Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who gained popularity towards the end of her life, but sadly her paintings did not generate money until after her death in 1970. This biopic depicts the unconventional love story between Maud and her poor fish-peddler husband Everett Lewis, but it is also a heartwarming tribute to her creative spirit and work.
Maud Dowley was born in Nova Scotia in 1903 and suffered from crippling rheumatoid arthritis that worsened with age. After her parents died, she was sent to live with her aunt. It is here the movie picks up her story, when Maud decides to reply to Everett’s ad for a live-in housekeeper in order to escape her aunt’s oppressive household. At first Everett is cold, even abusive to Maud, but her perseverance eventually wears him down and they fall into a comfortable arrangement in the one-room house with no water or electricity. Maud spends more time painting birds and flowers on the walls and windows than she does cleaning, but Everett never discourages her, instead buying Maud her first set of oil paints. Maud accompanies Everett on his door-to-door fish route, selling her hand-painted cards for a nickel, when a vacationing New Yorker takes a liking to her work. Soon after, the media becomes interested in Maud’s paintings and by the mid-60s the CBC and Toronto Star help bring her some recognition; but still, her paintings had never sold for more than ten dollars when she died of pneumonia several years later.
Today, Maud’s childlike and cheerful scenes of rural Nova Scotian life have sold for thousands, with one painting purchased at auction for over $22,000. As disappointing as it is that Maud did not see this money in her lifetime, the film shows us that she enjoyed her work and managed to maintain her sweet disposition until her final days. With excellent performances from Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise), and the stunning backdrop of Trinity, Newfoundland filling in for Digby, Nova Scotia, this film is an enjoyable watch.
One part action film and one part horror film, Mayhem takes the satire of popular comedy Office Space, and turns it into a bloody thrill ride.
Mayhem tells the story of attorney Derek Cho (played by Steven Yuen) who is framed by a co-worker and fired from his corporate law office. But before he is escorted out, the building is quarantined because a virus, capable of making people act out their wildest impulses, has affected everyone inside. Trapped in the quarantined building, Derek fights his way to the top of the corporate ladder with a former client to get his job back and get revenge.
This movie is not a masterpiece by any means. It’s an entertaining revenge story which parodies a different way to “move up the corporate ladder”. It features lots of gore, profanity and some nudity. The plot is extremely weak and most characters are not developed much at all – including main characters. That being said, while the characters are not well developed, the lead actors give passionate performances and are believable in their portrayal of the infection. I especially enjoyed up and coming actress Samara Weaving’s performance! There is also a wonderful variety in weapons, tactics and violence, so the action never gets stale and the tension remains throughout the film.
Overall, I had a lot of fun watching this movie and would recommend it for those who enjoy karmic justice and revenge stories as long as you don’t mind gore and are not looking for a deep story.
Welcome to World ofOverwatch! That's a bit of a gaming humour about the game Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer online first player shooter, from Blizzard, the company which also created World of Warcraft. If I didn’t lose you in the last sentence, then this may be a game for you! Overwatch is Blizzard’s answer to multiplayer battle arena games like Team Fortress 2 and other franchises, and they have polished it into a game of beauty.
Before the game ever launched they were building the backstory of the characters through gorgeous and detailed animated videos which begin to weave the narrative.
The world was in chaos until an international group of heroes, Overwatch, stepped in to the restore peace. Nevertheless, politics evolve until Overwatch has been disgraced and disbanded while the bad guys are once again loose in the world. Players join the game as Overwatch covertly rebuilds to protect the world, and you have the choice to fight for Overwatch or as a member of Talon, a Terrorist organization.
The game combines beautiful scenery with action packed arena battle. You must be on your toes at all moments—you never know who is lurking behind that next corner. For those of you who prefer a support role, I suggest healing with Mercy, a field medic and scientist who advocates for peace. Alternatively, for the fighters out there, try out Tracer, a time hopping teleporter with a spunky attitude. No matter what system you play on or which role you prefer to play, Overwatch is a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends.
Borrow it from the library for the PS4 or the Xbox One today.
- Amanda, Information Services
In the Community
Join KW Moms Club for their ninth annual family celebration at Bingemans in Kitchener! FamJam 2018 is taking place on Friday, March 30th from 9:30AM to 2:00PM at Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener). The event is free, but tickets must be pre-reserved through EventBrite prior to the event by visiting this link. Tickets are available until Friday, March 30th at 8:30 AM.
This is a free event for the whole family featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts, face painting and more! Keep up to date on programming and enter contests on the Facebook event page.
One of the best parts of flipping through a magazine is that you never know what delights you will uncover with each flip of the page. When I saw some St. Patrick’s Day themed treats in Martha Stewart Living (March 2018, p.22) my mouth started watering. While the magazine inspires you to “surprise the leprechauns in your life” with their themed goodies, there was one leprechaun in particular that I wanted to treat – myself!
If you are tired of seeing green this St. Patrick’s Day, this Pure Gold hot chocolate is a comforting and delightful treat to sip on. Hints of turmeric and cinnamon give this frothy treat a bright golden tint and sweet rich taste.
To make this even more of a treasure, it was super easy to make! Just melt the white chocolate and spices until you get a thick, golden mix and slowly whisk in some milk and brown sugar. I rarely make a recipe and follow it exactly… this time I substituted almond milk and halved the brown sugar. Next time, I would leave out the brown sugar entirely – I personally found it slightly too sweet and would rather enjoy the undertone of the spices underneath the sweetness of the chocolate.
I would make this for a St. Patrick’s Day party for leprechauns of all ages to enjoy. You could easily make a big batch of this and keep it warm in a crockpot while your guests help themselves to the “pot of gold”. They will be delighted by their luck!
While this is the perfect holiday drink, I would make this any time of the year. Find the magazine here or flip through it on your desktop or mobile device here.
- Laura A., Information Services
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