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HBO Max is here: What that means for CWRU students

HBO Max’s content draws from a variety of sources, now all consolidated under AT&T.

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor

July 3, 2020

Another day, another streaming service. The media landscape was already slowly but surely shifting towards streaming as the main form of consumption. For years now, people have been cutting the cord to their cable TV subscriptions and stopped going to movie theaters, except to see the latest “Marve...

“Onward” and the future of the movie industry

“Onward” was released on the Disney+ streaming service one month after being released in theaters

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Columnist

May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has touched every part of American life, from the big, to the seemingly inconsequential, as we all try to maintain social distancing and stay at home. One aspect of the fallout has been the almost complete shutdown of the movie industry, with no films being released in theaters due ...

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for seventh and final season after six-year hiatus

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for seventh and final season after six-year hiatus

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

What makes the “Star Wars” franchise so different from most other series is its ability to transcend media platforms. While “Star Wars” will always primarily be a movie franchise, with the main story always being the nine episodic films, the franchise has shown extreme flexibility with the ga...

Short. Sweet. Film Fest. expands to five days to celebrate ninth year

“El Astronauta,” (above) is one of the 150 films presented at the Short. Sweet. Film. Festival in downtown Cleveland.

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

February 27, 2020

The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. started in the basement of Market Garden Brewery, spearheaded by Case Western Reserve University alumni and faculty member Michael Sugilo. That first show had 30 films. Now, nine festivals later, over 150 films will be shown at the Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at 9 a.m. i...

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was highly anticipated, and it delivered

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2020

On Feb. 12, Netflix released its highly anticipated movie “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel of the hit movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The movie series is based off of the best-selling book series of the same name by Jenny Han, which was first released in 2014 and ...

Celebrating 15 years of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

Aang, Katara and Sokka face off against evil.

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2020

“Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” Friday, Feb. 21, marks 15 years since the first episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” debuted on Nickelodeon, and the world of animated cartoons has not bee...

Director Jeff Wadlow and actress Lucy Hale discuss “Fantasy Island”

Guests of the resort must figure out the mystery behind the island, as the idyllic landscape holds horrific secrets.

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 13, 2020

Less than two years after director Jeff Wadlow and actress Lucy Hale’s “Truth or Dare” came out on Friday, April 13, 2018, the duo are back this Valentine’s Day, integrating horror into their new movie “Fantasy Island.” Wadlow and Hale shared their experiences working on the film in an internatio...

The 92nd Academy Awards: Where do the Oscars go from here?

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

Although 2019 was a strong year for movies, the 92nd Academy Awards was one of the most confusing and disjointed ceremonies in a long time, despite monumental historic achievements. I’ve been watching the Academy Awards telecast every year for as long as I can remember. There was always something m...

“The Irishman,” and the state of film

Frank Sheeran and Russell Bufalino eating at the restaurant where Sheeran meets his second wife, who is their waitress. Courtesy of Netflix

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

What is cinema? In an age where movie theaters are dominated by reboots, superhero movies and continuations of decades-old franchises, the must-see movies seem to have become these event films that have to be seen on the big screen in order to avoid spoilers and appreciate the spectacle.  Two thousan...

“Marriage Story” poignantly highlights human fallibility

“Marriage Story” poignantly highlights human fallibility

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2020

This movie destroyed me.  Closing the Netflix tab on my laptop as the credits rolled, I was left emotionally drained and exhausted.  The only thoughts running through my head were those about the futility of love, the nature of heartbreak and how I would likely never watch the film again. Not b...

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