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November 12, 2018
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The Best Marvel Movies of the 2000s – In Honour of Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, died today at the age of 95. Lee, along with artists Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, helped create some of the most iconic superheroes of all-time, including the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. In honour of his passing, we’ve highlighted some of the best Marvel movies to come out in the 2000s. These movies hold an iconic status in geek culture for very good reasons. Each of them does justice to Lee’s legacy as a storyteller, a world-builder, and a creative genius.   Blade II The comic world’s favourite vampire…

October 31, 2018
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The Anthem War of the Worlds 80th Anniversary Special

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air performed H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic War of the Worlds live on CBS Radio. The broadcast changed media history as people tuning in mid-program heard realistic-sounding news reports “live” from a spaceship crash site, and continued listening as the apparent martian invasion continued over the next hour. The station was flooded with calls from terrified listeners who were convinced that the broadcast was real. Join Red River College’s Creative Communications students as they take you through  the original War of the Worlds broadcast with commentary, fun facts and…

October 31, 2018
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It’s Meme History Time

Remember when you could slap Impact font on an image macro and call it a day? Nowadays, it seems the life expectancy of memes is no longer than that of a blowfly’s. Technology has facilitated meme distribution to a point that it’s too easy to forget the days of yore where we had to make ourselves a bowl of cereal while we waited to connect to the Internet with dial-up. Our next generation should consider themselves lucky they didn’t have to suffer the joke shortages as we did. We were basically cavemen back then. But as the saying goes, it…

October 24, 2018
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Focus

  Halloween hasn’t even passed and you know stores have employees foaming at the mouth ready to rip down the ghost and goblin decorations to replace them with Christmas lights.   It’s as though there is no pausing and reflecting on the moment – but only a focus on instant gratification. Halloween is over okay throw up those Christmas lights. On to the next big thing.   Yes, there are only 62 days until Christmas. Another year is coming to a close and suddenly your anxiety levels are through the roof. All the promises you made when you wrote that…

October 17, 2018
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10 Nostalgic Halloween Costume Ideas for You or Your Squad

Halloween is just weeks away and with it comes haunted houses, pumpkin carving parties and that mandatory Instagram post of you wearing the best costume idea you could come up with (it’s all about the likes). If you don’t have an idea yet on what to be, we’ve got you covered… Here is a list of costumes that’ll hit you right in the feels and remind you of a much simpler time: 1. The Wild Thornberrys A Nickelodeon classic that aired from 1998 to 2004. Eliza Thornberry and her family travelled the world in an RV with their talking monkey,…

October 10, 2018
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Peak 2000s Celebrity Moments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… It can be hard to keep your cool when you’re a celebrity. The only thing everyday people love more than a star on the rise, is a star on a downward spiral of crazy. These celebrities broke down hard. Here’s a look back at six of the most famous crazy celebrity moments of the 2000s.   Tom Cruise on Oprah May 22, 2005 The 2000s had a lot of iconic celebrity moments. This one was hard to describe, because it wasn’t so much a meltdown, but it did…

September 26, 2018
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The Best Animated Movies from the 2000s

Anthem throws it back to some of the greatest music from the 2000s. It turns out that the 2000s produced more than just great music. What about all of the movies we still quote; the ones we can still remember every word to? I took a look back at a few of the most memorable animated movies from that time, and want to bring you back to those childhood movie nights.   Shrek (2001) The movie is set in a fantasy world where a talking donkey teaches an ogre to open up. Who comes up with this stuff? Shrek will…

September 18, 2018
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Anatomy of an Anthem – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

“I walk a lonely road The only one that I have ever known Don’t know where it goes But it’s only me, and I walk alone.”   Every anthem has a story. The hearts of thousands of teenagers in the 2000s were both broken and healed by the lines in our first song pick for Anatomy of an Anthem: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. In 2004, American punk rock band Green Day released their rock opera American Idiot, the album that would introduce them to a new generation of fans after declining popularity in the early 2000s. The band had spent months…

September 12, 2018
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What is an Anthem?

A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause. We’ve all been there; driving at ninety down those country lanes. Singing to “Tiny Dancer.” Sir Elton John created such a memorable tune, Ed Sheeran wrote it into one of his songs. That’s a great example of what an anthem is. Our team spoke to college and university students about what they think an anthem is. The general consensus was somewhere around “an iconic song that usually provokes a nostalgic feeling.” In other words; A song that helped you through a difficult period in your life that…