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‘Joker’ Review

‘Joker’ Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

October 11, 2019

As big of a comic book movie nerd as I am, I was not excited for "Joker" when I heard it announced. Joaquin Pheonix is one of my favorite actors and the "Joker" is one of my favorite villains. However, I did not feel the need to have a "Joker" origin story that will not tie into the D.C. cinematic universe....

IT Chapter Two review

IT Chapter Two review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

September 20, 2019

The Losers Club is all grown up after 27 years and living their separate lives when the seven members receive a call from Mike, (Isaiah Mustafa) saying Pennywise the Clown is back in Derry. The movie brings some star talent featuring Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, James McAvoy as...

The Boys: Season 1 Review

The Boys: Season 1 Review

Caleb Watkins

September 3, 2019

I have always preferred movie-going to binge-watching TV shows but recently, I have discovered quality shows to watch like "Kidding" with Jim Carrey and "Barry" with Bill Hader, so I was intrigued when I saw the series "The Boys" aired. Karl Urban is one of my favorite actors, so to see him in a lead...

Ready or Not Review

Ready or Not Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

August 28, 2019

"Ready or Not" was a genuine surprise. I was not prepared for what I would be watching, knowing summer horror movies can be hit or miss. Movies like "Midsommar" and "Brightburn" set the stage for horror this summer. However, I am happy to say, from beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed "Ready or Not." This...

The Art of Racing in the Rain Review

The Art of Racing in the Rain Review

Caleb Watkins

August 27, 2019

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is an appealing movie to all dog lovers but does not tug on heartstrings like "Marley and Me" or even the classic "Old Yeller." This film takes a different route in the typical dog movie as Kevin Costner, who plays Enzo, narrates the whole movie. The narration may get an...

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

August 6, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's ninth film focuses on the life and career of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and the struggles the men face. "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" was one of my most anticipated films of the year. This movie is director Quentin Tarantino's ni...

Lion King (2019) Review

Lion King (2019) Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 25, 2019

The original "Lion King" from 1994 is one of the best — if not at the best — movies Disney has ever created. From great storytelling, compelling characters and emotional scenes to phenomenal voice acting from legends like James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the original animated film was such a hit it had...

Crawl Review

Crawl Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 18, 2019

It is difficult to expect one thing out of a movie and receive something entirely different. In both of the recent Godzilla movies, I went in expecting each to be an action-packed, two-hour monster mash movie but instead watched people talking about how threatening the monsters are for roughly 120...

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

After the events of Endgame, Peter Parker goes on vacation to Europe and must save the world from new threats. Being the Spider-Man fan I am, I was really hoping "Spider-Man: Far From Home" would end the streak of subpar Spider-Man movies before it's time, not including the three Sam Raimi ...

Midsommar Review

Midsommar Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 9, 2019

Midsommar is a wild two-and-a-half hour ride of pure terror as you follow a group of friends visiting a cult in the middle of nowhere. Ari Aster is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and directors. If you have not seen his first movie "Hereditary," I highly recommend watching it. Aster keeps his s...

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

Zach Ienatsch

March 18, 2018

The closing feature for the SXSW film festival this year was Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs." After an impressive, crowd-pleasing line-up for the festival, there could not have been a better movie to finish on a high note. Anderson outdoes himself yet again by delivering a unique,...

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

Zach Ienatsch

March 16, 2018

An important quality of a diverse collection of stories is the inclusion of underrepresented communities. Not an abstract conception of a group of people with similar qualities but quite literally a physical community in which the residents live, work and produce culture. In this case at SXSW, it’s...

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