Category: Arts & Entertainment

Reflecting on the music of the 2010s

Reflecting on the music of the 2010s

By RJ Murphy, reporter. The 2010s were a decade defined by digital media. Streaming services now dominate the music industry. We’ve seen how these companies have refined their platforms, how old artists have adapted and how new artists have soared to stardom by engaging with the internet. Here are the songs that ascended to the top of the year-end U.S. […]

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Is cloud gaming the next frontier for video games?

By Colton Carrier, reporter. Practically every medium under the sun has jumped to streaming, one way or another. Be it Netflix shaking up the film industry or Spotify shifting how most people find their new favorite tunes, streaming has changed the way most people engage with their favorite media. So it only makes sense that video games would try to […]

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Illustration by Lindsay Lang

Top 5 Games of the Decade

  By Colton Carrier, reporter.   1. Dark Souls Popping up in 2011 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the main claim to fame of “Dark Souls” was its brutal difficulty, punctuated with frequent deaths, visceral combat and insurmountable odds. While this is all supported by intricately tuned gameplay, the real kicker in “Dark Souls” is the dark, formidable […]

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Disney+ monopolizes streaming services

Disney+ monopolizes streaming services

By Maddison Godi, reporter Since Disney+ was released, it has gained 10 million subscribers and 3.2 million mobile app downloads. This colossal line up of 600-plus movies and TV shows will only be growing in the new year. At only $6.99 a month, or free with an unlimited data agreement from Verizon, Disney+ has shaken the streamable competition. The first […]

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[REVIEW] Let the franchise go

[REVIEW] Let the franchise go

By Maddison Godi, reporter The beloved movie by Disney, “Frozen,” released its sequel on Thursday, Nov. 22. At the start of each showing, the line for tickets at the Saginaw GDX theater stretched to the door. Little girls pranced through the lobby wearing the newest Elsa and Anna attire. “Frozen II” has already collected $350.2 million worldwide, but the franchise […]

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Review: Modern Warfare sticks to the past

By Colton Carrier, reporter.   The Call of Duty franchise has a bit of a shaky history with trying new things. While 2017’s “Call of Duty: WWII” breathed fresh air into a stagnant franchise, last year’s “Black Ops 4” felt like a panic button for developer Treyarch, in all the worst ways. With the series coming up on its 16th […]

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Top 5 pre-Thanksgiving events to be thankful for

by Colton Carrier, Reporter Happy Holidaze! In the tradition of Cirque du Soleil, Broadway director Neil Goldberg has assembled 20 Cirque acts from around the world to amaze audiences nationwide. Celebrating Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s, Cirque Dreams: Holidaze will take the stage at the Midland Center for the Arts for two nights. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. […]

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[Movie review] ‘Angels’ fall for reboots and remakes

[Movie review] ‘Angels’ fall for reboots and remakes

By Samuel Philpot, Associate Editor In recent years, many movies have fallen prey to being rebooted, including “Ghostbusters,” “Pet Sematary” and “Hellboy.” Now, remakes sometimes make the cut as far as visuals, since CGI has come a long way and far more can be accomplished. However, does every movie need to be remade? “Charlie’s Angels” is just another victim to […]

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Illustration by Lindsay Lang

Norton lives through the 50s with investigation story

By Samuel Philpot, Associate Editor   Private investigation films can start off strong. They really pull you in with the crime and how the character then sleuths around and points out their details for it. Usually along the way, however, the film can become distant and boring as the characters put all the puzzle pieces together. “Motherless Brooklyn” is a […]

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[Noteworthy] Kanye West drops long awaited Christian album

By RJ Murphy, reporter.   Love him or hate him, Kanye West is undoubtedly a cultural icon as a critically acclaimed musician, producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur. His unreserved antics and personality have been the topic of many tabloids, and has received relentless criticism. With the release of “Jesus is King,” West is making a statement regarding his values and […]

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