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Gothic novel ‘Wicked Saints’ underdeveloped

Gothic novel 'Wicked Saints' underdeveloped

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 24, 2019

“Wicked Saints” is the debut novel by author Emily A. Duncan and the first in a trilogy. It follows three main characters in a Russian fantasy world where two large countries are stuck in a long, bloody, religious feud. Nadya is a cleric who uses her powers to speak to the gods to try to save her ...

Netflix’s ‘Tall Girl’ misses the mark

Netflix's 'Tall Girl' misses the mark

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Netflix has once again released another romantic comedy aimed towards teenagers called “Tall Girl” which chronicles the struggles of Jodi, a 6’1”  young woman, in life and love. Like many of Netflix’s original movies, “Tall Girl” misses the mark. The reasons “Tall Girl” falls flat is bec...

‘It: Chapter 2’ continues themes of first movie

'It: Chapter 2' continues themes of first movie

Emma Corry, Features Editor

September 17, 2019

I think the reason I have always loved horror movies is the certain catharsis factor. Many horror films explore our deepest insecurities and fears. In that way, horror films can be seen as escapist. They’re a way to put a mirror on the darkest parts of our society and dress it in clown makeup.  ...

Charming love story shown in ‘Well-Intended Love’

Charming love story shown in 'Well-Intended Love'

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Netflix originals can tend to come off as corny, and I expected the same for the Chinese drama series “Well-Intended Love.” What I initially thought about the drama changed within the first couple of episodes, and I’m glad I stuck with it. The idea behind the series is that Xia Lin finds out she has leu...

‘Falling Inn Love’ enjoyable, showcases DIY

'Falling Inn Love' enjoyable, showcases DIY

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

Hallmark meets HGTV in the new Netflix original movie “Falling Inn Love.” Everything seems to fail for Gabriela, and the last of her joy is put into entering a contest to win an inn. But when the last thing she would expect to happen actually happens, Gabriela puts all her energy into this new pr...

Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ full of self-love, growth

Taylor Swift's 'Lover' full of self-love, growth

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

September 9, 2019

Taylor Swift has once again become one of the most successful artists of the year with her new album “Lover” which was released Aug. 23rd. “Lover” has already become the most sold album of 2019 and has had a high number of physical copies sold. You could say that Taylor Swift is keeping th...

‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ too picture perfect

'Four Weddings and a Funeral' too picture perfect

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

September 1, 2019

Hulu released a new original based on the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral” written by Richard Curtis. Curtis did not take a significant part in this remake, but did give his permission for Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton to transform the premise of the movie into a series. The story line fol...

Webcomic shows complex family dynamic

Webcomic shows complex family dynamic

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

August 29, 2019

Being reborn as a beautiful princess may seem like a lucky break, but it’s certainly not worth it when you know your future death may be at the hands of your own ruthless father. “Who Made Me a Princess” is a webcomic available on the app TappyToon created by pen-named author Spoon. While the title m...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ displays growing up, aftermath of ‘Endgame’

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' displays growing up, aftermath of 'Endgame'

Rhonda Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager

August 25, 2019

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” ended Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and earned $1 billion dollars in just its first 24 days of being in theaters. This is Spider-Man’s second leading movie for the MCU and takes place after "Avengers: Endgame." The movie shows Peter Parker struggling to d...

‘Wicked Fox’ offers wicked, emotional tale

'Wicked Fox' offers wicked, emotional tale

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

August 20, 2019

A gumiho, a kitsune, a nine-tailed fox: these creatures appear in tales and legends all over Asia. In “Wicked Fox” by Kat Cho, gumihos are portrayed as shape-shifting, beautiful women who prey on men. Miyoung, half human and half gumiho, struggles with the morals of a gumiho as her mother pushes her...

‘Veronica Mars’ much more than a modern-day Nancy Drew

'Veronica Mars' much more than a modern-day Nancy Drew

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

August 17, 2019

Veronica Mars is a television show created by Rob Thomas. It centers around Veronica Mars, a seventeen-year-old young woman who lives in the fictional town of Neptune, California and the mysteries she uncovers. The show first aired in 2004, but was canceled after three seasons.  Fans known as “...

‘Brain on Fire’ gives perspective on fragility of life

'Brain on Fire' gives perspective on fragility of life

Kendall Sedam, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

Susannah Cahalan had a great life: she was a journalist for The New York Post, she had a loving family and boyfriend and she was independent. One day everything changed and she almost lost it all, including her life. “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” is an autobiography about Cahalan’s str...

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