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“Jessica Jones” comes back stronger

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Jessica Jones” returned March 8 for a second season, just in time for spring break. The second season picks up after the death of Kilgrave and with Jessica Jones looking for new cases with the help of her friend and now-employee, Malcolm Ducasse. Early in the season, a man named Robert “Whizzer”...

Fail-metal Alchemist

Fail-metal Alchemist

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Fullmetal Alchemist” is a popular manga that spawned a large franchise that most recently includes a live movie adaptation released by Netflix. Despite the overwhelming success of the series as a whole, the live adaptation fails to live up to its source material. “Fullmetal Alchemist” f...

A different take on advanced technology

A different take on advanced technology

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The year is 2384. Humans have reverse-engineered alien technology to create “cortical stacks” that contain a person’s memories, making bodies interchangeable “sleeves” for any stack. In this system, the rich can afford to duplicate sleeves and effectively never die. The poor can end up in a...

Parr: Theater is not “on demand”

Parr: Theater is not “on demand”

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You don't need me to tell you that some people act like they have never heard of the term "theater etiquette." I've seen and heard some horrific things during live performances, but I want to examine an unfortunate fad that I've noticed increasingly often: leaving when performers come out to take the...

Marvel tackles neo-Blaxploitation with new Netflix show

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Netflix and Marvel Entertainment, on a roll with the partnership they started last year with hits such as “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil,” have come up with another unique take on the superhero/superhuman gene. The new show “Luke Cage”, like other Marvel properties, is not just a superhero piece o...

“Daredevil” is a little tame

“Daredevil” is a little tame

Kevin Qosja, Contributing Reporter

March 25, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Daredevil has always been a fascinating character to me: Matt Murdock is a man filled with rage, a healthy dose of Catholic guilt and a love for his city. He’s able to channel that aggression and become a force for good, and he got his due when the Netflix series “Marvel’s Daredevil” was released...

“A Very Murray Christmas” is a jumbled, but enjoyable special

“A Very Murray Christmas” is a jumbled, but enjoyable special

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Film and Television

In the spirit of Christmas once again, Bill Murray plans out to commit to entertaining you, this time in the comfort of your own home with his first Netflix special, albeit with some hiccups along the way on this rather enjoyable train. “A Very Murray Christmas” follows a semi-fictionalized version...

Not for everyone, film “Beasts of No Nation” gets violent

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Over the last few years, Netflix has exceeded expectations with its original programming, including “House of Cards,” “Narcos” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” However they have only created one original film,“The Square,” a documentary that was nominated for an Oscar several years ago. Now...

Netflix takes gritty look at the life of Pablo Escobar in “Narcos”

Netflix takes gritty look at the life of Pablo Escobar in “Narcos”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Since the dawn of its hit show “House of Cards,” Netflix has become a dominant figure in the golden era of television, joining the ranks of HBO, FX, BBC and AMC, to name a few. “Narcos” is the newest original show to grace the lists of Netflix subscribers, following the release of a plethora...

“Sense8” is Netflix’s newest binge-worthy show

“Sense8” is Netflix’s newest binge-worthy show

Abby Assmus, Staff Reporter

July 22, 2015


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

Binge watching, a newer trend in television shows since the rise of streaming services on the internet, is the way many people now watch TV. Shows now tend to be made specifically with the idea that the viewer will be watching it continuously, especially the shows that are released all at once on Netflix...

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