Posts By: Blaine Willick

Happy hour heaven

Fifteen hours of discount drinks to get you through finals In the midst of finals, it’s not uncommon for students’ spirits — and bank accounts — to hit an all-time low. Luckily, there are plenty of places around Victoria to revitalize the soul with wine, beer, and all kinds of alcohol that won’t take a toll on your wallet…. Read more »

Harrison Brome’s Vancouver R&B blues

Musician’s emotional music on full display in new EP Harrison Brome is a different type of musician emerging from Vancouver, B.C. He was born with a learning disability and was homeschooled as a teenager, but he doesn’t let his past restrict his future goals. Instead, he has become uniquely promising, with music that is fresh… Read more »

Trudeau’s troubled trip to India

For the majority of his time as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has been perceived as a golden boy by the rest of the world. But after his eight-day visit to India last week, that perception and his public image seem to have imploded. The trip began on a bad note, as India’s Prime Minister Narendra… Read more »

Not an ordinary superhero movie

Black Panther review For a long time, comics were dominated by characters that had two defining traits. They were white and from some big American city. Then along came King T’challa, the Black Panther. Everything changed; he was a black hero from a hidden city in Africa. He not only fought crime, but he governed… Read more »

Holy folk, Joshua Hyslop’s new album is worth a listen

“Echos” is perfect Sunday morning background music A new folk album is reverberating from the mainland, and you should listen up. Joshua Hyslop emerged in 2012, and has since been serenading ears with the strum of his guitar and melting hearts with the emotional stories he tells through his songs. Hyslop’s new album Echos comes… Read more »

Avoiding Valentine’s Day with movies

Cupid is stupid Oh, wow, would you look at that! Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and yet again the single crowd must find a way to distract from the impending loneliness brought about by this hateful day. Being single is liberating for the majority of the year, but come Feb. 14, that freedom turns… Read more »

The Martlet’s guide to the Victoria Film Festival

In a few short weeks, Victoria will once again be hosting the annual Victoria Film Festival, where theatres and venues around the city screen independent films that are generally not widely distributed. The festival runs from Feb. 2–11 and also features a number of other events. If you’re in the Bay Centre, check out the… Read more »

Avatar: James Cameron’s Too-Long Odyssey

James Cameron’s Avatar was a technological accomplishment and became a worldwide box office legend, so you may think that more Avatar is a good thing. James Cameron thinks it is — the director has announced an astounding four sequels to the 2009 hit, set to be released in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. When the second film… Read more »

Filmed in Victoria

A thriving community Victoria is an encouraging place to be if you have an interest in film. Whether it’s just enjoying good movies or trying out filmmaking for the first time, this community can provide countless options and opportunities. For those who want to experience more locally made movies, there are plenty of opportunities this… Read more »

Gibson, Affleck, and Hollywood’s history of harassment

At the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, host Nick Kroll quipped, “People wondered, ‘How long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic, racist hate speech?’ The answer? Eight years.” He was referring, of course, to Mel Gibson. The actor and director’s personal life has long been mired in scandal; infamous for his vicious… Read more »