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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Book Series vs. The Movie

(11/06/16 3:00pm)

It’s a pretty common thing today for young adult (YA) novels to get a silver screen adaptation. It makes sense; the most prominent movie-going demographic, according to the MPAA 2015 Theatrical Statistics Summary, are young people ages 12 to 17. Young adults who are loyal to a franchise basically guarantee the studio an audience for their film, meaning easy revenue.  

Review: Westworld Episode Five, "Contrapasso"

(11/03/16 8:00pm)

Like clockwork, HBO has pulled out its big guns at mid-season to attempt to forge a post-Game of Thrones era with Westworld. The final episode of the month proved to contain the season's biggest moments thus far. The scope of the world expanded significantly during key plot points including a showdown of sorts between The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), a "red wedding" plotline and increasing revelations about the world beyond the park.

Review: Religion and war combine in cliché "Hacksaw Ridge"

(11/04/16 12:46pm)

Hacksaw Ridge is this year’s basic, Oscar-bait, cliché war movie. Mel Gibson’s newest movie stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector during World War II in the Pacific theater. Doss refused to even hold a rifle but voluntarily signed up for the military expecting to become a medic. He was met with a large amount of pushback from the military as he refused to even hold a weapon and defend his division, but he was legally allowed to continue to serve as a medic. He worked as a medic at the Battle of Okinawa and helped save the lives of 75 soldiers, while under constant grenade, mortar and machine gun fire. Exposing himself to the enemy multiple times, he used only a rope to lower the wounded men down a cliff face and only stopped when he was injured in the leg by a grenade and shot in the arm by a sniper. For this feat, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the first of only three conscientious objectors to receive the honor.

Review: A love letter to The Stooges in "Gimme Danger"

(11/04/16 12:30pm)

Iggy Pop’s story may not be over, but the tale of his iconic band, The Stooges, is. Pop’s ability to create stellar, influential music since 1969 is almost unrivaled in the industry. Gimme Danger director Jim Jarmusch returns to the genre for the first time in nearly 20 years with a film that is as thorough a history as Pop's music is powerful. Following the story of how early punk band The Stooges came to be up until their messy split in 1973, Jarmusch highlights the moments that made the band legendary. 

Why Titanic’s Jack and Rose couldn’t both fit on the door

(11/03/16 3:17pm)

Everyone pretty much knows that Jack dies at the end of James Cameron’s famed Titanic. More or less, this fact has been accepted by fans and viewers -- but not without a fight. Titanic has been my favorite movie since the tender age of 9-years-old. So for 11 years (it feels like 84, to be honest), I’ve listened to friends and people on the Internet go on and on about how Jack could have fit on that wooden door with Rose, and that she was just being a snooty door-hogger. 

Movie Review: Moonlight conveys what intimacy and vulnerability means in a culture that rejects feeling

(10/28/16 9:02pm)

We often forget how lonely it is to be a child. There is a sense of isolation, yearning and longing in youth; a type of wondering and wanting for things we cannot express because we do not know them yet. The vulnerability of youth, the pain of being taught to hate yourself and the walls we create to protect ourselves from the truth are all perfectly articulated in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

A fall cookie recipe you need in your life

(10/27/16 2:00pm)

Ah, fall. It’s the best time of the year (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Sagittarius). It’s not so cold that you have to invest in a wool coat to keep warm, and it’s not so hot that you’re sweating bullets the second you step outside. Nope, fall is a time when the year finally starts winding down and we can admire the beautiful death that is the colorful leaves littering every last inch of the quad. And even though I love pumpkin patches and corn mazes as much as the next girl, well…We’re in D.C.

Review: Westworld Episode Four, "Dissonance Theory"

(10/26/16 6:09pm)

It seems even in an artificial world, religion is inescapable. This week’s episode of HBO’s much discussed Westworld does not seem to understand itself any more than the A.I. in the show understand their world. Yet again, the show hints at sincerely interesting lore and history, but muddles its potential by giving uninteresting characters cringe-worthy things to say.

Dynamic-Duo and Group Costume Ideas

(10/26/16 2:37am)

College students are not only good at procrastinating on schoolwork, but every aspect of their lives. Need a last minute Halloween costume? Fret no more! The Scene has a list of fun-filled costumes that you can rock on Halloween. And what better way to rock a costume than with your best friends or bae? Here’s a list of the best dynamic-duo and group costumes for this Halloween:

Atlanta Episode Eight Review, “The Club”

(10/21/16 6:23pm)

If you’re a rapper trying to break into the mainstream, you live and die by the club. Atlanta in particular is known for consistently churning out new rappers just as much it is known for having them crash and burn. Regardless of whether or not a rapper enjoys any or all aspects of club life, few would dispute that it is one of the best ways to get a song to chart.

Review: Westworld Episode Three, "The Stray"

(10/18/16 8:00pm)

Finally, things are starting to get interesting. After two episodes, “The Stray” presented viewers with a reason to invest in characters and narrative alike. Despite starting the episode off with heavy-handed exposition with the progressively complex A.I. designer Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and the increasingly self-aware and powerful Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), many of the most interesting moments of the season occurred tonight.

Movie Review: The Accountant fails to balance character development and a confused story

(10/15/16 10:49pm)

Hollywood’s Blacklist of screenplays comes out once a year: the best screenplays that have yet to be accepted for filming. The Accountant’s screenplay managed to earn a spot on that list in 2011, written by Bill Dubuque and directed by Gavin O’Connor. That said, not every great script can be transferred so easily to the silver screen. After five years and some change, The Accountant is finally hitting theatres nationwide – starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal and J.K Simmons.

Review: Westworld Episode Two, "Chestnut"

(10/13/16 4:03pm)

This week’s episode of HBO’s sprawling sci-fi Western focuses on the idea of memory and history for those involved in the creation of Westworld, while still advancing the tired plot of malfunctioning A.I. The episode focuses around different hosts who are experiencing memory, something that has been explicitly removed from their code previously.“Chestnut” introduces new characters William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes), who are business associates with opposite personalities, with yet-to-be-clear motivations for visiting the park. While Simpson, who has blown up since first appearing in Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Barnes are convincing in their parts, their characters are cookie cutter and simple. Logan is an obnoxious jerk whose bad intentions are not-so-cleverly conveyed by his black cowboy hat, while William’s virtuous traits are illustrated by his white one. Without any backstory or interesting moments for the two, it is hard to find a reason to be invested in their journey.

Movie Review: "The Birth of a Nation" is a strong story lost in poor writing and tone

(10/07/16 8:35pm)

The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker, follows the true story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a preacher slave who is ordered to go to other plantations to placate any uprising. But, after seeing first-hand the horrors of some of the slave masters, he orchestrates a rebellion in 1831. After killing around 60 people over the course of 48 hours, the rebellion was put down. In retaliation, nearly 60 slaves were executed and 100 to 200 more slaves were killed by roaming militia. The title of the film is taken from the 1915 silent film of the same name. The older film was directed by D.W. Griffith and depicts an incredibly racist view of the South if it was ruled by the black slaves.

Movie Review: Emily Blunt carries the best-seller turned film “The Girl on a Train”

(10/07/16 8:26pm)

Author Paula Hawkins capitalized on her 2015 best-selling thriller novel The Girl on the Train (2015), by following in the footsteps of the movie Gone Girl, which also features a “missing woman, unhinged protagonist” plot, and was adapted to the big screen fairly quickly after its initial print release. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring the exceptional and industrious Emily Blunt, the movie stays largely faithful to the book, weaving together a dramatic tapestry of sex, lies and murder.

Review: Westworld Premiere, "The Original"

(10/06/16 4:31pm)

HBO’s latest venture, Westworld, tells a tale of a futuristic world where wealthy humans run an Old West theme park full of artificially intelligent “host” characters that the visitors can use to live out their Western fantasies. Based on the 1973 film of the same name starring Yul Brynner and James Brolin, the show decides to follow a similar premise while tacking on a star-studded cast and traditional HBO staples of excessive rape, violence, and profanity. While the show has all the makings of a hit, the first episode offers plenty of ideas that have already been featured in numerous other sci-fi works.