Wade Thompson

Wade Thompson

Articles by Wade Thompson

Laurier probably wasn’t for me

When I arrived at Laurier, I thought that this was the best fit for what I wanted to do with my life. By the time I graduated this past October, I had come to the realization that I should have gone a different route. The way Laurier is run had a huge impact on that realization. As a first year […]

by Wade Thompson· · Opinion ·

Swan ‘song’: postpone the real world with film

Say you’re out at a club or a gala or, you know, alone dancing in your room on a Friday night. After all the lights have gone out and they’re trying to get you to call it a night; there’s always that one last song to play you out.  A few years ago I wrote an article about movies to […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·
(Graphic by Wade Thompson).

This year at the ‘Ugh’-scars

Ugh. It didn’t have the makings of a classic show by any means, but the 85th annual Oscars ceremony actually dwindled lower than my already modest expectations.  Starting with the announcement that Seth MacFarlane would be hosting, I knew it was just going to be one of those nights. Before I start with the negatives though, I will admit that […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·
(Wade Thompson -- Visual Director).

Oscars: Argo

Argo has quickly become the film to beat this year, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down in the final stretch either. Based on real events, the movie is about a covert CIA operative that attempted to evacuate a group of American diplomatic personnel from revolutionary Iran in 1980. Director/actor Ben Affleck demonstrates that his comeback in […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·
The Academy gets it right

The Academy gets it right

Kathryn Bigelow. Ben Affleck. Quentin Tarantino. Tom Hooper. Four directors who have been in the Oscar conversation all awards season, and who backed that praise up with very worthy films. But, as if a running theme this year, there were just too many other notable contenders, and they were bumped from the final five. As good as those directors were, […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·
(Graphic by Wade Thompson)

Fesitvus for the rest of us

Come Dec. 1, the holiday season is in full swing. It’s time to put up your trees, break out the dreidels and basically sit and stew until you have the time to relax with family and friends while visions of sugarplums dance in your heads. What exactly is a sugarplum and why is it Christmas-related? I have no idea. But […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·
(Photo by Nick Lachance)

The rise and fall of Jeffries’ Hawks

2002 A staff strike at Laurier forces head coach Rick Zmich to join the picket line, Jeffries takes over as interim head coach midway through the season. Star QB Ryan Pyear goes down with a knee injury. Laurier stumbles to a 1-7 record. 2003 Jan. 2003: Zmich steps down. Rick Zmich resigns after 12 seasons, Jeffries appointed interim head coach. […]

by Wade Thompson· · Features ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

Disney avoiding originality

In 2009, the Walt Disney Company set a precedent amongst the industry by purchasing Marvel Studios. Not even three years later and they have already out-shocked that investment by securing possession of the most profitable movie franchise of all time; LucasArts, the birthplace of Star Wars. This move, decried by some, but lauded by most, makes this the third largest-property […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·

Seven Movie Psychos

Usually, when October rolls around, we as movie-goers are subjected to an ever growing number of masked killers and newly refurbished ways to try and get us to pee our pants. While there have been, and will be, a few new additions to the horror canon this month, another “horrific” release has garnered my interest; Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. In […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·

Secret film revealed

Last week, K-W Counselling Services held a secret screening of a new, as of yet, unreleased film at Uptown Waterloo’s Princess Cinema. The film turned out to be Canadian darling Sarah Polley’s new movie Stories We Tell, which was a hit at TIFF last month. Polley’s film focuses on the real-life tale of the director herself who, while in her […]

by Wade Thompson· · Arts ·