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Game of Thrones: "The Door"

Posted by cirvine on May 24, 2016

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Hold the spoilers! Hold the spoilers!!! Hospoil!

Well, they really did it to us this time, didn’t they? Who would have thought the words “Hold the door” could make me weep like a little baby? Game of Thrones has made me feel a lot of things in their six seasons but this one is really getting to me for some reason. Maybe because I didn’t see it coming (book readers are along for the surprise-ride just like everyone else now), or maybe just because Hodor is the one, true innocent in all this craziness. WHY, GAME OF THRONES, WHY!?

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And now, a rant. Does anyone else hate Bran just a little bit for not helping out sooner? Like seriously, deep sleeper much? There are only 1 million zombies in your man-cave and you’re chillin’ in Slumberland with gramps. And what will he do now that his trusty Hodor-steed is gone? Meera will have to carry him, unless he wargs into her and carries himself. He could use Summer as a sled-dog of sorts but… oh right… and I’m sad again. Thanks a lot, Bran!

Perhaps more unfortunate is the fact that Summer and Hodor are probably not fully dead. We’ll see them again, this time as wights or white walkers in the Army of the Dead. Bran’s loyal protectors will now be his immortal enemies. The sadness is deep with this one, friends.

The interesting thing about the Hodor’s fate was learning that Bran could actually influence the past, and therefore the future as well. The fact that he can do this could be huge. One theory, from redditor NegativeKarmaSniifer, is that Bran is responsible for the war that started everything. Remember, the reason that Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark rebelled against King Aerys Targaryen (“The Mad King”) way back when is that Aerys burned Ned's father and brother, Rickard and Bran Stark, to death. The theory is that Aerys's madness came from Bran attempting to contact him in the past and warn him against his future actions, which ironically drove him insane and led him to commit the very acts Bran was trying to stop. Cool theory, huh?

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Speaking of other things, other things happened this episode too! We got to see a second red priestess, and it seems she is one of the few people that can actually go head-to-head with Varys and put him in his place. Interestingly, she believes Daenerys to be the chosen one, and not Jon Snow. Can we get an official statement on this, Lord of Light? We need answers. Also, we got to see Sansa stand up to Littlefinger and make major plays in the war she’s pretty much leading in the North (this chick is just getting more and more awesome isn’t she?). One of the coolest bits of information we learned was that the Children of the Forest were actually the creators of the first white walker, the Night King! WHAT? Well now I don’t know how to feel about you guys. They did it to save themselves from the humans years ago. How do you say “backfire” in Children of the Forest language?

With Bran on the run from the zombies, Jon and Sansa building their army against Ramsay, Dany on her way back to Meereen, and all the stuff going on in King’s Landing, we have the makings of some super exciting future episodes here. Stay pumped, friends.

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I’m a games addict. I love them all, in all their beautiful forms: video games, boardgames, card games, party games, MIND GAMES. Nah, just kidding about that last one… Or am I?


The Boy: Not Your Typical Killer Doll Movie

Posted by cfeehan on May 20, 2016

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We decided to switch it up this week and address the horror movie fans in our audience. If you appreciate the occasional feeling of intense fear, a quickened pulse, or lingering nightmares, you may just be one of these people. And if you are, or if you know someone who is, The Boy is a movie that should not be missed.

The Boy tells the story of an American woman who ventures to England to take a temporary job as a nanny. When she arrives, she finds out that the family she has agreed to work for doesn’t have a living, breathing son, but a creepy doll named Brahms that they insist is “real”. They treat the doll as if it is an actual boy – outlining his music preferences, bed time, eating habits, and more – and expect Greta to do the same. Once Brahms’ parents leave, Greta disregards their instructions for his care, and terrifying things start to happen.

The first thing we need to talk about is this movie’s concept. It’s pretty flipping scary. Greta is a young woman living in a giant, ominous mansion all alone in the middle of the countryside. This could be a great set-up, except for the fact that she’s locked inside with a horrifying doll with dead eyes and the desire to wreak havoc. If you have any sort of fear of porcelain dolls (and who doesn’t, right?), this movie will probably keep you on the edge of your seat.

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What this movie does really well is create a very unsettling and uncomfortable atmosphere, as good horror movies should. It has a jump-scare here and there, but for the most part, it’s “horror” is developed slowly and surely. Personally, I prefer this style over gory, violent horror movies that lack development and spend half of their budget on fake blood. This slow build-up keeps the viewer interested and makes the anticipation for the ending even greater.

The ending, as it turns out, is on a whole different level (there are no spoilers here, don’t worry). It was definitely unique and unexpected, which is incredibly hard to do in today’s horror movie landscape, so I have to congratulate it for that. Whether it was the best ending, however, you will have to decide for yourself!

The cast for this movie wasn’t overly large (this tends to happen in movies that take place in secluded mansions), but the actress who played Greta was really good. She was played by Lauren Cohen, who you may know as Maggie from The Walking Dead. This was Lauren’s first role in a full-length film, and it was definitely a success. I’m excited to see her in more upcoming movies! Her love interest, Malcolm, was played by Rupert Evans, who is also mainly known for his roles in television shows. His character was cute and complemented Greta well, so I would declare this a “win” for both of these typically-television actors.

Overall, The Boy gives the viewer what they want in a horror movie – plot and character development, an eerie atmosphere, and unexpected twists. I would recommend it to any horror movie fan, or even people looking to try out the genre but aren’t ready to fully commit to excessive gore, exorcisms, or zombies.

You can find The Boy on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from May 10th – Sept.9th, 2016.

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Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.


Game of Thrones: "Book of the Stranger"

Posted by cirvine on May 16, 2016

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I have spoilers. Come and see. Many spoilers. Come and see.

Hold up. Wait a second. Are we sure this is Game of Thrones? Because I could have sworn last night’s episode had some positive things happen in it! What!? I know—I’m as stunned as you are. We’re all so used to terrible thing after terrible thing happening in Westeros that it completely blows us away when we see a good thing happen. But good, dare I say, GREAT things did happen last night, not to mention a ton of girl power. Let’s take a look.

First of all, Sansa, the Queen of Bad Things Happening To Her, finally gets a smile on her face! In a scene that almost brought a tear to my eye, Sansa and Jon pretty much slow-motion run up to eachother at Castle Black and embrace after years of being apart. Everything that has happened to each of them seems to heal just a little bit as they enjoy soup and ale by the fire and talk about old times. Of course, Ramsay  “I’m The Worst Person Ever” Bolton has to ruin it with a nasty letter, but there’s a positive in that too: Sansa is finally showing a little hutzpah! Although Jon has had enough with fighting (and rightly so; it got him killed by his own men), Sansa is ready to take back her home and her dignity, with or without Jon. YOU. GO. GIRL.

Meanwhile, other long-lost siblings reunite over in Pyke, where a pathetic Theon seeks forgiveness from his sister, Yara. And like Sansa and Jon, this meeting shows again how the Game of Thrones women will not be stopped, no matter what. It turns out all Yara really needs from Theon is his support and to know that he will not try to take her spot as ruler of the Iron Islands.  Basically, “I’m glad you’re back, but stay out of my way.”

Speaking of potential rulers, Littlefinger is back in the game full throttle, ready to release the knights of the Vale and start walking the talk. Sidenote: Does anyone else think it’s crazy how fast Littlefinger gets around? It seems to take everyone else months or years to get where they want to go in Westeros, meanwhile Littlefinger is in a new country every episode it seems. Maybe his superspeed carriages are powered by his own sense of self-satisfaction.

Back in King’s Landing, King Tommen lets it slip that the High Sparrow plans to pull the “walk of shame” atonement on poor Queen Margaery, leading to an unexpected Lannister/Tyrell alliance. More good news! The High Sparrow is about to get his comeuppance. I, for one, hope that he’s forced to do his own walk of shame. Although on second thought, nobody wants to see what’s under that robe.

The most talked-about moment of the episode has to be the final scene when our leading lady Daenerys proves how awesome she is, again. At a special Dothraki council meeting that’s meant to decide her fate, Daenerys achieves the ultimate table-turn by reminding us again that she is fireproof and nobody else is. Boom! Will people never learn? You don’t mess with this girl, with or without her dragons! 

I have to say, this was my favourite episode this season by far. Not only did we see some major “drop the mic” moments, but we saw some long-awaited characters reunite, storylines progress, and female characters showing some uber-oppressive men that they will not be underestimated.  My faith in the show has been restored a little bit more and I’m beyond ready for next week’s episode!

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I’m a games addict. I love them all, in all their beautiful forms: video games, boardgames, card games, party games, MIND GAMES. Nah, just kidding about that last one… Or am I?


Deadpool

Posted by cfeehan on May 13, 2016

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For months before its release, Deadpool was the movie that you just couldn’t ignore. The movie’s advertising campaigns were extensive, incredibly creative, and reflected Deadpool’s character perfectly – witty, sarcastic, and cheeky. This was a movie people were really looking forward to, and it definitely lived up to the hype.

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Deadpool follows the life of a mercenary named Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds. Wade is an interesting character with a troubled past, but he is able to deal with it through the use of quick-witted humour and sarcasm. He begins dating the beautiful Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, and his life seems to be going really well – that is, until he finds out he has late-stage terminal cancer. Instead of getting treatment, he decides to enrol in a sketchy underground program that promises to cure him AND turn him into a superhero. Sounds legit, right? I’ll stop myself here, but let’s just say, it doesn’t exactly go as planned, and some serious vengeance must be had.

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Before the movie even officially starts, the credits paint a pretty good picture of what it will be like. No actual names are used; all of the credits say things like “directed by an overpaid tool”, and in many instances, use much crasser descriptions.

Side note: I heard stories of parents bringing their children to theatres to see Deadpool, then being appalled by the “adult content” part way through and storming out. The credits alone were a very strong warning sign about what the rest of the movie would be like, but I guess some people couldn’t take the hint. And, you know, another good indication of the movie’s “mature” nature would be its “R” rating. Superhero movies are not always meant for kids, and this is one extreme case. 

Although the movie’s use of violence, mature themes, and vulgarity is a little bit excessive, it all comes together to solidify Deadpool as a character. Marvel clearly wants us to know that Deadpool is a sassy, sassy man who is full of one-liners and has a mind full of inappropriate thoughts. Mission accomplished, Marvel.

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It seems to me that a few of the recent superhero movies have been giving more of a humorous flare to the personalities of their heroes (or anti-heroes). For example, I felt like Ant Man was essentially a manifestation of the lead actor, Paul Rudd, due to the type of humour used. I don’t think this is a bad idea, especially for viewers who are only watching superhero movies in the interest of their partner or child – now, they can at least laugh along like they know what’s going on.

Deadpool also gets a ton of points for its action sequences. There were so many thrills, and the director used effects well to intensify the already-heart-racing moments. My favourite action sequence had to be the one the movie started on – it was non-stop and had me on the edge of my seat. It 100% got me pumped up for the rest of the film.

This movie cannot be reviewed without discussing Ryan Reynolds’ performance. He killed it (no pun intended). He did a fantastic job of embodying the dry, loud-mouthed Deadpool persona, and really brought the movie to life. He even perfected Deadpool’s classic tendency to “break the fourth wall” and address the viewer directly. 

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I want to take a minute to address the ad campaign for this movie. Can you say “brilliant”? One of the angles the creative team took was to advertise Deadpool as a love story, which resulted in this hilariously misleading ad:

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The team also designed this billboard, which might be confusing to those unfamiliar with emojis:

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Get it? The skull = dead, the little poo emoji = poo, and the L = well, an L sound. If you sound it out, the billboard says “Deadpool”. But apparently some people weren't getting it, hence Ryan Reynolds tweet below, making fun of their confusing original ad:

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All in all, Deadpool is the class clown-esque, rebellious superhero that we’ve been looking for. No, he’s not exactly a “nice guy” or an upstanding citizen by any means, but he’s a refreshing change. If you’re into raunchy and immature humour, excessive violence, superhero origin stories, and/or Ryan Reynolds, this movie is for you.

You can find Deadpool on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from May 10th to September 30th, 2016.

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Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.


Facebook Tips and Tricks

Posted by amustard on May 10, 2016

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Facebook has become more than just a social media platform - it is part of our everyday life. It's where we get updates on our friends, get invited to events, hear about news events (sometimes for the first time). It would be weird to say this eight years ago, but can you imagine life without Facebook? 

Today we are going to give you several tips and tricks on how to use Facebook to its full potential and how to avoid common annoyances to get the most out of this everyday tool.
 

Create an Event

Inviting people to your event has never been easier. Since pretty much everyone you know is on Facebook, creating an event on this Social Media platform is the easiest way to reach out to friends, family and co-workers. Also Facebook events allow you to update information (in case the time or location changes), allow for invitees to chime in (calling dibs on what food to bring) as well as let guests RSVP so you know what to expect at your party or event.

To add an event in your web browser, click 'Create Event' under the heading 'Events' on the left hand navigation pane in Facebook (for Mobile users, see the video below to find this function) . Add your event information and indicate which friends you would like to invite and get ready to party!

Remember, you have the option to allow guests to invite friends or not, depending on the size and activities at the event. This can help your event grow, but make sure you keep an eye on your guest list so it doesn't get out of control

 

 

 

Unfollow Someone

Do you have someone on Facebook who is constantly posting annoying status updates, but you don't want to unfriend them? You have the ability to unfollow them, which will filter out their posts in your timeline.

Go to the profile of the irritating poster, and beside their profile picture, their should be a box that says 'Following' with a checkmark beside it. Click that box and click 'Unfollow', and the checkmark will disappear. You can also unfollow on your timeline by clicking the arrow in the top right corner of the post and clicking 'Unfollow'. 

You will no longer see your oversharing friend's posts, and they will be none the wiser. 


Turn Notifications Off a Specific Post

Do you ever comment on someone's post, and then get all these notifications every time someone else comments on the same post? This can get annoying, especially for popular posts where non-friends are posting as well.

To turn notifications off a specific post, click the arrow in the top right corner of the post, and click 'Turn off notifications for this post'.

 

Create a Group

A Facebook group is a very useful tool for communicating with multiple people including sports teams, travel buddies, organizations & service clubs, hobbies (eg book club), bands and so much more.

Creating a group is very similar to creating an event. Click 'Create Group' under the heading 'Groups' on the left hand navigation pane in Facebook (for mobile users, see the video below to find this function) .

See Nearby Events

Not only are you able to create you own events, but Facebook lets you know about public events that are happening near you. For instance, you could discover a concert going on in your area or perhaps a volunteer opportunity.

To discover events near you, click on 'Events' in the top left corner of your browser (follow instructions in the video below for mobile) and scroll down to see events around you. 

 

See Trending Stories

Taking a page out of Twitter's playbook, Facebook has recently added a tending topics section. Here you can see the popular topics people are posting about. These trending topics can be found at the top right corner of your browser (press the magnify glass icon on your phone).

  

Use Video Calling in Facebook Messenger

Similar to Skype, Facebook Messenger now has a video chat feature. This can be found by clicking the video camera icon in your chat pop-up.

 

Since Facebook is our global way of life now, why not use it to its full advantage? Use these tips and tricks to help improve your Facebook and overall online experience and give you less angry face, and more wow face.

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