Cracker Island Struggles To Meet High Expectations

by Audrey Farris ‘25 This February, alternative-rock band Gorillaz released their eighth studio album, Cracker Island, a considerably more mellow effort than their previous albums and also lacking the variety that is commonplace in Gorillaz’ discography. Gorillaz is known for frequent use of featured artists throughout their various albums, and typically they are able to sufficiently incorporate different artists’ sounds … Read More

New Paramore Album Showcases Band’s Maturity

by Katie Gough ‘23 Paramore came storming back after a five-year hiatus this February with their new album, This is Why. With 10 tracks that explore themes like mental health, mass media, and aging against a post-pandemic backdrop, the project is a complex look into lead singer Hayley Williams’ mindset: what’s changed over the years and what’s stayed the same. … Read More

The Last of Us Lives Up to Game’s Lofty Reputation

by Jordan Costolo ‘25 In 2013 the video game producers Naughty Dog created The Last of Us, an action-adventure game that went on to win numerous awards not only for its gameplay but also for the story and character development of its main cast. On January 15, a TV show based and named off of The Last of Us premiered … Read More

Daisy Jones Is a Strong Adaptation of the Book

by Gabi Admi ‘23 Daisy Jones & The Six started as a 2019 novel by best-selling author Taylor Jenkins-Reid. In that same year, Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, obtained the rights to bring the novel to life on the screen. Now streaming on Amazon Prime as a 10-episode series, the narrative is depicted in the form of a documentary … Read More

Spider-Verse Effect Changes Animation

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 Animation is a revolutionary medium, first popularized by Disney animated shorts and films like Steamboat Willie (1928) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). In comparison to the very limited creativity of live action at the time, animation represented a fantastical experience capable of allowing entertainment to bloom. Then, the growth of 3D animation through … Read More

Quantumania Is a Tangled Mess of Setups

by Liam Trump ‘24 Following up two far smaller scale films—Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania promises to widen the horizons of the franchise and be the first step into Marvel Studios’ Phase 5, the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With an introduction of the next Avengers movie’s title villain, … Read More

Lil Yachty Surprises with Experimental Psychedelic Rock LP

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 On January 27, Lil Yachty released his fifth album after hinting at how it would be different from his traditional hip-hop records. Let’s Start Here deviates from Yachty’s original trap sound and finds inspiration from alternative rock and even different types of psychedelic music. Some clear comparisons include Pink Floyd and Tame Impala for more of … Read More

Screened at 2023 Sundance Film Festival: Divinity Bizarrely Hits All the Right Notes

Connor Pugh ‘24 Divinity screened at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Film Festivals and unique categories such as Sundance’s NEXT allow unconventional movies to have a moment in the spotlight, giving them chances to gain success and grow an audience to allow their creators to make better and more ambitious works in the future. However, these platforms for more experimental … Read More

Screened at 2023 Sundance Film Festival: Shortcomings Offers a Very Human Experience

by Dasun Panapitiya ‘24 Shortcomings screened at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival The Asian-American experience is one of nuance. The coexistence between Asian-Americans and every other type of person in the melting pot that is America is very complex, and director Randall Park is able to convey it amazingly in his film, Shortcomings. His debut feature follows Ben Tanaka (Justin … Read More