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‘NiNoKuni’ takes audience on whimsical adventure

‘NiNoKuni’ takes audience on whimsical adventure

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

When it comes to saving loved ones, two average teenagers are willing to do anything in “NiNoKuni.”  “NiNoKuni,” an animated film, follows best friends Haru and Yu in an unexpected adventure to save their friend Kotona from danger. When all three find themselves in a near-death experience...

‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ opens readers to purpose of life

‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ opens readers to purpose of life

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Family dysfunctions can still be beneath the surface no matter how seemingly perfect it may look on the outside.  “The Most Fun We Ever Had” is the debut novel of a creative writing teacher named Claire Lombardo. Her novel focuses on a family of four daughters who have parents that are still ...

‘Little Women’ follows journey of growing up, sisterhood

‘Little Women’ follows journey of growing up, sisterhood

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

“Little Women” drags the audience in for an emotional ride with the 2019 film adaption.  The film inspired by the novel written by Louisa May Alcott follows a beautiful, treasured story about sisterhood as the March sisters approach adulthood.  Each sister is unique in their own way. Jo as...

‘Assassin’s Pride’ anime is wasted potential

‘Assassin’s Pride’ anime is wasted potential

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

January 14, 2020

Nothing is more disappointing than being hyped up for a show that ultimately falls flat and leaves you unsatisfied. Crunchyroll’s fall anime season is drawing to a close, and with it, the show “Assassin’s Pride.” The anime follows protagonists Kufa and Melida. Kufa is a trained assassin sent ...

‘Rise of Skywalker’ underwhelms as final chapter of “Star Wars’

‘Rise of Skywalker’ underwhelms as final chapter of “Star Wars’

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

December 29, 2019

A squash-buckling space adventure that captured our hearts and galvanized nerds across the world over 40 years ago has officially come to an end. The Star Wars saga dramatized family ties, the strain of war and defined the battle between good and evil inside all of us.  Those movies gave life to...

Hulu’s “Dollface” exhibits comedy, stories of women

Hulu’s “Dollface” exhibits comedy, stories of women

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Hulu’s new show “Dollface” is another example of a big streaming platform wanting to focus more stories on women.  “Dollface” focuses on the character Jules, who is dumped by her boyfriend of five years.  The show aired on Sept. 15 and has a total of ten episodes, following the pattern o...

Disney+ has something for everyone

Disney+ has something for everyone

Will Phillips, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

“Do you have Disney+? I need to watch ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’!” said every college student ever.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Disney recently launched its new streaming service, Disney+, on November 12th.  For the small price of $7 monthly, you can have access to all of your childhood fav...

USI’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ exhibits the excitement of Shakespeare

USI’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ exhibits the excitement of Shakespeare

Samuel DeVoy, Chief Copy Editor

November 19, 2019

I loved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” While my bias may be rooted in my love of Shakespeare, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. From the constant trickery of the Fairy King Oberon to the elaborate fairy costumes, this show didn’t cease to exceed my expectations. The play began slowly with Hippolyta, Theseu...

‘Let It Snow’ follows diverse, fun relationships

‘Let It Snow’ follows diverse, fun relationships

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

“Let It Snow” lifts spirits just in time for the holidays.  The Netflix original movie, an adaptation of the book “Let It Snow” by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson, follows three relationships as a Christmas Eve snowfall creates obstacles. Although the movie is an adaptation...

‘Santa Girl’ a cheesy, underdeveloped Christmas movie

‘Santa Girl’ a cheesy, underdeveloped Christmas movie

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

The Christmas season has started early this year. Netflix is coming out with a lot of new Christmas movies this year, and while a lot of them will get you into the Christmas spirit, I wouldn’t count on “Santa Girl” to receive some holiday magic.  “Santa Girl” is a Netflix original, but ...

‘Fruits Basket’ shares stories of tender, damaged characters

‘Fruits Basket’ shares stories of tender, damaged characters

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

November 12, 2019

One of the most enthralling parts of characterization in stories is the ability to capture and harness raw emotion.  For character driven plots, it’s a basic necessity to have a story that viewers can relate and grow attached to. After all, characters are what keep stories thriving. A grand e...

Freedom, equality expressed in ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung’

Freedom, equality expressed in ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung’

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

Goo Hae Ryung is tired of playing an inferior role in Joseon, the last dynasty of Korea. She takes the opportunity to become one of the first female historians, unbalancing the preserving structure of Joseon. Goo Hae Ryung helps bring a changing world to life. “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” i...

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