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Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Ivy Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2019

Katina Bitsicas is the current visiting artist at Plunkett Gallery. Bitsicas’ exhibit, entitled “Revive,” explores themes centered around coming back to life even with death edging close. She uses the motif of red thread, commonly associated with human connection, to symbolize loss and longing.

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2019

One of the most unique things about the series is the use of puppets instead of actors or CGI. It is a very uncommon medium to use for an entire show that isn’t directed towards children.

Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 11, 2019

Swift isn’t just writing pointed songs about her exes anymore but attempting to tackle more grown up topics like self-love, her mother’s illness and actually falling (and staying) in love. 

Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us” is unsettling in its honesty concerning America

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2019

“Us” takes Peele’s knack for social commentary within horrific storylines to an entirely new level.

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Full disclosure: I was incredibly hesitant to review this show in fear of just not getting it. The trailers definitely portrayed a very “mindscrew” view and other reviews I read marked it as a very thought-provoking show. However, I was very pleasantly surprised upon watching that while it’s definitely...

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Mandi DeLong

March 14, 2019

Inspired by the comic series of the same name, Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” centers around a dysfunctional superhero family trying to save the world while dealing with their own myriad of personal issues. The ensemble cast consists of the Hagreeves children and members of the titular Umbrella...

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Connor Cable

March 14, 2019

When the first “How To Train Your Dragon” film burst onto the scene back in 2010, the world was really caught by surprise. Production company Dreamworks is no slouch when it comes to animation. With franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” under their belt, no one though...

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Review: “Bandersnatch” changes streaming forever

Connor Cable

February 12, 2019

Over the past few years, Netflix has changed the way we watch television. Ever since they started out as a DVD-by-mail service, they have been at the forefront of the television and movie business, revolutionizing the way we access and view content. As soon as they started their on-demand service, viewers were sp...

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: an artsy take on the horror genre

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: an artsy take on the horror genre

Chas Pridgen

February 12, 2019

Warning: Spoilers for the movie “Velvet Buzzsaw,” out now on Netflix. I am not at all a horror movie person in any way, shape or form. I don’t like being scared, and I don’t like being stressed. However, I was able to survive this experience, unlike most of the characters in the movie. The fi...

Review: New Amazon show “Homecoming” doesn’t quite find its stride

Review: New Amazon show “Homecoming” doesn’t quite find its stride

Chas Pridgen

November 30, 2018

Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first season of “Homecoming” on Amazon Prime. Based on a podcast of the same name, Amazon’s “Homecoming” revolves around soldiers with symptoms of PTSD coming to a treatment facility to work through their trauma. Or, that’s what they think. T...

Winter Movie Preview

Winter Movie Preview

Connor Cable

November 29, 2018

The first semester of the school year is coming to a close, and many of us are excited to finally have a break. Some people like to travel, others like to visit family, but whatever you are doing, going to the movies is a must for this winter season. There are plenty of big name movies coming out in t...

Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Connor Cable

November 6, 2018

There is just something about the mystery of space that always makes for such great movies, and “First Man” is no exception. In this film, viewers are treated with an exploration of the life of the late, great Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to ever walk on the surface of the moon. This m...

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