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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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Sony‘s weirdo announcement last week that they were proceeding with a Venom movie without any connection to the present movie Spider-Man left many questions, like how you can have a Venom movie without Spider-Man? But there’s news now to reveal at least part of Sony’s intentions, and you need only look as far as the big bank made by movies like Logan and  Deadpool to know what to expect. That’s right, not only is Sony seeing dollar signs in further developing its own insular Spider-Man universe, but they’ve seen what 20th Century Fox has done with their own antiheroes, and they like the looks of all that cash. (more…)

It used to be that the release of a Marvel Studios movie was proceeded in some theatres by a marathon of all the previous Marvel movies. Well, there are now far too many Marvel movies to do something like that now because it would mean being in the cinema for the better part of a week, but how about a double bill? That seems to be the approach Marvel and select theatre owners are taking with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, because what’s better than seeing one Guardians of the Galaxy movie? About about seeing two back-to-back?  (more…)

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was perfectly harmless. I mean, if you ignored the hysteria of some parents groups worried about their kids karate chopping their friends on the playground. But the series was about five clean-cut teens who were always working out, or community organizing when they weren’t fighting rubber monsters in spandex. Angel Grove was so clean cut even the bullies hanged out at the juice bar, but as with all reboots, you’re going to have to forget all that. In this Power Rangers, the heroes are a post-modern breakfast club fighting the creature from the black lagoon, and then things get weird. (more…)

The sad and untimely passing of Carrie Fisher was gut punch to fans, especially since they were finally seeing the new adventures of her most famous character, Princess Leia, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Grief is hard, but trying to figure out what to do about your movie trilogy now that one of its stars has died is harder. More cynical, yes, but also hard. In a recent press conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about Fisher and how her real like curtain call will effect her Star Wars character, and he affirmed that when it comes to Leia’s story line in The Last Jedi, they’re not going to touch it. (more…)

Power Rangers opens in theatres everywhere today, and if you’re a 90s kid, then you already knew that and had this day circled on your calendar for a long while. But because its 2017, it isn’t just enough to think about one movie, you have to think about the series. Take Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for example, before we even got the first movie, we were told we’re going to get five. As for the Power Rangers, if this weekend goes well, we’re not just going to get a trilogy of Power Rangers movies, we’re going to get two trilogies! (more…)

It’s probably not a stretch to say that the big draw of comic conventions is the celebrity guest list, but sometimes something is appointment viewing even if you’ve never heard of it before. Deep Six was like that, a webseries presentation that was so fresh it had just finished principal photography a few weeks earlier. I turned to the guy next to me in the Constantine costume and said, “I hadn’t even heard of this till yesterday,” as con staff tried to fill the last few seats in the room. “I hadn’t heard of it till today,” Constantine said one-upping me. So what were we about to see?  (more…)

It was inevitable. With the one-two punch of Deadpool and Logan proving that R-rated superhero movies can be very profitable for a willing studio, one willing studio is now banking that they can extend the trend. To comic book readers, the names Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner are very familiar, and Paramount Pictures is banking on a recent graphic novel they did to make all sorts of money from fans looking for hardcore violence, profanity and sex with a satirical tale of a prostitute with super-powers. The project is called The Pro, but can it work?  (more…)

This is the end, or close to it. Being the penultimate episode of Legion’s first season, “Chapter 7” was bound to be, ahem, more straightforward than its previous installments. Like trying to put one’s desperately fractured psyche together, Legion faced the ultimate test in its second-to-last hour: it had to start making sense of itself. Not an easy chore, but in the end, the show made it look way too easy. So much so that I wondered what exactly the show was going to end up doing with its last hour. I forgot the cardinal rule of anything X-Men-related though: there’s always another world ending problem to solve. (more…)

Part of the conversation about Netflix‘s Iron Fist show has been around the matter of whitewashing, or the “white saviour” trope; it’s the classic story of how a rich white kid encounters an Asian culture and takes from it in order to fight for truth, justice, and the rest back at his skyscraper penthouse. Well, Iron Fist’s comic book co-creator Roy Thomas has heard your criticisms and he’s got a message. “I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have.” Wow. That’s some hard-boiled honesty for you from a legend of the comic book world. Would you like to hear more? (more…)

The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were an immediate hit on Fox‘s weekday afternoon line-up, a kid-friendly money-maker that was generating ratings, millions in merch, and more than a few scared parents that didn’t like all the karate chopping the kids were doing on the playground because of it. The geniuses at Fox decided to do the only thing they could: make more money! In 1995, Twentieth Century Fox released Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, which was everything the TV show had but was made for about four weeks worth of TV episodes. You know what this thing needs? An honest trailer.  (more…)