Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

Vikes shine at Nights of Lightning

Nobody knows what 2016 bears for Vikes basketball, but, after opening game wins for both the women’s and men’s teams, the year was kicked off in grand fashion. Both the men’s and women’s teams played their opening gambits Jan. 8, with the women winning 73-64 over the Manitoba Bisons while the men outlasted the Bisons… Read more »

My pick of the flicks of 2015

About a month ago, as I sat down to write a list of my favourite movies of 2015, I realized I hadn’t seen nearly enough films in 2015. So over winter break I sat down and binge-watched the best of film last year, and here are the results, ranked according to both quality of filmmaking… Read more »

The year in sports: 2015’s biggest plays

From Ronda Rousey to the Golden State Warriors, it’s been a big year for sports in 2015. Champions were defeated, underdogs rose up, and we were even blessed with the privilege of having “My Balls Are Perfect” be a completely valid and informative headline (Thank you, Deflategate). Though there were plenty of sports stories to… Read more »

UVic PhD student has course plans for Force fans

For David Christopher, teaching a course about Star Wars seems almost like destiny. Christopher has watched, studied, and loved the franchise ever since the age of seven, when his father took him to see A New Hope at a drive-in theatre in Ottawa. Since then, Christopher has followed the movies with a dedication reserved for… Read more »

UVic Pride referendum voted down after WebVote error

The referendum proposing increased resources for the UVic Pride Collective through an increased student levy has been struck down following a 54 per cent “no” vote on Thursday, Nov. 26. About 17 per cent of the student body voted in the referendum, with 1403 students voting in favour of an increase of 74 cents for… Read more »

Adele could’ve had it all, but only gets halfway

“Everybody tells me it’s ‘bout time that I moved on And I need to learn to lighten up” So sings Adele in “River Lea,” halfway through her new album 25. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Adele’s previous two albums, 19 and 21, were about as joyful as getting uninvited to your own birthday… Read more »

One take is all it takes for bold German film

“One City. One Night. One Take.” So reads the tagline for Victoria, a German film directed by Sebastian Schipper, and it’s not lying. The film plays at Cinecenta from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, and is one of the only movies ever made from a single continuous shot. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)… Read more »

High hopes for women’s field hockey as championship begins

The 40th annual Women’s Field Hockey Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship kicks off this Thursday, Nov. 5, hosted by the number one nationally ranked University of Victoria Vikes. The Vikes are looking to win their 12th national championship, and reclaim their first McRae Cup since 2008. The Vikes, unbeaten through their Canada West season, finished… Read more »