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Editor’s Note: Sam Barloga worked for the campaign to elect Indiana State Representative Chris Chyung as Campaign Manager this past fall.
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As a huge fan of Starkid Productions, I anxiously anticipated the YouTube release of their newest show, The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, for months. I was honestly prepared to be disappointed; after their last show, Firebringer, I wasn’t expecting much. However, this show exceeded my expectations and evoked the infectiously fun and campy feeling of earlier Starkid shows like A Very Potter Musical and Starship.
Adam McKay has proven himself to be one of the most influential writers of American comedies in the 21st Century. Since starting off on Saturday Night Live, he has written and directed such hit comedies as Step Brothers, Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys, and the internet’s favorite: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. However, in 2015 he proved he could do serious by directing The Big Short, a dark comedy about the financial crisis of the late 2000s. This earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now McKay delivers another serious film with Vice, concerning the history of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Welcome to Marwen.
Mary Poppins has been a classic Hollywood musical enjoyed by families since 1964. Julie Andrews has been an example of a perfect nanny while Dick Van Dyke has given Americans an example of a horrible British accent for over fifty years. Nobody had any problems with the first film (besides Van Dyke’s horrific accent, but that’s another story), and families to this day still watch the classic musical tale of rotten kids with their whimsical nanny.
The biggest cinematic joke of the past decade has got to be the DC extended universe (DCEU). It’s gotten to a point where beating up on Warner Bros’ pathetic attempt to cash in on the extended universe trend set by Disney-Marvel is just stale and sad. Wonder Woman almost doesn’t even seem like it was a real movie because it was actually good, despite being forgotten almost immediately due to DC’s cinematic disaster of Justice League polluting the waters not even six months later. The promising Shazam! trailer at Comic-Con this year was paired with a trailer for Aquaman that looked just as schlocky and terrible as the rest of the DCEU. Needless to say, hopes for this being a good movie were at rock bottom.
Released on December 21st, Bird Box began streaming on Netflix, and according to the company’s Twitter account, the film has already been watched by over 45 million Netflix accounts in its first week, making it the most watched original Netflix film.
This past year proved to be one of redefinition for many artists. There was a certain trend of bands and individuals across all genres releasing new albums with a revamped sound, usually leaning more towards synthetic and contemporary vibes. In some cases, these experiments were a great success, but others couldn’t quite produce anything revolutionary. Some of these ventures into unknown territory unveiled only mediocrity, which is best exemplified with Mumford & Sons’ release of Delta and Arctic Monkeys with Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
Alright. Let’s take it from the top.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Gaming had one of its greatest years possibly of all time last year, with the big Nintendo titles dropping, Sonic finally getting a good game, some pretty sizable exclusives for Sony like Persona 5, and even plenty of amazing niche titles for those looking for something different. After all of that, 2018 had a lot of hype to live up to, and it certainly did deliver on many fronts. Some games were just terrible, of course, but this year had more winners than losers. Sony in particular had a fantastic year of exclusives that, unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to do reviews on at the time. So, just pretend God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man are on this list. They’re there in spirit.
This year has been quite a long year, or at least it felt that way. There are many movies released that most people probably forgot came out this year. For example, Sony Pictures’ Slender-Man released this year. Remember when that happened? Venon was also this released year and was one of the biggest successes of the year, believe it or not. This year was loaded with remakes, reboots, reshoots, and plenty of trash. Which is not to say this year wasn’t lacking great films or even some original films as well. There’s only one film that perhaps in another Spider-Verse would’ve made the cut-off for this year’s list. The rest of these films are highly deserving of their place on this list, and should be seen by any person looking for a good time.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a miracle in and of itself. Only in our wildest dreams could we have imagined pitting Pichu, Snake, Ridley, Richter, Cloud, Lucas, Female Marth, and King K. Rool against each other in a chaotic eight-person free-for-all. It’s best not to think about what the next Smash will look like, and instead enjoy what we’ve been blessed with from Daddy Sakurai.
While I am personally a bit of a newcomer to the Persona series, it only took a few minutes of the fantastically cool Persona 5 to set its hook and get me obsessed with the series. If someone had approached me two years ago and informed me I would one day excitedly spend $100 on anime rhythm games I would instantly make fun of them, but here I am.