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Media Impact: Disney sports films and gender issues

One of the songs in High School Musical, “Stick to the Status Quo,” involves a number of students who are inspired by Troy Bolton’s newly-revealed interest in theatre. These students sing about their own secret, unexpected hobbies that apparently go against the grain...

The art of the sports movie monologue

Any film in the sports genre is incomplete, or simply not as inspiring, without a rousing third-act speech to rally the team into champions. These monologues, usually delivered by a coach or adult figurehead, can be an actor or screenwriter’s dream. The objective is...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Goon

For the sports issue, we decided on Goon for the monthly discussion on Essential Canadian Cinema. It broke Canadian box office records upon its release in 2011, and took home top honours at the first annual Canadian Screen Awards. It is directed by Michael Dowse, and...