thrones isn’t the likelihood of every character you love dying a brutal death (poor Prince Oberyn), nor is it the fact that after five seasons Daenerys is still no closer to invading King’s Landing (in fact she’s even further away). The worst thing about Game of Thrones is that it takes 10 weeks to get through an entire season. Even with HBO’s own streaming service, HBOGo, Game of Thrones is still aired only on a weekly basis. To make Game of Thrones addicts wait seven days between each episode is almost as cruel as the late King Joffery. People want to be entertained now and they are willing to pay for it.

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REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

After two and a half years of anticipation, three different release dates, and a shambolic marketing campaign, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is finally here. At the time of publishing, the film has been stamped with a rotten 30% approval rating and a pitiful average of 5.1/10. The overall reaction is just a tad unfair when you consider that its inferior predecessor, Man of Steel, finished up with an approval rating of 56% and an average of 6.2/10. Note the emphasis on “a tad” because while ‘Batman v Superman’ is an improvement over the first film, it still suffers from many of the same mistakes.

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Aladdin & The Magical Orient

 

I’ve seen this film countless times over my life. I’ve laughed at the genius of Robin Williams’ Genie, sung along to all the songs, and I’ve even shed a tear when Aladdin and the Genie parted ways at the end. For all that I knew and loved about ‘Aladdin’, there was so much that I never knew. Take this line in the opening song:

🎶Where they cut off your ear
If they don’t like your face
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home 🎶

I’m sure I’m not alone in having never known that line in the opening song existed. That’s because after much controversy, it was changed for the home media release and has since also been removed from the soundtrack. You may wondering why there was such uproar over a seemingly innocuous line in a children’s cartoon but it is because that line is the perfect example of Orientalism.

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The 24 Hour Effect – Research Project

Do you remember the Sydney Siege in 2014? Of course you do, how could you forget? It was on almost every TV channel, it was trending on Twitter, and just about every Australian was talking about it on Facebook. There was round-the clock coverage on the event, the same footage was recycled over and over again, and journalists were clutching at straws for any new developments. The pressure was on; people wanted information and journalists had to deliver. The result was a coverage that was controversial, over-saturated, and drew attention to the dangers of the 24 hour news cycle. Continue reading

Curiouser & Curiouser

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Curiosity is a major driving force behind human behaviour. It’s what drives you to keep looking at Wikipedia pages or click on an article on Buzzfeed. It’s what drives you to go see that play or movie that everyone seems to be raving about. It’s what drives you to watch the next episode of House of Cards, even though it’s 2am and you have an early class. It’s that little feeling you get when you just want to know.

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