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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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Marvel Studios has changed the face of franchise filmmaking with their Cinematic Universe. Most of the other studios are now chasing their own shared universe dreams, which means that out the window goes any sense of full creative license on the part of some individual filmmakers. For those that made their name helping to re-write the rules of cinema, is it really so surprising when such a person says something about being “bored shitless” by Marvel movies?  Well, that’s a direct quote from John Landis who recently unloaded on the MCU for losing any sense of the “human scale,” which is why he liked Wonder Woman(more…)

It was supposed to be the all-star kick-off to a brand new shared universe, “a new world of gods and monsters,” but that woman persisted at being the top of the domestic box office… Yes, Wonder Woman ruined The Mummy‘s opening weekend by holding on to the number one slot, and making $25 million more than the Tom Cruise action/horror flick. So how does this affect Universal Studios‘ plans for that Dark Universe they’ve been so keen on? Has The Mummy’s less than stellar opening dissuaded them from their monster-verse, or will they carry on with other films in the series?  (more…)

Batmen Past and Present Pay Tribute to Adam West

Saturday’s tragic news that TV’s Batman, Adam West, had died after a brief battle with leukaemia hit the fan community hard. It didn’t matter that West’s Batman wasn’t the Darkest Knight, that he wasn’t a broody and disturbed misanthrope that poured years of rage and grief into beating the tar our of criminals, he was, to many, the Batman of a generation. As always, there’s a camaraderie amongst superheroes, even amongst Batmen, and among the numerous people to state their grief for the loss of West are those that took up his mantle in the cape and cowl.  (more…)

With Episode 6, Twin Peaks proves that even though you may not know where it’s going, it can still give you an emotional reaction whether that’s humour, horror, or grief, and you got all three in this week’s edition. I don’t know if this new Twin Peaks is David Lynch dumping every idea he’s had for the last 27 years into one narrative, or whether he’s punking TV recappers and fans that like to turn over every rock on set for every little clue, but I do know that the developments on this week’s episode had me hypnotically transfixed from one hilarious moment to the next utterly shocking moment.  (more…)

Wonder Woman has just unlocked the achievement of losing less than 50 per cent of its opening weekend gross on its just completed second weekend of release, so there’s really no denying that this is the critical, commercial, and cultural turning point that Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have been looking for. With many questions lingering about the fate and future of the DCEU, let’s look at five things to consider going forward as to how Wonder Woman may impact the future of this shared universe. (more…)

The success of Wonder Woman has been seen as not just as a grand reception for a great comic book movie, but a celebration of the arrival of a more diverse slate of super cinema heroes. To Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment go the credit for being the first to get a female hero onto the marquee of her own solo superhero film, a genre that to this point, with few exceptions, has seen women shoved to the side as love interests and supporting characters. But since everything in movies is a contest, the question must asked: Where does Marvel stand on creating diversity?  (more…)

It seems like a long time ago now, but remember last summer when Captain America: Civil War introduced us to the Black Panther for the first time? Well, he’s got a movie of his own coming out in a couple of months. We still have to get through Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to get there, but it’s easy to see why Black Panther might be more hotly anticipated than either of those entries because it will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be headlined by an African-American star, made by an African-American director, and featuring a predominately African-American cast.  (more…)

So what’s Transformers: The Last Knight about? That questions persists no matter the trailer, or clip, or any piece of promotion they release for the film. This movie is bizarre. It’s got Autobots, Decepticons, Dinobots, Nazis, Arthurian lore, Academy Award-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins… Talk about a mixed bag. Adding confusion to the confusion is this new international trailer for the fifth in the Transformers series, which shows off a bunch of stuff happening at the bottom of the ocean, and in space, and on the moon, and at Nazi headquarters, and some point, all of this will probably make sense. We hope.  (more…)

Alan Cumming Could Have Been ‘Doctor Who’. Twice.

For any British actor, it’s hard to think of a bigger TV role than that of the Doctor, the time traveling alien from Doctor Who that can change faces as easily as other people change jackets. Every couple of years, the speculation begins agains as to who will take up the console in the TARDIS and take off again for more adventures in time and space, and we’re seeing that process play out again now with expectant departure of Peter Capaldi in this year’s Christmas special. There is one name we can safely eliminate from the list though. He’s turned down the job twice already. (more…)

President Donald Trump has entrusted his son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner to find a path to Mideast peace, but perhaps he should hire actor, comedian, and nerd president emeritus Patton Oswalt to do the job because if he could achieve peace amongst Hellboys, he can do anything… Alright, so there was never any real enmity between former Hellboy Ron Perlman and future Hellboy David Harbour, but Oswalt was there to make sure it stayed that way as the two actors dined last night and traded notes about being a big, red, government-funded demon monkey with a stone hand. (more…)