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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...

A spooky spin on an old trope

Harrison Bloom, Staff reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

So tell me if you’ve heard this concept before: A bitter, mean-spirited person, by a strange stroke of nature, is forced to relive the same day over and over again, and in the process of trying to break this cycle learns to be a better human being. Most would probably say yes, thinking of  “Groun...

Bakelite film highlights the inventor of the first plastic

Hope Yashnik, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The automobile is well-known as Henry Ford’s invention. It is hard to think of a light bulb without Thomas Edison coming to mind.  However, synthetic plastic, an invention just as significant as the car and the light bulb, does not yield the same instant name recognition for Leo Baekeland. On Nov. 3...

“Riverdale” falters at the start

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Riverdale” is back. Thank god. The hit CW show cultivated a monstrous fan base, from teens living for the hormone-fueled melodrama to adults who loved the “Archie” franchise. The pilot and the finale of season one were executed beautifully, showing that the writers know how to set up and ...

An unsettling and mesmerizing take on unique minds

Lars Torres, Contributing Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Over the past two decades, David Fincher has built an impressive portfolio of feature films, but also a collection of high-quality dramas on Netflix, including “House of Cards.” Fincher is back, alongside Charlize Theron to co-produce “Mindhunter,” a fact-based drama by Joe Penhall. Based ...

“Professor Marston” explores the creation of Wonder Woman

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When watching or reading the stories of Wonder Woman, one may think that the character was simply meant for fantasies of male comic book readers or, if one has seen the most recent adaptation, that Wonder Woman stands for female empowerment. However, as shown in “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,...

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