Jolly Roger

Otis Hixon, Staff
December 29, 2019

Although a nice novelty made for a good cause, The Shins’ new singles lacked the imagination of previous projects. A member of the group recently passed away due to alcoholism, so the single was released as a contribution to the Fug Yep Soundation’s series of singles to help raise money for combating alcoholism.  The single is simply called “Fug Yep No. 2,” and is composed of two tracks. Both are very short and simple, “Waimanalo” taking the form of hectic hillbilly hollering and...

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Otis Hixon, Staff
December 16, 2019

“Blade Runner” (1982) is a convoluted mess. With seven different cuts of the movie, it’s nearly impossible to get a definitive interpretation from the film, but the beauty of “Blade Runner” lies in this mystique; it poses questions that aren’t meant to have an answer. In many ways, these questions connect to a couple common themes and philosophies throughout all seven versions: existentialism and nihilism. The film’s alternate version of 2019 Los Angeles is a pessimistic vision of...

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Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
December 11, 2019

The concept portrayed in “Living with Yourself” is nothing new. Back in 2012, the Michael Keaton film “MULTIPLICITY” had a similar premise. Even disregarding the gimmick itself, the existence of “Living with Yourself” dutifully contributes to the “rom-com but with wacky, almost sci-fi twist” genre that plagues the entertainment industry.  Ultimately, this show doesn’t thoughtfully contribute to or pioneer any genre or idea. It almost feels as though it was made to sit in the...

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Hunter Nerviani, Reporter
November 29, 2019

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Rebellion” is an episodic prequel to its 1982 film edition by Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. Released on Netflix on August 30, 2019, it’s clear from the first scene that the creators have stayed true to its predecessor. “Age of Rebellion” features incredibly complex and detailed sets, minimum CGI, and the use of puppeteering to animate most characters.  The Dark Crystal is a cult classic, stemming from its 1982 release and the comic series that began its...

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Otis Hixon, Staff
November 28, 2019

“Jojo Rabbit” is a charming coming of age story... set in Nazi Germany. Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a ten-year-old German boy during WW2, and proud of it. He dreams of one day joining the ranks of the Third Reich, but on account of his youth, he settles for going to a camp for the Hitler Youth. After accidentally injuring himself with a hand grenade, he ends up house-bound. Unable to join in on the training, he runs simple errands for the Nazis every now and then, playing inside most of the...

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Ella Richards, Reporter
November 27, 2019

A gray, sickly sea dominates the screen - the sound of an engine fills your ears as a steamboat’s silhouette bobs into the scene. The camera turns to a shot from behind two men facing a desolate, rocky island. In the distance, the lighthouse comes into view.  “The Lighthouse” is directed by acclaimed director and screenwriter Robert Eggers, who directed the horror film “The Witch.” “The Lighthouse” shows the day-to-day life of two isolated lighthouse keepers: Ephraim Winslow (Robert...

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Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
November 26, 2019

As the release date for Gamefreak’s yearly Pokemon game, “Pokemon Shield” grew nearer, I found myself getting more and more excited. Why, exactly, was I getting so excited for a franchise that releases a title almost every year? I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you, however, is that my excitement was most definitely valid. “Pokemon Shield,” much like previous installments, directs the player to defeat eight Gym Leaders, each with their own specific Pokemon type. After that, the...

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Aler Giffin, Staff
November 26, 2019

Weezer’s latest song “End of the Game” doesn't let listeners down, as the song intertwines the vibe of their past songs with a newer, fresher feel. It calls back the sound of old classic rock, and morphs it into a modern version, making it a great song to listen to whenever you need motivation. The band Weezer was prominent in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with hits like “Buddy Holly” or “Island in the Sun.” They continue to make new hits, even after many years, unlike many...

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Kyla Seeley, Copy Editor Jr.
November 11, 2019

The Netflix original “Tall Girl” accumulated significant backlash since its debut in mid-September. It deserved it.  The film follows six foot one – and a half – tall Jodi Kreyman (Ava Michelle) who struggles to fit in as a tall girl in high school. Her shorter friend Jack Dunkleman (Griffin Gluck) openly expresses his love for her, but she rejects him, claiming she will never find love because it would be too “weird” to date a short guy like him (and apparently boys over 6 feet don’t...

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Otis Hixon, Staff
November 7, 2019

“Joker” is not for everyone. From the first scene, an oppressive depression saturates the film, and its unflinchingly deep dive into the stigmas around mental illness is disturbing and dark. It’s fantastic.  No matter how dark the film gets, the grimy cinematography coupled with Joaquin Phoenix's mesmerizing performance makes it impossible to look away. His sympathetic facade slowly burns away as the film progresses, giving way to his chilling insanity. The haunting, stomach-turning score...

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Aler Giffin, Reporter
November 7, 2019

“Ghostbusters” (2016) is a modernized version of the original, made to fit gender and racial norms that are in our society today. The plot falls along the same lines as the original but doesn’t have the same euphoric feel. It was made for a noble purpose of making up for mistakes, but is the remake fully necessary?  The original “Ghostbusters” film can be described in one word: simple. It fits every racial and gender norm of the 1980s; there’s a female secretary, a completely male...

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Adelina Merrell, Staff
November 7, 2019

“A Clockwork Orange” had its debut back in 1971, gaining notoriety for its disturbing imagery and seemingly thoughtless violence. Because of this film, it seems that people are more accustomed to violence portrayed on screen, and screenwriters have been less hesitant to add scenes of brutality. I found myself unfazed when the movie blatantly showed extreme violence, even though it was wildly controversial when it was released.  The twisted message of “A Clockwork Orange” is the absence...

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