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“Roma” transcends film

“Roma” transcends film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

On Sunday, Feb. 24, the 91st Academy Awards celebrated the best films of 2018, although there were questionable choices for the lineup in certain categories.  While the ceremony went, for some areas, smoothly, I respectfully disagree with the final decision to award “Green Book” Best Picture. While...

Netflix gives a great “Sex Education”

Netflix gives a great “Sex Education”

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2019


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Are you an undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University? Yes   No If you circled yes, please stop reading this right now, pull up your roommate’s friend’s Netflix account, and watch all eight episodes of the first season of “Sex Education.” It’s a fantastically written and...

“The Umbrella Academy” challenges superhero stories

“The Umbrella Academy” challenges superhero stories

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2019


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A little over a decade ago, My Chemical Romance (MCR) lead singer Gerald Way decided he wanted to tell stories using a different medium. So, in September 2007, he released his first limited series of graphic novels, illustrated by Gabriel Ba, that imagined an entirely new universe of superheroes ent...

“Games of Thrones” in space

“Games of Thrones” in space

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


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On Friday, Feb. 8, all three seasons of “The Expanse” appeared on Amazon Prime. “The Expanse” is based on a book series by James S.A. Corey, the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who also write for the show. The books and show are set in a future in which a United Nations-governed Earth...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet

February 15, 2019


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It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American jazz circles of the 1930s and 40s, coming to refer to musical temperament instead of temperature, so this word—w...

We deserved Maroon 5’s bland Super Bowl halftime show

We deserved Maroon 5’s bland Super Bowl halftime show

Matt Hooke, Development Editor

February 8, 2019


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Maroon 5 is the white bread of music. They are so plain and inoffensive that it is hard to hate them, but it’s also hard to love them. There have been few bands as ubiquitous and long-lasting in the realms of top 40 hitmakers while also lacking any flavor and substance. Much like how no one has ...

Why I can’t stop watching “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”

Why I can’t stop watching “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


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Once it was announced, I knew I was going to watch “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.” As Lohan has retreated from public life in recent years, the MTV reality show offered the chance of catching up with this once-familiar face. It promised the type of uncanny first-hand access to the celebrity and cel...

An “Elite” high school mystery show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

February 1, 2019


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Netflix released “Elite” on Oct. 5. The show follows three working class friends, Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herran), who are given scholarships to attend Las Encinas, after a mysterious accident that destroyed their old school. The school, Las Encinas, is ...

Unfortunately ending

Yvonne Pan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2019


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No one was more excited than I was when the third season of the Netflix adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” came out on Jan. 1 this year. Anyone who knows me knows “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket, pen name of Daniel Handler, is my favorite book series. I devoure...

Phillip Wang discusses “Yappie” after CWRU showing of limited series

Phillip Wang discusses “Yappie” after CWRU showing of limited series

Yvonne Pan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2019


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“You know if you meet an Asian guy, there’s a one in 13 chance his name is Andrew. There’s a one in five chance he’s an engineer.” This quote is one of the first things you’ll hear when you watch “Yappie” and is a good example of what’s to come. “Yappie” follows the life o...

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