Archives for ‘review’

    • Summer Party Naval Styles at Seven RestoLounge

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Oysters, like wine are affected by terroir and these Miyagi’s flavor profiles ranged with one showing a cleaner, almost tropical profile and the other being more salty, marine driven. As I was devouring the seemingly endless plates put in front of us, I sipped on a glass of fine sauvignon blanc.

    • O Restaurant & Lounge revisited

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Calgary has a diverse set of urban communities, most of which have the ubiquitous strip mall watering hole. In the South West community of Marda Loop, a reinvention of this paradigm has been established.

    • Invictus

      by Pamela Hruska

      No matter what, the reality of Nelson Mandela is something that deserves screen time. Should this film even remotely intrigue the masses to take interest in this figure, the world would likely benefit greatly from it.

    • Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival 2009

      by Adrian Bryksa

      For the first few years, we saw it through the eyes of guests and we kept coming for the wide assortment of beers, spirits and wine. We enjoyed the wide swath of restaurants and retails showing off their samples of delectable nosh.

    • Comedy of Allyson Smith

      by Gordon McDowell

      The performance was hilarious each time, but also tuned to different levels of filthiness. Sadly, Allyson’s “It goes to eleven” moments can’t be represented on YouTube, lest the Internet’s pristine reputation become sullied.

    • It’s Actually Good To Be Here

      by Kimberley Jev

      There is always such serious talk about art and artists in the city as if magic could happen overnight, while it is true that funding of the arts must be discussed more light must be shed on artists using other avenues to promote and sell work.

    • When Diva’s Become Hustlers.

      by Kimberley Jev

      A fire breathing diva who still knows how to love, tough but sweet and loved by the president Obama and his wife as was seen at the recent inauguration of America's first African American president.

    • The Gamers Rythmn Heaven: Nintendo DSi

      by Kimberley Jev

      The Nintendo is so effortless to control that it has been reported that the Queen of England herself indulges in a little Nintendo now and then.

    • Pontypool – Telefilm Grant Inspires a Wave of Terror

      by Gordon McDowell

      Since Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”, the zombie movie has seen a constant injection of fresh ideas. Pontypool carries the baton still further.

    • WATCHMEN – The “What is Alan’s problem?” review.

      by Gordon McDowell

      Nixon is serving a third term. The cold war is about to heat up. What’s the point in catching bank robbers, when nuclear war is about to turn the entire planet into a cinder?

    • Brownie points with Slumdog Millionaire

      by Gordon McDowell

      That's what your woman has really been craving every time she goes to see a chick flick, but she doesn't know it. In fact it is scientifically impossible for a woman NOT to watch the Slumdog Millionaire end credits and not feel deeply satisfied.

    • The Source feat. Candi Staton – You Got The Love

      by Jon Freer

      This record, a commercial success and a club floor filler, was my first introduction to electronic music, back in the late 80s. At the time, I was very young, but the track struck an important chord with me and showed me the emotional power of music.

    • Yes Man

      by David Gluzman

      Even though this movie is very tongue and cheek, I believe it will resonate with many at a deeper level. How many times in a day do you say “No,” and why do you?

    • Body of Lies

      by Gordon McDowell

      Rebecca tears his shirt off and pours hot wax down his chest. She rapes him while grinding a broken light bulb into his back. And she also scratches his back with her fingernails. Ah, 1993 was a simpler time, one of indian burns and 20 chocolate bars jammed into various body cavities.

    • Spore

      by Ian Harding

      I very quickly found that designing my own elements was more tedious than enjoyable. It got to the point where I would put a block, a window, and a door, and click save just so that I could move on with the game.

    • Nights in Rodanthe

      by Pamela Hruska

      If anything, this movie highlights the fact that in any stage of life, you will not evade the debacle of trying to solidify a really firm idea of exactly what you want. Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, this film captures the author’s style quite closely.

    • Chris Gheran & The Graveyard Gang

      by Crom

      A rainbow sprang forth from the speakers, and made it possible for me to again believe that solid tunes can be produced not only in our day and age, but in our area code as well.

    • GTA IV: Rockstar’s series grows up a bit

      by Carolyn Petit

      This is not the immoral or amoral story some people loudly accuse it of being. On the contrary. Like all good crime fiction, it is a deeply moral story, a story of choices and consequences. The plot moves at a slower, more deliberate pace than those of the other GTA games..

    • Indiana Jones Does It Again

      by Ian Harding

      He may not have been a super hero, but a hero he was. With nothing but a whip and a plethora of archaeological knowledge that he had learned over the years both by his own studies and from that of his father, Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones became a household name to everyone.

    • Jon Freers Winter ’08 Selection

      by Jon Freer

      Kicking off the reviews in 2008 include: A selection from Sonar Kollektiv, Joey Negro, Sven Vath, Kelley Polar, The Glimmers, DJ Dolores, Sascha Funke, Benny Sings, Spoonface, Miss Kitten, The Rurals, Seiji and various others!

    • Halo 3 – The Biggest Video Game in History?

      by MaxPower

      In any scope of the entertainment world $125 million is big dollars. Major motion pictures gross $125 million plus, but most after weeks in the theaters. Why has the Halo 3 franchise seen so much success?

    • Jon Freer’s Early Summer Picks

      by Jon Freer

      Featuring 25 pimpin’ albums from the likes of: Louie Vega, Lust, Joey Negro, Dimitri From Paris, Sally Shapiro, Âme, Adam Freeland, Kitsune, Simian Mobile Disco, Slam, DJ Kicks, International DJ Gigolos, Lefties Soul Connection, Shady Bard, and various other artists…

    • Game: Pokemon Pearl

      by Mike Morier

      I must confess. I’ve never before been compelled to “catch them all” (though I am a firm believer in the practice of “captcha them all” – because your Ugly Betty discussion board is no place for bots and spammers).

    • Super Spring Sonic Selections

      by Jon Freer

      Featuring: Mistical, Makossa & Megablast, Freshly Composted Vol 2, Deerhoof, Ame…Mixing, Spirit Catcher, Arnold Jarvis, Secret Love 3, Luz Mob, Frank N Dank, Miguel Migs, Ron Trent, Sister Funk 2, Simian Mobile, The Rurals, Ben Mono, The Mitchell & Dewbury Band, GusGus, Thomas Mapfumo.

    • Movie: TMNT

      by Phil MacNevin

      The film’s plot takes place after the Shredder, nemesis of the Turtles, had been slain. Their new enemy is an ancient evil that is now terrorizing New York city, in which the four Turtles have to save the city (and ultimately, man-kind) from with the help of Splinter, April and Casey Jones.

    • Movie: 300

      by Pamela Hruska

      Let’s get to the fundamentals; there are blood, guts, ripped abs, and hot women throughout. The twists? Apparently feminism was alive and strong in 480 BC where women could shank men. And cross-dressing, at that time, seemed acceptable in Persia. Who knew?!

    • Game: Hotel Dusk Room 215

      by Mike Morier

      From check-in to checkout, the story unfolds much like an interactive novel (and in keeping with that, you play the game by tilting your DS sideways like a book), with a variety of fairly rich characters and environments. Mysteries abound and it’s up to you to solve them.

    • Super Bowl Beer Sampling

      by Adrian Bryksa

      After nearly choking over a thirteen dollar six pack, I decided that my sampling would be done based off of 500 mL cans of 4 various import beers coming in at an average of $2.45 per unit. Not cheap, but not unreasonable for 2 liters of the nectar of the gods.

    • Top-Drawer Musical Picks

      by Jon Freer

      Jon Freer is back at it again, this time with even more aural delicacies to serve. Hot on the plate this month we’ve got a mix of some South Port Classics, Wunmi, Kerri Chandler, Pulp Fusion, OM Winter Sessions, 4hero, Clara Hill and Lucky Pierre. Jump inside and take a listen!

    • Best of 2006

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Everyone is attacking your personal addictions about giving your body an inner glow and your desire to slowly asphyxiate yourself. Thankfully, the city of Calgary has accelerated their decision and made bars and clubs smoke free for January 1st, 2007 and has now prevented you from asphyxiating others.

    • Unaccompanied Minors

      by Ian Harding

      Forget blazing guns, futuristic creatures, and countless uses of profanity. Unaccompanied Minors is pure fun that both children and adults looking for a holiday season kick-start can enjoy.

    • Blood Diamond

      by Gordon McDowell

      What guy cares about diamonds, period? Gangsta rappers looking for bling… and homosexual pop stars. That’s it. If you are neither one of those, and you’re buying a diamond, then you’re looking to get yourself a wife, or you need to cut glass.

    • The Fountain

      by Pamela Hruska

      Sentiments created and shared through the main characters leave you contemplating your own life, it’s meaning, and challenges you on your thoughts on life and death.

    • Gears of War: Previewed at X’06

      by MaxPower

      Everything was swaying and moving in a realistic manner, pretty impressive as it was a movie element which was integrated into the gameplay. It is also obvious that Epic and Microsoft were trying to build this into a movie type game, with dramatic horror elements..

    • Viva Piñata: A Game Previewed at X’06

      by Beauty

      The main purpose of the game is to create a unique fantasy world that will attract colourful piñatas to live. This concept reminded me of games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon as each structure and feature of the world is placed and built by the player, right down to miniscule details such as the terrain of the land.

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