Tag: review

The Happy-Go-Lucky Review

Peter Lang I’ve been reading and enjoying Bill MacDonald’s stories and novels since he published “Branches” more than twenty years ago.  Characteristic to his work are numbers of colourful, if not ribald characters, often immersed in family rivalries, conflict, subterfuge, and/or murder—usually in local and regional settings. So when I picked up Happy-Go-Lucky, a story [...]

November 6, 2013
Autopilot – Diamond Rough

Autopilot – Diamond Rough

  By: Emma Smith Photo&Graphics Editor Autopilot is an indie alternative-rock band from Saskatoon with three members, Marlon Harder (vocals), Jose A. Fuenzaida (drums), and Colton Fehr (bass). Diamond Rough is the band’s sophomore album. The band has had lots of exposure to the industry and has experienced extensive touring around Canada since their first [...]

September 24, 2013

Book Club: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most popular and enduring children’s stories. It only makes sense that is was an instant success when it was originally published in 1885, 16 years before Walt Disney was even born. I know [...]

January 29, 2013

A 2012 retrospective

Last year’s top 10 sports stories By Noah Cain Sports Editor Welcome to 2013. Often in 2012, I was reminded why I love sports. I saw great individual and team accomplishments, heard inspiring stories of perseverance and courage, and witnessed unexpected rises to greatness. However, last year,my attention was also drawn to the dark side [...]

January 8, 2013

Out of my Comfort Zone: Miles to Go by Relic

By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus This week, we went in a bit of a new direction, giving Relic, a.k.a. Rel McCoy’s, latest offering,Miles to Go, a listen. The Toronto artist has been proclaimed a “hip hop guru,” with such titles as Emcee, DJ, Juno award-winning producer, engineer, and singer. The “total package in Canadian hip [...]

November 13, 2012
Magnus Review: Freedom 85!

Magnus Review: Freedom 85!

By Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor I tend to be a person who is impressed by scope when it comes to the stage. I remember being absolutely awed by the impressive staging, costumes, and props of The Lion King when I saw it on Broadway. I was amazed by so many people singing together, [...]

October 30, 2012

Book Club: my take on The Shining by Stephen King

Shiny, scary people By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus When we last left The Shining’s Jack Torrance, he had just obtaineda job maintaining the Overlook Hotel for the long, isolated Colorado winter. His past troubles with alcohol and problematic reputation makes this the only real choice of employment, thanks to his friend, Al Shockley. And so [...]

October 30, 2012
Dirty Cinephiles: Seven Psychopaths

Dirty Cinephiles: Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonaugh’s second major film forays laughs, a loaded cast, and lively action − but is something lacking By Esa Keltamaki Seven Psychopaths follows the misadventures of screenwriter Marty and his friends Billy and Hans, who run a dognapping scam. The flick features all of Martin McDonaugh’s familiar facets of filmmaking: stark brutality, irrational characters, [...]

October 23, 2012

Film Review: The Dictator

By Rebecca Akrasi-Sarpong Everybody has their preference for entertainment and what is funny. Obviously, there are commonalities across groups which allow comedies to be successful and receive great reviews. I learned in Media Studies that comedy often does not carry across cultures. Violence and sex, however, are topics universally understood. When you mix violence and [...]

October 23, 2012

Book Club: my take on 1984

By Alex Calnan I am a huge sucker for feel-good classics, which is why George Orwell’s 1984 was an oddly tough sell to my past 16 year-old self in grade eleven English class. You know what I’m talking about. Remember when your teacher assigned your class to read this novel, and you realized that it [...]

September 26, 2012

Magnus Theatre Presents: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

By Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor The country atmosphere began even before I had made it through the doors of the Magnus Theatre for the opening performance of its latest production, “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”.Cowboy boots were noticeable on audience members as they approached the venue where a tribute to one of [...]

September 26, 2012

NHL 13 skates away from the competition

A look the good, bad and ugly features of one of Canada’s favourite video games By Mike St. Jean Editor-in-Chief With the looming threat of another NHL lockout, puck-heads across the nation can get at least some of their hockey fix from the latest addition of the longest-running NHL video game series. NHL 13 officially [...]

September 17, 2012
Punk Review: Kremlin – Will You Feed Me? 7″

Punk Review: Kremlin – Will You Feed Me? 7″

By John Coleman Copy Editor Kremlin, a three-piece hailing from ye olde Toronto, self-released ademoin 2011 that showed off a chilling prowess – a four-song demo-nstration of how to clank out blindingly fast, surfily fun, yet furrow-browed and fist-raising hardcore punk. (I must say, that surf-riff on “No Work” echoes that of the Ramones’s junkie-elegy [...]

August 12, 2012

BoDaddy’s Canajun Bar and Grill: Not quite the home run I had hoped for

New Cajun inspired restaurant misses the mark Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor Local landmark Uncle Frank’s Supper Club closed its doors in 2005 after more than 50 years in business. The 200-seat bar and restaurant remained empty for a few years before Sioux Lookout businessman Dick Davidson bought it with plans to renovate. The [...]

July 8, 2012
Is 21 Jump Street another dead end?

Is 21 Jump Street another dead end?

Hollywood is out of ideas. Go to any movie theatre in the summer and all you will see are sequels, prequels, reinventions, and re-imaginations of your favourite, or your grandfather’s favourite story.

April 2, 2012
Album review: Andrew Bird’s Break It Yourself

Album review: Andrew Bird’s Break It Yourself

I sat in my treehouse at midnight to listen to Break It Yourself, the fourth solo release by Andrew Bird. Darkness and rustling leaves provided the perfect backdrop to the album, which crafts an old-time sound by focusing on two-part harmonies and using violins, bells, or whistling for melodies.

April 2, 2012

Black Lemon EP

It is easy to get stuck in a rut musically: you have a band or artist that you love, and you generally listen to things that sound similar. If you are a country music lover, you generally listen to country, folk, some rock, and keep to that musical family.

March 26, 2012
The rush that the cockroaches feel at the end of the world

The rush that the cockroaches feel at the end of the world

Six years after Every Time I Die initially graced the citizens of Thunder Bay with their presence at the Community Auditorium opening for Alexisonfire, the band returned on their headlining tour to rock the stage at Crocks on Feb. 28.

March 19, 2012

Project X marks the spot…for chaos!

Project X is not meant to be a movie, it’s meant to be an experience. A chance to re-live your high school days, or what you wished your high school days were like. An opportunity to go to that monster party and to be the center of attention, and not just a mathlete with a sister for a prom date.

March 19, 2012
400 kilometres between who you are and what you are…

400 kilometres between who you are and what you are…

“I like taking Native stereotypes and twisting them inside and out,” writer Drew Hayden Taylor commented after the show. This is precisely what Taylor did in his play, 400 Kilometres. Brought to life last week by Michelle Latimer (Janice) and Jonathan Fisher (Tonto), the production was another resounding success by director Mario Crudo.

March 12, 2012