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Box-office sales don’t match Blade Runner 2049’s critical success

By Kent Wong, October 19 2017 — Blade Runner 2049 is an art film at its core and will be hit-or-miss for many. Despite glowing reviews and mass-market reception, the movie’s sales stack low compared to its budget. But don’t let that deter you from seeing the flick on the big screen. Directed by Arrival’s…

Advanced player-tracking technology changes how we experience sports

By Kent Wong, October 12 2017 —  Since 2014, Zebra Technologies has served as the National Football League’s “official on-field player-tracking provider.” Their goal is to capture individual player movements and statistics in real-time. They then convert their recordings into hard data for officials and analysts to use. In 2016, Zebra fitted radio-frequency identification chips…

Know the risks of weed before lighting up

By Kent Wong, September 27 2017 — Weed, marijuana, the Devil’s lettuce, pot, Ganja — all common names for cannabis. Maybe you’re an expert on the stuff or perhaps you’ve only ever taken a puff of someone’s joint at a house party and gagged for the next minute. The pros, cons and risks of using…

New Music: Carly Rae Jepsen

By Kent Wong, September 13 2016 — Our favorite Canadian pop singer from British Columbia — Carly Rae Jepsen — returns with the EP Emotion: Side B, announced one year after her 2015 release of studio album Emotion. The eight-track EP is the culmination of 17 cut tracks from Emotion that were reworked. Jepsen fills…

Dinos CFL draft success showcases U of C athletics

By Kent Wong, June 7 2016 — The 2016 CFL draft marked another year of success for the Dinos football program. One former and three active Dinos were drafted to the CFL and NFL this year. Running back Mercer Timmis was the second round 14th overall pick by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Receiver Brett Blaszko and…

New Music: Drake

By Kent Wong, May 19 2016 — Toronto-born rapper Drake returns from his 2013 studio album Nothing Was The Same with his latest full-length album Views. The three official singles, “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance” and “Pop Style” prop up the 20-track album. Views takes a thematic approach. Some songs are more emotional, while others are…

How to enjoy the Calgary Underground Film Festival

By Kent Wong, April 5 2016 — I’ve been going to the Calgary Underground Film Festival for years. The week-long event presents local and international independent films at the Globe Cinema. It’s not just the flicks that draw people in — guest attendances, special events and cheap booze also make the festival stand out. Festivals…

New Music: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

By Kent Wong, March 22 2016 — Riding the popularity of their 2012 Grammy-winning The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis return with the long awaited follow-up, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. The duo’s sound changes as the artists draw inspiration from introspective emotions, making for an album layered in self-discovery. Unfortunately, that soulfulness isn’t consistent…

Calgary on the right track with 2026 Olympic bid

By Kent Wong, March 22 2016 — For the past year and a half, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and a group of community leaders have been discussing a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. A serious bid for the Games coming to Calgary may happen, but recent financial issues make this far from certain….

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