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“The Great Gatsby”: The reality of an illusion

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“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…

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings magic to 1920s New York

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Those who grew up during the first times of Harry Potter were only aware of a wizarding school—and culture—thriving in the U.K. region. Over the years (and books), author J.K. Rowling began to release more countries, specifically around Europe, who had wizarding populations. However, it wasn’t until the release of Rowling’s screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that she touched on details of the wizarding world in North America. Rowling went into remarkable detail on Pottermore.com under the four-part series titled “History of Magic in North America.” “Fantastic Beasts” pulls long-time Harry Potter fans back in time to the heart of New York in 1926, with odd occurrences happening all around the city. The newly arrived Magizoologist (magic + zoologist) from England, Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award Winning actor Eddie Redmayne, arrives just in time to witness these happenings. Before Scamander can begin to delve into the wizard-like occurrences…

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Luke Cage: Hero of Harlem

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A black superhero. You could say they are rare. You may even say they don’t exist. They seem to come around every so often and when they do, they create a wave of controversy. Luke Cage has done exactly this. Luke Cage. Or you may know him as “Power Man”, or even “Carl Lucas”, has broken Netflix. This is not a joke—he literally broke Netflix. So many people wanted to watch the series at once that streaming actually went down for about two hours. What kind of superhero can do that? Luke Cage speaks to a group of people who have not been targeted for a while—the black community. It seems to give a glimpse into the everyday conversations, dialogue, situations, and problems that they face each day. Even situations that have recently been in the news from police brutality to the Black Lives Matter movement. From episode 1, you…

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A review of S. A. Eberwein’s “Cash Your Investment”

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In this 162-page quick read for the avid college mind, S.A. Eberwein discusses basic tactics used to take advantage of all aspects of your recent education and how to apply them towards finding a top-rate first job in your field of study. This being his first published work, the book provides tips on everything from resume writing to seeking out connections. The author, a college graduate that landed a prestigious position at a significant investment bank in New York City gives insight as to exactly how he accomplished his career goals. Eberwein conveys the importance of a positive attitude and utilizing mentors in the first few chapters. Although this information is really nothing groundbreaking, he does offer some valid points such as, “your mental approach—exactly how you think—more so than any other aspect of your job search remains a critical factor in determining whether or not you ultimately succeed in obtaining a top-self, post-graduation job.” This thought resonates throughout…

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‘11.22.63’ will make you thirst for the historical truth

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The new 8-part mini-series streaming on Hulu, “11.22.63,” based on the Stephen King best-selling novel of the same name, has been quite the riveting period drama. With Stephen King and J.J. Abrams being two of the executive producers for the series, you instantly get drawn in and start noticing their film styles coming out… along with treasures that King leaves behind for fans to notice. The historical drama, released fittingly on Presidents Day last month, stars James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) as the main character, Jake, an english teacher.He is let in on a secret by an old diner owner who he’s known for years, Al, played by Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Adaptation). The secret is that there is a time portal which let’s you travel back in time – however, it’s only to one date: the year 1960. The other requirement? Any time you come back to the present day, everything from the…

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The Diary of Anne Frank | Review

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I think it may be an unfortunate human response to uncomfortable things when we start making jokes about them. We try to be light hearted about tragic events, mainly due to how dark and deep their murky waters can become in terms of subject matter. It is tempting to try this, grabbing the low hanging pun and framing an “Anne Frankly” bit somewhere. But I’d rather discuss the darkness of it all, and how a show at the Paramount did very well for a 2 hour abridged rendition of the famous Diary. I must admit, plays and similar productions are not in my expertise. In fact, to my current recollection, this is my first attendance to one of a professional caliber. However, I feel I don’t need to set the stage of what this play’s story entails. Besides being a cute choice of words, we all are, for the most…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III will leave you thrilled

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There was a lot of speculation around Call of Duty’s newest edition to their Black Ops game, Black Ops III, developed primarily by California-based video game company, Treyarch. With Black Ops 2 being released three years ago, as opposed to the two-year gap between Black Ops I and II release dates, there were very high expectations for Call of Duty fans. Activision is the publisher of the Call of Duty franchise, with three developers rotating through each year for new video game releases under the “Call of Duty” title. Last year they released Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare, developed by Sledgehammer Games, and the previous year it was Call of Duty: Ghosts, developed largely by Infinity Ward. Treyarch focused a great amount on several different features to amp up the newest Black Ops gameplay style, holding it to a higher level among those in the video game realm. With their classic 3-gameplay…

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Videogame review: Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

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There are two main subgenres of apocalyptic horde games, in terms of action games and shooters. The first involves holding your own against a wave of the monsters, with steadily increasing firepower and defenses. Killing Floor and Call of Duty’s Zombies mode are prime examples of this first camp. The second camp, which Vermintide belongs to, has a simple concept: get from point A to point Z while murdering, avoiding, or looting the other 24 letters in between. If this sounds like Left 4 Dead, you already know what to expect. Vermintide tasks the player with trying to save the Empire city of Ubersreik from the Skaven – a race of blood thirsty rat men. You must purge the town of vermin as a party of four heroes from a current pool of five to choose from, each handling satisfyingly and differently. Each character has a backstory that is hinted…

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Review: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

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Tony Hawk’s series of video games are fondly remembered for being an awesome arcade skating experience that had a certain attitude to it that you could only understand if you were into the sport, or were young and impressionable. First appearing on the fifth generation of consoles, and developed by Neversoft, THPS simultaneously pioneered and dominated the genre of skateboarding video games. For those who became fans of the series, it wasn’t hard to see why the Tony Hawk games were on top. The games were known for intuitive controls and superb control responsiveness, killer soundtracks that fit the game very well, and level design that people to this day remember fondly. Warehouse would have to be my favorite stage from the Pro Skater’s lineage, and I feel like I could safely assume it’s in the top 5 lists of most THPS fans as well. However, I feel “Tony Hawk’s…

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