‘The Son’ is a conversation starter about the nature of family and the crisis surrounding teenage mental health
by Kathryn McDonald
When I reviewed “The Father” in 2021, I had nothing but admiration for the screenwriters, directors, actors and the myriad of other professionals that put their heart into the art they created. Now, after watching its prequel, “The Son,” I must admit that I am once again blown away by the poignant storyline and presentation.
In this artistic film, audiences step back in the timeline to explore a new facet of the human experience: family. What is a ...
‘The Pale Blue Eye’ is a slow but meticulously crafted mystery
By Ben Konuch
"At times I believe the dead haunt us because we love them too little. We forget them, you see. We don't intend to, but we do. I believe they feel most cruelly deserted, and so they clamor for us."
“The Pale Blue Eye” is a dark, gothic murder mystery from Scott Cooper, the director behind “Antlers,” and stars Christian Bale as Augustus, a quiet and haunted detective who is called to investigate a grizzly crime at West Point in the 1800s. Through this dark and ...
‘The Last of Us’ episode two shows both beauty and terror
By Ben Konuch
“Now you know where they are, now they come. You're not immune from being ripped apart, do you understand?”
The following review will contain spoilers for the first two episodes of “The Last of Us”
Episode two of “The Last of Us” opens with a surprising flashback scene, but one that sets the stage of the entire episode with dread and foreboding. A woman in Jakarta is apprehended at a restaurant and is quickly revealed to be a local expert in mycology who is ...
‘A Man Called Otto’ has me wishing someone would ban remaking wonderful classics
By Kathryn McDonald
In 2012, Forum published Fredrik Backman’s novel “A Man Called Ove.” Originally written in Swedish, the book was translated into English in 2013 and eventually gained widespread popularity. When the 2015 Swedish movie adaptation of the book was released it was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.
Now, in 2023, American audiences have their own film adaptation in English ...
ALT nights are a fan-favorite here at Cedarville. SGA offers a diverse range of activities, which often include food trucks, games, and a movie. This past ALT night there was a silent disco! Everyone gathered in the BTS and had a blast listening to their favorite music and dancing with their friends. Filmed and edited by Alben Augustine
‘White Noise’ depicts how we are drowning in the noise we make
By Caroline Stanton
I had a lot of really high hopes for “White Noise” after reading the book that it was based on. I can happily report that the film kept me on my toes, gave me new insights into human existence, and truly captured what I believe “White Noise” by Don DeLillo is all about. The movie came out on Netflix on December 30, 2022, and starred Adam Driver as Jack Gladney and Greta Gerwig as Babette Gladney.
The movie is set in small-town America in the 1980s, and ...
Cedarville’s Christian worldview sets it apart in the sports world
by Avonlea Brown
On a typical afternoon, the halls of the Callan Athletic Center are filled with students. They are on the way to the gym for practice, to the weight room, or coming from the locker rooms after a team meeting. Students that pass one another offer encouraging remarks, a brief ‘hello,’ and give a friendly high-five before moving on.
There is always a faint smell of sweat, the sound of sneakers on the gym floor can be heard echoing around the building, and every once in ...
Cross guides student-athletes in position he never expected as athletic director
by Alan Brads
Growing up deep in Steelers country in Northwest Virginia, Chris Cross gravitated toward sports and never looked back.
"We had a hoop in our driveway where I used to play with my brother," Cross said. “He would beat me like a drum every time, but I still remember when I finally beat him and realized I was pretty good.”
But as a fifth grader playing basketball in the driveway, he never dreamed that his passion would make him an athletic director at a Division II ...
Adoptees share perspectives on transracial adoption
By Maggie Walker
(photo provided by Maggie walker) From left to right: Jean Walker(maggies mom), Joseph Mattackal(Maggie’s fiancè), Maggie Walker, David Walker(Maggie’s Dad), and Maggie’s siblings Holly, Lilly and Ben.
My surname, Walker, has Scottish origins, but I’m not Scottish. My current surname is not the only one I’ve held because I’m adopted. Before I was adopted, my surname was Yi, the surname given to me by the Chinese orphanage. I was adopted at 12 months and ...
Change in comedy
by Ella Smith
From the beginning of creation, laughter has been a gift from God. Likewise, the comedy genre is not a new idea. It has been around since as early as the fifth century in Ancient Greek plays. Many things about comedy haven't changed. Comedy still has the main goal of making people laugh, entertaining people, often showing the absurdities in life and offering a helpful takeaway for the audience.
However, with the growing popularity of streaming and the shift in how society ...