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“Detective Comics #1,027” celebrates 1000 issues of Batman

DC's recent Batman anthology looks at the character through through various lenses and time periods.

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 18, 2020

Who doesn’t know Batman?  Since he splashed onto the comic book scene in 1939, Batman has defined the image of the superhero as he transitioned from the pulp hero during the ‘30s and ‘40s, a wacky space adventurer in the ‘50s, a swashbuckling crusader during the ‘60s and ‘70s, a ruthl...

Mulan (2020): A mess of hollow representation and real-world controversy

Even before release, there were calls to boycott Disney's live-action Mulan remake.

David Chang, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2020

With films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Parasite” getting international recognition, the Asian community was anticipating Disney’s live-action release of the classic animated film “Mulan.” The remake is much different than the original in many ways. It follows a “wuxia” plot, which i...

“The Morning Show” is a poignant yet melodramatic portrayal of the #MeToo movement

“The Morning Show” features a star-studded cast.

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 18, 2020

Trigger Warning: sexual assault, sexual abuse. Since the 2017 exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse against dozens of women, the #MeToo movement has dominated American conversation. It has led to the exposure of countless sexual abuses, including here at Case Western Reserve University, and ...

Blockbusters are back: Are they worth it?

“Tenet,” “Mulan” and “Bill and Ted” all explore different ways to release movies in the middle of a pandemic.

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 11, 2020

Businesses and individuals have faced many unprecedented challenges this summer, but one of the most public changes to life in the wake of COVID-19 was the lack of blockbuster movies in theaters. After all, how could movie studios and theater companies reasonably expect people to group together in ind...

Music for the early semester

TJ Disabato, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2020

“Lazy Line Painter Jane” – Belle and Sebastian This classic ‘90s indie song was stuck in my head for the majority of last week, thanks in large part to a rolling bass that intensifies at the end and guest vocals from Monica Queen. There’s some speculation online as to what this song is about, whether it be self-pleasure or a girl escaping from home with t...

“Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe” is a blast from the past

All of your old favorites are back for one more adventure.

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 11, 2020

It’s been five years since the Disney Channel show “Phineas and Ferb” went off the air. Five long years. The show, which ran from 2007 to 2015, was a childhood favorite of many in our generation, largely because of its easy appeal and fun premise. Centered on a group of friends on summer break whos...

BSU honors Chadwick Boseman with a virtual screening of “Message from the King”

Chadwick Boseman inspired many with his role as T’Challa in “Black Panther.”

Shanice Gitau, Contributing Reporter

September 11, 2020

Walking into a movie theater in February 2018 was something of a surreal experience for Black moviegoers. The excitement that had been building for months leading up to the release of “Black Panther'' seemed to spill out of the building and onto the street. Dedicated comic book fans and newcomers t...

In memory of Chadwick Boseman

In memory of Chadwick Boseman

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 4, 2020

This week has seen the unfortunate and sudden passing of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 after a private four year battle with colon cancer. Though Boseman had only been in the public consciousness as an actor for less than a decade, he made quite an indelible impact. Through his portrayals of histo...

“I May Destroy You”: The HBO series about consent we should all be watching (Trigger Warning-sexual assault, rape)

Arabella (Michaela Coel) in a survivors meeting.

Shanice Gitau, Contributing Reporter

September 4, 2020

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, rape.  Scrolling through HBO one day, looking for something new to watch, I was pleasantly surprised to come across “I May Destroy You,” a new BBC series written by and starring the phenomenal British-Ghanian screenwriter Michaela Coel. As a huge fan of her sitco...

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is the album no one knew they needed

Let yourself slip into the woodland and cottagecore vibes of Taylor Swift’s new album.

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

On July 24, Taylor Swift released her surprise eighth studio album “Folklore,” which has just reached its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. To date, the album has reached over 1.2 million in album-equivalent sales. A resounding success, “Folklore” can easily be deemed as Swift...

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