Mark Janz

Mark Janz

20th Century Boy

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  • Mark Janz
    Published 5 months ago
    7 Music Film Biopics We'd Love to See

    7 Music Film Biopics We'd Love to See

    After the dizzying success of 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, there seems to be a buzz in Hollywood about the biographical music film. Elton John’s biopic treatment Rocketman just opened in theatres in May, Mötley Crüe’s gritty romp The Dirt roared to the top of the Netflix charts in March, and word is already out about a David Bowie movie in the works called Stardust. Perhaps Bohemian Rhapsody was the catalyst for the new trend in Hollywood to replace the tired superhero film movement of the last decade. Regardless of whether that’s true or not, the music biopic isn’t necessarily anything new. Films like 1991’s The Doors, all the way to 2015’s Straight Outta Compton have proven to be box office busts and booms over the years. Despite that it’s not a cutting-edge genre, there’s still so much excitement to imagine all the great artists that could get the silver screen treatment in the future. While there are many legendary artists with huge legacies, like Elvis Presley and The Beatles, there are some artists whose stories possess such unique elements that make for a dangerously compelling narrative. So, without further boring lecture from me, here are 10 artists whose music biopics would be incredible to see on the big screen.
  • Mark Janz
    Published 5 months ago
    The Double Standard of Halloween Hype vs. Christmas Hype

    The Double Standard of Halloween Hype vs. Christmas Hype

    As the exuberant rays of the summer sun begin to set, I grievously await not only the cool breeze and the prismatic mortality of the trees’ foliage (anyone who says fall is beautiful is a sadist), but the beginning of the social media epidemic “it’s almost Halloween season.” This year, I saw these types of posts as early as August 29th! It always vexed me to see posts like this, not only because I just never liked Halloween or October (for reasons I will discuss below), but because these very same posters had a lot of negative to say when someone DARED make a post about Christmas before December 1st. People acted as if it was so distasteful and offensive, meanwhile they shared their excitement for the spookiest day of the year months premature. So don’t get your jack-o-lanterns out yet, because we’re going to explore this double standard of holiday hype and why it should not exist.
  • Mark Janz
    Published about a year ago
    The Beaches 'The Professional' -  Review

    The Beaches 'The Professional' - Review

    If the name The Beaches does not ring a bell for you, it’s time to take some notes. This group of young adults from the tattered suburbs of Ontario have been breaking necks worldwide with their sprightly alternative rock n’ roll since their 2017 debut LP Late Show. The group’s dusty shoe laces reach back much further than that, though, being active local favorites since 2013. Consisting of vocalist/bassist Jordan Miller, guitarist Kylie Miller, guitarist/keyboardist Leandra Earl, and drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel, The Beaches have been dropping hits and famous jaws (including that of Sir Elton John) like it’s going out of style. And with their May 2019 EP release The Professional, I can assure you, it’s not.
  • Mark Janz
    Published 2 years ago
    6 Fun yet Unpopular Things to Do in Calgary This Summer

    6 Fun yet Unpopular Things to Do in Calgary This Summer

    Summer time is my favourite time of the year. I’d take warm nights, long days, and short sleeves over Santa Claus and holiday cheer any day. (Santa if you’re reading this, I’m just trying to act cool in front of my friends. Please don’t forget about the LEGO I asked for). Tons of my friends at one point or another have said that Calgary is a boring city, and that there isn’t much to do here. I find most people who say such things aren’t looking hard enough for the aspects and events that make this city fun, and are giving up and going to Cowboys for draft night for the 11th Thursday in a row. Just like with a significant other, you often have to search and dig for the qualities about them that enthrall you. It’s the very same with this city. So I’m going to let you in on my secrets of some really fun things to do in Calgary this summer that the average person doesn’t take advantage of.
  • Mark Janz
    Published 2 years ago
    One Overlooked Reason Why '13 Reasons Why' Shocked Audiences

    One Overlooked Reason Why '13 Reasons Why' Shocked Audiences

    13 reasons why is very much in the top five most controversial topics in the late 2010s. That’s a high honor/dishonor, as that contends with the Trump presidency and whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza (it doesn’t). Season 2 premiered earlier this year, and as expected, people had A LOT to say about it. Something I noticed scrolling my social feeds was that the negative opinions on the show all followed more or less the same points.
  • Mark Janz
    Published 2 years ago
    7 80s Movie Lessons We Should All Live By

    7 80s Movie Lessons We Should All Live By

    You can’t think of the 80s without thinking of three specific things: crazy yet amazing fashion, killer music, and the classic 80s movies. These movies had such a magic about them. They were so iconic and simple, yet it was so easy to relate to the complexities our favourite characters were experiencing. I may have been born in 97, but the decade’s music and movies raised me just as much as my parents did. My first day of fifth grade, I came to school dressed as Marty McFly—orange puffy vest and all. All through high school, I did my hair and dressed like I was Bon Jovi’s less talented cousin, Ron Bon Jovi. I mean, be serious, what girl in the 2010s can resist a guy with teased bangs? I loved so many of the movies and bands of the decade, I literally wore them on my sleeve. What helps me not feel like a COMPLETE nerd, though, is that many people of this generation still do share my love for the flicks; they make us laugh, they make us cry, but they also teach us so much. While the 80s may seem like a long time ago, the common denominator is that the people in these movies were experiencing a lot of the same things we go through today. While I love so many films and learned a lot from all of them, I’ve narrowed it down to these seven lessons that the films of the 80s could teach this generation.