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She stood tall but content fell short

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...

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“Joker” raises the bar for superhero movies

Otis Hixon, Reporter
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...

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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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“A Clockwork Orange” is disturbing beyond words

Adelina Merrell, Reporter
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...

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Cage The Elephant’s “Social Cues” is impressive

Adelina Merrell, Reporter
November 1, 2019

Cage the Elephant has impressed yet again. Their new LP, Social Cues features lead vocalist Matt Schultz singing melodies that bring back the style of albums past. Although some rhythms and drums are similar to albums past, Social Cues brings new, insightful lyrics about the perils of life and love.  Matt Schultz wrote a few of the Social Cues tracks about his recent divorce with his wife of 7...

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A look back on “Taxi Driver”

Otis Hixon, Reporter
October 31, 2019

What happens to someone constantly shunned by society, mistreated and misunderstood? What happens to people who are different? These are the questions asked in Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Taxi Driver. Modeled partly after former shooters’ manifestos, the film follows insomniac Travis Buckley, played by Robert De Niro, as he turns his back on society and “avenges” the downtrodden. After...

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Wolfenstein Youngbloods waltzes its way into okay

Aler Giffin, Reporter
October 31, 2019

Wolfenstein Youngblood’s 15-hour long quest did not impress. While it had all the basic elements of action and a storyline, the game lacked compelling characters and satisfying free-range gameplay.  Wolfenstein Youngbloods is one of many games based in a world still ravaged by World War Two. The game follows the two twin protagonists Zofia (voiced by Shelbey Young) and Less (voiced by Valerie...

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Downton Abbey; an instant classic

Adelina Merrell, Reporter
October 4, 2019

Downton Abbey delivers the same glamour and riveting entertainment that the TV series perfected over its six seasons. The movie starts where the series left off, so character development and background are already well-established. This movie is not recommended for those who have not seen the show, as it would be confusing. Almost a decade after WWI, the Crawley family continues to live their lives...

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M83 Brings Nostalgia to Synth-Pop Genre

Ella Richards, Reporter
October 4, 2019

  M83’s new album DSVII - Digital Shades Vol.2, released on Sept. 20th, pays tribute to soundtracks of classic video games and ambient instrumentals. The LP follows their last album, Digital Shades Vol.1, released 12 years ago. DSVII’s sounds create an ethereal approach and are a satisfying stylistic sequel to the rhythmic patterns on Digital Shades Vol. 1. Anthony Gonzoles, the lead of...

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“IT: Chapter Two” is frighteningly horrible

Otis Hixon, Reporter
October 4, 2019

“IT Chapter Two” was one of the most hilarious movies of the year. It tried its best to convince me that its relentless jump scares were frightening, but the poor use of CGI coupled with overbearing music and weak acting didn’t convince me.  Set 27 years after its predecessor, “IT Chapter Two” follows the Loser’s Club once again, drawn back to their childhood home to defeat an impossibly...

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“Borderlands Three” surpasses its predecessors

Aler Giffin, Reporter
October 3, 2019

“Borderlands 3" is a thirty hour long quest that never seems to bore. With an immense variety of weaponry, satisfying gunplay, and a compelling storyline, Gearbox Studio's first-person RPG did nothing but impress. “Borderlands 3” starts off on Pandora, a familiar wasteland planet from the original Borderlands games. You play as a vault hunter, part of a team protecting a map to an infamous...

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Ichika’s wows again with release of EP “I”

Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
September 26, 2019

Album after album, song after song, Ichika attacks his projects with consistency. Whether it be through his solo tracks, his role in band Nito, or appearances with prestigious music groups such as Polyphia, his unique style always presents itself with a graceful, sensitive presence. His almost mathematically precise sound demonstrates poise, discipline, and a true understanding of both guitar and bass.  His...

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