Category Archives: Entertainment

Blade Runner 2049

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

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Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 opened in theaters this past weekend, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford as Blade Runners in this sequel to the 1982 film of the same name. In this dystopian future, Gosling must work alongside the government to track down and terminate super-human clones known as “Replicants.”

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner was, in 1982, considered to be one of the most influential sci-fi films of its time. Its view of a dark and dreary future fueled by commercialism and greed crafted an iconic depiction of what life might be like in 37 years- that is, if the glass is seen as half-empty. In addition, its visual style and effects set a benchmark for future films, such that each scene still holds up to today’s standards. While not initially a commercial (or critical) success, Blade Runner is known today to be one of the most important films in modern history. Continue reading

Review of Metz’s Strange Peace

By: Matt Clemetsen, Entertainment Writer

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METZ is a three-piece canadian noise rock band that are making a name for themselves with their heavy, energetic, and intense sound and off the wall liver performances. They released their self titled debut in 2015 and their sophomore follow up (simply named “II”)  in 2015. Both of those albums are filled to the brim with song utilizing simple but heavy guitar and bass riffs, heavy dissonance, and experimental recording techniques that has allowed the band to carve out their own niche in the hardcore music scene.

I’d been looking forward to a new METZ project ever since I started listening to them back in 2015, right after their second album dropped. I loved their crazy sound and brutal instrumentals. When I caught wind that they were releasing new material I was ecstatic, and when I found out that famed producer Steve Albini was going to produce the record I almost lost it (if you don’t know who Steve Albini is then look him up because he is a music legend). From the first single it was apparent that this album was going to be different than the previous two records. For starters, the first single, titled cellophane, has a much more complex song structure than a lot of their previous material and put more emphasis on how the song was built than just in one riff. The second single, drained lake, is more of a traditional style METZ song with a harsh, trebly guitar lead and a driving drum beat. The third single, Mess of Wires, serves as the opening track of the album and is a pretty large departure for METZ. It largely does away with their typical song structure and lets noise take over the song. This may sound strange at first, but they craft this noise in a way that feels tense and angry, like a swarm of wasps hovering above your head. Continue reading

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Movie Review

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle released into theaters this past weekend. Starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth as members of the eponymous spy agency, the remaining Kingsman must track down the source of a mysterious virus, who may have also been responsible for the obliteration of the entire organization.

Two years after the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn helms his first sequel with The Golden Circle. When I saw the trailer for the first film, I was immediately turned off; It seemed more akin to Agent Cody Banks but in 2013 rather than 2003. But there was more than meets the eye- Rather than just another “teenage spy” movie, The Secret Service had Vaughn’s expertly-directed action sequences plus some laugh-out-loud lines of dialog that lampshade other Bond-like spy films (like Agent Cody Banks). Unlike other genre-breaking flicks like Deadpool, The Secret Service walked the fine line between mocking the genre but also serving poignant moments that made you care about the characters (a problem many postmodern irony-laden works have). Continue reading

Living Eternally Through Music

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer

When I think of music legends, I think of Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, and the likes. While all of these musicians come from incredibly different genres and backgrounds, the trait that they all share is that they’ve passed away. Their existence on this earth lies within the music that they’ve created and in the hearts of its listeners. While I would certainly claim that there are living legends in music, it appears that the majority of musicians that have solidified their place in history have died. This prompts the morbid, yet interesting question of, “does death bring reverence to musicians?”

I’m not going to try and answer this question, because I certainly don’t have the lifespan or knowledge to confidently claim one response or the other. I am, however, qualified to give some points to contemplate. It’s an interesting topic to ponder. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on hip hop. Continue reading

Review of “BROCKHAMPTON’s SATURATION II”

By: Tyler Chu, Entertainment Editor

Source: hiphopdx.com

Throughout 2017, hip hop fans have been served with some of the best music of the 21st century. From Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN to Joey Bada$$’s ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, high quality hip hop is in abundance. Earlier this year, southern California hip hop collective BROCKHAMPTON contributed to this trend with SATURATION. SATURATION delivered a powerful variety of sounds from punk-like, aggressive shouting to introspective, somber poetry. The greatest feat of BROCKHAMPTON on this project was the production, as it was some of the most unique, interesting production the hip hop world had seen for a long time.

Because of this, the world was fairly stunned when BROCKHAPMTON released an arguably better sequel, SATURATION II on August 25, 2017. This project features the collective’s diverse members delivering their best over new, knacky instrumentals. Continue reading

“Mother!” Movie Review

By: Tyler Chu, Entertainment Editor

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Released into theaters this past weekend, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a husband and wife whose lives are constantly disrupted by the arrival of many unwanted guests.

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Close your eyes and think of someone you really try to avoid talking to. Someone you see on-campus sometimes and go out of your way to make sure they don’t see you, or maybe someone you dread working a shift with at work. Imagine, for a moment, a vivid dream in which this person (or persons) show up at your house and constantly bother you, while your partner (roommate, boyfriend, wife, etc.) is constantly appeasing them. An average nightmare, right? The worst people imaginable, constantly annoying you, and you can’t escape them, regardless of what you try. An awful, awful experience. Continue reading

Long Island-based Brand New releases first album in 8 years; Internet loses its collective sh*t.

By: Caroline Newman, Editor-In-Chief 

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Fans of emo/post-hardcore legends Brand New are no strangers to waiting. The band released their fourth full-length album, Daisy, in 2009  and have been mostly under the radar since then. A handful of singles were released between 2014 and 2016, but besides that, the biggest news to come from frontman Jesse Lacey and the rest of the band was a cassette-tape reissue of some demos that had been leaked during the writing process for 2006’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (Yes, that’s right. Brand New fans, including myself, forked out money for a CASSETTE TAPE of songs that have been available for free on the internet for ten years). Continue reading

This beer fights facists: Earthbound and controversy

By: Caroline Newman, Editor-in-Chief

Let’s talk about history.

As a history major, I’m a little more passionate about it than most, especially buildings and bridges and plaques and statues. I’ve always been an outspoken advocate of historic preservation.

Recently, though, I’ve re-examined my views. As a native Saint Louisan, I’d describe myself as familiar with Forest Park, but I never knew that among the many statues and monuments within is a Confederate Memorial. Dedicated in 1914, the granite monument has recently been the subject of a whirlwind of attention.

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Movie Review: The Founder

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

John Lee Hancock’s The Founder (released into theaters late last year), starred Michael Keaton as the famous McDonald’s franchise creator Ray Kroc, who helped build the restaurant into the fast-food-giant it is today. The Founder follows Kroc as he meets McDonald’s founders Dick and Mac McDonald (played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, respectively), and inserts himself into their company.

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Movie Review: The Circle

By: Caroline Newman, Editor-in-Chief

I first learned that The Circle, Dave Eggers’s inexplicably popular novel, was being adapted for the big screen in perhaps the most appropriate way: the trailer was advertised on my Twitter timeline. I was immediately horrified and excited. I read The Circle as part of an extra-credit project for a course on American culture, and delighted in ripping the book to shreds (figuratively) in my critique.

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