Minecraft and a New Era of Storytelling

By Lia Marchione

2020 was a year full of changes for a lot of people. Not only with everything that went on that year, like Covid-19 and our ongoing restrictions, but with many people’s interests as well. A lot of people turned to the Internet for entertainment, and a significant number of those people returned to watching the types of videos they used to watch when they were younger.

This, along with many more factors, contributed to the new and continually growing notoriety of the 2011 game Minecraft.

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Album Review: Taylor Swift – Evermore

By Ben King

Taylor Swift has done it again; a mere 5 months after her acclaimed LP Folklore dropped unexpectedly, she released her second great album of 2020 with Evermore – announced mere hours before dropping. It certainly seems like Swift has grown to care for this release strategy as both records were announced less than 24 hours before their release. In the era of constant consumption, where artists are expected to deliver music videos, live shows, photoshoots, and interviews all within one album cycle, Swift has reached a point in her career where she’d rather let the music speak for itself. Described by Swift herself as a “sister” record to its predecessor, the 17 track album proves that Folklore was not a fluke record and that she has slipped comfortably into this new genre as one slips into their most beloved cardigan. 

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Book Review: The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon

By Ana Downes

Originally published in 1979, The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a very compelling mystery that remains relevant even 42 years later. Fans of the mystery genre or people who enjoy the classic Nancy Drew style novel will certainly find this book fascinating. It features a relatable teen character and an entertaining story.

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Book Review: Prey by Michael Crichton

By Ana Downes

“Prey” is a disturbing sci-fi thriller about the ignorance and danger of the human race, as well as the threat posed by the rapid evolution of technology in our society. As someone who generally feels indifferent about the sci-fi genre, I can say that this book is in my top 3 reads of all time!

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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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