A Climate Scientist Gets Elected. My Risk Pays Off.

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:52

When, on the night of Tuesday 14th May, the results came in for the 2013 election in British Columbia in Canada, it marked the end of what seemed like a very long journey for me.

Around six months earlier, I started documenting University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver's run for election to the provincial legislature. Initially, Weaver's vocal criticism of Canada's record on climate change was what piqued my interest in his campaign.

Crowning Glory For The King's Speech at 2011 Oscars

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 21:16

Surprise! David Fincher didn't win the Best Director award. But King Colin (pictured above, arriving with Livia Giuggioli for the Oscars ceremony) did exactly as everyone predicted, winning the Best Actor award.

It was a night for The King's Speech, which took the top awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and of course, Best Actor, making it a solid 4 wins out of 12 nominations.

Oscars Night

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 01:20

Love 'em or hate 'em, millions around the world tune in each year for the melodrama, the tears, the frocks, the excruciating speeches, and the occasional faux pas.

It's all totally over the top. At least, it is to us mere mortals. The movies themselves rarely live up to the gilded words and the self-aggrandising promise of the Oscars ceremony. But those coveted little gold men can seal careers and ensure a healthy future in the movie business for anyone fortunate enough to walk away with one in gripped fist.

Will the Real 3D Experience Please Stand Up

Submitted by Dylan Matthew on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 23:26

A few nights ago I went with a couple of friends to see the new Narnia film in 3D. I found the film a bit disappointing, but overall it’s a pleasant enough way to pass a couple of hours. It’s better than the last effort, but is essentially undemanding entertainment with the dots joined up in predictable fashion and it has a couple of decent scenes.

Inside Job Review

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Fri, 10/22/2010 - 13:21

The face of the financial crisis has taken many forms, from people lining up outside banks desperate to get at their savings, to the dilapidation of newly built suburban homes that have been foreclosed on. Inside Job, a punch-packing documentary by San Francisco based Charles Ferguson, the director who previously picked through the wreckage of US Iraq policy in No End In Sight, goes straight to the top.