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‘Later’ sparks King’s original magic

‘Later’ brings back some of the strange and bizarre elements missing from King’s recent works. The story is well-paced, and the characters are written well enough that you become attached to them. King didn’t craft Jamie as perfectly as he did with others, but he still works for the sake of the story. With the exception of a few minor issues, this turned out to be King’s best work since Doctor Sleep. 

Wrapped Up S1E5: Golden Globes ratings SAG

Welcome back to another episode of Wrapped Up! Tune in as we cover this week's top stories with Microsoft Mesh, the Golden Globes ratings, casting choices for the new Dungeons and Dragons movie, and reports for a potential model for the Nintendo Switch. Host: Blake Chapman Edited by: Blake Chapman Graphic by: Emily Hanes

'Tom and Jerry' is “Eloise” with a cat and mouse shoved in

This movie is a two for one - the actual 'Tom and Jerry' movie is a fun slapstick romp that would please young and old fans alike, but the other half is a series of forgettable incidents and some real groan-worthy jokes. The old cartoons are still available to watch and would probably be a better use of one’s time.

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ surprises with its unique world

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is worth checking out in theaters or when it’s available for free on streaming. However, it’s not worth the thirty-dollar price tag. Its world is fresh and incredible but isn’t able to bring these qualities to its standard formula. It’s great to see Disney explore different cultures and characters, but it would also be nice to see them expand upon their generic plot lines. 

‘WandaVision’ continues Marvel’s home run streak

‘WandaVision’ proves that Marvel still has a great game plan for their universe. The series also shows that Marvel is willing to make content that’s bizarre and refreshing. Although some of the sitcom aspects don’t work at times, it’s nice to see Marvel changing things up. With blockbuster level quality and two lead characters who we’ve grown attached to, this series is one worth the binge. 

The Coven S7E9: Joss Whedon & the Age of Controversy

  Welcome back to another episode of the Coven! Join us as we talk about director Joss Whedon's multiple controversies, what makes a good strong female character, and the misogynistic themes in Whedon's films! Tune in for all this more on this week's episode of the Coven! Hosts: Shwetha Sundarrajan & Harrison Hopkins Edited by: Lia Weisbecker-Lotz Graphic by: Shwetha Sundarrajan

‘L.W.’ is a strong addition to the King Gizzard discography

‘L.W.’ proves how creative this band is. Their lyrics have improved greatly since 2014’s "I’m In Your Mind Fuzz" and even 2016’s "Nonagon Infinity." King Gizzard managed to take their microtonal sound into new areas and created a successful double album that flows right into each other, track for track. But how far can they take microtones? It stales and becomes forgettable in some places, while in others, they fuse it with other genres previously explored in other albums to create something unique to the band. 

Artist of the Month: Black Punk Bands

February is Black History Month and for a while now, I’ve wanted to write about Black punk bands. Black punk bands help spread not only a form of education as to what the Black community is going through, but also offer each other a sense of belonging in a largely white community. 

Captain and Tennille: A marriage like no other

Husband and wife duo Captain and Tennille dominated much of the 70s with their keyboard and piano instrumentals. Unfortunately, the duo’s time in the spotlight didn’t last much longer than a decade, leaving the memories of the two that much more reminiscent.