Don’t Release The Snyder Cut

By Benny Streeter

Quick zoom-in shots of heroes flying by, extreme fight choreography between spartans and dark depictions of a twisted criminal world. These are some of the specialties of director Zack Snyder. Throughout this piece, I’m going to rag on him pretty hard so I felt that I should mention his strengths first. 

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Album Review: Taylor Swift – Folklore

By Ben King

The date was April 27th. Taylor Swift had posted a photo on Instagram, with the caption, “Not a lot going on at the moment.” A mere 3 months later, Swift would announce the release of her 8th studio album titled Folklore – coming out in less than 24 hours. Folklore in its entirety was conceived in lockdown, which means the record was written, produced, mastered and engineered all within just 4 months – proving that an incredible record doesn’t need to be harboured for months on end, and that sometimes your intuition trumps your perfectionism. 

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Plot Points

By Benny Streeter

When a director or writer is doing a bad job on a film the final product will have obvious cracks. Many important elements of film writing can sometimes seem almost absent in big studio movies, whether it’s the inability to take risks or an overambitious mess of convoluted plot, proper balanced stories can feel like a needle in a haystack when facing the unending wave of mediocre work. The main problem seems to be that so few major studios are capable of knowing what goes into making a good script, and that’s what I’ll be going over here today.

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Album Review: Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

By Ben King

In a year where hitting a jam packed dance floor can be considered a crime, there has been a recent influx of albums created for that sole purpose. Dua Lipa with Future Nostalgia, Lady Gaga with Chromatica, and Kylie Minogue with the aptly titled Disco, are just a few examples of albums created specifically for the dance floor that have debuted this year alone. While these projects are excellent endeavors, they don’t quite reach the bar Jessie Ware set with her fourth studio album, titled What’s Your Pleasure. 

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The Queen’s Gambit: A Good Gamble For Your Time

By Natasha Kangrga

In a recent interview with Slate’s Nitish Pahwa, Russian chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov explained,“ You have to guarantee that the games that are being played… look real. There will be a bunch of chess players watching who say, ‘That’s nonsense.’” But The Queen’s Gambit is not nonsense. In fact, it is one of the most relevant chess series out there. 

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited, seven-part miniseries on Netflix, based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same title. It has spent the last 30 days since its Netflix debut on the Daily Top 10, being the most popular limited series to screen on the platform. 

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Victorious, The Breakfast Club & Being Critical

By Christina Dinh

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of Victorious clips recommended to me. They’ve brought me a wave of nostalgia, but hadn’t pushed me to actually revisit the show until I saw a clip from the 2012 episode The Breakfast Bunch – an homage to the movie, The Breakfast Club. I used to be a huge fan of both Victorious and The Breakfast Club. I decided, why not rewatch it? I expected to feel nostalgic and have a few laughs, not to craft an entire analysis on the importance of being critical of the media we consume. Continue reading Victorious, The Breakfast Club & Being Critical

Seasonal Cinema

By Benny Streeter

Gusts of autumn wind grace your ankles as the dark-red leaves blow by, you sit in tranquility with a clear mind and a warm heart. This is the effect of a perfect October film. The complete immersion in a story that is told during the most romantic month of the year, the smile that finds its way to you through the thoughts of happier times. Many may ignore the opportunity to enjoy October films as much as I do but the passion I hold is in no way exclusive.

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Autumn Fashion Trends 2020

By Imani King

As the temperature slowly decreases, and sunny days are making less and less of an appearance, people are being forced to ditch the shorts and dresses and bring out their fall looks. As a result, I took a deep dive into various social media platforms and designer webpages to find the hottest trends for the 2020 chilly season and deliver them to you. 

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RDJ – The ‘D’ Is For Dolittle

By Jasmine Miljure

On January 17th, 2020, the movie Dolittle came out in theatres. This film was Robert Downey Jr’s first non-Iron Man role in five years. Continue reading “RDJ – The ‘D’ Is For Dolittle”