The Loneliest Killer Whale

By Elizabeth Skinner

No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Have you ever watched Free Willy? If not, let me summarize it for you. An orca named Willy was stolen from his family and taken to a marine park. He lived in a tank that was way too small for him, forced to perform in front of crowds. Eventually a teenage boy came along and freed him, back into the ocean, back with his family. Happily ever after, right? I know what you must be thinking – that’s a movie, what does this have to do with the real world? Well, art imitates life: the captive orca that played Willy, Kieko, had a very similar experience. He was taken from his family, forced to perform until enough people watched the movies, and guess what, he was released back into the wild! Crazy, right? Kieko got to live the rest of his life with his pod in the ocean. But what if this wasn’t the case for every orca out there?

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Eternals – Movie Review

By Ben King

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.

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The Problem With Pandemic Films

By Natasha Kangrga

No doubt, you’ve heard of the pandemic film, also known as the genre of films about widespread viruses, plagues, and diseases. Today, we associate the pandemic film with COVID-19, and from March 16th to March 20th, several pandemic films have found their way into the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. We don’t need them.

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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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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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“Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List” Movie Review

How many movies have you seen where a main character is gay? How about bisexual? Surprisingly, most people don’t even know what bisexuality entails. It isn’t only the fault of the miseducation of the subject, but it is also the fault of media excluding diverse sexualities from the entertainment field. So, when Netflix starts recommending a film which includes exactly this, how could an LGBT+ … Continue reading “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List” Movie Review

Critique of the “The Host”, an unintentionally hilarious alien soap opera

By Hanna Hadzihasanovic Against my better judgement and knowledge of the disappointing Twilight series , I was convinced by my friends to go see ‘The Host’, a sci-fi flick based on Stephenie Meyer’s book of the same title. I had previously read the book a couple of years ago, due to my adoration of science fiction, and I was relatively pleased with the novel. However, … Continue reading Critique of the “The Host”, an unintentionally hilarious alien soap opera

A Review Of “Olympus Has Fallen”

By Maksim Lazarevic Release Date: March 22nd 2013 Director: Antoine Fuqua Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angella Bassett Director Antoine Furqua’s film “Olympus has Fallen” shows the journey of a Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) whose sole job is to keep the president safe. But after a tragic accident, Banning is demoted and spends the next eighteen months sitting at an … Continue reading A Review Of “Olympus Has Fallen”