Katie Catterall is a freshman journalism major and writes “In Between the Lines" for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
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Sophie Nulph is a sophomore journalism major and writes “Open-Minded” for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Season 1 of You.
Zahria Hart is a freshman journalism major and does "Culture Crush" for The Ball State Daily News. Her opinions do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Rhyan Radabaugh is a junior communications major and writes “Personal Transgressions” for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for The Witcher.
When it was announced that Disney was going to revive the Star Wars movies, I was excited about the potential of going beyond the Skywalkers and seeing new stories and characters. The previous movies and television shows focused on Skywalkers and other stories connected to the Skywalkers story, rather than introducing new characters. We’ve seen new stories and characters introduced to Star Wars in the books, comics, and games, but I was looking forward to a live-action format. After Disney and Lucasfilms announced they were going to continue the episodic movies while also making spin-off movies gave me great hope for the future of Star Wars. However, after seeing the two spin-off movies hope had been all but lost.
Josh and Benny Safdie, known collectively as the Safdie Brothers, are a pair of New York City-based independent filmmakers who have risen to prominence in the past few years. Their NYC settings and use of urban grit are reminiscent of a director like Abel Ferarra. They first gained attention in 2014 with Heaven Knows What, a drama focusing on heroin addicts in NYC, based on the unpublished memoirs of Arielle Holmes (who stars in the movie as a slightly fictionalized version of herself). Soon after, they gained further recognition with Good Time, a movie about a bank robber who desperately tries to get bail money for his mentally disabled brother. The film received critical acclaim, notably for its direction and Robert Pattinson’s lead performance. Now, the Safdies once again bring their A-game with their latest movie, the crime thriller, Uncut Gems.
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Mitchell Carter is a sophomore journalism major and writes “MitchSlap" for The Daily News. His views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Disclaimer: The following review of Cats is of the original release of the film. Current Cats screenings contain “enhanced special effects” which are not reflected upon in this review.
Hannah Gunnell is a senior journalism major and writes “Hannah’s Hindsight” for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
We’ve finally arrived at the day we all knew would come: It’s time to say goodbye to Sean and Daniel, our favorite road-trip-brother-outlaws. After loving Episode 4, I was excited, yet apprehensive to play the final installment, as I had faith that the developers could do what they had done before—I just wasn’t sure if they would. In a way, the game proved both of these senses right; while there were some elements in the final episode that were frankly mediocre at best, the ending managed to—more or less—make up for them by packing an emotional punch that left me sobbing almost an hour after finishing the game.
I have to admit that I used to run a One Direction fan account. I loved them, and they grew with me through my adolescent years; I genuinely appreciated them as a band. But, nothing from their era could ever compare to Harry Styles’ solo career—after all, he was always my favorite. Apparently I’m not the only one, since Styles’ following has stayed strong after the One Direction days, which cannot be said for the rest of his bandmates.
With 2019 starting to wind down and some of its final films coming to the big screen, it’s worth noting the various accomplishments mainstream cinema has managed to achieve over the course of these last few months. Disney and Marvel released Avengers: Endgame, which went on to become the highest grossing film of all time. Disney and Pixar released Toy Story 4 to great critical acclaim and capped off the Toy Story saga (for now). Perhaps most importantly, Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and all of its entertainment assets, assimilating studios like Blue Sky and Fox Searchlight into the fold. This also brought the not-so-quiet cracking down of repeat screenings of older Fox films to give more space to things like The Lion King (2019) and Aladdin (2019), to the detriment of non-chain theaters across the country.
When asked who I think is the greatest director of all time, directors like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, and Martin Scorsese come to mind. All of those directors are great in their own way, but Scorsese brings something special to his work. Films such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Departed have shown that he is an extraordinary director. He crafts excellent stories that get audiences invested in the characters and what they’re doing. His films have a classy feel to them that no other director has been able to recreate. Because of this, I was incredibly excited to sit down and watch his latest film, The Irishman; however, i was greatly disappointed.
Over the past 15 years or so, you might have heard of a writer/director named Rian Johnson. His first film, 2005’s Brick, was a small, independent venture that soon became a cult classic, and helped to establish Johnson as a unique up-and-comer. His subsequent directorial efforts, such as three episodes of the critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad and the breakout film Looper, practically made Johnson into a name that people were familiar with, but wasn’t quite a household one yet.
Disclaimer: This review is of the PS4 version of the game and was played on an original PS4.
Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello has dazzled America this year with several song additions and her relationship with singer Shawn Mendes. After receiving her latest award for “Collaboration of the Year,” she has now released her latest album Romance.
To start off, Jojo Rabbit is definitely one of the best, funniest, and most touching films of the year. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, the same man behind What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit does the impossible by using World War II, Hitler, and the Nazis as the basis for a heartwarming comedy. People may think a movie like this is disrespectful, but it presents the material in a way that shows how awful the Nazis and their beliefs were while wrapping it all up in a fun, playful package. Digging through the layers of this movie, the audience will find the message that hate can corrupt people and lead them to do terrible things.