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Movie Review: Life Itself

Movie Review: Life Itself

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts-Over a year ago, the world lost one of its greatest most avid voices. From his reviews in the Chicago Sun Times to his television series, Roger Ebert popularized film criticism and was one of its greatest advocates. Some time before his death in April 2013, Steve James, acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams, was [...]

TV Review: The Bridge

TV Review: The Bridge

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- There has been a sudden flux of Swedish/Danish remakes over the last few summers of television. Some, like the recent Welcome to Sweden, have their moments, but don’t quite hit the beats they should. Others, like The Killing, feel cold and detached like the countryside they come from. One show that has avoided [...]

TV Review: The Leftovers

TV Review: The Leftovers

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- As Under the Dome keeps showing us, taking a single novel and stretching it out into the long form narrative of television can be a tricky thing. The themes and characters can face the danger of becoming stretched too thin and the whole story begins to crumple under its own weight. The latest summer [...]

Music Review: Mandatory Fun

Music Review: Mandatory Fun

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts-  He has managed to remain relevant after nearly 30 years in the music industry. He is a God in the eyes of middle schoolers at heart. When Chamillionaire, Nelly, and Coolio have all faded into obscurity, one man has risen from their ashes like an accordion-wielding phoenix: Weird Al Yankovic. With the onset [...]

Senior Moments – for week of July 14

Senior Moments – for week of July 14

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – A very popular TV series genre has always been the doctor shows, surreptitiously depicting life and death in the ER or in the specialist’s office, where every week a different malady, trauma, or rare disease is diagnosed and successfully treated amidst the personal troubles and angst of the physicians and nurses. What [...]

TV Review: Drunk History

TV Review: Drunk History

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- Viral videos belong on the Internet for a reason: they are short, sweet, and amusing. However if they were transferred to another medium like television, it faces the troubles of having those sweet, amusing parts work over a greater length. Some can rise to the challenge and some do not. Thankfully, Derek Water’s Drunk [...]

TV Review: Under the Dome

TV Review: Under the Dome

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- The work of Stephen King has been adapted quite a lot throughout all of media. From television, to film, to comic books, people cannot get enough of the author’s stories. The latest hit from those adaptations, Under the Dome, became a surprise hit of the summer. Now, the second season has premiered to see [...]

Senior Moments – for week of July 7

Senior Moments – for week of July 7

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Dreams are strange and wonderful phenomena, perhaps serving some psychologically beneficial purpose besides entertaining us while we sleep. In less enlightened times they were thought to be portents of future events but nowadays we know they’re merely expressions of deep-seated fears and desires emanating from our subconscious. Some people claim they never [...]

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- South Korea is one of the best sources of foreign film today. Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, and Memories of Murder are three of the most well known pieces from this country all helmed by visionary directors and actors (usually Kang-ho Song). With stylized violence and enthralling stories, these films became instant cult classics [...]

Book Review: The Silkworm

Book Review: The Silkworm

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- A year ago, a mysterious new voice to fiction appeared to the name of Robert Galbraith. A supposed man with “background in the army and civilian security industry,” he released a novel introducing the world’s newest British detective: Cormoran Strike. However the Internet revealed a different reality: that Robert Galbraith was in fact the [...]

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