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Spotlight On: MSMU

In this day and age, with the availability of hours of streaming film and television content, it can be nostalgic to think back to the old days when people just channel surfed on the TV to get their entertainment fix. In many ways, channel surfing is a lost art, since...

Media Impact: understanding Transmedia

As a narrative form, film is supposedly self-contained. Solomon Northup is kidnapped; he endures twelve horrifying years of slavery; he regains his freedom. A shark attacks a New England beach; a policeman, a scientist, and a fisherman join forces to hunt the shark...

The Oculus Rift and the future of filmmaking

Virtual Reality (VR) is no longer an arcade gimmick. Like an entertainment platform out of “Infinite Jest,” the Oculus Rift (OR) is bringing an exciting and startling array of possibilities to VR and the idea of fully immersing oneself in a fictional...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Johnny Mnemonic

In 2021, the world is connected to the internet almost constantly, and it has created a new disease called Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS) which affects about half of the world’s population. Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data courier, tasked with carrying some...