Growing Pains

A look at freshmen growing into their high school lives

By Mitchell Sterlitz

Everyone’s gone through it at least once. The unfortunate few, a couple of times. Most people can agree that freshman year of high school is usually an ugly duckling phase. Transitioning from being the big fish at the middle school pond to bottom feeders clinging to the walls in high school, just hoping to make it to their sophomore year.

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Movie Reviews (October 13, 2017)

Here’s a look at some of the most notable films that came out in the past month

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

This unique murder mystery provides an intriguing story that gives light to some of the forgotten social issues plaguing America today. Wind River follows Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a veterantracker, as he investigates the murder of a young Native American girl in a Wyoming Indian reservation. Make no mistake, this is a dark film. Both the script and cinematography contribute to the terror and discomfort of this realistic situation.  Jeremy Renner is stellar as the main protagonist, and gives one of the best performances of his career. The true star of the film, however, is the script, which could be looking at a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the Oscars next year. The social injustice the Native American community goes through on a daily basis is touched upon as well, shedding light on an otherwise overlooked issue. Wind River is, unfortunately, very slow and it takes awhile for the story to fall into motion. Around 10 to 20 minutes of the film could have easily been cut to improve this. While in the midst of a very unoriginal year in film, Wind River provides a breath of fresh air and originality to the theater.

Rating: 3.5/5 

 

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Music Review

By Michael Bergamo

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

Towards the end of the ‘70’s people started hearing whispers of a band called Motorhead, and their front man, Lemmy Kilmister. When the band released the album Ace of Spades in 1980, everyone knew who Motorhead was, and what they were about- not caring about anything, drinking and partying, and doing whatever they wanted. All of these band traits are heard in just about every song. Each track has the speed rock from the drums, every knob on Lemmy’s bass rig is turned to ten, and the fast distorted guitar.

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Clash of the Ages: Netflix Versus Cable

A major shift in the entertainment industry

By Mitchell Sterlitz

Since its origin in 1948, cable has been the premier source of entertainment for most Americans with a television. What could possibly be more popular than hours and hours of entertainment just a click of a button away, and with only a few advertisements here or there in the programming? Well, there might actually be an answer to this question, in the form of Netflix and other streaming services. Continue reading “Clash of the Ages: Netflix Versus Cable”

Gorillaz Concert Review

British Virtual Band Gorillaz Comes to Detroit

by Isabella Franklin

On September 18, Gorillaz, a virtual alternative rock band created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, performed a show in Detroit as part of its current tour, Humanz. The performance featured songs from previous albums, along with songs from the band’s newest album, Humanz, accompanied by energetic special effects, an animated backdrop, and several musicians such Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, and more.

Vince Staples opened the concert at 7:30 P.M. with loud, heavy bass that sounded throughout the entire theater. Many of the seats in the theater were still empty at this point, as most of the audience was buying food or merchandise at the building’s entrance. Staples’s performance was just less than an hour and was a good opener, but was not especially memorable. A little after 8:30 P.M., Damon Albarn stepped on the stage and began to perform. Continue reading “Gorillaz Concert Review”

Summer Movie Report

Here’s our rundown of this summer’s biggest successes and failures at the theater

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

This World War II epic follows the evacuation attempts of 400,000 stranded allied soldiers trapped in the French town of Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan pulls no punches in his 10th feature-length film and creates a tension-filled narrative that hooks the audience from start to finish. Rather than using dialogue, Nolan utilizes visual imagery to push the plot forward, making it a unique entry into the war film genre. Dunkirk received high praise from both fans and critics and could be looking at Oscar gold come year’s end. Analysis: Critical Success

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The Hidden Gems Review

Krazy Jim’s: All But Typical; Nothing But Worth It

By Jillian CHESney & Jacoby Haley

Prepare to be yelled at, rushed, and made fun of, but love every second of it.

At Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger, the staff is harsh, but the food is great. Upon entering, one is welcomed by the clean restaurant and warm scent of anything greasy.

With more than two million different burger combinations, the obscure menu features an artistic take on everything they serve at the burger joint, and the choices are quite nearly endless.

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Summer Concert Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Joe Ramey

On June 25th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid a visit to lead drummer Chad Smith’s hometown of Grand Rapids. The performance was varied, ranging from softer deep cuts to their loud and catchy hits like “Can’t Stop” and “Californication” The band was accompanied by synchronized lights dangling from the Van Andel Arena rafters, that moved according to volume and pitch of the songs. Fans hands were raised throughout the concert, holding both their lighters and their cell phones.

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