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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...

Film Society showing “Knives Out” Jan. 31

On Friday, Jan 31, CWRU Film Society will show the Rian Johnson mystery

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

January 30, 2020

It's Friday, Jan. 31. You walk into Strosacker. Popcorn? Bought. Soda? Already half empty. Knives? Out. Tonight, Case Western Reserve University's Film Society is screening writer-director Rian Johnson's Oscar-nominated movie, "Knives Out." Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Johnson's film i...

Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon provided warmth on a cold night

Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon provided warmth on a cold night

Masha Goykhberg, Contributing Reporter

January 23, 2020

I went to Case Western Reserve University Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon woefully unprepared. Not to say that it was on a whim, but rather that when I saw the words “Sci-Fi Marathon,” I assumed it was self-explanatory. That it was just going to be 14 movies played end to end for 29...

Gerwig’s “Little Women” tweaks a quintessential story to fit a new era

“Little Women” plays with the timeline of its source material to create an adaption of a classic that adds something new.

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

“So don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn't an economic proposition, because it is. It may not be for you but it most certainly is for me.” With that one new line, delivered powerfully by Florence Pugh playing Amy March, one of the four March sisters who make up the titular “Little...

What do we want from “Star Wars”?

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Star Wars. Star. Wars. Wars among the stars. Aside from the blaring yellow logo that announces the title at the beginning, the original movie sets up this premise very quickly. It opens suddenly with a small rebel ship flying through the stars, running from an overwhelming Imperial ship that soon overtak...

Looking back on “Joker”

Courtesy of pxfuel.com

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

After the last couple of weeks, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix are undoubtedly very happy men. On Jan. 5, Phillips’ film “Joker,” which stars Phoenix as the titular character, won two of the four Golden Globe awards it was nominated for. Following that, on Jan. 13, the film also received 11 O...

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