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by Kolby Solinsky

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It sort of happened like The Avengers. One day, you’re staring at your dad’s comic books, wondering to yourself, “How is it possible that nobody has made a movie about Iron Man? Or about The Hulk? Or Thor? Or Captain America?” And then, all of a sudden, they’re all together in the biggest – but possibly most overrated, and I won’t explain why I said that – movie of the year, maybe the decade. Or it’s like watching The Price is Right, seeing someone cling to faith on a Plinko chip in the first round, barely nipping that oversized dollar into the wickets of the $10,000 space. And then, within a half-an-hour, they have rocketed through the wheel and into the Showcase Showdown, where not only do they win their own package but they guess right within $500, winning the other guy’s showcase, too.

These things happen sometimes. You hope for just one brownie and you get the whole plate. And it seems like the NHL is content on giving that to us, too.

Not just Seattle. Not just Las Vegas (wait, Las Vegas was a real idea?) or Quebec City or New Toronto. But all freakin’ four.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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I was away on vacation when Robin Williams died, and I never really felt like writing anything about him or really posting anything because, well, everyone else already was. But he was my favourite actor, ever since I was 5 and 6 and could process what was happening on the screen – watching Aladdin or Hook or Mrs Doubtfire – to when I was a teenager, and then up until now. It’s amazing that he could churn out ‘dramedic’ performances in Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam alongside and at the same time as his stand-up and his screwball, oddball, anything-ball comedy.

I think that’s the mark of a great entertainer, not surprisingly – to connect with you at almost any time, no matter what he’s doing, forever.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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The 90′s died about 15 years ago. Or 13 years ago, because Who Let The Dogs Out was a hit towards the end of 2001, if memory serves. And the Academy Awards in 2000 honoured the films of the year before, as the Academy Awards has always done. American Beauty won Best Picture, beating out The InsiderThe Sixth SenseThe Green Mile, and The Cider House Rules. There are more “the”s in that list than CBS’s weekday schedule.

And American Beauty is still being honoured as a 90′s film, falling somewhere near the back of the front 10 in Rolling Stone magazine’s ’25 Best Movies of the 1990s” – behind GoodfellasThe Big Lebowski, and Pulp Fiction, which placed in the top three.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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If you’ve been hearing a lot about this VICE thing the past couple of years, if you’re a journalist and you’re wondering why you can’t get that coveted but often brushed-off 16-30-year-old demographic to watch your show instead, then the video above is maybe the one of their many you should watch.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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*This was originally published by the Burnaby NewsLeader

Pedro Morales makes headlines with his feet, normally, not his words or his predictions.

But the Vancouver Whitecaps’ star – originally from Chile – turned heads and caused retweets on Tuesday, when he told reporters he thought soccer would overtake hockey as the most important, most popular sport in Canada.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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By now, if you’re kind of person who’d be interested in seeing it, chances are you’ve seen it.

Because Mad Max is back. And, baby… is he ever.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Whenever I look at another NHL team and its players – whether it’s the Chicago Blackhawks and their dance parties, or the L.A. Kings, or the Detroit Red Wings and, to some extent, the Philadelphia Flyers – I think, “Wow, are they all best friends?”

They look like they chose themselves. I feel to wander through one of their crowds for a night, to leave the hostile, jumpy confines of a hockey-mad, sadistic Canadian city, and to be a part of one of their fan bases would leave me like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris… just walking around the Twenties saying shit like, “Wow, this is UNBELIEVABLE!” and “I don’t know what it IS with this city!” over and over. And over.

But instead, when I look at the Vancouver Canucks, I just think, “Oh, are they at Thanksgiving?”

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by Kolby Solinsky

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I have seen a lot of movies. Like, way too many… and then again, I haven’t seen many, many films that everyone must consider to be the sort of epics you can’t die without sacrificing and hour or two for. Some of the films I haven’t seen, I suppose they’re the favourite films of many people. Or – even more infuriatingly – they’re the films people consider to be the one constant in their life, the thing they first saw and said, “Okay, I expect a higher standard now.”

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by Kolby Solinsky

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I sat there, semi-dumbfounded but also sorta expecting it. Because we’ve seen it before, when one team has the chance to win or, at the very least, go out with guns a’blazing, and they instead retreat. They suck back into their own end. They let the play come to them. They let the other team off the hook, and they play conservatively – maybe they’re playing for overtime, or maybe they’re playing for the shootout. They’re not really trying to win, they’re just trying to survive as long as possible.

This is understandable if you were a boxer in the 60′s and you were facing Muhammad Ali. It’s understandable if you were this year’s New York Rangers, tossed into the fire of the Stanley Cup Final against a take-your-pick-but-beware Western Conference opponent, which turned out to be the vastly superior Los Angeles Kings. It’s understandable, basically, if you have no business hoisting the trophy.

But it was inexcusable yesterday, and unacceptable for Argentina.

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The King has returned, and he’s been learning.

Not just how to win championships or how to care, but how to show people you want to win championships. How to show people you care. He’s learned PR and he’s learned how to manoeuvre atop the masses.

His first attempt was sloppy. He stuck the landing and won a couple trophies, some individual hardware, but the take-off was garbage.

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