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Netflix’s The American Meme Examines the Effects of Fame

Netflix’s The American Meme Examines the Effects of Fame

Jennifer Geller, Staff Writer

December 31, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

In an age where it seems nearly everyone has a chance at obtaining their fifteen minutes of fame, being a celebrity seems fun, exciting, and profitable. However, the documentary, The American Meme, recently produced by Netflix shares a much different side of stardom. Ten different celebrities recount their ...

REVIEW: South Park’s 22nd Season Rebounds from a Lackluster Season 21

REVIEW: South Park’s 22nd Season Rebounds from a Lackluster Season 21

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 5, 2018


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South Park has proven time and time again to be a respectable platform for creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to speak their minds through satire and humor.  The “Osama Bin Laden Has Poopy Pants” episode was necessary in rebuilding the nation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in both providing a...

REVIEW: Lil Yachty’s Latest Album Nuthin’ 2 Prove Is Nothing to Get Excited About

REVIEW: Lil Yachty’s Latest Album Nuthin’ 2 Prove Is Nothing to Get Excited About

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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With relatively little hype, Rapper Lil Yachty released his third studio album album, Nuthin’ 2 Prove, on Oct. 19, a follow-up to his previous two releases Teenage Emotions and Lil Boat 2. Whereas, QUAVO HUNCHO, Quavo’s first solo album, and Juice WRLD and Future’s duet album Wrld on Drugs, both rele...

Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott Summer Releases Greeted With Mixed Reactions

Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott Summer Releases Greeted With Mixed Reactions

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Showcase

Many students have had all summer to listen to newly released music albums from trending artists like Drake and Travis Scott and others released in the summer of 2018. One popular album that came out this summer was a Kanye West effort that was released on the last day of the 2017-2018 school year ...

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based

Giana Toussaint, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Showcase

Ready Player One, the recently released Steven Spielberg directed film, is based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Anytime a film based on a popular book is released, fans of the book are eager to view the film and see how true to the novel the film is. The same is true of Ready Player One. Both the film and the ...

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One More Than Just an Entertaining Sc-Fi Flick

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One More Than Just an Entertaining Sc-Fi Flick

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Showcase

A rollercoaster ride. That is the best way to describe Steven Spielberg’s new action-packed sci-fi film, Ready Player One. The movie takes viewers to an alternate reality in which anything is possible, including unlimited technology, weapons, magic, and superheroes. Moviegoers will notice various ...

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


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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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Cole Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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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...

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