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To the Hallmark movie critics: stop hating on romance

Hallmark movies have a reputation. Unfortunately, unlike Christmas trademarks like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life , that reputation isn’t particularly favourable. The question is: why?Continue...

The new Disney+ disclaimers help us step forward into an era of conversation

Last month, Disney made a small but significant change to how it presents certain films on its streaming platform—and it’s one for the better.Continue...

Blue light glasses: Do they actually work?

Staring at a computer for hours on end, only to take a break by switching to stare at your phone, is hardly the healthiest way to spend your day. Unfortunately, with online work and classes to study for, it’s the reality for many—if not all—students.Continue...

When politics come to the dinner table

Family dinners at my household have always been filled with vibrant conversation. Growing up, popular topics included what my brother and I learned at school, complaints about workdays, and drama surrounding social lives. But when I moved home this spring at the beginning of the pandemic and family dinners were reinstated, conversation topics had shifted to more mature subjects.Continue...

Three steps to surviving a Kingston winter

When choosing to attend university a five-hour flight away from where I grew up, I knew I was in for a weather change. Growing up in a temperate rainforest, I was used to what most people would classify as ‘bad’ weather: in Vancouver, it usually rains more than 150 days a year. How could a little bit of snow be much worse?Continue...

Letting my mind wander in my friend’s haunted house

My best friend from my hometown lives in a haunted house.Continue...

Not normal period pain: my life with endometriosis

It was the morning of my Grade 10 science exam when the pain started. Up until that moment in my life, my period pain had always been manageable. On that morning, it became so bad I began to black out.Continue...

Voting absentee as an American-Canadian citizen

I’ve always been proud of my American-Canadian dual citizenship. While I grew up in a small, Connecticut town, my summers were consumed by month-long visits to my grandparents’ cottage near Westport, Ontario. Christmas often meant travelling to Ottawa to see grandparents and cousins.Continue...

Why generational divides are unproductive when it comes to COVID-19

OK, Boomer—it’s a comeback, it’s a meme, and it’s a signal of a deep and contentious generational divide.Continue...

‘Emily in Paris’ tests negative for COVID-19

Netflix’s latest bingeworthy show, Emily in Paris , has been the perfect way for me to escape the harsh realities we’re facing today. From the bright, vivid colours to its amazing soundtrack, the show captures the magical essence of Paris. I was a little hesitant to watch the show, but gave it a chance after realizing Darren Star was the mastermind behind Emily in Paris—surely the creator of Sex and the City wouldn’t let me down.Continue...

Ranking Jane’s love interests on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Jane the Virgin centres around a young woman obsessed with writing, thinking about, and living out romance novels. As the title indicates, the series initially centres around Jane saving her virginity until marriage—a commitment which is complicated when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated.Continue...

Point/Counterpoint: Is it too early to start celebrating Christmas?

The Christmas holidays are, as the popular tune goes, a wonderful time of year. They’re full of family, bright decorations, and celebration, as well as some classic songs. However, timing is everything. Beginning our celebration three months before December—before Halloween even has a chance to occur—is just too early.Continue...

Falling back in love with reading

When I was a kid, I always had a book on the go.Continue...

Speaking to my grandmother’s ghost

When people ask me why I believe in ghosts or spirits, the answer is simple: it’s because I have firsthand experience with them.Continue...

‘Prime Day’ feels like an empty celebration

On Oct. 13 and 14, Amazon celebrated its fifth ‘Prime Day,’ an annual sale which promotes the company’s products and services. If you’re looking for a great discount on a Fire Tablet or an Alexa, Prime Day is going to be your best bet. The discounts themselves are decent, but there’s a dark cloud presiding over each purchase.Continue...

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ falls eerily flat

You know those people who re-watch their favourite show or movie over and over again? I’m one of those people, and I was The Haunting of Hill House ’s biggest fan. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for its sequel in Netflix’s popular horror anthology The Haunting of Bly Manor —just one viewing was enough.Continue...

Stop putting down media for young women

In the world of media for young adults, there are quite a few cheesy, absurd, and sometimes even brain-numbing options out there to choose from. Most of us probably have ‘guilty pleasure’ shows we binge in secret or movies we feel a little ashamed of enjoying, and we understand that while we like them, they’re objectively pretty bad. But there’s a difference between recognizing that a show isn’t very good or a book series is full of tropes and shaming young women for consuming them.Continue...

The public has no right to discuss Billie Eilish’s body

Earlier this week, Billie Eilish stepped out onto a sidewalk in casual clothes. Wearing a tank top and long shorts, the 18-year-old looked like every other teenager in the world. But unlike every teenager in the world, a paparazzi snapped a photo. In response to the image’s release, Twitter lit up with controversy.Continue...

Is nostalgia cramping Hollywood’s creativity?

Over the past decade, it’s started to appear as if Hollywood is incapable of creating anything new.Continue...

Allyship isn’t activism. Stop pretending it is.

I’ve been at a white institution for three years now, isolated from diversity and fighting battles every day to be allowed safety and comfort. Somehow, despite the casual and not-so-casual racism, the toughest thing about being at Queen’s has been the people who call themselves my allies.Continue...

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