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,, Echo Weekly, Women’s Post,, 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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Tone. It’s the word that’s been haunting any and all discussion about the DC Extended Universe since Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out back in March. With the critical blowback, not to mention the weaker than expected box office, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have gone on a charm offensive as if to say, “Don’t worry! The rest of these movies won’t be as dark as this!” While we may be dubious of the intentions of Zack Snyder with Justice League, perhaps other filmmakers will have better luck convincing the audience that the DCEU can be bright and shiny too. James Wan, for instance, he has some very particular inspiration in mind for his Aquaman movie.  (more…)


With the pending release of the 3D Collector’s Edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens we’ve already had one revelation and it was about Kylo Ren’s character defining scene in the film thanks to a preview of the commentary by director J.J. Abrams. Now, in a new preview, Abrams is offering a glimpse behind the scenes of a key moment for Ren’s equal and opposite, the heroic Rey played by Daisy Ridley. You’ll of course recall the moment in the film where Rey’s finds an important artifact from the past, which led to a little self-discovery for the Jakku scavenger, but as Abrams explains, there was an art to getting that “Forceback” just right. (more…)

For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)


Westworld seems to be the show that HBO fans have been waiting for, an expansive world with dozens of characters with their own separate ambitions, desires, and obstacles to overcome. What else does that sound like on HBO? Yes, it’s probably pretty easy to draw comparisons between Game of Thrones and Westworld, or at least they have more in common than say Game of Thrones and Vinyl. In a sense, they’re both about fantasy worlds that are as dangerous as they are lovely to look at. So how about it? Could Westwold’s cowboy robots meet Thrones’ white walkers? The creators have talked about it. (more…)


For almost two years now, we’ve heard about this thing called Nintendo NX. It is to be the game changer the gaming company’s been looking for, the thing that will put them back on top in the same way that Wii shook up the industry so many years ago now. There’s been a lot of anticipation for the NX, and a lot of secrecy too, in fact, as it turns out, NX isn’t what the new system is called either. So get ready to make room on your shelf for the Nintendo Switch, a unique new console that will answer not only your gaming needs at home, but also on the go. (more…)


For the vast majority of us, and by that we mean the ones who weren’t lucky enough to be in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con back in July, we have not seen a darn thing about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Let’s be honest, we’re crack addicts for this. We’ve been dying for a while to see something, and director James Gunn couldn’t go online to offer his condolences about a comedy legend’s passing without being inundated with “Where’s the trailer?!?!” outrage from fans. Well, wait no more because while this is not a full trailer, this sneak peak of GOTG 2 will definitely get you moving. (more…)


When we talk about Space Jam these days, it’s usually about the proposed sequel starring LeBron James. Discussions about some kind of continuation of the Looney Tunes meets basketball film is appropriate because we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of that film, and in a perfect world, this would have been the perfect time for that King James-led reboot, but he’s still busy playing basketball against humans and winning world championships for most of the year. So maybe this will work just as well: Fathom Events has announcement that next month, they’ll be bringing the original ’96 Space Jam back to theatres for Looney Tunes versus space monsters delight. (more…)


This past week, Ghostbusters unceremoniously landed on Blu-ray and DVD, where the redheaded step monster of cinema now currently sits at the top of the rental charts of both Rotten Tomatoes and iTunes. Online it seems like the toxic and vitriolic welcoming party that the film received this past summer has largely dispersed. Perhaps the haters feel like their job is done, perhaps the heat of summer has given way to the cooler clarity of fall, or perhaps the goggles have come off and people are prepared to admit that Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters isn’t a monster out to destroy their innocence. Speaking for myself, I know that I still like it. (more…)


Almost a year after its release, we’re still talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It changed our lives! It made us believe in Star Wars again! It became another cash cow for Disney! (Good thing too because that company’s been suffering from just regular profits for years, and not super profits.) Taking a page from the Book of Lucas, Disney will be double-dipping for fan dollars next month with the release of the 3D Collector’s Edition of The Force Awakens, but it that there is some insight. Director J.J. Abrams, during his commentary, lends some personal insight into what maybe the most pivotal scene in the entire sequel trilogy. (more…)


Leonardo DiCaprio is well-known for his environmental activism, flying to places hither and yon to talk to world leaders about how somebody should please think of the children! But if there’s another thing about DiCaprio it’s that he’s not especially well-known for his sense of whimsy, but I guess he might be willing to put that aside for the sake of the planet. Captain Planet, that is. Though it’s surely been in the back of the minds of many Hollywood producers for years, DiCaprio and his Appian Way production company are looking to make a big screen, live-action version of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. (more…)