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Shadow and Bone: Light of My Life

Protected: 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 Down a Manhole:

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 Isn't 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.
Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Arabela Damarillo, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
The quality of Netflix's Carmen Sandiego is as elusive and wonderful as the eponymous heroine herself.
A Mix of Horror & Comedy:

A Mix of Horror & Comedy: “Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye”

Sophia Fijman, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Missing campy horror-comedy in January? Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is the cheesy thriller you’re in search of. Gravity Falls meets Welcome to Nightvale in this new web series about twin journalists—Artemis and Paul Schue-Horyn—investigating the strange and unusual of a small mining town for their podcast. In this hilarious yet thrilling story, the duo becomes wrapped up in a string of mysteries about the unexplained corruption and hidden evils of Connor Creek.
All the Gossip on Gossip Girl's Reboot

All the Gossip on Gossip Girl’s Reboot

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer January 7, 2021
Now, they say good things always have to come to an end, but thankfully that's not always true. Case in point: a Gossip Girl reboot! HBO Max announced a new show set eight years after the original series ended, and it features a whole new cast of characters—except, of course, the iconic Kristen Bell, who will be returning as the voice of Gossip Girl.
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish

Christina Mau, Staff Writer November 15, 2020
Fifteen years ago, the world was introduced to Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood. After two five-installment book series, Rick Riordan closes the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles with The Tower of Nero, the fifth and final installment to his series Trials of Apollo. 
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.
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.
Our Haunting Reality: The Social Dilemma

Our Haunting Reality: The Social Dilemma

Has social media trapped you too?
Matthew Beymer, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
It’s time to face the truth—we have quickly met the age of a haunting and inexorable reality dominated by the power of social media. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma vilifies social media for this domination that draws our society closer to dystopia.
Yoga Girl: Conversations From the Heart

Yoga Girl: Conversations From the Heart

Stephanie Ahn, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Skeptical of podcasts? Well, let me get you hooked on Yoga Girl: Conversations From the Heart. Hosted by Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl is a wonderful experience, even if you have never been a spiritual person or listened to a podcast before; we learn a lot from staying open-minded.
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