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The True Fan

August 19, 2019

In recent years an increasingly alarming trend has arisen in fandom. Sometimes the role of a fan is that of an apologist, making excuses and ignoring all the faults of their chosen fandom. Other times they take on the job of an evangelist. They sing the praises of their fandom to any and all and adamantly d...

Good Boys

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 19, 2019

‘Good Boys’ is a tale about endings. The beauty and tragedy of life is that it is finite and someday it will end for us all; unless we can become robots. I’m not completely sold on becoming a cyborg, but I am willing to consider it. My own grappling with mortality aside, the central theme of ...

Jedi Fallen Order

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 19, 2019

Set for release on November 15, 2019, Electronic Arts ‘Jedi Fallen Order’ is set to unveil some of the mysteries of the dark times of the Star Wars Universe, i.e. the period between ‘Revenge of The Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’, where the Empire ravaged the galaxy largely unopposed.  The plot is as foll...

Supermen vs Boys

Supermen vs Boys

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 5, 2019

Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ irreverently asks the question “What if Superman was real and didn’t much care for truth, justice and the American way?” The world of ‘The Boys’ is filled with Supers, primary among them The 7. While The 7 is unquestionably made up of Supers, it’s not so cut a dry...

The King Has Returned

The King Has Returned

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 5, 2019

Disney has once again forayed into the live-action remakes; although, this time with less emphasis on live-action. ‘The Lion King’ has the appearance of a nature documentary, and it is a visually stunning showcase of technology. The film is an ambitious and rewarding experience and is undoubtedly t...

The One Evil The Defenders Couldn’t Conquer

The One Evil The Defenders Couldn’t Conquer

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 5, 2019

You may have heard that Phase 3 of the MCU has come to a close with the release of ‘Spider-Man Far From Home’. Another ending has come to Marvel as Season 3 of ‘Jessica Jones’ was the swan song for the partnership between Netflix and Marvel. The reason? Well, there are many. It could be boiled do...

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 Preview

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 Preview

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 5, 2019

With ‘Spider-Man Far From Home’ officially ending Phase 3 of the MCU, Marvel announced the upcoming films of Phase 4 at Comic-Con. We will be exploring these announcements and what they mean for the future of the MCU. Spoilers follow for all Phase 3 Films. BLACK WIDOW While this may be surp...

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

August 5, 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood’ (OUATIH) is a visually stunning and melancholic look at aging in the Hollywood system in 1969. We follow Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton, a bright star in the late ’50s and early ‘60s whose spotlight is dwindling, and his stalwart...

“Booksmart” Review: Grab a Seat

“Booksmart” Review: Grab a Seat

Abbey Kruse

August 5, 2019

By my own admittance, I have never been a fan of the teen high school comedies. I feigned a few laughs while my friends reveled in the genius of “The Breakfast Club,” made up excuses when my brothers turned on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and only made it halfway through “Superbad” before...

True West

True West

Chuck Sipps and Abbey Kruse

July 23, 2019

Chuck Sipps and Abbey Cruse attended “True West” at Steppenwolf. What follows is their conversational review of the show. Chuck- So Abbey, we saw “True West.” What did you think about it? Abbey- Well. Truthfully at first, I thought it was a little mundane, just in terms of the setting and s...

Something Strange This Way Comes

Something Strange This Way Comes

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

July 23, 2019

Spoilers ‘Stranger Things 3’ launched on Netflix over the July 4th weekend and with it comes a huge change in the status quo. The world of Hawkins Indiana grows larger and larger with more characters being introduced and new parts of the world being unveiled. The show maintains its momentum wit...

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