Editorial: Universities should not censor educational films

Recently, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University came under fire for cancelling a screening of Vessel, a pro-abortion documentary film, set to be shown at a film festival aimed at sparking discussion about birth. This incident comes in the midst of a freshly roused debate about free speech in universities from the Lindsay Shepherd case at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic university, and the Roman Catholic Church is widely known for its pro-life stance on abortion. But, while the university may have been called to cancel the screening to follow the stance of the Church, cancelling a film with an opposing viewpoint undermines its status as a university. Religious or otherwise, universities are meant to be a place […]

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Japanese Embassy holds first-ever anime film week

The Embassy of Japan held its first-ever Anime Film Week last week. The free screenings took place at the Embassy of Japan from August 21-25 and featured a wide variety of anime films, new and old. Patrick Szoldatits is a communications assistant in the Information and Culture Section of the embassy. “We wanted to ensure that we selected a broad range of films to cater to a wide audience,” Szoldatits said in an email. “For example, we included the cult classic Akira, while also showing more recent releases like The Boy and the Beast,” he said. “We also wanted to appeal to a wide age range, with Wolf Children attracting a more mature audience, while also selecting Strong World: One Piece Film for a younger demographic,” […]

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Review: Finding Dory

After 13 years of built up fan expectations, the recent release of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory could be described as going swimmingly (blatant Disney-esque pun intended). It is an average family film focused on celebrating differences as Dory’s challenges with her short term memory progress the plot. Finding Dory follows a structure that all ages can sit through, watch and simply enjoy. It works in true Disney fashion: it’s an adorable cartoon sprinkled with little bits of hidden adult humour. However, in 2016, a time where removing the stigma around mental health is a current issue, Finding Dory seemed surprisingly scholastic. It was not an obvious notion back in the early 2000s, but now it is apparent: the comic relief […]

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Film review: The Witch

I don’t know what freedom costs. It’s an intangible concept—and maybe each of us has our own cost, our own point of discovery. I do know that sometimes we are driven to places we never thought ourselves capable of reaching, and it may not always be entirely clear if we willed it to happen or if it simply happened to us. Films are things that, in this way, just happen to us, but the best of them are in fact able to take you to that heretofore-unreachable space. That’s what Robert Eggers’ The Witch accomplishes. With much of its dialogue taken verbatim from 17th-century New England documents, court records, and diaries, Eggers and his dedicated cast and crew immerse us […]

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Film Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

If you have a good sense of humour and like 19th-century literature and films about the undead, you will enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This film is an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel of the same name, which retells the classic story of Pride and Prejudice with the addition of the undead. It is set during Regency England, in an alternative reality where zombies plague the country, and gentlemen and ladies alike are trained in the art of fighting against them. In this new narrative, Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a skilled zombie slayer, and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), a renowned monster hunter, must overcome new gruesome challenges in addition to the pride and prejudice they faced in the Jane […]

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