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The era of fan-atical power

By Samuel M Acosta As long as entertainment has existed, fans have existed. Nowadays, with more entertainment content than ever before, there are seemingly infinite fan bases, all of which are extremely passionate. Yet, in recent years, this passion has become a weapon that fans have wielded countless times. Through frequent successes, this has turned the fanbase into a looming mob. While there are some benefits to this newfound power, there is also a significant danger that has the ...

‘Andor’ episodes 8-9 slows down to showcase oppression

By Ben Konuch “Welcome to Narkina 5.” “Andor” slows down its pacing in its eighth and ninth episodes, but for good reason. In these last two episodes, Cassian is taken to Narkina 5, an Imperial prison colony with unrelenting rules but decent conditions and a promise of release at the end of each worker’s sentence. Forced to work to exhaustion for twelve-hour shifts and compete against other worker teams, most inmates want to keep their heads down and get through their term, but ...

‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ season two begins an international scavenger hunt

By Katlynn Rossignol It's been a few years since the Mysterious Benedict Society foiled Dr. Curtain’s evil plot known as “The Emergency.” Unfortunately, the group’s happy reunion is interrupted as news comes in that Mr. Benedict and Number Two have been kidnapped! It's up to Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance to follow the clues and travel around the world to rescue them.  As a fan of the first season of “The Mysterious Benedict Society”, I found the first three episodes ...

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is a masterful film about a generation lost

By Ben Konuch Editor's note: This is the second of two articles analyzing this adaption of “All Quiet on the Western Front.”  This article examines the movie and its merit as a war film, while the first examines it as an adaption of the book.   “Modern warfare is like a game of chess. It’s never about the individual, it’s always about the whole. You will prove yourself worthy of your uniforms.” War is hell. Anyone who has studied history extensively will ...

Netflix’s new adaptation of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ doesn’t do justice to Remarque’s timeless classic

By Kathryn McDonald Editor's note: This is the first of two articles analyzing this adaption of “All Quiet on the Western Front.”  This article examines the movie as an adaption of the book, while the second examines its merit as a war film.   “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even ...

‘Andor’ episode 7 is a masterful demonstration of consequences

By Ben Konuch “As long as everyone thinks I’m an irritation, there’s a good chance they’ll miss what I’m really doing.” With audiences still reeling from an explosive sixth episode, “Andor” demonstrates that the galaxy is reeling also. Episode seven is a masterful demonstration of how something seemingly as small as an isolated theft of Imperial funds at this point in history isn’t just a theft, but a statement. Just like the clanging alarms on Ferrix in Episode three, ...

Is ‘Midnights’ Taylor Swift’s Best Work Yet?

By Caroline Stanton As a new Taylor Swift fan, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what to expect with the release of “Midnights.” I didn’t grow up a die-hard Swiftie, but as I have gotten older, wiser, and more learned of the ways of the world I can see that her wisdom rivals that of Socrates, her writing rivals Hemingway and she’s scarily relatable. I am pleased to say that she lived up to all my expectations.  To be completely transparent, I was underwhelmed by my first ...

“Only A Monster” is a supernatural romance riddled with ethical dilemmas

By Sophia Monastra I’m the last person to give love advice, but generally speaking, if a guy kills your family, kills several other people, threatens to kill you if you time travel with mystic powers you only just learned you have, and has this prophecy that he’s destined to wipe out your entire race, this might be a red flag for your relationship. To be fair, Joan didn’t know that her boyfriend Nick is the Hero, a mythical figure destined to end the line of monsters. She also ...

Dave Filoni once again exceeds all expectations with ‘Tales of the Jedi’

By Chris Karenbauer I have waited a long time for “Tales of the Jedi” to drop, and let’s just say Dave Filoni has been exceeding my expectations since “The Clone Wars. “Tales of the Jedi” has six 15-minute episodes, and although I wish Filoni gave us more, it’s so well made that we don’t need more. “Tales of the Jedi” follows two main characters: Count Dooku and Ahsoka Tano. But I think the most interesting arc is Count Dooku. Yes, Ahsoka is a great character, and I ...

‘Till’ tells the gut-wrenching story of Emmett Till and his courageous mother

By Anna Harman This story was extremely difficult to translate to the big screen. Director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu was very careful in telling the horrific, indubitable truth of the crimes committed against Emmett Till. “Till” portrayed the true story of 14-year-old Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) who was brutally murdered by white supremacists in Mississippi. The director didn’t stop at telling Emmett’s story, he also told the story of Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler), who became an ...