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Shadow and Bone: Light of My Life

Shadow and Bone: Light of My Life

Jessica Hsu, Guest Writer May 12, 2021
The story of Shadow and Bone is perfect for anyone aimlessly searching through the fantasy genre. Set in a fantasy kingdom inspired by 19th-century Tsarist Russia called Ravka, a treacherous, impassable area filled with deadly monsters and shrouded in darkness called the Fold divides the country and dominates its citizens’ nightmares.
Falling Out with the Kardashians

Falling Out with the Kardashians

Ria Sudhir, Staff Writer May 11, 2021
Young women engulfed in the world of social media are trapped in a whirlwind of insecurity... society is left completely blindsided by the deception of filters and surgeries. At the heart of this smoke and mirrors narrative is reality TV star, Kim Kardashian West, who has quite literally transformed the face of beauty.
Student(s) Spotlight: Mundo Magazine

Student(s) Spotlight: Mundo Magazine

Klaudia Barbarossa, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
Senior Martin Ruiz spontaneously gathered a few of his friends together in order to create an Instagram magazine known as Mundo Magazine... This magazine is nothing like what you are picturing...in the best way possible. It’s edgy but surreal. It’s spicy and fearless.
In Defense of Clichés

In Defense of Clichés

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
How predictable, how derivative, how cliché. However, clichés, or sayings or story elements that are considered overused in today’s media, aren’t always the scourge of every good story. While we can all agree that a story riddled with clichés can easily lose any dramatic weight it intended to carry, these common, easily recognizable elements of a given genre can supplement a brilliant original story.
Opinion and Analysis: Sia’s Selfishness Clouds Ethics in

Opinion and Analysis: Sia’s Selfishness Clouds Ethics in “Music”

Matthew Beymer, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
Amid the recent “Scammys” controversy, a new token of injustice has once again permeated the entertainment industry at the Golden Globe Awards... With the nomination of pop singer Sia’s musical drama film Music, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has placed an inauthentic and pernicious representation of autism in the limelight. 
Billie Eilish’s ‘Therefore I Am’ - Music Nerd’s Analysis

Billie Eilish’s ‘Therefore I Am’ – Music Nerd’s Analysis

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer January 7, 2021
Staff writer Naomi Carvalho brings us an interactive, timestamp-based review of Billie Eilish’s newest single, Therefore I Am, produced by her brother FINNEAS. You can play the song in the Spotify widget above, and pause at the annotated timestamps below.
Emily in Paris: Netflix’s Newest Trashy Romcom

Emily in Paris: Netflix’s Newest Trashy Romcom

Riana Henry, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Despite its numerous shortcomings and impracticality, "Emily in Paris" may just be the perfect trashy binge watch during quarantine. With its cheesy plotline and insanely attractive cast, the show is an addictive, temporary escape from reality and leaves audiences wanting more.
Protagonist In Name Only

Protagonist In Name Only

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
The legendary outlaw pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. The wisecracking superhuman Deadpool. The struggling firebender Prince Zuko. These are all “anti-heroes,” figures that fight for good despite having traits that are far from noble. This article is not about those kinds of characters. 
Hasan Minhaj (left). Ali Wong (center). Trevor Noah (right).

It’s Funny Because It’s True

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Hasan Minhaj. Trevor Noah. Ali Wong. What do they all have in common? These massively influential personalities are people of color in western comedy — and they are masters at bringing unique cultural perspectives to the satire scene. In the process, these stand-up icons both represent their cultures and defy the cultural conventions built into the rest of the comedy-film industry.
Xbox vs. PlayStation: a War Neither Side is Fighting

Xbox vs. PlayStation: a War Neither Side is Fighting

Shivaditya Gohil, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
With November drawing closer, the battle between Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s, confusingly named, Xbox Series X and Series S is starting to ramp up, but things are vastly different from previous console generations.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A Slow Descent Into Insanity

I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A Slow Descent Into Insanity

Mariana Camara, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Categorized under the cerebral and dark genres on Netflix, Kaufman’s adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things certainly doesn’t disappoint.
One More Turn...

One More Turn…

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
The latest in a long series of society-building strategy games, Civilization 6 allows you to take control of a historical society and manage its development from the dawn of civilization all the way into the near future. With a series of updates occurring throughout 2020 and early 2021, this game continues to keep itself fresh while gradually distinguishing itself from its predecessors.
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