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The Shifting Sands of Dune

The Shifting Sands of Dune

A review of Dune, a stunning sci-fi novel brought to life on the big screen
Andrew Park, Staff Writer December 9, 2021
The golden sands of a barren planet. A long, looming shadow over the desert. Countless spaceships huddled together. Hand-to-hand combat with blades. Eerie music, a star-studded cast, an ingenious logo, and IMAX visuals. Is this Star Wars? No, it’s Dune, an enthralling and mesmerizing introduction to a saga with great potential.
Hermione, Annabeth, and Female Characters Physical Appearances

Hermione, Annabeth, and Female Characters’ Physical Appearances

The negative impacts of changing female characters' appearances in book-to-movie adaptations
Isabella Canales, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
In changing some small details of female characters particularly, movie adaptations can take away an essential part of the character and their development, as well as diminish the uplifting effect that these features have on young impressionable audiences looking for someone like them.
The Downfall of Brandy Melville

The Downfall of Brandy Melville

Allegations of racism, antisemitism, and fatphobia against Brandy Melville CEO, Stephan Marsan
Stephanie Ahn, Staff Writer December 5, 2021
It’s saddening how so many teens are willing to put these important matters at hand aside to sate their hunger for a Eurocentric beauty standard intended to bring down people of color and exclude body types. This is the root problem of Brandy’s entire existence as a brand, and as we continue to learn more of its hard truths, the demise of this hip, trendy store will soon follow.
A Woman of Colors Relatable Insights in The Chair

A Woman of Color’s Relatable Insights in “The Chair”

Netflix's new series tells the story of an overworked woman of color struggling between conflicting loyalties
Stephanie Ahn, Staff Writer October 19, 2021
What makes The Chair so enticing is not just the laughable setting, but its ability to cover nuanced perspectives on relevant social issues, such as women of color’s voices, double standards, and cancel culture apologies.
Marvels Newest Releases: Shang-Chi and What If...?

Marvel’s Newest Releases: “Shang-Chi” and “What If…?”

Monarchs review Marvel's action-packed "Shang-Chi" and innovative "What If...?"
Aadhithan Arivalagan and Andrew Park October 17, 2021
Read two Monarchs' perspectives on Marvel's recent releases: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" and "What If...?"
Lets Be Real. Hes All That Isnt All That

Let’s Be Real. “He’s All That” Isn’t All That

A TikTok star, KFC product placements, and a cringe-worthy plot: the downfall of "He's All That"
Ria Sudhir, Staff Writer October 17, 2021
If you haven’t watched the movie, let me issue a warning: you don’t want to. Let’s be honest. He's All That lacked flavor, depth, and a certain “je ne sais quoi.”
Essential Watches & Listens for This Fall

Essential Watches & Listens for This Fall

Film, TV, and music recommendations for autumn
Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer October 16, 2021
Fall entertainment, ranging from old classics to new releases, is a necessity for getting into the pumpkin spice mood. Lucky for you, I've done the work and come up with a list of the best (in my opinion) films, shows, and music for this fall. So sit back, relax, and light a candle!
Rick Singer, mastermind behind the college admissions bribery scheme, on the right; Matthew Modine, who portrays Rick Singer in Operation Varsity Blues, on the left.

“Operation Varsity Blues” & The Deceit of College Admissions

Jinny Kim, Staff Editor May 12, 2021
So: you want to get into a “top 10” school. What do you do?
Meet A&Es Senior Editors!

Meet A&E’s Senior Editors!

A&E Editors May 12, 2021
Our amazing senior editors — Helen, Lauren O., and Lauren T. — are graduating this year! To celebrate their hard work and contributions to A&E, we wanted to share some of their all-time favorites as well as some advice for new writers.
The Geography of Tyler, The Creators Discography

The Geography of Tyler, The Creator’s Discography

Camille Jiménez, Staff Writer May 12, 2021
Tyler’s discography takes us through the various stages of his life as he develops into the mainstream artist he is today — all while enthralling listeners with high production-quality. So what albums and tracks made Tyler, the Creator evolve into the artist that fans know today? Let’s take a dive in!
Falling Down a Manhole: Soul, A Review

Falling Down a Manhole: “Soul,” A Review

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer March 16, 2021
Picture this: you’re a struggling artist who has been working for years, and finally, you land your dream gig—only to be dunked into a manhole right after. Such is the plight of Soul’s main character, Joe Gardner. That description also aptly fits the 34-year-long struggle to land a Black lead in a Pixar film; it takes far too long to finally happen, and when it does, unfair circumstances send it right down the toilet (manhole).
To All the Viewers: This Series Isnt Always and Forever

To All the Viewers: This Series Isn’t Always and Forever

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
The first two movies were a buildup to the pair finally having a solid relationship, but once they finally established one, it seemed as if the writers had no idea how to keep that charm. TATB: AaF spent way too much time solely on Lara Jean and Peter's relationship, reducing the characters themselves to just one-half of a couple.
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