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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,...

Giving audiences a New York state of mind

Harrison Bloom, Contributing Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of Halloween, The Observer reviewed a film by director and screenwriter John Carpenter, known for his work in the horror genre. While the film was released in 1981, it was reviewed using today’s standards. On Friday, Oct. 16, I took a trip over to Cleveland Institute of Art (C...

“Jane the Virgin” rediscovers lighthearted fun

Ann Marie Smetona, Contributing Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Picking up from last season’s cliffhanger finale, the fourth season of “Jane the Virgin” premiered on Oct. 13 on The CW drawing a meager 700,000 viewers, making it the lowest-rated episode yet. Despite these ratings, which could be attributed to the decline in quality witnessed during season three...

“Once Upon a Time” begins a new chapter

Sanchi Kalra, Contributing Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Once Upon a Time” season seven premiered on Oct. 6, but it would be more accurate to call it the beginning of a whole new show. Taking place several years into the future, the show focuses on new storylines and characters, while still retaining some elements (and only three characters) of the o...

“Supergirl” season three soars

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Oct. 9, “Supergirl” season three premiered on The CW. The episode begins a few months after the devastating separation of Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist)–Supergirl’s human identity–and her boyfriend, Mon-El (Chris Wood). However, Kara is still deeply buried in the grieving process and has...

A visual, storytelling treat of a dystopian future

A visual, storytelling treat of a dystopian future

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Thirty-five years have passed since the release of the original 1982 Ridley Scott film, “Blade Runner,” which was initially met with mixed reactions due to its cuts, pacing and lack of action. However, it is now regarded as a classic in the science fiction genre. Now acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve, who...

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