Miyazaki Creates an Ambitious, Deeply Emotional Swan-Song

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 After coming out of retirement again, director Hayao Miyazaki attempts yet another “final movie” in the usual wholesome, child-friendly animation style of Studio Ghibli. Reflecting Miyazaki’s own life, The Boy and the Heron follows Mahito Maki’s (Luca Padovan) life in World War II era Japan. The visual spectacle of bombs dropping and a distant building on … Read More

Netflix’s ‘One Piece’ Series Adequately Adapts Source Material

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 The live action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is a unique take on the original manga that maintains a lot of what makes it so loveable. One Piece follows Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) on his journey as a pirate, setting out to find the legendary One Piece, which is the treasure of the Pirate … Read More

Parents and Teens Often at Odds over Phone Use

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 Over the past decade, technology use among teenagers has been growing rapidly. With global smartphone corporations dominating the technology and communication markets, it becomes a relatively simple feat to arm every person with mini-compact computers that are exponentially stronger than the one that sent a man to the moon half a century ago. This also means … Read More

‘Guardians 3’ Is a Needed Step in the Right Direction for Marvel

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 After a plethora of movies that have fallen flat within the so-called Phase 4 of its films, Marvel steps it up with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn’s departure from the Guardians series is bittersweet for many fans, but he caps off his involvement by creating a masterful work of cinema out of … Read More

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Is a Loud, Entertaining Masterpiece

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 In spite of the action genre’s often formulaic nature, director Chad Stahelski crafts a perfect and genuine finale to the John Wick tetralogy that never detracts in quality throughout its runtime. In fact, it gets better with every movie. John Wick: Chapter 4 follows the titular character (Keanu Reeves) in a last ditch attempt at freedom … Read More