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Opinion: Student analyzes lack of diversity at the Oscars

Staff Writer

By the time this article is printed, two white actors and two white actresses will have won Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22, was expected to be one of the most entertaining nights on television.

It also had the distinction of being the whitest Oscars since 1998. For the first time since that year, the four acting categories were occupied solely by white actors and actresses. Continue reading

Opinion: Stop killing off characters for shock value


I have noticed a trend in more than one of my shows in which the writers continuously kill off characters for no discernible reason other than the shock value it provides. Rather than delving into a character’s development or creating a plot line that is complex enough to interest viewers, far too many writers choose to simply throw away characters with potential. It is lazy writing, plain and simple. Numerous character deaths does not equal an interesting story.

Spoiler alert: If you aren’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” stop reading. Continue reading

Review: Satisfying first part of final ‘Hunger Games’ films

Entertainment Editor

It seems that one of the newest trends circling around Hollywood is taking the final book of a wildly successful series and stretching it out to multiple films.

“Harry Potter” was the first to have done this.

Considering that that final film made at least over a billion dollars combined, many major film studios have attempted to keep their cash cow flowing for as long as possible (i.e. the “Twilight” saga and the upcoming finale to the “Divergent” series).

This brings us to today’s topic, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Continue reading

Aaliyah made-for-TV Lifetime biopic causes controversy

Staff Writer

Lifetime’s recent biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” seems to be the topic of much controversy.

It has been ridiculed on many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages in the United States, and even those who are not involved in the debate are certainly well aware of it.

The movie attempts to chronicle the life of the iconic R&B artist, Aaliyah, a daunting task, especially since the star’s family refused to cooperate with Lifetime in the making of the movie.

Like every other terrible movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” was not all bad. Lifetime actually portrayed certain aspects of her life accurately, not the least of which was the almost perfect costuming. Continue reading

Internet star gets big break with first full-length movie


James Rolfe has always wanted to tell stories. His dreams were realized from the moment the video camera “brought out the beast” in him, as was described in the 2008 documentary about him, “Cinemassacre 200.” This was the art medium through which his storytelling dream would be realized. It swept his youth and continued on to his adulthood.

Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, digital luxuries that we tend to take for granted today were non-existent. Filmmaking was a very tedious process for Rolfe growing up, but that never stopped him. It was his passion. Continue reading

Review: Biker television drama embarks on one final ride

Entertainment Editor

Binge watching is when users who are signed up with video streaming websites such as Netflix or Hulu take an entire TV show and try to watch every episode back-to-back until the entire show is finished. This is a relatively new phenomenon that is sweeping the Internet.

While I myself am not an avid binge watcher (I have some semblance of a life), I do dabble in it when it is necessary, such as when a show everyone has been telling me to watch begins its final season and I decide to watch it the day that the final season begins.

Enter “Sons of Anarchy.” Continue reading

Review: New Nintendo game is smashing good time


No modern Nintendo console can be complete without its own installment of the wildly popular “Super Smash Bros.” series, and with the introduction of “Super Smash Bros. for 3DS” (which is what it’s really called), this unwritten rule now extends to Nintendo’s portable systems. But was it worth the wait from 2008, when “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” came out on the Wii? Continue reading

Comic Con fans ‘disgruntled’ by ticket buying process


The Justice League and The Avengers: two sets of very different heroes, but both clearly comic book giants in their own right. That is what New York Comic Con is all about - the celebration of characters that started as bright and vivid drawings in a comic book that have been able to leap off the page and into the hearts of many over the years.

It is a dream of fans to be able to attend the illustrious weekend celebration of comics and their characters, however, getting there may be about as realistic as the powers the heroes in the pages have. Continue reading

Film review: ‘Gone Girl’ translates well to screen


About halfway through David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” a policeman asks a question that seems more directed to the audience than it does to his partner: “You ever hear the expression ‘the simplest answer’s often the correct one?’”

One of the many themes that this film tackles is perception and how our perception can easily be swayed in one direction or the other (and with the help of media, it’s really not hard). With that being said, by this point in the film Nick Dunne is having a rather awful week. Continue reading