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“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...

Streaming recommendation of the week 8/21/20: The relevance of “Daria” twenty years later

Yvonne Pan, Copy Editor

August 21, 2020

Seven years ago this month, YouTube channel CollegeHumor created a trailer spoof depicting a 10-year high school reunion of characters from the ‘90s animated sitcom “Daria,” featuring Aubrey Plaza as the titular character in the spoof.  The five-season show ended in 2002 but its legacy endures. In 20...

No masks needed, comfy clothes encouraged: The resurgence of the drive-in movie

Kate Caforio, Contributing Reporter

August 21, 2020

The drive-in movie is a classic characteristic of Americana. The bright neon signs, white projector screens and cars parked bumper to bumper all contribute to the image of the quintessential drive-in theater. Over the past 50 years or so, drive-in movies have been slowly replaced by the exceedingly pre...

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 ...

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