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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...

Niall Horan’s debut album reaches No. 1

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

With his debut single album, “Flicker,” Niall Horan has become the third former One Direction member to have a No. 1 album in America, a feat accomplished only by another British invader: The Beatles. Horan was one of the more subdued members of One Direction, and “Flicker” feels incredibly ...

“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 ...

“Into the Woods” takes the stage

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The CWRU Footlighters is Case Western Reserve University’s very own student-run musical theater group. Every semester, they put on a musicalーusually in Carlton Commonsーwhich is a fully staged production. They have put on a variety of productions, ranging from “Legally Blonde” last year ...

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...

Enjoy a spooky Halloween weekend

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, Oct. 27   What: Pizza, Pie & Alpha Chis Where: Alpha Chi Omega House Time: 5-8 p.m. Notes: $8 tickets; raise money and awareness for domestic violence. Proceeds donated to the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland.   What: CAN You Survive? Haunted H...

“Boy gets girl” displays uncomfortable truths on stage

“Boy gets girl” displays uncomfortable truths on stage

Chloe Mieras, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“The boy sees the girl and falls in love. They begin a tentative relationship一but what happens when the girl ultimately says ‘no?’” Players’ Theater Group tackled this story in their newest show, “Boy Gets Girl,” on Oct 13 and 14 in the Eldred Black Box, where audiences saw an intim...

Unfulfilled potential in “Masseduction”

Matt Hooke, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

St. Vincent’s “Masseduction” is the follow-up to her 2014 self-titled breakthrough album, which won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. It’s a frenetic high-strung album that is the perfect soundtrack for our high-stress times. The album, unfortunately, doesn’t entirely follow through on its ...

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