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What “Bandersnatch” Means for the Future of Film

What “Bandersnatch” Means for the Future of Film

Olivia M. Mathon, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Throughout the 21st century, monumental strides have been taken in the film industry in order to innovate and create the next big phenomenon. Reworking classics, creating interactive films or different streaming opportunities have led us to question the future of film and exactly what it will bring....

“I Am the Night”: Bright Lights and Shadows

“I Am the Night”: Bright Lights and Shadows

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Black Dahlia. Many true crime fans may have heard of the story of Elizabeth Short, found mutilated, bisected and murdered in Los Angeles, California in 1947. If familiar, you may have also heard of physician George Hill Hodel, accused by his son, a Los Angeles homicide detective, of murdering Short a...

TV Spotlight: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

TV Spotlight: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Inclusion and representation are hot topics nowadays, especially when it comes to television, film and media. Unfortunately, television shows that cover these subjects are few and far between, though more are appearing every year. There is one show that stands apart from the rest when it comes to inclu...

Top Films of 2018

Top Films of 2018

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Science Fiction Film: “Annihilation” “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, brought in the new year last February with trippy visuals and a gene-bending plotline. Aliens, nature and human psychosis all plague the next team, composed of Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Le...

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

December 5, 2018


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“Remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.” Harper Lee’s words have resonated with millions who have read her all-time classic novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” published in 1960. The novel’s characters are literary legends, and they can now be seen on the Broadway stage at Shubert The...

Curated Collections: Underrated Netflix Gems for Winter Break

Curated Collections: Underrated Netflix Gems for Winter Break

Asia Cureton, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


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When most people think of Netflix, they think of the shows and films with large cult followings like “Stranger Things,”  “Black Mirror” and “Orange is the New Black.” However, there are some more obscure films and TV shows that deserve just as much recognition and praise. "Wentwor...

This Season at the Met Opera: “La Bohème”

This Season at the Met Opera: “La Bohème”

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

December 5, 2018


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This season’s Metropolitan Opera has brought “La Bohème” to the Lincoln Center stage. Originally composed by Giacomo Puccini with librettists Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, the opera is set in Paris, 1830, where French artists lived without support of mainstream society. Over the course of fou...

More Sugary Than Your Holiday Starbucks

More Sugary Than Your Holiday Starbucks

Cara Yesko, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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Netflix has yet again whipped up a Christmas original movie and this time, it’s a sugary concoction that plays on the doppelgänger and princess themes that Hollywood loves so much. It’s called “The Princess Switch” and features the beloved former Disney star, Vanessa Hudgens, as the double ...

“Sundress” by A$AP Rocky

“Sundress” by A$AP Rocky

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

December 5, 2018


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Nearly six months after the release of his latest studio album, “TESTING,” A$AP Rocky returns with a much anticipated single. The two-and-a-half-minute long track, which was released on Nov. 20, already has seven million plays on Spotify and its music video currently has an impressive eight ...

Hallmark Missed the Mark: Realism in Christmas Films

Hallmark Missed the Mark: Realism in Christmas Films

Cara Yesko, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


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December has just begun, but the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” has  long since started. Every year from mid-October to January, the Hallmark Channel airs its holiday-themed feature films. They are sappy Christmas creations that portray one unrealistic plot line after the next. In 20...

“Rush” by Current NYU Student and Artist Eva Rose

“Rush” by Current NYU Student and Artist Eva Rose

Renee King, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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Eva Rose is a powerhouse. She recently recorded and released her third single, “Rush,” and is planning on recording and premiering her debut EP within the next few months —  before she even graduates from college. A student at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University, Rose cites h...

“I Took a Walk Through this Beautiful World”

“I Took a Walk Through this Beautiful World”

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

November 14, 2018


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Opening shot: B-roll of a Southern Italian woman singing in a crowded market. Historical footage of 1970s New York. A woman carrying produce in the fields of Hanoi. Insert narration if needed. Cut to opening credits. Before the title sequences began, chef and writer Anthony Bourdain was ab...

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