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RoboCops

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The 1987 movie RoboCop has become a household classic over the last 27 years and even if you have not seen it, chances are you have heard of it or know the premise. The name speaks for itself: the movie is about a cop who is a robot. On 12 February 2014, RoboCop hit theatres again with an all-new cast, updated graphics, and a slightly different plot. The question that remains is: Which RoboCop is better—the original or the remake? Let's recap (keep in mind both stories ... (Continue reading)

Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium

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Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium Featuring Cappella Romana and Alexander Lingas (Conductor) Cappella Romana, 2012 ASIN: B007VHJVSM On their new CD, Cappella Romana performs Byzantine musical treasures from the cathedrals and monasteries of the Eastern Roman Empire which were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai. When the Byzantine empire fell in 1453, the emperor and his entire court were butchered inside Hagia Sophia after the almost thousand-year-old bronze doors were breached. ... (Continue reading)

JERUSALEM

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On 25 February, the Ontario Science Centre held a media premiere for the National Geographic IMAX film Jerusalem. Writer, producer, and director Daniel Ferguson attended the event along with surprise guests Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros, and Revital Zacharie, the three stars of the film. The day consisted of a special viewing for media and students from nearby schools, and a Q&A session followed by a press conference and select ... (Continue reading)

The Lego Movie

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The time has come: LEGO has released its first full-length theatrical film, The Lego Movie, and it is doing fantastically across the board. It has been the top-grossing movie in North America for the past three weeks, has an 82 metascore, an average rating of 8.4 on IMDb.com—and I personally have yet to hear a negative review since its release. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and I highly recommend it if you’re looking ... (Continue reading)

The Catechism of Hockey

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The Catechism of Hockey by Alyssa Bormes American Chesterton Society Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-97444-950-0 “What if Wayne Gretzky’s mother was his first teacher of hockey and supported him in hockey, and his dad sat in the easy chair with a newspaper and said, ‘Hockey is for the weak-minded. Just do what your mother says’? What if his father didn’t go to the games? What if his father refused to watch hockey on television? What if his father mocked his teamwear? What if ... (Continue reading)

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthenng for Seniors and Caregivers

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers ISBN: 978-0-96774-495-7 125 pages, softcover $10.95 US According to Statistics Canada, the years between 2010 and 2031 will see an accelerated rate in the aging population since during this period all baby boomers will have turned sixty-five. By the year 2036, between 23% and 25% of the population will be comprised of seniors aged sixty-five and over. The number of seniors by 2036 will be double the number of seniors in 2009. In the United ... (Continue reading)

Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart

Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. Marco Testa Porter Fine Printing, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-9880692-1-3 Softcover, pp. 48; price: $5.00 CAD For two years beginning in 1673, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a humble nun of the Visitation Order, received private revelations from the Lord. Through her, He revealed His Most Sacred Heart to the world. With the assistance of her spiritual director, the Jesuit priest St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Feast in ... (Continue reading)

CBC Exposed

CBC Exposed by Brian Lilley Freedom Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-98816-910-4 Softcover, pp. 185; price: $22.36 CAD My relationship with the CBC as a listener ended about a decade ago when, during the course of a weekend’s air- time on Radio One, I heard veteran broadcaster Michael Enright make a series of crude anti-Irish jokes that might have provoked a few titters at an Orange Lodge, or been unremarkable banter in polite company almost a century ago, when Toronto was known ... (Continue reading)

Is Superman still a Christian hero?

What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? (Jor-El, Man of Steel) In June 1938, Superman first appeared in comic books and since then has become a legend that needs no introduction. When I first heard that Zack Snyder was directing the newest Superman movie, I was apprehensive. Zack Snyder is the director of 300, Watchman, and Sucker Punch—I thought his Superman would be (to put it mildly) different from all the ... (Continue reading)

The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital Age

In his new book, The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital Age, Fr. Denis Lemieux explores the Internet's effects on culture and on our relationships. He examines important questions of isolation, dehumanization, control, and freedom in relation to our use (or overuse) of the Internet and social media. Within the context of Christianity, he looks at relationships and other questions of importance in the digital age: what is relationship—my relationship with others, my relationship with God, my relationship with myself, the definition ... (Continue reading)

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