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Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

October 26, 2018


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

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin is one of the most unique groups in jazz, mainly because it’s difficult to even call their genre jazz. Their music resembles a jam session between Steve Reich and Prince more than a traditional jazz ensemble. The pioneering Swiss group is performing live at the Bop Stop in...

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


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

“A Star is Born” is one of the most remade properties in cinema. It is an undying love story for every generation in the 20th and now the 21st century about the consequences of passion.  The film marks actor Bradley Cooper’s first foray into directing, and he takes advantage of his talent both be...

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


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

The release of “Venom” has been plagued by immense scrutiny from many and cautious optimism from some. Such doubts stemmed from its lack of a connection to Spider-Man or the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to it being from Sony Picture’s barebones Marvel Universe with a questionable wr...

Netflix horror movies for a spooky start to October

Mariah Stickler, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With the start of October comes the start of the month-long build-up to everyone’s favorite candy-filled holiday, Halloween. To kick off the season right, here are some horror movies that are sure to get you into the properly spooky mood. You won’t have to worry about money, all are available on Net...

BoJack Horseman offers a fresh twist on a tired trope

BoJack Horseman offers a fresh twist on a tired trope

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2018


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

There are a million shows on television, and a good chunk of them are boring. At some point in recent television history, airwaves became plagued by shows with male protagonists defined by being sad and troubled. With every show scrambling to become the next “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” a once-r...

“A Quiet Place” keeps ears glued to screen

“A Quiet Place” keeps ears glued to screen

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Since its release on April 6, “A Quiet Place” has been shocking and engrossing audiences. It is a passion project for John Krasinski, the director, co-writer and star of the film along with his wife, Emily Blunt. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic near future, where most of the human popul...

A round of “appaws” for “Isle of Dogs”

A round of “appaws” for “Isle of Dogs”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Wes Anderson is the master of symmetry. Not only that, he is also a magician of quirky and inventive storytelling and world-building, from the dizzying, wondrous splendor of a hotel in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to the scenic vistas and eye-popping woods of “Moonrise Kingdom.” Anderson is ca...

“Santa Clarita Diet”: results may vary

“Santa Clarita Diet”: results may vary

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On March 23, “Santa Clarita Diet” returned to Netflix with its second semester. While the show’s original storyline makes it stand out, its jokes and screenplay consist of tired and predictable lines which betray a lack of thought and effort on behalf of the writers. Starring Drew Barrymore, ...

“Love, Simon” is a universal love story

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

LGBT movies are always connected with either emotional love and death, rationality with seriousness or intense pride. From “Brokeback Mountain” to “Moonlight,” LGBT films have been permeated with a sense of sadness or melancholy. “Love, Simon,” however, approaches the same sorts of issues...

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” falls flat

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Released on March 23, “Pacific Rim Uprising” is the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.” With a completely different cast and a new director in Steven S. DeKnight, the new film may disappoint a few fans who have been avidly waiting for it for five years. The film takes place a decade...

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