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The cost of entertainment

The cost of entertainment is a funny thing. Regular readers of The Cascade may remember that I reviewed a few board games in the...

Problematic media, problematic creators: where’s your line?

There’s a complicated intersection between personal taste and personal values that often rears its head in the media we consume. For all that we...

Leave the Rio alone!

If you have any sort of social media account, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the Rio Theatre on Broadway Street in Vancouver...

Move over, movies

People always ask if I’ve seen this movie or that movie, and the answer is often no. I watched a lot of movies growing...

Tramps is easily forgettable

Tramps, Netflix’s latest film release, is more of an awkward series of events than it is a romantic comedy, although it’s trying hard to...

2015 year in review: Music, movies, books

The best books, movies, and music of 2015 are reviewed in this week's feature.

Cash cows in disguise: why they keep making critical flops

have had mixed-to-negative reviews over the years, ranging from decent, to mediocre, to just plain awful. In fact, the average rating of the four recent films is 32.25 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet, despite how many of these films have been critical flops, Hasbro has announced four new films to be released over the next few years.

Is the ragingly popular superhero movie trend doomed to a dark...

They say pride comes before a fall, but maybe superheroes really are impervious to attack?

Need for Speed

EA’s Need for Speed product is an excellent racing series that has produced some fantastic titles. It has also produced some that left much to be desired. Need for Speed the film seems to dip into the latter category.

Film review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Eight years ago, director Zach Synder introduced us to a world of battles, legends, and oiled eight-pack abs. His adaptation of Frank Millar’s graphic novel was an entertaining film for its amazing CG work, the intensity of the action scenes, and the ridiculous physique of its Spartan warriors. While it was severely overblown, it presented itself as a Greek storyteller might have done, exaggerated and morphed into something forcibly inspiring.