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Convention Updates in British Columbia

28 Jan

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Fan Expo Vancouver looks like it will take place on February 19-21, and they most likely have to double up on enforcing health safety protocols given that another event is not going to take place (please check their faq for the latest updates).

For the big city event, there’s been only one cancellation so far. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom of Harry Potter fame) can no longer make it; perhaps something at Hogwarts school has come to this attention that he has to take care of. There was supposed to be a certain Jack Skellington to appear, but another holiday is calling to him to wreck up. In his place Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin (better known as Jonathan and Jordan Kent from Superman and Lois) are coming to this event instead! This series is now into season two and paving a way for TheCW to revamp their Arrowverse.

Instead, we have a wide range of returning favourites–William Shatner, Robert Englund and Kevin Smith–are invited back. The latter is joined by Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson, Trevor Fehrman, and Brian O’Halloran for a Clerks reunion. Their slice of life Americana is what made this movie a cult classic.

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Introducing Luna, Chip & Inkie: Adventure Rangers Go!

26 Jan

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Coming in April 2022
on Knowledge Network (Canada)
Also available in French,
beginning Sept 22 on TFO (Ontario)

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is making a comeback on where Disney Plus will broadcast, but in Canada, there’s another team of fun loving problem solvers–featuring Luna, Chip & Inkie (the mascots of Knowledge Kids)–making their own debut. It’s also going to be available on Knowledge Network and with the app (iOS and Android). Both cartoons are coming in the spring of this year, and the timing is hard not to notice. As for which program is worth watching, just enjoy both! The former is designed for the tween crowd and the latter, for children aged 3-6.

Luna, Chip & Inkie: Adventure Rangers Go features this trio tackle problems in their town, but not before they experience some hilarious flops that require them to look for different ways of unlocking a solution. This made-in-Canada production has the financial support of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund and Epic Story Media, who is also the global distributor of the series.

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Knowledge Kids is all Geared up for the Holidays!

5 Dec

knowkidsxmasEven adults can enjoy youth oriented programs with their children as Christmas time approaches. Knowledge Kids has a huge lineup of holiday specials that’s now playing online throughout Canada, on television (in British Columbia) and through the app (android and ios) which is sure to delight. There’s 38 shows in all, and instead of one-offs, they are running periodically all month long.

Molang and Paw Patrol have the most to offer, and who doesn’t want to get fuzzy with Shaun the Sheep? Even the Stinky & Dirty Show proves they can get to the spirit. This American-Irish-British animated series is all about finding creative ways to solve problems, and for “Sleigh Riders/Snow Problem,” they have to save the holiday!

A sampling of the schedule includes:

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From Graphic Novel to Film, The Secret Path’s Hidden Message…

18 Oct

Secret Path - WikipediaPlaying at Devour! Food & Film Festival In-Person and Online

Oct 21, 2021 10 to 11am
Al Whittle Theatre
Wolfville NS

Tickets are $5

Also available on Apple TV

The animated film adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Secret Path, may seem like an unusual choice for a film festival about food, but I know why. It’s essential to know this bit of Canadian history and its presentation on the big screen will make the message all the more powerful. This offering is part of this year’s RBC Big Picture Program. Its focus is on how cinema can teach kids in schools about various impacts in society, history and the environment. The organizers behind this program are Devour! Film and Food Fest and Nourish Nova Scotia.

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The Passion is in the “Pig”

14 Jul

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(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at select theatres in Canada beginning July 16, 2021

Edmonton, Metro Cinema
Vancouver, Rio Theatre
Waterloo, Princess Twin
Hamilton, Playhouse Cinema
Ottawa,  Mayfair Theatre
Saskatoon, Roxy Theatre
Regina, Rainbow Golden Mile
Montréal, Cinema Du Parc

I can’t help but think of the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd after watching the film Pig. The passing similarities in what the narrative arc means between the concept album and the movie are almost similar.

Nicolas Cage played many types of characters over the years and not all of them are as multi-faceted as Robin, a once famous chef in the Portland food scene, but now some hermit. There’s no easy way to categorize him but as a B-Movie God (credit to No Film School for giving him this title). His latest work has a bit of connective tissue with past works he’s starred in, namely Mandy and Colour Out of Space. The only difference is that we don’t see him go John Wick on the person who kidnaps his beloved swine and nor do we witness his sanity going down the pits. Plus, the small bits of unintentional humour is a sweet touch.

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