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Anne-iversaries

You're not replaceable: What Toy Story can teach us about surviving the gig economy

25 years after it redefined animated films, the Pixar classic still holds some surprisingly relevant lessons.
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Winona forever: Why the legendary Ms. Ryder deserves to be celebrated now and always

In honour of her 49th birthday, Anne T. Donahue and Peter Knegt praise be our favourite girl, uninterrupted.
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All the women who independent: How Charlie's Angels celebrated finding your own unique feminism

Throw your hands up at Anne T. Donahue's revisiting of the film 20 years later.
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The Social Network is a horror movie — one that only gets scarier over time

The decade since the film's release has revealed the villainous truth about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.
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Impossibly fabulous: Beverly Hills, 90210 and the myth of teen glamour

As the teen drama turns 30 (!), Anne T. Donahue looks back at the fantasy it served — and how that fantasy made the reality of high school more palatable.
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Why Frances McDormand's Elaine Miller is the true heart of Almost Famous

Her smothering mothering felt unbearable to teenage audiences, but looking back, it's clear that her love is what kept William anchored.
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The summer of 2000 brought us Coyote Ugly and Bring It On. But what did they teach teen audiences?

Each movie delivers its message using the most powerful weapon that can be leveraged against teenage girls: shame.
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Looking to radically reset your life? Be wary of the superficial Eat Pray Love approach

Real healing is messy — the 2010 movie's neatly packaged version of inspiration mostly just made ordinary people feel inadequate.
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In defence of Twilight, a teenage dream of excess and melodrama

The franchise gave its audience everything they could have wanted with the kind of overdramatic, ill-fated teen romance has been thriving since Shakespeare.
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? showed a generation the spooky magic of storytelling

Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, Anne T. Donahue celebrates one of the 90s' most iconic Canadian shows.
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How Sex and the City 2 singlehandedly destroyed the entire franchise's legacy

In its early days, the show was transgressive enough to forgive its missteps. By 2010, there was no excuse.
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20 years later, Center Stage is still the dose of dance-fuelled optimism we need — now more than ever

The dance movies of the early 2000s still hold a very special place in Anne T. Donahue's heart.
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20 years ago, two movies peeled the shiny skin off elite society to reveal the horror beneath

When they were released in spring 2000, American Psycho and The Skulls showed that being rich and powerful isn't aspirational — it's a nightmare.
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10 nostalgic movies from the year 2000 to help turn off your brain

From Erin Brockovich to Miss Congeniality, here are some offerings of distraction for our stressful times.
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20 years ago, Final Destination taught us that death is less scary when you make it ridiculous

Our real-life chaos tends to play out slower, and it feels a little more mundane and manageable — at least by comparison.
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If Nickelback were a new band today, would people still hate them — or give them a chance?

This is how Anne T. Donahue reminds you that maybe the hatred toward Canada's most polarizing band has been a bit overblown.
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How 1995's Brady Bunch Movie casually eviscerated the perfect TV family of decades past

Was it a perfect film? Absolutely not. But as the Bradys taught us, most things that are tend to be terrible.
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Why Neve Campbell deserves more credit for bringing a complex softness to the Scream franchise

We're still screaming for the lasting legacy of Sidney Prescott, who wears her damage on her sleeve and wields it as a weapon.
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It's been 25 years since My So-Called Life was abruptly cancelled. Could Canadian TV have saved it?

America wasn't quite ready for Angela Chase in 1995 — but north of the border, coming-of-age shows like Ready or Not were thriving.
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Y2K didn't destroy everything — but it did usher in an unbelievably messy era of pop culture

The 2000s were a full-on Monet — a big ol' mess. But ultimately, they were the growing pains that led to a decade that demanded work be sharper and better.
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In the 1990s, Christmas movies stared reality in its cold, dead eyes — and it was spectacular

Modern Christmas movies have come to be defined by their relentless cheeriness. But a few decades ago, it was a very different story.
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The real hero of The Santa Clause is Charlie's mom, Laura (a.k.a. TV and movie icon Wendy Crewson)

You may have resented her as a child, but Laura's no nonsense attitude just shows that she's a dedicated mother who loves her son more than anything.
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Little giant: It's time to appreciate Rick Moranis for the comedy and cinematic legend he is

25 years after his semi-retirement, we're long overdue for a Rick renaissance.
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Ain't no anniversary like an S Club anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of an underrated pop sensation

Bring it all back to when pop music got a little more sunny with the release of S Club 7's peppy debut.
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Freaks and Geeks turns 20: Why teen angst never ends

The NBC series remains a cultural touchstone thanks to its honest and ordinary depiction of growing up.
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The lasting impact of Chandler Bing (could he *be* any more emotionally stunted?)

25 after Friends debuted, Anne T. Donahue looks back at the legacy of Matthew Perry's character.
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To move forward, country music should look back to the Dixie Chicks

With their 1999 album, Fly, the Dixie Chicks proved country music can be progressive.
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Why Jann Arden should have been an even bigger breakout pop star

25 years after Living Under June, Anne T. Donahue makes a sensitive case for our girl Jann.
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It's time for Canadian political scandals to get their own Dick-style satires

20 years after Dick made Watergate hilarious, we should start getting creative with our approach to political history too.
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Stranger Things owes a lot to an unheralded era of TV where only kids could solve life's mysteries

"It takes an abandonment of beige, grown-up thinking to believe in magic."
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Building a history: On two decades of Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball and all its feelings

The 1999 album brought some of McLachlan's biggest songs to life in all their complex emotional glory.
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15 years after The Notebook, it's time for doomed teen romances to evolve

As teens have an increasingly profound understanding of the heartbreak that comes with being alive, they deserve to have that reflected onscreen.
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He's still the one: Why Keanu Reeves continues to thrive, 20 years after The Matrix

One of Canada's greatest cinematic exports is "a testament to the fact that real heroes can be as soft as they are menacing."
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How Avril Lavigne's bravado taught a gener8tion to Let Go and embrace emotion

Underneath the power chords and spike belts was genuine vulnerability — and that was a way in for kids who preferred to hide behind faux confidence.
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How I grew up and learned to connect with Alanis Morissette's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

After Jagged Little Pill, Anne T. Donahue didn't find what she was looking for in its follow-up album — but 20 years later, it's clear it was right there all along.
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How Sabrina the Teenage Witch helped make growing up a little less scary

In anticipation of the Netflix reboot, Anne T. Donahue looks back at how the 1990s sitcom cast a spell on her.

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