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The Shape of Water Is Among 2017’s Best Films

The Shape of Water Is Among 2017’s Best Films

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Is there a social requirement that should define love? The Shape of Water is the story of Elisa, a mute and isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s most classified secret ...

Disney Domination Grows As It Acquires 21st Century Fox

Disney Domination Grows As It Acquires 21st Century Fox

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

December 21, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Disney has changed the game yet again. In a stunning move of power and intelligence, Disney will acquire 21st Century Fox for a staggering $52.4 billion, merging two of Hollywood’s biggest powerhouses. Not only does Disney receive 21st Century Fox’s movie division and regional sports networks,...

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Star Wars film franchise is beloved around the world and is considered by many to be the greatest collective cinematic achievement Hollywood has ever spawned. The true return of the galaxy far, far away came in December of 2015 in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the beginning of a new trilogy....

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

The Torch will be running a regularly occurring recommendation for a film from years gone by that can be found on one of the several film streaming services. Our first installment is on the 2001 cult Classic Donnie Darko. Art manifests itself in many mediums. One such medium is that of film. Like ...

Vine/YouTube Sensation Jake Paul Sinks to New Depths

Vine/YouTube Sensation Jake Paul Sinks to New Depths

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 6, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Role-models are important for kids. They can give direction to the directionless and give hope to the hopeless. However, one such role-model is an arrogant internet star who believes he can get away with anything and receive no punishment; his name is Jake Paul. Paul has regressed into scum of the...

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

Jack Berenzweig, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses important plot points of both the book and film. The screenplay for the second film adaptation of Stephen King’s blockbuster book It, which set all kinds of box office records when it was released on Sept. 8, was drastically altered to not only fit the 1,400-pl...

Superhero TV Shows Dominating the Airwaves

Superhero TV Shows Dominating the Airwaves

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Practically every weekday fall night when you flip on your TV, a superhero-based show is airing. You try changing the channel to see what else is on, but you find another superhero based program on a different channel.  Whether you put on the CW, FOX, Syfy, ABC, FX, Hulu, or even Netflix, our television...

Theatre Dept. Staging Fall Musical Next to Normal 

Theatre Dept. Staging Fall Musical Next to Normal 

Isabelle Eisenberg, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The Olympic Heights Theatre Department is proudly presenting their fall production of Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal on Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m., Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m., and Oct. 23 at 3:15 p.m.  Yorkey, writer of the Netflix hit series 13 Reasons Why, introduces us to a father, mother, and two childr...

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

Cole Smith, Social Media Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

You'll float too. IT is the first cinematic adaptation of the 1986 odyssey of a novel of the same name written by legendary horror author Stephen King. Taking place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, the novel and the film both tell the story of a group of seven kids that go by the label of "the...

Netflix’s $20 Billion Debt: Not So Chill

Netflix’s $20 Billion Debt: Not So Chill

Giana Toussaint 

August 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

It’s a Friday night, and you’re sitting down to watch TV. When you ask yourself what platform you want to watch. The answer is obvious: Netflix. But as you stroll through the list of original series, you see your favorite show has been cancelled. Given that Netflix has made a point of saving other...

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Cole Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Reviews, Showcase

Hell or High Water is a modern western that follows two estranged brothers, one being an ex-con (Ben Foster) and the other a divorced father (Chris Pine), who have to turn to a desperate scheme in order to stop the bank from assuming control of their family's farm in western Texas. The opening scene of...

X-Men: Apocalypse a Disappointing Bore

X-Men: Apocalypse a Disappointing Bore

Mia Marks, Entertainment Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

There is no doubt that we as consumers have become suckers to any movie advocating a superhero showdown, unfathomable powers, and the promise of an epic fight scene. The entertainment industry, led by Marvel, capitalizes on this ever growing phenomenon with new renditions of classic superhero series...

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