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The Lego Ninjago movie: mindless entertainment for an hour and forty minutes

Late last month Warner Bros. Studios released the Lego Ninjago movie to theaters nationwide. It is the third installment in the Warner Bros. Lego movie franchise that started with the Lego Batman movies. It features many characters from the beloved Cartoon Network show, along with a few new characters as well. Dave Franco stars as the main protagonist, Lloyd Garmadon, son of the film’s primary antagonist the evil Lord Garmadon.  Jackie Chan also stars as Master Wu, the elder brother of Lord Garmadon and the ninja’s leader. Garmadon in this movie is a lot different from his TV show counterpart, as he’s a lot more comical and quirky. His ego and power hungry nature still linger, albeit on a more lighthearted scale. He enjoys blasting his subordinates out of the top of his evil lair nestled in a volcano conveniently located across the bay from Ninjago city. The film centers… Keep Reading


Why BoJack Horseman is beyond binge-worthy

BoJack Horseman may be a show about a self-centered, depressed horse, but it is extremely relatable to us all. Let’s get one thing straight; “BoJack Horseman” is a weird show, there, I said it. The Netflix original takes place in Hollywood, or Hollywoo, as it is later referred to in the show. In this world, humans and animals are one and the same, with animals and humans co-existing as equal members of society. That being said, “BoJack Horseman” is still one of the best shows out right now. It’s easy to assume that this is just another adult cartoon, but it’s far from that. “BoJack” is a smart, clever comedy that can get dark at times, bringing attention to a number of struggles faced by BoJack and other characters, struggles we can all relate to in some way. The show puts a spotlight on problems in society, politics and the… Keep Reading

Lifestyle Columns/Reviews

“The Great Gatsby”: The reality of an illusion

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and one fine morning – so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly in the past”. Nostalgia has a way of ripping us from the present and throwing us down a rabbit hole of memories – things both loved and lost. In The Great Gatsby, we see Jay Gatsby lost in the comforting hushes of the past as he chases his lost love. This fixation on the past that he harvests teaches us a lot about how we survive in the present. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel casts a harsh light on jealousy and passion while building a love story on the foundations of desperation. Although in the age of Daisy and Gatsby’s love affair… Keep Reading

Lifestyle/Reviews/Video Games

Heat Signature: It’s fun to be bad (in space)

As of late, there have been few developers on my list of enthusiastic interest. With the industry peddling out asinine games that are sometimes little other than a means to facilitate micro-transactions, unpolished messes of code, or a multiplayer only game with no community; near avoidance of the products output by the behemoths of the industry is a very reasonable notion to follow. The list I have is for quality developers, ones whose works I have played and have not seen a dramatic nosedive of quality from. Suspicious Developments, the studio behind a game I liked called Gunpoint, released Heat Signature in late September and I am glad to see that Suspicious Developments will remain on my list. Heat Signature is a game centered around growing a band of infiltrators who board spaceships for fun and profit. You will play as one of many infiltrators, their only history is related… Keep Reading


Kingsman: The Golden Circle dazzles

Nothing is too weird for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The film constantly one-ups itself in how over-the-top it can go in trying to recreate the success of its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Without going into detail, there are several scenes involving robotic dogs and pop singer Sir Elton John. How much more crazy can it get than that? Director Matthew Vaughn returns to deliver another hard-hitter in the spy genre. Taron Egerton reprises his role as Gary Unwin, better known as Eggsy, and delivers another solid performance in developing a main character that grabs the audience. From fighting opponents with robotic arms to trying to impress the King and Queen of Sweden, there’s nothing Egerton doesn’t excel at in capturing the essence of the suave spy protagonist. Colin Firth and Mark Strong also return as Harry “Galahad” Hart and “Merlin,” and also add captivation to their roles. Much of the… Keep Reading


Winter has come for Westeros

This season of “Game of Thrones” shaped up to be one of the best within the seven-season series. It’s the penultimate season, in which the fate of Westeros will be decided. This season featured the return of series regulars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harrington in their respective roles as Tyrion, Jaime, and Cersei Lannister, Danaerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow. They team up with all of the supporting characters fans have come to love over the course of the series. Emilia Clarke has voiced her intent on leaving the show once the final season has finished, and she will not be present for any prequels or sequels, that will inevitably follow the series conclusion. This season picked up after the events of the season six finale. Cersei’s been crowned queen, Danaerys has set sail for Dragonstone with the intent of retaking her rightful place on… Keep Reading


“American Assassin” doesn’t kill it at the box office

CIA operatives have to be ready for anything that comes their way during the mission – whether it be your target escaping, or a double agent working in your midst. Most importantly, however, is to never make the mission a personal vendetta against some previous wrongdoing. Michael Keaton’s character Stan Hurley said that last line to Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brien, when training to become a CIA operative in the movie “American Assassin”. In this movie, O’Brien’s character is still reeling from the death of his fiancé at the hands of Islamic Jihadists when he’s recruited by the CIA to become its next hotshot operative. He’s sent to the Roanoke Mountains to train with Michael Keaton’s character Stan Hurley, who’s an ex-navy SEAL and cold war veteran who has many years of experience in the field. Once there he advances quickly through Hurley’s rigorous training and is soon deployed… Keep Reading

A & E/Music/Reviews

I Could Not Plan This: An Emotionally Loaded Rap Album

Today’s rap and hip-hop genre is filled with young individuals who write their lines out of passion while knowing the odds of going mainstream are against them. Mark Laurence Richard Jr. better known as Witt Lowry, was once among those aspiring artists. In a way, he still is. With each album release, Witt’s followings have grown, yet he still has not signed with a record label. Witt’s success started in 2014 with the release of Kindest Regards. At the time, the album was officially released for free on datpiff as well as being posted to his YouTube channel. In 2015 his album Dreaming With Our Eyes Open went straight to iTunes, but he continued to support free streaming on his official YouTube and Soundcloud. He stuck to the same formula for his new album I Could Not Plan This and the positive feedback on his YouTube and Soundcloud converted into… Keep Reading


“Hitman’s Bodyguard” shows comedy-drama balance

The “Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the type of movie that you see when your first or maybe even second film option at the theater is sold out, that you are shockingly surprised that you enjoyed. The formula for the film is pretty basic one rule-breaking wildcard character (Samuel L. Jackson’s hitman Darius Kincaid) and the other an uptight, by-the-book character (Ryan Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce). So as you could guess the film forces the two opposite personalities together, and they must find a way to get along to make it to the end of the film. Bryce a former top bodyguard who slips from the top option after he allows a high-profile client died on his watch. Kincaid a criminal that is temporarily released from jail to be a case winning witness in a trial against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). A corrupt dictator of Belarus. Bryce is given the job of… Keep Reading

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