Spencer’s Oscar Picks

I am going to be posting a massive review of Mad Max: Fury Road on Sunday because it’s the best movie of all time – so to keep you entertained until then, here are my Oscar Picks for the season (Editor’s note: Spencer wasn’t able to finish his review of Mad Max before the big day – just know that he really, like, REALLY, enjoyed it). The bolded name is who I think is going to win and the starred name (*) is my favourite of the nominees.

Click here to check out all of Spencer’s TLDNW reviews before the big day. Continue reading

TLDNW: Spotlight

We’re all aware of the phrase TLDNR (Too Long, Did Not Read) for posts on the Internet. This is a segment called TLDNW (Too Long, Did Not Watch). It’s for people that just don’t have time to go to the movies. Now, I work pretty hard every year to see the entire list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. You probably won’t get to all of them, because I assume you have a social life. Luckily for you, it is my goal in the following weeks to post reviews of the 2016 Oscar-nominated movies so that you can be caught up before the big night.

However, I know even reading a whole review is time-consuming and not for everyone. Many people just look at the star rating and don’t bother with the rest of the review. Even now you’re probably bored of this introduction.

So I’ll make it short and sweet. For every movie I review, I’ll include three sections: 1) A 1-word review, because frankly most people are lazy.  2) A 20-word review so you have things to say about the film when your friends ask if you saw it. 3) An in-depth 500-word review. Continue reading

TLDNW: The Martian

We’re all aware of the phrase TLDNR (Too Long, Did Not Read) for posts on the Internet. This is a segment called TLDNW (Too Long, Did Not Watch). It’s for people that just don’t have time to go to the movies. Now, I work pretty hard every year to see the entire list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. You probably won’t get to all of them, because I assume you have a social life. Luckily for you, it is my goal in the following weeks to post reviews of the 2016 Oscar-nominated movies so that you can be caught up before the big night.

However, I know even reading a whole review is time-consuming and not for everyone. Many people just look at the star rating and don’t bother with the rest of the review. Even now you’re probably bored of this introduction.

So I’ll make it short and sweet. For every movie I review, I’ll include three sections: 1) A 1-word review, because frankly most people are lazy.  2) A 20-word review so you have things to say about the film when your friends ask if you saw it. 3) An in-depth 500-word review. Continue reading

TLDNW: The Big Short

We’re all aware of the phrase TLDNR (Too Long, Did Not Read) for posts on the Internet. This is a segment called TLDNW (Too Long, Did Not Watch). It’s for people that just don’t have time to go to the movies. Now, I work pretty hard every year to see the entire list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. You probably won’t get to all of them, because I assume you have a social life. Luckily for you, it is my goal in the following weeks to post reviews of the 2016 Oscar-nominated movies so that you can be caught up before the big night.

However, I know even reading a whole review is time-consuming and not for everyone. Many people just look at the star rating and don’t bother with the rest of the review. Even now you’re probably bored of this introduction.

So I’ll make it short and sweet. For every movie I review, I’ll include three sections: 1) A 1-word review, because frankly most people are lazy.  2) A 20-word review so you have things to say about the film when your friends ask if you saw it. 3) An in-depth 500-word review. Continue reading

Spring Training Storylines: Drew Hutchison

After a memorable run to the ALCS, it has been one of the most intriguing offseasons in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays. A front-office shakeup, the contract status of two beloved stars, and questions as to where the team stands among the MLB’s best has provided much fuel for discussion. Thankfully for fans, spring training is upon us, and with that, anticipation is building. Leading up to Opening Day 2016, Taylor Noble will be taking a look at some of the most prominent storylines facing this year’s edition of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

I’m not gambling man, but I would bet that over the past few months Drew Hutchison has become a huge fan of Shania Twain. You have to admit, after having one of the worst seasons of any major league starter last year, “there’s no way but up from here” is something you’d want to hear everyday. Continue reading

The Legacy Of Pablo

I should start this off with a quick disclaimer. Much has been said/discussed/tweeted in regards to Kanye West’s recent antics, for lack of a better word: the Twitter beef, the BILL COSBY INNOCENT debacle, the talk of multi-(like, multi-) million dollar debt. Shoutout Mark Zuckerberg. Point being, there are smarter, more in-the-loop writers than myself who have taken on the latest of Kanye’s non-musical exploits. Instead, I’ve chosen to focus on The Life Of Pablo, West’s latest release, in terms of its musical impact. And besides, it would take weeks for me to organize all of my thoughts on “Kanye the Public Figure” into a coherent piece of writing.

Herein lies the paradox of Kanye West. He’s a larger than life figure, one who is often seen as controversial, abrasive, offensive, or out of touch with non-Kardashian reality. For many, this type of public perception would spell career death. Hell, even Kanye became a pariah following everyone’s favourite instance of stage-storming. So why do we care about him so much? Continue reading

TLDNW: Brooklyn

We’re all aware of the phrase TLDNR (Too Long, Did Not Read) for posts on the Internet. This is a segment called TLDNW (Too Long, Did Not Watch). It’s for people that just don’t have time to go to the movies. Now, I work pretty hard every year to see the entire list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. You probably won’t get to all of them, because I assume you have a social life. Luckily for you, it is my goal in the following weeks to post reviews of the 2016 Oscar-nominated movies so that you can be caught up before the big night.

However, I know even reading a whole review is time-consuming and not for everyone. Many people just look at the star rating and don’t bother with the rest of the review. Even now you’re probably bored of this introduction.

So I’ll make it short and sweet. For every movie I review, I’ll include three sections: 1) A 1-word review, because frankly most people are lazy.  2) A 20-word review so you have things to say about the film when your friends ask if you saw it. 3) An in-depth 500-word review. Continue reading

TLDNW: Bridge of Spies

We’re all aware of the phrase TLDNR (Too Long, Did Not Read) for posts on the Internet. This is a segment called TLDNW (Too Long, Did Not Watch). It’s for people that just don’t have time to go to the movies. Now, I work pretty hard every year to see the entire list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. You probably won’t get to all of them, because I assume you have a social life. Luckily for you, it is my goal in the following weeks to post reviews of the 2016 Oscar-nominated movies so that you can be caught up before the big night.

However, I know even reading a whole review is time-consuming and not for everyone. Many people just look at the star rating and don’t bother with the rest of the review. Even now you’re probably bored of this introduction.

So I’ll make it short and sweet. For every movie I review, I’ll include three sections: 1) A 1-word review, because frankly most people are lazy.  2) A 20-word review so you have things to say about the film when your friends ask if you saw it. 3) An in-depth 500-word review. Continue reading

Main Event: The 2016 NBA (Celebrity) All-Star Game

There are few things greater in this world than sport at its purest. Sport is something capable of transcending boundaries, showcasing some of the world’s most talented people, and providing joy and wonder to those lucky enough to bear witness. From the Edmonton Grads, to the Miracle on Ice, to Usain Bolt’s record-breaking sprints, sport has long played a significant role in developing the identities of nations, and continues to influence how we look back on history. For these reasons, it is not uncommon for a person to eat, sleep, and breathe sports.

To those of you who live this life, just know that you are appreciated, and that you aren’t alone.

Sadly, there are also times when sport becomes unbearable. This is when we need to stay strong, hold our heads high, and avoid losing sight of what’s good in this world. Included in this realm of garbage is the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, which is consistently the least entertaining event on the league’s calendar.

With the event being held tonight in Toronto, though, I felt it was my patriotic duty to keep you, the reader, informed. Often, people who can only be loosely described as “celebrities” take part in this event – thus, I took it upon myself to list the qualifications of each of this year’s participants. And so, I present this not-at-all serious scouting report for the 2016 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. Continue reading

Spotlight On…Bloc Party

‘Spotlight On…’ is a column from CanadianCollective that highlights new, notable, or under-appreciated artists in the music world. The aim of this column is to inform the reader about the artist(s), explain their significance/relevance in today’s music scene, and showcase some of their greatest contributions to our ears. Today’s pick: Bloc Party. Continue reading