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Aquaman Is Damp at Best, Drowned at Worst

Andrew Mello, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 23, 2018

In a word, Aquaman is diluted. It’s more of the same stressed formula you’ve likely seen as many times as I have. Aquaman brings nothing new to the table but instead rehashes from other better movies. The boring plot doesn’t even believe in itself enough not to end every sentence with a punchline. It doesn’t have an original bone in its amphibian body. The redeeming factor, if there were to be one, is the charisma from much of the cast—mainly the surprisingly comedic Jason Momoa in the titular role of Aquaman. The most amazing aspect of Aquaman is how it has managed to steal half-decent reviews.

2018 in Review: “Hidden Gem” Films

Andrew Mello, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 23, 2018

Every year, so many movies are released that sometimes some truly great work is lost in the masses. The movies on this list may have gone (mostly) unnoticed, but they really didn’t deserve all the negligence they received. So, here are seven movies you should’ve seen, but probably didn’t.

2018 in Review: Top Ten Albums

2018 in Review: Top Ten Albums

December 21, 2018

2018 was another peculiar year for music. Kanye West officially fell off his rocker, the once-underground Travis Scott outsold a very angry Nicki Minaj by a significant margin, and, well, “You are hiding a child!” happened, and that was just in hip-hop. We got a lot of really good music this year, and here are the best albums of 2018, in my humble opinion.

“The Bodyguard”: Everything American TV Isn’t

Cecilia Barron, Editor-in-Chief

December 21, 2018

In today’s emotionally-saturated landscape of television, easy tears and accessible laughs are in abundance while the true drama and thoughtful dialogues of the early 2000s are discarded. TV marketed solely to the emotions of consumers (see: This Is Us) dominate the cable viewerships, while watchers interested in the more developed TV of the previous decades are forced to skim through the shelves of Netflix.

“Beautiful Boy” Depicts Pain of Addiction

“Beautiful Boy” Depicts Pain of Addiction

November 30, 2018

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, "Beautiful Boy" is a poignant yet heartbreaking illustration of the opioid crisis in America today. The movie was moving at times, but not life-changing. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell, the film emphasizes the father-son bond and how love can override logic.

“The Hate U Give” Stands Out

“The Hate U Give” Stands Out

November 29, 2018

The much-anticipated adaptation of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give has finally arrived. Released on October 19th, this film provoked feelings and emotions that I know a lot of black people (myself included) have been harboring. It tells the story of Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is caught in the middle of a harrowing police brutality case after leaving a party with her childhood friend, Khalil (Algee Smith). When they are stopped by police,  Khalil is asked to exit the vehicle, and he is then shot by the officer. This act serves as the catalyst for the rest of the film.

Second Chapter of “Fantastic Beasts” Disappoints, Fails To Excite

Second Chapter of “Fantastic Beasts” Disappoints, Fails To Excite

November 16, 2018

The world established in the Harry Potter movies is a bottomless gold mine of potential sequels and continuations. Any way you move through history—up, down, left, or right—you can’t find a time period that seemingly can’t be made interesting with the addition of wizards and Quidditch. But even if it seems impossible, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald proves that you can still make it stupid and, worst of all, boring.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: A Close Second to Witnessing the Iconic Freddie Mercury

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: A Close Second to Witnessing the Iconic Freddie Mercury

November 14, 2018

Of all the great rockstars of the past, I couldn’t dream of anyone with a larger personality than Freddie Mercury. Often slated as the greatest frontman to any band (a statement I'd agree with), Mercury very much outshone his competition with his distinct wardrobe, spontaneous physicality, and iconic teeth. However, this came at a cost with him resembling a candle burning at both ends. But, as he puts it, “The light is so divine.” Bohemian Rhapsody knows it doesn’t take the silver screen to make Mr. Fahrenheit larger than life, but in no way does it shrink him.

“Mid90s” Takes You Back

“Mid90s” Takes You Back

October 30, 2018

It is rare that you see a movie that can translate over multiple decades, have a specific target audience, and still be entertaining to most groups of people. However, the movie Mid90s does this in incredible fashion through light-hearted comedy, distinctive cinematography, and a personal story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Noname Releases “Room 25” Two Years After Last Album

Noname Releases “Room 25” Two Years After Last Album

October 30, 2018

Chicago rapper Noname, two years since her debut,Telefone, is back with a gem in Room 25. An intimate and jazzy work, this album is sure to light up any listener’s downtime. Noname’s cutting, spoken-word style lyricism is a breath of fresh air and originality in today’s rap landscape. The album spans eleven tracks and is just over a half-hour in duration, but its fully-developed musical ideas provide the satisfaction of a longer project.

“A Star Is Born” Shines

“A Star Is Born” Shines

October 30, 2018

A Star Is Born is the fourth and latest retelling of the original 1937 A Star Is Born. Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, the movie musical follows the lives of two singers, one famous and one on the way to fame, as they meet and fall in love. Jackson Maine (Cooper) is a rock country star and incredible drunk who, on one of his drinking escapades, finds Ally (Gaga) at a drag bar. A waitress with the voice of an angel, Ally often performs at the local spot. After hearing Ally sing, the two fall in love and Ally joins him, performing alongside him on tour.

“Fahrenheit 11/9”: Are You Angry? Because You Should Be

“Fahrenheit 11/9”: Are You Angry? Because You Should Be

October 30, 2018

November 9th, 2016: The day the world learned Donald Trump was the president-elect of the United States of America. In the title of his new documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore alludes not only to the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, but also to his 2004 post-9/11 documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. This time, Moore set out to track the election of Trump, the unfolding of the Flint Water Crisis, and various other political movements unfolding across the United States in 2018.

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