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The Bye Bye Man disappoints

The Bye Bye Man disappoints

February 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

R eleased on Jan. 13, 2017, The Bye Bye Man follows the story of three friends who discover the legend of a man to is capable of very malicious acts.   Elliot (Douglas Smith), John (Lucien Laviscount) and Sasha (Cressida Bonas) are all college students and have recently moved into an old house off-campus. ...

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

By Mark Lu

February 25, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

The Academy Awards is made up of 6,687 members who vote every year on the best movie of the year, through a weird voting style called “instant-runoff voting” in which voters rank the nominations in the order in which they enjoyed each one. This is a much more complicated process that seeks to choose a ...

Not as out-of-this-world as expected

Not as out-of-this-world as expected

By Tara Sohal

February 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

A boy who was born and raised on the red planet gleefully eating a Mars chocolate bar is not the only quip that sticks in your mind after watching, “The Space Between Us.” The sci-fi romance film teens across the country have been waiting for was finally released on February 3. The movi...

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

By Mark Lu, Columnist

February 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

You’ve probably seen a good film before. Did you enjoy it for its visuals or story? It probably depends, right? For example, “Fantasia” (2000) is purely based off of visual stimulation and how the narrative of the music correlates with the implications of what’s on the screen. Others like “T...

Veronica Roth’s latest book barely makes its mark

By Era Goel, Reporter

February 6, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

V eronica Roth’s long awaited first novel in her upcoming duology was released on Jan. 17. The book is written from the perspective of two characters, Akos Kereseth and Cyra Noavek, and takes place in a universe where certain individuals are born with “fates” or special powers, as deemed by the pl...

Jazz: a conversation

Jazz: a conversation

By Elizabeth Cook

February 3, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music

Though jazz music initially made headlines in the Roaring ‘20s, its origin traces to the era of slavery, representing a rich history of rebellion, culture, freedom and most importantly, conversation. “Jazz allows you to communicate and understand way below and above speech,” senior Matei Predescu sai...

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

On Monday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. Oscars are more than just golden statues; they represent the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work, creativity, ingenuity and talent. The ...

New album surpasses expectations

New album surpasses expectations

By Franklin Ngai

January 25, 2017


Filed under Music

E ver since his first album release in 2007, “The Come Up,” J Cole has continued to show success through his music. Cole signed with Hip Hop star Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2009, and later released two more albums “Born Sinner” in 2013 and “2014 Forest Hills Drive” in 2014. On Dec. 9, 2...

The Reel: ‘Seven,’ the greatest suspense thriller there ever was

The Reel: ‘Seven,’ the greatest suspense thriller there ever was

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 24, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

It’s difficult to create a thriller. To properly “thrill” an audience, film creators must structure a story that purposefully manipulates the attention of the watcher and keeps them in the dark while sheltering an underlying titillation, hidden in the shadows. Meanwhile, the director must paint an intima...

“Hidden Figures” shoots for the stars

“Hidden Figures” shoots for the stars

By Katie Fung

January 12, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

In 2011, we watched “The Help,” a movie about a white author in the midst of the Civil Rights era who decides to write a book about the African American maids and their views on the families they work for. In 2013, “12 Years A Slave” hit theaters and shocked its viewers with its depictions of bla...

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Two actresses jumped into the spotlight of the entertainment industry at the age of 19 with their respective breakthroughs — maybe it ran in the family. Those actresses, Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, passed away a little over a week ago. Reynolds may not have been as reco...

The Reel: screenwriting – the biggest snub at the 2017 Golden Globes

The Reel: screenwriting – the biggest snub at the 2017 Golden Globes

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

AN UNHINGED FENCE -- Little squeezing through, doesn’t look back as the other boys attempt to shimmy and wiggle their way though, too big to glide through like Little. LITTLE hauling ass, chest heaving as he rounds the corner on this condemned building. On instinct, the stairs taken two at a time...