Creative Comparison: The Purge Franchise & Paw Patrol

With cases across the globe of police brutality being spotlighted, the internet is ablaze with people using fictional characters or stories to justify the #defundthepolice movement. Disclaimer: This is in no way meant to diminish or make light of the movement itself, this comparison is purely about Paw Patrol and The Purge Franchise. As a new parent and also a diehard horror movie fan, two interesting examples of this have frequently been filling my social media newsfeed, which of course

Creative Comparison: Dwayne McDuffie & Donald Glover

Across the globe, the bell for societal change has been rung, and movements for racial equality are being heard in all corners of our everyday life. Predominately, the focus has been towards the changing of how Black Americans are treated by the police and the systematic oppressive system which keeps them crippled, but the fight against injustice is one that is incredibly multilayered. In the film community, creators and studios have stated that they are looking into reflecting a more

Bored of Hollywood remakes? Watch these International Indies instead

“The film industry is out of ideas!” “Ugh, when are they going to stop making the same stories over and over again?!” “ANOTHER remake? Seriously?!” These are often the complaints I see in comment sections of any new movie being churned out by the film industries’ blockbuster conveyer belt. If we’re being honest, they are somewhat warranted issues for the most part when it comes to the movies that are marketed to us in theaters or even Video on Demand.

Vivid Violence in Chaotic Cartoons, from Rick and Morty to Mortal Kombat

Animated movies make up for some of the multi-million dollar blockbusters that rule Hollywood with their bright visuals and “fun for the whole family” appeal. While on the small screen, there is a wide array of animated movies and television shows made for adults that have managed to be superior in comparison to live-action counterparts in the same genre. The world of sci-fi animated features and shows, in particular, is one that has become somewhat of a mixed bag of

Ruby Rose is leaving Gotham City; Fan Casting a new Batwoman

Ruby Rose is no longer Batwoman… It was reported earlier today by various news sources (most notably Variety) that the 34-year-old actor will be stepping down from the lead role of the CW series Batwoman. This came as a shock, as season 2 of the show is still in motion to come in 2021, and now we’re all kind of left wondering who is going to be our new Kate Kane? As a big fan of the character from the

A Visual Guide to Understanding Midnight Content

Midnight Content is a Westcoast Strange way of describing anything that is scary and best viewed late at night, while you are safely tucked into bed. This content can include movie clips, short films, creepy images, scary stories, or anything else that you stumble across on your newsfeed during a late-night scroll on social media. Finding these online oddities has always been a hobby of mine and now that I have a platform to share them, I honestly couldn’t think

Westcoast Strange’s tips to making anyone a horror fan

Horror is a genre that has a great many fans, and yet alternatively, there are some people who refuse to watch a single movie. Within recent years, horror films have won multiple awards and received notable recognition as a money-making powerhouse which has also had some of the greatest performances by legendary actors in the industry. With all that said, it can sometimes be a futile effort to try and convince a friend, family member, or significant to watch the

The Great Debate: what type of sci-fi movie aliens would be in that Pentagon footage?

The Pentagon has recently released three videos of UFOs, and the Internet has become momentarily distracted by the slight possibility of aliens flying in our skies. It’s good to have a bit of a break from our new norm, and currently this is one of my favourite conversation topics going around that doesn’t involve the Corona Virus, so any dialogue about it is great to hear. As the different news sites and experts discuss whether or not the videos are

The Fourth Wall Is Meant to Be Broken: From Deadpool to The Dead Don’t Die

Breaking the fourth wall is an interesting storytelling technique that first began in theater, and then later made its way to television and film. The term refers to when a character speaks directly to the audience, and are aware of the fictional nature of the medium they are in. It’s somewhat of a rarity in film and television due to the fact it takes the audience out of what they are watching, but occasionally it can been used creatively (and

Deep Sea to Deep Space: A look at Modern Monsters

The battle of man vs. monster has been prevalent in our stories and myths since the dawn of time, and the creativity of the human mind has always given us some excellent nightmare fuel from the very beginning. Modern horror and sci-fi filmmakers are always working to shock and scare us with their content, which means coming up with new monsters can be challenging when trying to get the attention of fans who have already seen so much in the