Camille Labchuk: Moshi Monsters Game Review

Great for the kids, but pushy with onsite purchases – that is the general verdict for Moshi Monsters, developed by the London-based company Mind Candy in 2007. (http://www.moshimonsters.com) Moshi Monsters be a British website intended at children matured 6–12 by means of more 100 million register user in 150 countries worldwide. It is natural for ...

Yappa Ding Ding: The pros and cons of getting drunk at the theater

Ten years ago I wrote a post about a performance of Ibsen’s Ghosts at Stratford (link). The production was powerful, tragic and grim – but the seemingly-drunken audience tittered and laughed all the way through it. Last week I had the opposite experience – a production of As You Like It that was so amped ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Video Game Review – Warhammer Vermintide

This game has a long title, it is called Warhammer:Endtimes – Vermintide.  Vermintide is a four player cooperative survival game, set in the Warhammer fantasy universe.  People familiar with Valve’s Left4Dead series will be familiar with the play-style and challenges to be encountered in Vermintide. The plot of the game resolves around the actions of ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lament For A Nation – A Review

(Originally written as a review for Good Reads) Here is a must-read for all Canadians – George Grant’s classic masterpiece, documenting the poor decisions which led to the loss of sovereignty of Canada to the US empire, just at a time when the British empire had been weakened enough that our former subservience to that ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lament For A Nation – A Review

(Originally written as a review for Good Reads) Here is a must-read for all Canadians – George Grant’s classic masterpiece, documenting the poor decisions which led to the loss of sovereignty of Canada to the US empire, just at a time when the British empire had been weakened enough that our former subservience to that ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Review of Hamlet (Stratford 2015)

This year’s Hamlet, directed by Antoni Cimolino, makes sense. I say that as the highest praise. I’ve seen the play many times and it never flowed so naturally before. Like… Ophelia’s pregnant. She always struck me as a bit of a cry-baby, going bonkers because she gets jilted and her dad dies. Add the pregnancy, ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Review of Hamlet (Stratford 2015)

This year’s Hamlet, directed by Antoni Cimolino, makes sense. I say that as the highest praise. I’ve seen the play many times and it never flowed so naturally before. Like… Ophelia’s pregnant. She always struck me as a bit of a cry-baby, going bonkers because she gets jilted and her dad dies. Add the pregnancy, ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Elora Festival – Bach B Minor Mass (review)

Friday night at 7:30 the audience was seated in the Gambrel Barn in Elora. Onstage were the Elora Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival Singers, the VOCES8 choir, and Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. Noel Edison was at his podium, his back to the audience, arms at his sides. There was an almost-overlong pause, maybe a ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Elora Festival – Bach B Minor Mass (review)

Friday night at 7:30 the audience was seated in the Gambrel Barn in Elora. Onstage were the Elora Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival Singers, the VOCES8 choir, and Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. Noel Edison was at his podium, his back to the audience, arms at his sides. There was an almost-overlong pause, maybe a ...

Trashy's World: Bring on 2015!

Like any year, there were ups and downs over the past 12 months. However, 2014 was unfortunately a bit more about downs, than ups. On the positive side (cuz I like to mention good things first): First, and most importantly, the kids are thriving. My eldest is working full-time in retail and had come to ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Movie Recommendation of the Month

I rarely watch good movies.   I spend my screen time on the blog, and with my current Diablo 3 addiction.   Last night however, I did get the the opportunity to watch “Her”, a movie about a dude whose marriage is all but dissolved finding a new companion.  The twist is that his new companion is ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Movie Recommendation of the Month

I rarely watch good movies.   I spend my screen time on the blog, and with my current Diablo 3 addiction.   Last night however, I did get the the opportunity to watch “Her”, a movie about a dude whose marriage is all but dissolved finding a new companion.  The twist is that his new companion is ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Chili Cook-Off in Uptown

I take my chili seriously. One of the nicest things anyone ever did for me occurred a number of years ago when a colleague brought a container of his chili to work – and his recipe. He used coffee, cocoa, beer, cumin and oregano in his chili. I have been riffing off that recipe ever ...

Art Threat: Gender Mender: XXY is a cinematic exploration of intersexuality

From a purely organizational standpoint, there are plenty of reasons for the gender binary. The system delineates male and female characteristics as separate and static, ostensibly facilitating a natural and sustainable social order. It readily assigns roles and packages gender identity. It is convenient – when it works. The problem with the system is that ...

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours. An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years ...

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours. An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years ...

cartoon life: Impress

Impress is a new, free drawing app. I think the developer decided to take some very few elements from Paper and write the code. Sometimes things show up like they are ‘proof of concept’, or like they are an end of coding school project. Either the choices made here are deliberately restrictive and made by ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Jack Kerouac’s On The Road In Film

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; © 1953, 2012 Allen Ginsberg LLC. All rights reserved.William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, photographed by Allen Ginsberg in his East Village living room, 1953; from ‘Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,’ an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art and on view at NYU’s Grey Art ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Too Many Goblins…

…Orcs, whatever. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Otherwise, quite good.

ezra winton: Scrap America – A conversation with Scrapper filmmaker Brian Ashby

This week’s Friday Film Pick is the beautifully shot and tenderly rendered Scrappers, a documentary that quietly follows two Chicago residents as they eke out a living from the salvaging of metallic refuse. It’s not fist-in-the-air advocacy filmmaking for the downtrodden, but in its own way Scrappers gets under the skin, forcing a closer look ...

Dead Wild Roses: Diablo 3 Review – Pretty Fun, but Pretty Modular

    Diablo 3 is an action RPG, in other words, it is one happy dungeon romp after another, always in search of the biggest and brightest loot to make the character of your choice that much more powerful.  D3 does a wonderful job at using a variable reinforcement schedule when it comes to getting your ...

Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs

Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governor’s Island) – AA Bronson There is always a certain magic to be found in the moment of queering. As bodies are opened to unsanctioned desires and sensations, tense moments of wonder unfold before them. Static charges crackle and spark as genders and sexualities are peeled away from the sticky ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Henry V (review)

A pivotal moment in Shakespeare’s Henry V is when Henry tells his army to kill their prisoners. Shakespeare has taken Henry through a long epic of personal change. In Henry IV Part I, Prince Hal is a dissipate, fun-loving, rich man’s son, feeling guilty about the bad deeds his father performed to get the crown. ...

Things Are Good: A Good Book Review on Health

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster, April 2012) acts as the conclusion to the author’s bestselling “humble quest” trilogy.  As with The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs takes his readers on a wild and crazy journey, this time into the world of health. We all see the ads on ...

Flashback: Kirsty Who?

Way back when, I wrote the music column for my friend Christine Renaud’s express and upfront magazines, dedicated to “art, entertainment & life” in Prince Edward County. This review is very typical of my style at the time (or lack thereof!). I really can’t be arsed to edit it. Remember Robert Plant’s “Tall Cool One” ...