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‘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...

‘The Institute’ forces us to face ourselves as monsters

'The Institute' forces us to face ourselves as monsters

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

The spooky season lingers on with the release of Stephen King’s new novel “The Institute.”  “The Institute” has little of the usual features in horror novels such as ghosts, demons and scary woods. However, the novel is full of conspiracy theories, frightening caretakers and mysterious sh...

‘Untitled Goose Game’ a breath of fresh air

'Untitled Goose Game' a breath of fresh air

Samuel DeVoy, Chief Copy Editor

October 29, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a nuisance to society; to root through someone else’s backyard and ruin their day? I have, and when presented with the option I jumped on it. “Untitled Goose Game” is what some are calling the indie game of the year. Its soundtrack mingles wi...

‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ lacks originality, background

'Mary and the Witch's Flower' lacks originality, background

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

A world of fantasy and adventure is explored in the first film of Studio Ponoc, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.”  The movie is a combination of Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film studio known for its anime feature films, and the world of Harry Potter. The animated film follows a young girl,...

New ‘Addams Family’ movie falls flat

New 'Addams Family' movie falls flat

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

The animated film of the “the Addams Family” has recently been released in theatres in time for Halloween. The film was made by “Sausage Party” directors Greg Tiernon and Conrad Vernon, which has created a “family” movie that has plenty of sordid jokes for the parents.  The cast is c...

Throwback: Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ exhibits the horror of people

Throwback: Stephen King's 'Misery' exhibits the horror of people

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

October 21, 2019

Stephen King is known today as the King of Horror when it comes to storytelling, with iconic movies and books depicting evil sewer clowns, foaming killer dogs and children rising from the dead wielding scalpels. However, while many of King’s stories depict supernatural or unexplainable scares, ...

‘Pachinko’ recounts history through fiction

'Pachinko' recounts history through fiction

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Four generations of a family are told in “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. It follows the family’s struggle to go against their fates. Min Jin Lee tells a breathtaking story about love and history set throughout the twentieth century.  Sunja and her family, a crippled fisherman as a father and a mot...

USI threatre’s ‘The Revolutionists’ emotional, inspirational

USI threatre's 'The Revolutionists' emotional, inspirational

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

As soon as the first guillotine cut through the upper stage, “The Revolutionists”  had my full attention.  I had recently studied up on the French Revolutions and the Reign of Terror, and was not sure how a play focusing on this tragic time could pull off a humorous tone, but I was surprise...

‘Killing Stalking’ contains intense, twisted characterization

'Killing Stalking' contains intense, twisted characterization

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

October 1, 2019

Horror stories usually consist of a recipe that includes an innocent victim and a crazed killer, but in the webcomic “Killing Stalking,” both characters are twisted in their own ways. “Killing Stalking” is a webcomic written and illustrated by Koogi, and published online by Lezhin Comics. It’...

‘The Beauty Inside’ shows realistic, strong romance

'The Beauty Inside' shows realistic, strong romance

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

It’s what’s on the inside that matters, at least for Kim Wu Jin.  “The Beauty Inside,” a Korean movie, follows Wu Jin as he finds love and deals with changing appearances every day. Each day he wakes up as someone different -- old and young, male and female. Twelve years have passed s...

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