The Haunting of Hill House Review

By Ayden Dant Netflix’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House debuted October of 2018, and was the first in an anthology series, promised by Netflix. The drama/horror takes us through the past and present lives of the 7-member Crain Family, who had encounters with paranormal activity. The family, consisting of children Steven, Shirley, Luke, Theo, and Nell, as well as parents Olivia and Hugh Crain, moved into a haunted mansion in 1992. The house presents itself as a beautiful mansion, and the family cannot wait to move in. By the end of the summer, however, the family … Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House Review

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Review

By Cara Steinmetz The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is a three part newly released documentary on Netflix. It follows the mysterious vanishing of Elisa Lam. Elisa traveled to Los Angeles in 2013 and unfortunately never made it back home. She stayed at the Cecil Hotel which is notorious for its high crime rate. Around 16 people have died under unexplainably while staying at the Cecil Hotel. One night, Elisa was seen on an elevator at the hotel acting very strange and as if someone were watching her. This would be the last time anyone would see Elisa alive. She … Continue reading Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Review

The History of Music

By Ben Jungels Music – a universal yet unique human experience, an expression of emotion through harmony, a response of the human mind to a pattern. The components of music can come in many shapes and forms, be it physical instruments, the human voice, or, in more modern times, completely digital. The oldest known instruments, flutes carved from animal bone and drums made from stone or wood, date back as far as 40,000 years. This suggests that music developed alongside primitive man. As man began to use metal, new instruments were formed. In ancient Greece, trumpets and lyres would have … Continue reading The History of Music

Pride and Prejudice (2009) Review

By Vanessa Lewis The movie up to review this week is Pride and Prejudice. Based on Jane Austen’s novel, five sisters live together with their parents. The Bennet family is your average family with a decent living, but to keep up their lifestyle the daughters must find someone to marry (marriage was the only option for them, as they were to inherit nothing based on their gender). In today’s times that would sound quite crazy, but in the 19th century, one’s family reputation depended on it. Mrs. Bennet’s goal to marry off her daughters. Jane, her eldest, meets Mr. Bingley … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice (2009) Review

Show Review: Attack on Titan

By Ayden Dant Attack on Titan explores the life of Eren Yeager, who, like the rest of humanity, is forced to live within the safety of three, massive walls. These 50-meter-tall barricades offer protection from man-eating monsters, called titans. Ranging from 3-15 meters, titans mercilessly kill out of pleasure, and it is the Survey Corps’, a branch of the military’s job to venture outside of the walls and hunt titans that get too close. The three walls prove effective until, unprecedentedly, they are breached by a previously unknown Colossal and Armored Titan. Motivated by the destruction of their home, Eren, … Continue reading Show Review: Attack on Titan

Book Reports

Nina Combs Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott is a compelling example of how strong literature can portray the lives and conflicts of a human life, not only that but a novel that demonstrates the strength and beauty of the heart and mind of women. You may have heard of this coming-of-age novel either from a past English class or from the 2019 film starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh. The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The four sisters do not … Continue reading Book Reports

Spanglish

By Vanessa Lewis Spanglish is a movie that sees a mother and her daughter moving from Mexico to the United States in search of a better life. The mother, Flor, is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter the life she never had. In pursuit of this she accepts a job for an upscale family as a family helper. Flor later introduces her daughter Christina to the family, the mother of which instantly falls in love with her. Even though the mother already had children (a son and a daughter), she clings onto Christina and gives her … Continue reading Spanglish

Marigold by Pinegrove Review

By Brendan Downes Strong tonal consistency can be an artist’s greatest crutch or the key to solidifying their work. The genius of Pinegrove is their ability to create consistently familiar music without relying on overused or cliché subjects. The familiar sound of Marigold is enforced by Pinegrove’s radiant blend of indie rock and folk, as well as the poetic lyrics that direct their energy into compelling stories told through music. Marigold is easy for me to recommend because it understands and knows what it wants to be. Pinegrove confidently showcases the folk style in an indie rock setting. Though Marigold … Continue reading Marigold by Pinegrove Review