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‘Stranger Things 2’ avoids sophomore slump

'Stranger Things 2' avoids sophomore slump

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

November 1, 2017

Ryan Holt The surprise, summer smash hit of 2016 was “Stranger Things.” Before social media helped spread the word that a coming of age tale involving middle schoolers and their quest to find their missing friend who was abducted by interdimensional beings, was worthy of a binge watch, the show was rela...

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 18, 2017

Wikipedia Commons With his newest Netflix special “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt delivers a stand-up set that transcends mere jokes, becoming a narrative journey of emotion, grief, and comedy. From the opening shot, things feel different. The usual unfunny opening skit most stand-up specials h...

‘Gerald’s Game’ provides suspense and realistic horror elements

'Gerald's Game' provides suspense and realistic horror elements

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017

Wikipedia Commons With Stephen King’s record-breaking box office hit “IT” still in theaters and continuing to blow audiences away with its creepiness, it’s easy for another piece of King’s work to become overshadowed since it went straight to Netflix instead of the theater. Based off K...

Netflix nails ‘Magic School Bus’ sequel series

Netflix nails 'Magic School Bus' sequel series

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 6, 2017

GooglePlay In an age of reboots, re-imaginings, and god-awful unnecessary sequels, the paragon of edu-tainment ‘The Magic School Bus’ returns with a Netflix-exclusive series. For those who avoided PBS cartoon blocks or video days in 1990s middle schools, “The Magic School Bus” portrayed th...

‘American Vandal’: Fantastic, ficitonal true crime

'American Vandal': Fantastic, ficitonal true crime

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2017

Ever wish there was a series that mocked Netflix’s runaway hit true crime series “Making a Murderer?” Neither did I, but holy crap is it awesome. “American Vandal” is a Netflix-exclusive mockumentary series produced by Funny or Die that directly apes the cinematography and narrative style...

‘Death Note’ falls short of potential

'Death Note' falls short of potential

Darrian Breedlove, Staff Writer

August 29, 2017

Death Note, a notorious world-famous manga, follows the story of an intelligent high school student named Light who obtains a mysterious notebook possessing the ability to kill any person as long as he knows their name and face. Developing a God complex and secretly killing criminals under the alias...

‘13 Reasons Why’ raw, potentially problematic

‘13 Reasons Why’ raw,  potentially problematic

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

April 6, 2017

“13 Reasons Why” is addictive. I watched the 13 50-60-minute episodes in two days. However, I think it’s rather dangerous material to wade through in 13 binge-able episodes. Several other reviews of this show, which came out on Netflix Friday, have pointed out that this show really can only a...

Netflix delivers series of fortunate decisions

Netflix delivers series of fortunate decisions

Gavin Gaddis, Staff Writer

January 18, 2017

Netflix has produced a television version of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” seemingly custom-made to impress my inner 14 year old. Having grown up reading Snicket’s marvelously macabre and depressing novels about the misadventures of three children stalked by an evil actor hell-b...

Becoming A Binge-Watching Recluse

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017

In the past five years, streaming video content has become the popular way to enjoy television and movies. Being able to retrieve your favorite show or watch a memorable movie at the tap of a finger is the reality we all live in. Companies like Netflix and Hulu are the two, main streaming video...

Stranger Things is worth the study break

Stranger Things is worth the study break

Darrian Breedlove, Staff writer

September 1, 2016

Nothing beats the classics in film and television, and this summer’s newly added Netflix thriller “Stranger Things” is guaranteed to become one show that will never get old with time. “Stranger Things” is set in 1983 in a small town of Indiana (which right off the bat intrigued me as I ...

TripAdvisor’s worst nightmare – Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures

TripAdvisor's worst nightmare - Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures

Gavin Gaddis

October 12, 2015

“Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures” is a bit of an enigma. If one were to take the cardboard miniatures and intentionally old-school charm of Wes Anderson and combine them with the rapid-fire jump cut pace of popular YouTube comedians, you’re approaching the aesthetic of “Oscar’s ...

Benefits of friends

Morgan Falconer

October 7, 2015

Student life can be greatly improved by making friends here on campus. College friends are the people to hang out with and who invite you to parties, but they can also have an impact on other parts of one’s life. Obviously study groups are a big help. I met one of my college friends in an Englis...

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