Adam A. Donaldson

  • 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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It may not be doing Jurassic World business, but I’m sure that some of you, in spite of yourselves, have already seen Terminator: Genisys. You may have questions, like, how does Jai Courtney keep getting work? Or, why is the mean guy from Whiplash now more Mulder than Mulder? But seriously, there were a lot of left over questions from the film, presumably to encourage the audience to be proactive and ask so that we then start demanding a sequel. Mission: accomplished? Hard to say. I guess we’ll find out when the final box office numbers are tallied on Sunday afternoon, but if you’re one of those obsessive types that just can’t wait for answers, the Genisys screenwriters offer an answer. (more…)

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When we say “first image from Deadpool,” we of course mean the first movie still from the actual film. There have been a lot of Deadpool images released to far, social media leaks for example, not to mention all those jokey shots of Ryan Reynolds‘ Merc with the Mouth lounging on a bear skin rug, taking it easy on the toilet, and, of course, delivering a baby. With San Diego Comic Con coming up though, it’s time that things got official, and along with the above new image, the star and creators of the film are opening up about the experience in a preview of SDCC, and in the process deliver a confirmation that yes, this is a Hard-R superhero flick. (more…)

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Ant-Man hasn’t been released yet, but the sudden upswing in the tenor and quality of the hype surrounding it has got people thinking, what about Ant-Man 2? Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios‘ last surprising-but-not-surprising original hit, was approved for a sequel before it opened, and though Marvel may be locked in with release dates through to 2019, like Spider-Man proved, schedules can be changed if you give the studio a reason. Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man, is hoping that he can make a case for another Marvel film, one that will deal exclusively with the background of one of Ant-Man’s main characters, who, in his comic book life, was one of the founding members of The Avengers, Hank Pym. (more…)

There’s a scene in one episode of Community where Abed is analyzing a fight amongst the study group in the meta-contextual way only he can. As Abed explains the situation, as he sees it, Jeff cuts in infuriated and says, “Why do you have to take everything that happens to us, and shove it up its own ass?” (Or words to that effect.) That thought came to mind while watching Terminator: Genisys, the third attempt by directors who are not James Cameron, to find a way to continue a story that James Cameron so thoroughly and soundly concluded at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. To its credit, Genisys does it better than either of the previous attempts, but it also proves that the idea is a fool’s errand. (more…)

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Granted, there have been a lot of concerns about Ant-Man, from the sudden departure of Edgar Wright from the production mere weeks before it was supposed to begin, to the somewhat underwhelming response to the initial trailers. All signs pointed to Ant-Man fumbling Marvel Studios‘ string of recent successes, but there was hope and faith that Marvel could pull out a win, and the response so from those that have seen Ant-Man has been, for the most part, fairly positive. Amongst the fans of the new Marvel superhero is James Gunn, he who directed the studio’s last outside the box hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. So obviously he would know, right? More than that, Gunn was very enthusiastic about where Ant-Man will end up in the annals of Marvel movie lore. (more…)

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As we get ready to see if Ant-Man ends up sinking or swimming at the box office, thus impeding (somewhat) or accelerating the gradual Marvel Studios takeover of Hollywood, we take some time to consider other questions. For instance, is there a real Mandarin? We all know that the door’s been left open, which is good because a lot of people are still sore about how the character was treated in Iron Man 3. In other important things to considerate, fans are still smarting over the seemingly one-sided relationship between Marvel’s movies and its TV series. It’s a shared universe, but only the TV side seems capable of sharing. What’s the deal? Fortunately, Marvel head Kevin Feige is available to explain it all, or at least offer insight. (more…)

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On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisys will try for the third time in 12 years to take James Cameron’s two-part sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and make a new, balls-to-the-wall summer action franchise out of it. The Terminator is a seminal work that served as one of the primary the inspirations for the cyberpunk movement, and without which other great films of the era like RoboCop, and The Matrix might not exist. T2 took the story, visual effects, and Cameron’s own directorial ambitions to the next level, while still being stylistically and substantively in line with the original. It remains an example that strongly argues that a sequel can surpass the original in creative and commercial goals.

Cameron said the story was done so far as he was concerned at the end of Judgment Day, and while a lot of series filmmakers change with every film, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, something else changed: Terminator was not the movie series it could have been, or should have been. Did the Terminator series flounder because James Cameron moved on to different things? Were the talents of the filmmakers subsequent to Cameron just not up to his caliber on even a basic level? Or did Cameron’s departure mark something more fundamental? Have all those other writers, producers and directors lost touch with what kind of movie The Terminator really is? (more…)

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This is another story about why it seems like Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment don’t seem to be entirely sure that they know what they’re doing so far as movies based on DC Comics characters are concerned. Today’s installment of “What are they thinking?” brings us back to the subject of Justice League Dark, the proposed adaptation of DC’s premier supernatural super-team by fan favorite filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the project, and now we can reveal why: it’s over. Well, at least for del Toro. In other news, Warners is doing some shuffling, certain comic book projects will be fronted by them, and others will be fronted by New Line. You know, the pressing stuff. (more…)

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In a bleak movie universe where everything is up for grabs in the form of a remake or a reboot, one movie franchise will remain untouched, and unsullied, and that franchise is Back to the Future. The year 2015 is an important year for BTTF, as it’s the 30th anniversary of the original movie and the setting for the first act of Back to the Future Part II. And although flying cars, self-drying clothes, and hoverboards have yet to come to pass, we, as a culture, are super-obsessed with the 80s and movie sequels in the 3-D. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that co-writer and director Robert Zemeckis, in another act of prescience, made it so that a remake of Back to the Future can’t happen till after he’s dead. (more…)

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard news about David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad movie. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that Joker-mobile is no longer tearing down Yonge Street in Toronto with a Batman on the roof, but production is still going on in more indoor locations. Now Suicide Squad is a huge production, and Ayers is a director that likes to go for realism, so when you have a cast of actors playing super-villains, what does that entail? Pretending you’re nuts, of course. Now consider this, if you’re encourage your actors to find their inner-psychotic, what happens if they go a bit too deep into their character? The answer: an on-set psychologist. (more…)