Book Review: Revisiting Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000, Pantheon Books)

Written for the Et Cetera. “This is not for you,” read the only words on the first page of Mark Z. Danielewski’s seminal debut House of Leaves. It’s not the only time we encounter a single sentence, a single word – or in many cases, no words at all – throughout the 700 pages of the … Continue reading Book Review: Revisiting Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000, Pantheon Books)

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Music Review: Summit

Written for Exclaim! Media. It wasn’t long ago that downtuning was a novelty. Fun in principle, but surely not to be taken seriously in the cold and stoic world of modern metal.  This went double for bands with 7 or - heaven forbid - 8-stringed guitars. The closer you came to the dreaded “djent” sound, the … Continue reading Music Review: Summit

“Blood in the Snow”: Interview with Kelly Michael Stewart

Written for Rue Morgue. If you’re A: Canadian, and B: the “leaving-the-house” type, you might’ve seen Kelly Michael Stewart skulking around Blood in the Snow Festival some point in its 5-year run. Stewart is the director and founder of the fest, which aims to shine a light on the best of Canadian genre films and the culture that … Continue reading “Blood in the Snow”: Interview with Kelly Michael Stewart

Film Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Written for the Et Cetera. Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine Director: Matthew Vaughn Genre: Action/comedy Release date: February 13, 2015. Rating: 14A. Run time: 2hr. 9min. Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just … Continue reading Film Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Saunders responds to criticism over handling of Loku case

Written for the Et Cetera. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has a few words for Tony Loparco and other critics. Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Director Tony Loparco’s recent report on the shooting death of Andrew Loku in July of last year criticized the Toronto Police Service for one non-witness officer’s attempt to access, download and … Continue reading Saunders responds to criticism over handling of Loku case