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Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Caden Merrill

December 14, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E, Movies/TV, Showcase

“That lightsaber was Luke's, and his father's before him, and now, it calls to you.” George Lucas’ filmmaking enterprise known as Lucasfilm was purchased for approximately four billion dollars by the Walt Disney Company in 2012. Although Lucas was very torn about the decision that he made, he...

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Caden Merrill

December 12, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E, Movies/TV, Showcase

“You’ve failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” Once the end credits for “The Empire Strikes Back” rolled after a surprising cliffhanger in 1980, people were more than overjoyed with the outstanding movie that they just saw, but extremely disappointed that they would...

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Caden Merrill

December 12, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E, Movies/TV, Showcase

“The Force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet.” The 1980s was a decade that helped to revive science fiction in cinema. Whereas science fiction was only viewed as critical social commentary or something that appealed exclusively to “geeks” or “nerds,” Star Wars proved...

Episode IV: A New Hope

Episode IV: A New Hope

Caden Merrill

December 9, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E, Movies/TV, Showcase

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” It is an extremely true and valid statement that the Star Wars films have forever changed the landscape of the film industry. Before, movies were generally devoid of action, which could only be found in grand...

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Caden Merrill

December 4, 2017


Filed under A&E, A&E Columns, Movies/TV, Showcase

“So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.” According to George Lucas, the central story of Star Wars is the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker and his metamorphosis into Darth Vader. While the previous two entries in the prequel trilogy, “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones,”...

Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Caden Merrill

December 4, 2017


Filed under A&E, A&E Columns, Movies/TV, Showcase

“The shroud of the Dark Side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has.” Three years after the release of “The Phantom Menace,”  Star Wars fans’ feelings toward George Lucas’ new prequel trilogy were in limbo. Despite grossing over a billion dollars worldwide, the film only garnered a mixed...

Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Caden Merrill, A&E Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under A&E, A&E Columns, Movies/TV, Showcase

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” When Lucasfilm first announced in the mid-1990s that a Star Wars prequel trilogy was in the works, the Force took fans by storm once again, just as it did with the original film’s release in 1977. Ever since the end credits rolled after “Return...

Halloween at the Theme Parks: a Frightfully Fun Way to Celebrate the Holiday

Halloween at the Theme Parks: a Frightfully Fun Way to Celebrate the Holiday

Caden Merrill, Asst. A&E Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E

Once fall rolls around, several theme parks in Southern California do more than decorate for the Halloween season. Some parks are entirely transformed into a terrifying nightmare-fest where the scares never stop and the screams are never silent. These Halloween events are extremely popular, especially ...

Disney’s Dilemma With Day of the Dead in Pixar’s New Movie ‘Coco’

Sarah Lee, Head A&E Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, A&E

Pixar Animation Studios has created many of the greatest animated films of all time, from “Toy Story” to “Finding Nemo” to “The Incredibles.” Pixar’s bold reputation still shines today, releasing one to two films per year, hoping to create another classic for people to adore and praise...

Logic is Here for ‘Everybody’

Kendall Chraplewski, Reporter

September 26, 2017


Filed under A&E

In late August, the MTV Video Music Awards featured a wide variety of performances. However, one that stood out among the others was a performance by Logic, an American rapper, of his hit single “1-800-273-8255,” alongside fellow artists Khalid and Alessia Cara. The song is named after the National...

Popping Popcorn with Caden, IT Movie Review

Popping Popcorn with Caden, IT Movie Review

Caden Merrill, Asst. A&E Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under A&E, Showcase

“This isn’t real enough for you, Billy? I’m not real enough for you?” One of the most anticipated films of 2017, “It” is the second adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed horror novel of the same name, the first being the 1990 ABC two-part miniseries. Across the breadth of 1,138 page...

Nike Hijab: For Underrepresented Athletes

Nike Hijab: For Underrepresented Athletes

Paulina Gonzalez, Reporter

May 22, 2017


Filed under Fashion, Sports

Nike recently released a new product to add amongst their extensive selection of sportswear–the Nike Pro Hijab. The brand is sold on a global market and has set sights for a greater audience of female Muslim athletes. It is releasing in the spring of 2018. This new product is a step forward in the accept...

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