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Netflix shines bright with new German original, “Dark”

Netflix shines bright with new German original, “Dark”

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In 2019, a boy goes missing in the usually calm town of Winden. The last time something like this happened was the disappearance of another child in 1986, when the town’s mysterious power plant was built. In such a small town, it seems like there is no way that these disappearances are unrelated. This...

“Big Mouth” tackles awkward topics

Madison Avolio, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Becoming an adult is not easy: Ask any person in their late teens and early twenties across the world. One of the worst aspects of the transition isn’t getting a job or paying bills; it’s much worse. This aspect of the transition begins to take hold even before high school—puberty. That is the...

“The Breadwinner” tugs at heartstrings and deserves to be seen

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It’s a bittersweet moment when you walk out of a movie and think to yourself, “This is something magical, and it’s probably going to be overlooked.” This particular movie, packed with depth and talent, is the animated film “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey. Released on Nov. 17,...

Funny but formulaic

Funny but formulaic

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) shows no end in sight, with various phases and feature films being planned for years to come. The franchises have begun to blend more and more with each passing year, especially with films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”...

Pixar’s latest masterpiece set in Mexico

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

From its inception, Pixar Animation Studios has been met with increasing critical and commercial appreciation: from its acclaimed “Toy Story” franchise to “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille.” It wasn’t until the “Cars” franchise that the studio met its first roadblock,...

A slightly jumbled, but strong unification of the legendary league

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The DC Extended Universe has been under much scrutiny ever since its inception. The first film, “Man of Steel,” enjoyed a mixed-to-positive critical reception. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” further divided the wavering fans with its length and somewhat misleading title. “Suicide Squad”...

“Coco” animator discusses character design

“Coco” animator discusses character design

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Christian Hoffman, the character supervisor for Pixar’s upcoming film “Coco,” spoke at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) as a part of the Pixar Coco College Tour on Monday, Nov. 6. He provided the audience with a glimpse at his work animating the characters in the film, releasing  Nov. 22....

A classic revisited

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Even though “Murder on the Orient Express” is one of legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie’s most-loved and easily appreciated novels, reinterpreting the 1934 masterpiece in a worthy fashion is no small task.  Despite multiple film and television adaptations of the first lady of mystery’...

Diverse home cooking takes center stage

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The day after the winners of “The Big Family Cooking Showdown” (BFCS)  were revealed across the pond, the BBC show appeared on Netflix in its entirety. Designed to fill the void left by “The Great British Bake Off” when it jumped to Channel 4, “BFCS” struggled to recreate the magic that made...

Things get even weirder, mostly in a good way

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

"Stranger Things 2" is the sequel to The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things,” which became an instant classic last year after it was released by Netflix. The first season followed the journey of friends Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair and Dustin Henderson as they try to find their friend Will Byers...

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