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Unpacking The Wordle Phenomenon

Unpacking The Wordle Phenomenon

Stephanie Ahn '24 unboxes the story behind the 6x5 grid that took the world by storm.
Stephanie Ahn, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
It’s just very simple. And that’s exactly how Wardle intended it to be. It turns out the origins of Wordle were meant to be a gift for his partner, not a money-maker. Its simplicity appeals to so many—thus why the game has made its way into so many people’s daily routines

“WHO CARES”? I Care.

A review of Rex Orange County's new album, WHO CARES
Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer April 14, 2022
My first thought after listening to Rex Orange County's new album Who Cares was that it was "AMAZING," and that he should definitely "KEEP IT UP."
Spider-Man: No Way Home & The Revival of Andrew Garfield

Spider-Man: No Way Home & The Revival of Andrew Garfield

A review of the new release Spider-Man: No Way Home & an analysis of Andrew Garfield and his place in the acting world
Ellie Fasoli and Nicole Hartman February 20, 2022
It seems Andrew Garfield, who made an appearance in the newest Spider-Man release, has made his way back home, coming full circle after being cast as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). But how has Garfield grown since then? And does No Way Home live up to the hype?
Ready for the Madness: The MMXXXI Themes, Reviewed

Ready for the Madness: The MMXXXI Themes, Reviewed

Reviews of the media that each Monarch Madness theme is based on
Clara Schultz and Jinny Kim February 20, 2022
Four classes. Four themes. Are you ready for the madness? In celebration of Mitty's 31st edition of Monarch Madness, we watched and reviewed the four pieces of media that inspired each class' Monarch Madness theme: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Money Heist, A Quiet Place, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Love Letter To Fans: A Review of The King’s Man

Love Letter To Fans: A Review of The King’s Man

Exploring the most recent addition to the action-comedy Kingsman film franchise
Natalie Greene, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
The King’s Man is an amazing prequel for fans, as it does not contradict anything from the original movie, introduces a new cast of characters to love, and reminds you of all the little things that made you love the originals.
Apocalypse Radio: A Review of Dawn FM

Apocalypse Radio: A Review of “Dawn FM”

A review of The Weeknd's newly released "Dawn FM"
Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer February 19, 2022
Part of a long-running, perhaps "meta" story arc, Dawn FM is the narrative sequel to The Weeknd’s 2020 album, After Hours. To embody our new protagonist's character development after learning about the “Blinding Lights” of media and fame, Dawn FM was released with almost no press fanfare—perfectly opposite to the viral success of its predecessor. If After Hours is death and everything that leads up to it, Dawn FM asks the question: what comes after?
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.
Its Poppy Playtime!

It’s Poppy Playtime!

An examination of Poppy Playtime, a new puzzle-horror game known for its detail-oriented graphics.
Alessandra Chang, Staff Writer December 6, 2021
Poppy Playtime is a first-person puzzle-horror game developed by MOB Games, released on October 12, 2021. The game has taken over social media platforms recently as mainstream youtubers like Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, and CoryxKenshin post their enticing playthroughs of the indie game. Players interact as an ex-employee of Playtime Co., an abandoned toy factory haunted by a mysterious mass disappearance. So far, only the first chapter has been released and is playable. Even so, Poppy Playtime manages to captivate viewers through stunning visual graphics and innovative storytelling. 
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 18, 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 18, 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.”
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?
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