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Unnecessary Sequels

Unnecessary Sequels

March 10, 2015

To kill a god. To bring an empire to its knees. To besmirch the name of a legend. To create an unnecessary sequel. Synonymous. While some who attempt to leap from the success of a blockbuster into the nirvana of a franchise – like Mohammed from the rock land successfully, others plummet into the ruins...

Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

January 30, 2015

“Freaks and Geeks”: See James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Phillips as young high school juniors. The freaks run McKinley high in 1980s set to some cool tunes. It is a short single-seasoner so it’s a good quick cultural investment.   “Orange Is The New Black”: A show about...

The Wizard of Oz Turns 75

The Wizard of Oz Turns 75

January 15, 2014

The artistic importance of “The Wizard of Oz”, the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, is obvious. As the first widely successful full length color movie,  the “Wizard of Oz” set a new standard in the film industry. The main character, Dorothy, became a national symbol of the “can-do”American sp...

The Newest Trend: Binge Television Watching

The Newest Trend: Binge Television Watching

December 4, 2013

It’s the newest trend. All your friends are doing it. Some say it’s hazardous to your health, but you don’t care. It feels good. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t stop hitting that “Play Next Episode” button. Television binging is quite addicting to us millennials, those born betwe...

The End of Harry Potter

September 7, 2011

The books and movies have de- fined an entire generation, and now it will all come to an end. The release of the fi- nal Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” on July 15, will mark the end of the Harry Potter franchise as we have all come to know it. “I have been reading and watching “Harry Potter” practically ...

“Water For Elephants” Movie Review

September 7, 2011

“Water for Elephants,” is the newly released Blockbuster smash hit based on the New York Times bestselling novel written by Sara Gruen.   In a brief synopsis, Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson), the main character, is a Cornell student studying veterinary medicine when his famil...

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