An Odyssey of Modern Anxieties

by Liam Trump ’24 Veering off of the cult-ish edge from his previous two films Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019), writer-director Ari Aster returns with a refreshingly surrealist tragicomedy horror film, Beau Is Afraid. Delving into themes of fear, paranoia, and guilt, Aster puts his audience through a 3-hour long journey of a man battling his inner demons. With celebrated … 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

‘Air’ Deserves the Bright Lights

by Thomas Fenner ‘24 Air, the highly anticipated sports drama, depicts the relationship between Nike and NBA legend Michael Jordan. Directed and starred by Ben Affleck, Air brings together a stellar cast led by Matt Damon as Sonny Vaccaro, Viola Davis as Jordan’s mother, Jason Bateman as Rob Stasser, and Affleck as Nike founder Phil Knight. The movie displays Nike’s … 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

After Four Seasons, You Is Feeling Repetitive

by Maggie Reese ‘24 The character Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) isn’t the only one who likes to change his identity. Netflix’s You shifts each season, too, transforming to a setting in a new city with a different cast of characters each time. But whether he’s surrounded by LA hipsters or suburban Momfluencers, Joe’s own refusal to change makes each season … Read More

Ticketmaster Under Fire for Mishaps and Bullying

by Tatiana Rodriguez ‘23 The entertainment company Ticketmaster continues to face fallout from its miscues for Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” last summer when the general sale of tickets had to be canceled since the event sold out during the presale. The general sale was the only opportunity for most fans to get tickets because they already were locked out of … Read More

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