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Big brands take on April Fools Day

Nolan Brough April 10, 2017

Every year, one day lives in infamy as a universal time to pull pranks and trick your friends. Back in the day, pranks would be had by all as lighthearted jokes, but in more recent years April Fool’s Day has been kicked up a notch. With the rise of social media, the holiday has taken on a new purpose, and everyone can join in on the fun. From corporate giants like Taco Bell and Google, it seems like everyone can’t wait to make fools out of you. 


Creating suspense in everyday scenarios

Nolan Brough March 7, 2017

A common trope observable in recent cinema history is grand, impending peril. You could probably name dozens of movies off the top of your head that place the planet in perilous positions. But viewers are beginning to see the problem with this: there is no suspense. When is the last time a movie came out and the world really was conquered? When have we ever seen an atomic explosion end all life as we know it up on the big screen? We haven’t and we won’t. It would make for a bad movie. For this reason, films are beginning to scale down and switch up the plot, and “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore” is a film that kicks up the suspense from a not so intense situation. 


“Girlfriend’s Day” not to be taken seriously

Nolan Brough February 28, 2017

Netflix has been experimenting with a lot of new content as of late. Amongst a slew of TV shows and original movies, Netflix has also put out some interesting things on its site that doesn’t seem to fit very well into either of those definitions. “Girlfriend’s Day” is a short movie that serves a nice niche that other movies and TV shows don’t: it’s easy to digest. It doesn’t command hours and hours of dedication that TV shows do, nor does it tease and entice the viewer with cliffhanger endings. It doesn’t take vast strides to cling onto your attention like a two and-a-half hour movie does, stretching out its run time just because. Instead, “Girlfriend’s Day” utilizes its run time to tell everything it needs to. 


Retro round-up

Nolan Brough February 21, 2017

Many readers will agree, “Super Smash Bros. Melee” was a significant pastime for many people, as we invested hundreds of hours into it, and many continue to play it today. “Super Smash Bros. Melee” is the second game in a continuing series from Nintendo. It is a multiplayer fighting game that includes characters across Nintendo’s vast array of intellectual properties, featuring characters like Mario, Link, Pikachu and Donkey Kong. The game was released in 2001 in Japan and released worldwide shortly after. The game was met with massive success and according to VGChartz, sold seven million units by 2008.


A fresh take on the worn-out zombie story

Nolan Brough February 14, 2017

Every once in awhile, a TV series comes around that really stands out. In a world of cop shows, sitcoms, murder mysteries and dramas, “Santa Clarita Diet” truly stands out by embracing and mocking cliches set in place by these genres


“Rings” doesn’t shine in the box office

Nolan Brough February 7, 2017

In an endless spree of cinematic reboots, no franchise is safe. The latest cult classic to receive a modern makeover is “The Ring,” a horror film directed by Gore Verbinski in 2002.


No way, “OA!” Netflix’s new Original Series crashes and burns

Nolan Brough February 1, 2017

The first episode captivates as it spirals further into an impossible realm with fantastic story opportunities and hypes up the remainder of the eight part season. The last episode however, along with a few other glaring faults, might just keep viewers away from “The OA.”

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