Life Is Short: ‘Shako Mako’ and the Power of Truth

In her new monthly column LIFE IS SHORT, Naomi Alexander embarks on a worldly exploration through the lens of short films, weaving tapestries where life and art collide.   One of my favourite works of art is a poem written by Ukranian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky, which begins: “And when they bombed other people’s houses, we…

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the Full-season Review

Since the original High School Musical (2006),  musical theatre boomed into the television mainstream. From the hit comedy sitcom Glee (Fox) aired from 2009 to 2015, to the gritty drama Rise (NBC) aired in 2017, the creator of High School Musical: The Musical Series, Tim Ferdle definitely took notes on what worked on both of…

Kipo and The Age of Wonder Beasts

One of the newest Netflix animated series is a delightful series called Kipo and The Age of Wonder Beasts. A post apocalyptic, sci fi fantasy produced by Dreamworks Studios and created by Radford Sechrist. Kipo (Karen Fukuhara) is a 13 year old girl with purple skin and hair, who after living her whole life underground…

Sex Education: A Season Of Choices & Consequences

Sex Education is back, and it hit the ground running! This season brings our favourite Brits a lot of joy and a lot of heartbreak, and reminds them that their healing is in their own hands. Kicking things off, we learn that since his initial experience with “hand to gland combat,” Otis has developed a…

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Con Man or Christ: Netflix’s Messiah Review (No Spoilers)

Having already received a fair amount of backlash from Muslim viewers following the release of its trailer,  Messiah , on Netflix (aired January 1, 2010) is an interesting watch. The show stars Mehdi Dehbi as the titular Al-Masih and Michelle Monaghan as the CIA agent tasked with deciphering if Dehbi really is who he claims…