Adam A. Donaldson

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Profile: Adam A. Donaldson is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and promoter based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He cut his journalism chops at the University of Guelph, as a writer at the student newspaper The Ontarion where we served as Arts & Culture Editor and later Editor-in-Chief. Additionally, Adam has served as Managing Editor of Lucid Media and is currently Editor-at-Large for Press+1. He has also been a contributor to the Guelph Mercury, Guelph Tribune, Waterloo Region Record, thecannon.ca, Echo Weekly, Women’s Post, InformedVote.ca, New Theatre Review and End Type. Adam has also made several short films including “Spooky Kids”, “Environmental Science”, “Zombie Apocalypse” and “Ready/S.E.T./Dunk”, and works with Synn Studios, a multimedia production company in Guelph, as a writer and publicist.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ J-Law Keeps it Real in the YA Adaptation Full of Adult Themes

- 11-21-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows,  the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.

Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)

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Merrin Dungey Joins Evil Witch Team-Up on ‘Once Upon a Time’

- 11-20-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There was once an idea about fairy tale characters making a life for themselves in the real world, struggling to get by in a strange and terrifying world that’s far, far different then the one they came from, and that idea was Fables. Kidding aside, it is also the idea behind Once Upon a Time, the weekly adventures of a bunch of fairy tale characters trying to make a life for themselves in a small Maine town called Storybrooke. Granted, the show is a great deal more Disney-oriented than Fables (see the current Frozen story arc), which is understandable given that Disney itself produces the show, so naturally one should expect more Disney characters with every new storyline. To wit, prepare to welcome a certain duplicitous half sea witch, half octopus to town. (more…)

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TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E7 – “Draw Back Your Bow”

- 11-20-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the same old story: boy meets girl, boy saves girl from super-powered bad guy, girl falls in love with boy, girl becomes a trained archer and kills people to impress boy, boy and his friends try to stop here. This week’s Arrow was all about matters of the heart, and apropos, the bad guy was a woman named Carrie Cutter, AKA: Cupid. Obsession is nothing new for superheroes and their rogues, one might say that The Joker is obsessed with Batman for example, but I’m not quite sure if “Draw Back Your Bow” plays as a superhero Lifetime Movie of the Week, or Fatal Attraction with costumes. Either way it was a big week for our heroes and their romantic issues. (more…)

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Sources Say the Top 4 Candidates for ‘Jessica Jones’ Are…

- 11-19-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With Netflix‘s first Marvel Studios series, Daredevil, chugging along like a well-oiled machine in principal photography, it’s interesting to note that we’ve heard rather little about the other three series in development. Along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Jessica Jones is being developed as a series by Twilight screenwriter (she wrote for Dexter too! Don’t hold it against her) Melissa Rosenberg. It seems that Jessica Jones will be next series to go before the cameras, and according to one source, the casting contest as to who will play the superhero-turned-private eye is down to one of four actresses. So who are these fantastic four actresses who are rumored to be the contenders to play Jessica? Let’s take a look, and proctor the possibilities of their casting. (more…)

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Teaser Coming Soon, Villain Sighting Confirmed

- 11-18-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Just because we don’t get a lot in terms of verifiable information concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that doesn’t mean that information can’t sometimes get out. One of the most consistent sources of information concerning the new Star Wars sequel has been Latino-Review, and while none of it has been confirmed by anyone in a position of authority on the J.J. Abrams film, that hasn’t stopped the info from coming in on a regular basis. We’ll probably have to wait until the film’s release date next year to know how much of it is true, but somewhat closer to today there’s the matter of the teaser trailer. And according to one writer, not only are we going to see that teaser in the very near future, but they also know what’s in it. (more…)

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G4 TV is Officially Going Away at the End of the Month

- 11-18-14Nerd Culture, TV, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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After months of uncertainty and years of neglect, it seems that the bell has tolled for the former nerd-destination channel G4 TV. The channel that gave us such giants in nerd-based programming like Attack the Show! and American Ninja Warrior, as well as jump starting the careers nerd celebrities like Olivia Munn and Chris Hardwick, has been in a death spiral for sometime as channel owner Comcast tried to do nothing to reverse the fortunes of G4 and ran out of ideas. So in lieu of actually trying to save it, they’ve decided to let it die mercifully, but even on its deathbed, G4 and its handlers are still a magnet for controversy. (more…)

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Sorta First Look at a New Dino to Appear in ‘Jurassic World’

- 11-17-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Every new Jurassic Park movie has featured a new dinosaur – or two, or three – to plague the brave humans crazy enough to go to an island filled with creatures whose Latin name is derived from the term “terrible lizards.” Speaking of terrible, it seems that some terrible things are in store for the characters in the upcoming fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World. The new film directed by Colin Trevorrow will feature some never-before-seen animals, and while we have yet to see any finished footage from the film (more on that later), we have now, apparently, gotten a look at one of those new dinosaurs featured in it. “Look” is a relative term in this case, but despite the, ahem, scale, it gives you a pretty good idea of what Trevorrow et al are cooking up. (more…)

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Kirkman Explains Something Weird in this Season’s ‘Walking Dead’

- 11-17-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Do you watch The Walking Dead weekly? Do you remember Beth (Emily Kinney)? Are you starting to think that her sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) doesn’t? You’re not alone. Aside from all the other unanswered questions in the fifth season of The Walking Dead, the biggest may be why Maggie isn’t more concerned about the whereabouts of her half-sister Beth, or more to the point, why she hasn’t even taken two-and-a-half seconds out of the very busy season to ponder the question: “I wonder what happened to Beth?” Fortunately, Walking Dead comic creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman has appeared with an answer. An oddly pragmatic and straightforward answer, but an answer nonetheless. (more…)

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Mo’ Villains Mean Mo’ Problems in ‘Flash’/’Arrow’ Crossover

- 11-14-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the two shows premiered last month, both Arrow and The Flash haven’t exactly been keeping to themselves to save up their crossover karma for next month’s two-parter. Still, a lot of people are stoked about seeing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) be full-on superhero bros in a two-night event, and now, The CW has released the plot description for both episodes which includes details on who the heroes will be forced to face-off against. Befitting the occasion, the writers have decided to introduce two new villains to the shows who are taken directly from DC Comics. One of them is kind of a big deal, and the other is, well, kind of a surprise. (more…)

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Celebrities Liked ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Too in Blu-ray Trailer

- 11-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Remember that movie that came out last summer that everybody loved? The one with the talking tree and the racoon with the bad attitude? Ah, memories. Yes, well Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on DVD and Blu-ray early next month, conveniently in time for Christmas, which would make it a great stocking stuffer. Marvel Studios‘ latest film created a lot of fans for the spacefaring heroes and their director James Gunn, and looking forward, it is one of the key pieces in the studio’s strategy to push the envelope with new and crazier heroes, and to expand the comic book movie type into new genres not yet explored. It also made space opera cool again, and turned “We are Groot” into a universal expression of friendship. With all that in mind, in case we’ve forgotten any of it, Marvel’s release a trailer for GOTG‘s home video release. (more…)

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