Author: Stephanie Austin

We All Float Down Here at #FanExpo

One of the most horrifying works from Stephen King, his novel IT, has a new film adaptation of the same name coming to theatres on September 8. As a promotion, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have created Float: A Cinematic VR Experience, which allows users to encounter Pennywise, the central villain, before his big screen debut. While the production companies have made Float available online to watch on various platforms, those without VR-capability can experience it at a convention. Given the huge draw for this, I knew showing up early would be key. Timeslot tickets are being...

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#TIFF16 Review: Brimstone Is an Overwhelming Revenge Thriller

Brimstone Director: Martin Koolhoven Cast: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice Van Houten, Kit Harrington 2016 I left the screening of Brimstone with an overwhelming feeling, but I couldn’t pinpoint just what it was. Scenes played out in my mind as I walked out of the theatre. I tried to identify just what I loved about it when I was alone with my thoughts (and countless other passengers, of course) in the subway ride back home. The movie itself felt like an epic, with chapters that seemed to keep coming, and had an intensity I was not expecting. It was...

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A Voyage Home: Finding Our Star Trek

In part one of this roundtable WWAC contributors discussed queerness in Star Trek. In this part, they discuss which Star Trek was their first, which one(s) they have the most emotional connection, and their hopes of the upcoming film and TV series. What is YOUR Star Trek and why did you connect with it? If you grew up with Star Trek, how do you relate to the various shows and films and the changes to the canon over time? Ray: My exposure to Star Trek came all throughout my childhood and secondhand, through my father who watched the entire...

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Not So Infinite Diversity: Queering Star Trek

In part one of this roundtable, WWAC contributors discuss the recent revelation that helmsman Hikaru Sulu is in a same sex relationship in the upcoming film Star Trek: Beyond, and the paucity of LGBTQA representation in Star Trek up until now. In part two of this roundtable, they will discuss which Star Trek they found their home in. In the new film Star Trek: Beyond, Hikaru Sulu, once played by George Takei, now played by John Cho, will be revealed to be queer. What do you think of this decision and Takei’s criticisms of it? Ray Sonne: Making Sulu queer...

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Star Trek Is About Hope and Gay Sulu Gives Us That

This month marks the release of Star Trek Beyond and, as the title actually suggests, it will take a fan favourite where no character (at least in Hollywood Star Trek cannon) has gone before – the first openly gay man, in the form of helmsman Hikaru Sulu played by actor John Cho. Sexuality has been significant across the various mediums in which Star Trek is involved: multiple TV series and films, animation, books, and more. While the majority of relationships have been depicted as heterosexual (albeit many interspecies!), there have been some with twists on the traditional. A prime...

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