If you say that you haven’t found yourself mirroring the amazing glamorous lives of the people you see on screen, then you’re lying. We’ve all wanted to be smart like Rory Gilmore, rich like Blair Waldorf, or adventurous like the Pogues and live the same as so many other popular characters. From the millions of TV shows and movies available to watch, some really stand out and make a large impact on our generation. Teen-oriented series have grown to be incredibly popular over the last few decades. These media can have amazing plotlines, actors, and representation, but very few do a good job of illustrating realistic teenage lives.
Elon Musk is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021. Is this a bad thing? Many of the world’s critics think so. The Guardian opens its piece on Musk with the following:
“Time magazine’s decision to make Tesla billionaire Elon Musk its person of the year for 2021 has been criticized because of his attitude to tax, opposition to unions and playing down the dangers of Covid.” – The Guardian “Naming Elon Musk person of the year is Time’s ‘worst choice ever’, say critics.”
There’s been a lot of buzz in certain circles about the new wave of pop-punk that’s seemingly all the rage – the snarling guitars, soaring melodies and instantly identifiable snotty SoCal accent. But this style didn’t pop up out of nowhere; the subgenre is basically as old as punk itself. Using the simplicity of both styles of music as a starting point, pop-punk mixes pop hooks and choruses with punk speed and combativeness to create something distinctly new. If you’ve been interested but don’t know where to start, I’ve decided to revisit and spotlight five albums that are great entries for curious listeners, from the very inception all the way to the present.
“Father, son, and house of Gucci”, proclaims Lady Gaga in the very first trailer for Universal’s House Of Gucci, a true crime biographical drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. The instantly iconic – and memeable line from Gaga cemented the film as one of the most anticipated releases of 2021. With big names attached to the project (Ridley Scott, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino), House Of Gucci looked to be a delectable thanksgiving treat. Alas, the film committed the biggest cardinal sin in Hollywood history – being a bore.
From ABBA to Olivia Rodrigo, this year’s Grammy nominees range from music veterans to industry newcomers. Such a wide selection of artists has sparked a lot of speculation as to who will take home these coveted awards. As far as the top four categories go (Best New Artist, Song, Record, and Album of the Year), there are many strong contenders. I will be going over the nominees and my predictions which artists will score big on music’s biggest night!
The infamous Taylor Swift has stolen people’s hearts ever since her debut as a 17-year-old country artist. She’s come a long way in her music career, and her fame hasn’t died down- in fact, it’s growing. Like every other celebrity with fame, she has her haters; I personally know lots of people who haven’t really listened to any of her music, who believe that she’s not a good artist, or who believe she’s overhyped. But I believe the exact opposite, and before you come at me, hear me out.
Angelina Jolie. Richard Madden. Salma Hayek. Kumail Nanjiani. Harry Styles. From Academy Award winning director Chloé Zhao. With a team like this, Marvel Studios’ Eternals seemed almost too big to fail. But alas, the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the lowest rated movie in the franchise’s history, and has quickly lost it’s legs at the box office, with $368 million grossed against a $200 million budget. The film has undoubtedly been Marvel’s least successful undertaking – but Eternals was a refreshing departure from the usual Marvel formula, and delivered a visually stunning, heart-warming film with some of the best introduced characters we’ve seen in the MCU this far.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is about an investigation of a murder-turned-suicide. Allegedly, Sal Singh killed his high school girlfriend, Andie Bell, then killed himself. Everyone in their small town believes that narrative, except for Pip. For her end-of-year school project, she decides to crack open this devastating case again and find out the truth.
Over the past couple years, music has evolved tremendously. Many amazing artists have produced great projects that have changed the sounds of our modern world. In order to have lasting power in the music industry, you must create something memorable, unique, and something that separates itself from all the other music out there. Today, I will be discussing 5 albums that I have truly loved over the past 5 years. Through many different genres, artists, and styles, these projects have stood out to me, and are certainly worth recognition.