Monday, June 18, 2018

Deadpool 2: Hey everyone, he dies in this one!

Justin Horak and Devon Beacham
Staff Writers
No, really, our title is not a spoiler!
Bringing together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from a brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Deadpool 2 makes an appearance in all theaters for comedy and action lovers to enjoy.
     With the first Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, crossing $500 million at the global box office in less than two weeks, 20th Century Fox was “sitting pretty” considering the movie cost a mere $58 million to make. The second Deadpool was released on May 10 with the budget of $110 million was Cher-album-from-the-80’s  successful, raking in over $600 million worldwide in its first three weeks.
     With excellent reviews from multiple critics, Deadpool 2 is on everyone’s “movie to see” radar. The Washington Post wrote, “The script for Deadpool 2 is loaded with winky, fourth-wall-piercing eruptions of meta, the kind of humor that can make even the slow-witted and literal-minded feel devilishly clever.” 94% of Google users liked this movie and it earned 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
     With it's witty script and meticulously chosen cast, Deadpool 2 is an awesome film--unlike most sequels. The movie stays true to its roots and does an excellent job of colliding action and comedy all into one. It ends with a true plot twist and is everything but expected.
     Overall, the film is very enjoyable for those who enjoy action, comedy, and superheroes. If you appreciate hilarious comedies and action packed scenes, Deadpool 2 is the recommended movie for you!

Kurt Cobain’s wife sued for murder plot

Caroline Donado
Co-editor in chief
Courtney Love is a controversial figure in the view of many Nirvana fans; there are numerous conspiracy theories that accuse her of the murder of her husband, Kurt Cobain. Now, she is being sued for being part of a plan to kill her daughter’s ex-husband in order to gain possession of the acoustic guitar Kurt played in his  famous MTV Unplugged performance.
     After their daughter Frances Bean Cobain divorced from Isaiah Silva, it was settled that Silva would keep the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar, which he  claimed was a gift he received from  Kurt Cobain as a wedding present to welcome him into the family. Silva, however, stated that Frances and Courtney wished to get the guitar back and sent three men to his house to forcibly take it from him. The three he names are Sam Lufti, Courtney’s manager; Ross Butler, an actor and Yan Yukhtman, a chauffeur.
     Love has said to TMZ that "It's not [Silva's] to take,” and that the guitar is a “treasured heirloom of the family.” The guitar also happens to be worth millions of dollars.
     Silva claims that the men illegally entered his house in the middle of the night, claiming they were the police. They proceeded to threaten and assault him to learn the location of the guitar. Afterwards, they attempted to force Silva into the back of a car; however, one of Silva’s bandmates called the police before he could be kidnapped.
     Court records state: “It is believed, based upon facts and evidence, that Silva would have been taken to a secondary crime scene and murdered on June 3, 2016.” The three supposedly hacked into Silva’s iMessage to "[make] it appear Silva was despondent and on a mental precipice contemplating suicide."     Lufti has also frequently harassed and threatened Silva, his family and friends, driving Silva to file a temporary restraining order against him in 2016. The suit states that Lufti told Silva that Love and Courtney agreed to compensate him with $120,000 if he could get Silva to sign an agreement to surrender the guitar, which may be his primary motive for pursuing Silva so aggressively. When the police arrived on the scene, Silva claims that the men forced him into agreeing with their story that they were playing a prank on him. Various emails and texts show that Lufti threatened Silva: “This agreement is your one and only choice, consider it your lifeline.” The matters have yet to play out in court, but a source close to Love and Cobain says, “Frances and the family are prepared to fight with a fury of unprecedented legal force and they will prevail.” As of now, Silva still remains in possession of the guitar.

Shawn Mendes is moving to a promising future with his third release

Caroline Donado
Co-editor in chief
Shawn Mendes’s self-titled third album was released on May 25, marking his third #1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Now 19, this young musician has guaranteed himself a promising future in the industry.
    The album marks a clear change of his musical direction, but traces of his previous two albums are still evident, making it a smooth transition. Mendes’ album consists of 14 original songs, two of which are collaborations with other artists such as Khalid and Julia Michaels. In an interview with British GQ magazine, Mendes stated that “I really just let myself create music that I thought was good and I didn’t think about genre,” which proved to be the absolute truth as the album contains a lovely mix of pop, rock, and R&B. Every song is different from the last and are an exciting experience to listen to as Mendes’s always seems to have a trick up his sleeve.
    The songs are well-written while being heartfelt and meaningful. “In My Blood” tackles issues of mental health and struggles with anxiety while “Youth” serves as an anthem to teenagers dealing with the effects of current events like school shootings. Mendes keeps a good balance between melancholy and up-beat songs--each one powerfully conveying their message and producing a profound emotional impact; an effect not many artists can have on their audience.
    However, Mendes’ writing collaborations with artists like Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, and Ryan Tedder, seem to morph the songs so that they lack Mendes’ signature style, and, as the New York Times puts it, “like tofu, he adopts the flavor of the songwriters he’s collaborating with,” and that the songs “systematically obscure Mr. Mendes’s talents.”
    Additionally, many of the songs, while catchy and well-performed, seem utterly unoriginal. “Particular Taste” containing hints of Robin Thicke and Prince while “Because I Had You” evokes Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” and “Nervous” resembles Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar,” which also happened to be written by Julia Michaels.
    Even so, Shawn does not hesitate to make the album his own and make creative and daring choices throughout the album, incorporating falsetto singing and clever word plays like his juxtaposition of insecure lyrics and a confident tone in his song, “Nervous.” There are some winners on the album; all of the pre-released singles were great, but notably his songs “Why,” “Mutual” and “Queen.”
    Overall, the album was a highly enjoyable listen that was refreshing and unique compared to other pop artists. Even though his writing collaborations masked his signature style in many of the songs, Mendes made a truthful and high-quality album. Shawn Mendes’ incredible writing and vocal talents should not be underestimated--this album is definitely worth a listen.

Solo flies too low

Kayla Paul-Koch
Staff Writer

The standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, was released on May 25, 2018 and unfortunately compared to other films in the franchise, did not do so well in the box office. Solo cost nearly $250 million to make, yet “only” pulled in an international total of $65 million its opening weekend which means it’s going to take a while to recover costs. And though it is entirely false to say $65 million isn’t a lot of money, for comparison, Rogue One (a Star Wars standalone film released in Dec. 2016) pulled in $155 in its first weekend and earned $1 billion overall.  So why did Solo do so badly in the box office?
   It’s possible that the movie didn’t perform well since Deadpool 2 was released just a week prior and Avengers: Infinity War a month earlier.  These major releases may have dampened the hype surrounding Solo, but it also may have to do with the fact that The Last Jedi hit theaters  only five months ago making fans less inclined to sit through another two hour film of loud “pew pews” and space action. The movies have been jam packed the past couple of years  with Marvel and Star Wars films so it’s possible that people are just getting sick of it.
   But the issue may not rest with any of these and may just be with the actual movie. Solo revolved around the backstory of smuggler and pilot Han Solo who is a beloved character in the Star Wars universe. Seeing anyone other than Harrison Ford play this iconic character could have easily off put fans from seeing the movie, but Alden Ehrenreich actually did a fantastic job of creating a young Han Solo that fans haven't ever seen before.
   Though it was odd to see a new person as Han Solo, Ehrenreich performed fantastically in creating Han as a naive kid who wanted to be a pilot so badly, that he would do anything. This version of Han is very reminiscent of a young Luke Skywalker. Both are naive, don’t listen to authority, and will do whatever it takes for justice. Watching Han evolve throughout the movie into the coy trickster fans know him as was fun and answered a lot of questions about why Han Solo is the way he is in the later films.
   Although not the best Star Wars movie, Solo was an action packed epic film full of fun references to previous films, a peak at the beginnings of some major characters, and overall just a really cool movie. It may be unlike other films Star Wars  fans are used to, but it’s worth the watch so be sure to check it out and keep an open mind before going!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Meteor hits Fortnite community

Mike Borys and Lear Asplundh
Staff Writers

A lot of talk has been going on about what the new Fortnite battle pass is going to be like. Many users were expecting the center of attraction, Tilted Towers, to be affected by the meteor, but they were wrong. A tiny part of Tilted Towers was hit but no major damage to the majority of the city. The damage hit mostly in Dusty Depot. Dusty Depot was a tiny little three building complex. This small part of the map was usually not visited by players, just because of the lack of loot that is present. The damage ended up creating a huge crater in the map and is now called Dusty Divot. The scene is a space station, with moon rocks scattered throughout the divot, which give you a boost in your jump. This place attracts an enormous amount of players. The first reason is because it is new and the players want to conquer the new area. Another reason why so many people land in Dusty Divot is because its size. Dusty Divot may be the largest place on the map. It may not have a lot of buildings, but the crater is enormous. This attracts many players, which results in a lot of action.
  Another town was introduced to the players: Risky Reels. This was added in the new battle pass for more places to land. This place consists of an outdoor movie theatre and as well has a crater in the middle of the complex. This place is heavily loaded with players just because it is very new to the game. In the future, we believe it will not be a well visited area just because its size and limited loot.  Moisty Mire has also been upgraded in the season four update. Moisty Mire has been the laughingstock of Fortnite ever since it was added. The swamp water makes the player slow and the lack of loot has made Moisty Mire not even an option for players on the battle bus.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Infinity War: What Now? (WARNING: BIG SPOILERS AHEAD!)

Kayla Paul-Koch & George Griffin
Staff Writers

A week earlier than expected, Marvel fans everywhere were gifted with the long overdue phenomenon that is Avengers: Infinity War. Since the first Iron Man film was released in 2008, Marvel fans have been anticipating Infinity War. All the Avengers have fought for has led up to this very moment. Marvel has been building up to Infinity War in three different phases and now we are in phase three.
  In all of the phases so far there has been one man pulling the strings, one man behind the mask sending in all the horror to collect all six infinity stones. A Titan by the name of Thanos who saw the horrors of overpopulation on his home planet and believed he could bring mercy to the universe by slaughtering half of it. On a mission to find the stones of time, soul, power, space, mind, and reality, Thanos will kill whoever gets in his way and do whatever it takes to get ahold of the stones to become the most powerful being in all the universe.
  Along the way, the Avengers assemble in various groups around the Universe to protect the world from the chaos that Thanos will bring. Battles and new character crossovers took place in Wakanda, on the desecrated planet of Titan, the decimated planet Knowhere, various locations on Earth, and Vormir.
  Fans all over the globe have been waiting years for this movie to drop and it did not disappoint. The Russo brothers did however fall into the Marvel movie classic of an underdeveloped villain especially in the shadow of Black Panther’s villain Killmonger but paired it with epic action scenes and witty comedy.
  The next Avengers movie is planned to be released on May 3, 2019, but fans are still waiting for a title. For now it’s referred to as “Avengers 4” and will pick up only a few seconds after the cliffhanger that Infinity War has brought us. In the meantime Marvel lovers can look forward to “Ant-Man and Wasp” in July 2018 and “Captain Marvel” in March 2019, which will help us understand the connections and how they will tie into the next Avengers movie.
  Infinity War left fans heartbroken killing off (really big spoiler time!) Loki, Heimdall, Gamora, and Vision. These characters were killed directly in Thanos’s hands and are speculated to be gone for sure although there are theories that Loki, Gamora, and Vision aren’t dead after all. But Heimdall is definitely gone...sorry. Once Thanos got his hands on all six infinity stones he becomes the most powerful being and with a snap of his fingers he can wipe out half of the universe. When Thanos does this he disintegrates Black Panther (T’Challa), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), The Guardians of the Galaxy (Starlord, Groot, Drax, and Mantis), Nick Fury, and Maria Hill. Most fans are convinced that these characters are not actually dead considering the confirmation of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 set to release sometime in 2020 and another Spider-Man: Homecoming set to come out in July 2019 (after the next Avengers movie).
  The only ones that remain are the original Avengers from the first movie in 2012 with the addition of Rocket, Nebula, Okoye, and M’Baku. The majority of fans believe that it will be up to them to defeat Thanos and bring the disintegrated characters back through the use of the stones, but sadly we won’t know for another long year of hopeful waiting.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the Met Gala: When the clothes are all you get to see

Riley Brennan

This year’s Met Gala was held on May 7, 2018, and the theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, modeled after this year’s exhibit at the Met. The host’s this year were Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney.
  What has been dubbed as “Met Monday” is something spectators and attendees look forward to every year, and is one of the most glamourous nights of the year, also being referred to as “Oscars for the East Coast.” It is an invite only event, the exclusivity aiding in creating the buzz around the event. Another generator of the excitement that surrounds the event is the fact that cameras, press, and posting, are all not allowed into the actual event.
  The only thing that spectators actually get to see is the red carpet leading to the gala. Because of this, the main attraction of the night for those not attending is what the guests are wearing. The Met Gala is notorious for having a new and riveting theme each year, which those attending are supposed to dress for. However, some do not dress to the theme, which is especially true in years past.
  Regardless, the night is one where all guests dress to impress, trying out avant garde looks, and stepping out of the box in whatever direction they can. This year’s show stoppers ranged from one of the co-hosts herself, Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano, Sasha Lane in Tory Burch and Tamara Mellon, Migos in Versace, Chadwick Boseman in Versace and Bulgari jewelry, and Jared Leto in Gucci. All five men stepped out of the typical, overdone simple black tux mold, running with the theme. Other notably dressed attendees included Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in custom Ralph Lauren Collection and Anita Ko jewelry, Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry, Cardi B in Jeremy Scott, Lana del Rey in Gucci, SZA in Versace, and Katy Perry in Versace.