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“RBG” (2018) encapsulates the legacy of a feminist icon

Witness the life and story of Justice Ginsburg in

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

September 25, 2020

Be honest, how many current U.S. Supreme Court justices can you name?  Even if you aren’t a political junkie, chances are that you’ve heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and there’s a reason for that. The late justice has become a force in our public consciousness in recent years for her scathing d...

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...

“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...

“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...

“Community” is now on Netflix: A brief review

Get to know the friendly faces of the students and faculty of “Community,” now streaming on Netflix.

TJ Disabato, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

“Community” is a sitcom that features a cast of characters trying to make it through Greendale Community College. The show, led by Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Danny Pudi, is sort of a “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” for college students. To give a brief synopsis of the show, it sta...

The role of a harlequin: A review of “Birds of Prey,” courtesy of CWRU Film Society

Birds, bats and Black Mask. Treat yourself to an interesting take on superhero feminism. Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Lydia Mandell, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

Warner Birds, bats and Black Mask. Treat yourself to an interesting take on superhero feminism. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. The Case Western Reserve University Film Society screened “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” on Friday, Aug. 28 at Strosacker Auditorium. O...

In Defense of “The Legend of Korra”

Korra isn’t the Avatar you’re used to, but she might just be the Avatar you need. Courtesy of Nickelodeon™©℗®

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

August 28, 2020

Since the classic animated show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” hit Netflix in May, the show has seen an enormous surge in popularity, remaining in Netflix’s Top 10 for most of the summer. A great deal of praise has been directed toward “Avatar,” including by yours truly, with critics highlightin...

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