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‘Weathering with You’ encompasses challenges of life, love

'Weathering with You'  encompasses challenges of life, love

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

February 4, 2020

Humanity vs. nature has never been so extreme and heartwarming. Makoto Shinkai, director of award-winning Japanese animated film “Your Name,” surpassed his previous creation with his newly released romantic-fantasy film “Weathering with You” produced by CoMix Wave Films. The film follows Hodaka, ...

French film ‘Let’s Dance’ lacks passion, romance

French film 'Let's Dance' lacks passion, romance

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

“Let’s Dance” is a recently released French film that follows aspiring dancers on the journey to professional dance.  The film focuses on the relationships between dancers from different styles of dance, including hip-hop and ballet.  Although “Let’s Dance” is full of passionate da...

‘The Witcher’ lives up to hype, beautifully cliche

'The Witcher' lives up to hype, beautifully cliche

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 28, 2020

“The Witcher” is a book series turned video game series, that then turned into this: a dramatic, heart-stopping show on Netflix. I thought it was going to be dark-themed cliches that closely resembled  “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones” when I first started watching.  There are...

‘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

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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...

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