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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.
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 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.”
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?
“On Your Left: The Legacy of Captain America

“On Your Left:” The Legacy of Captain America

Guhan Karthik, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, the magical spells of WandaVision left viewers with innumerable questions and speculations for the future of this beloved superhero film studio....

Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Arabela Damarillo and Naomi Carvalho May 12, 2021
We were first tipped off to this video game by its criminally good animation and killer trailer. Needless, to say, we entered this case with stars in our eyes. However, despite the optimistic start, this case quickly cracked us.
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 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.
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.
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