What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

One score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth the antidote to the monotony of vapid teen movies: Heathers. The 1988 cult classic stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a high school couple who want to end the evil reign of the popular girls (all named Heather), by any means necessary. Beloved by Gen Z and Gen X alike, the film set a baseline for … Continue reading What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

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Interview with Erin Anastasia

Erin Anastasia is a twenty-four-year-old poet from New Jersey. She has over 10,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she publishes videos of her own and others’ poetry, conducts interviews with other poets, and hosts discussions on writing and other social issues. Anastasia has always felt a strong connection and love for writing and dabbled in poetry during middle and high school. During her senior … Continue reading Interview with Erin Anastasia

Interview with Megan Falley

Megan Falley is a twenty-year-old poet and is the co-founder of the touring group, SPEAK LIKE A GIRL. She is also the creator of the online writing course, Poems that Don’t Suck, and her YouTube videos have collectively reached over one million views. She was born in New York and has lived there throughout her life. She is currently based in Colorado, but tours frequently. Falley has always … Continue reading Interview with Megan Falley

Interview with Rhiannon McGavin

Rhiannon McGavin is a twenty-year-old actress and poet. Her Condensed Shakespeare videos, impassioned poetry, and casual chats have caused over 37,000 people to subscribe to her YouTube channel. She currently lives in Los Angeles but has read her poetry in a variety of different locations inside and outside of the United States. “Between the bicycles and cheap wine, I’m satisfied anytime I can read in … Continue reading Interview with Rhiannon McGavin

Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands

“A classic band failure.” That’s how Karen Cowley of Irish trio Wyvern Lingo described the overly-long soundcheck that delayed our phoner. It’s the first glimpse of modesty and humor I’d encounter from the frontwoman of this exceedingly busy emerging act. This is just one instance of many in the band’s hectic schedule: after providing backing vocals for and touring with fellow Irish breakout star Hozier, … Continue reading Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands

Some of the Best Broadway Musicals of 2017

Each year there is a mad rush of shows opening and a myriad of old ones gaining momentum before the Tony Awards. As 2017 is coming to an end and we are about to swing into 2018, I have decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite shows: Waitress In Waitress, Tony winner Jesse Mueller plays a diner server stuck in an unhappy … Continue reading Some of the Best Broadway Musicals of 2017

Gary Oldman Shines In ‘The Darkest Hour’

“I smell an Oscar nomination,” Chicago-based film critic Dann Gire said as he settled into his seat before the screening of The Darkest Hour began. Gire’s estimation isn’t far off as Gary Oldman delivers his most riveting and notable performance in The Darkest Hour and flourishes as Winston Churchill. The film stands strong and tall as one of the most prominent biopic films that supplement Dunkirk as the … Continue reading Gary Oldman Shines In ‘The Darkest Hour’

OPTYCNERD:All Caps For a Reason

Because of a torrential rainfall from the heavens, my best friend and I took cover underneath a massive tree at a music festival over this past summer in August. Blink 182 was headlining that night, but there were many hours in the lead up and I, having been caught with my medicine at security, had taken far too large of a dose by accident and … Continue reading OPTYCNERD:All Caps For a Reason

‘Justice League’ Cast and Crew Are Far From Heroic

Justice League’s Cast is Another Example of Hollywood’s Corrupt Values With a reputation for underwhelming productions, DC Comics released their most recent project, Justice League, in theaters on November 17, 2017, shortly after Marvel Studios launched Thor: Ragnarok. Sure, this could count as a marketing strategy, but it isn’t the film we should be focusing on here: it’s the people in it that should raise … Continue reading ‘Justice League’ Cast and Crew Are Far From Heroic

Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood’s frontman Jesse Rutherford strays from the established band sound with November solo album “&.” We’re dealing with a mixed bag of an album. The record is drastically different from past Neighbourhood albums but is simultaneously eccentric and fresh. Rutherford is clearly attempting to develop a more individualistic body of work. Listeners will initially pick up on the less indie-alternative rock aspect so common of … Continue reading Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

Ja Rule & Ashanti Takes On Hawai’i

This past weekend, I’ve got to experience and listen to the classic rapper Ja Rule and R&B princess Ashanti. I couldn’t believe that I was given the chance to listen to such iconic songs that my 8-year-old self used to jam to. Till this day I love their songs such as Foolish, Always on Time, What’s Luv, Mesmerize, Put It On Me. No matter how many years … Continue reading Ja Rule & Ashanti Takes On Hawai’i

Moira’s Here, But Heroes Never Die: Here’s Who Overwatch Will Release

Recluse, otherwise known as Spider Tank, was included in concept art ever since the game was released in 2016, but never formally met. BlizzCon 2017 has shown more images of her as creator Jeff Kaplan had presented panels at the California convention. During the DICE talk, an image can be seen of the character here.     Junkertown has been seen in shorts associated with … Continue reading Moira’s Here, But Heroes Never Die: Here’s Who Overwatch Will Release

For The Love Of George Is A Cute-But-Cliche Romantic Comedy

Everyone has an interest in George Clooney, but no one can be more in love with him more than Poppy (Nadia Jordan.) Thus the title, our protagonist is madly in love with the Hollywood star as she comes to the understanding that her husband Stephen (Henry Hereford)  is cheating on her. Devastated, Poppy leaves her husband behind to reside with her openly gay friend Justin (Rex … Continue reading For The Love Of George Is A Cute-But-Cliche Romantic Comedy

Nadia Jordan Faces Hollywood Odds With Her Latest Film “For The Love Of George”

Inspired by George Clooney’s good looks, charm, charisma, and humanitarianism,  Nadia Jordan has had the opportunity to watch her film screen at festivals from Los Angeles to Chicago. “For The Love Of George” is the first film that Jordan has written and produced, as well as starred in. “I’m in every scene,” Jordan said as she attended the 2017 Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Jordan said … Continue reading Nadia Jordan Faces Hollywood Odds With Her Latest Film “For The Love Of George”

Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

There truly is no better way to get inspired, get angry, get educated, than by cracking open a book. Recently, I’ve started reading more and more books written by female authors about the ever-growing pains we must endure as teenagers, and these books have really helped me work on myself and expand my knowledge. So, if you’re on the path to self-love and are looking … Continue reading Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

Thor: Ragnarok Is The Thor We Deserve

Marvel has given its fanbase a real treat after the long-awaited installation thunders into theaters. Director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, We’re Wolves,) has brought the most cosmically stunning, humorously clever film to both the Thor franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Loki Laufeyson (Tom Hiddleston) continues his reign over Asgard while masking himself as Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins,) Ragnarok opens upon an intense battle scene … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Is The Thor We Deserve

Thor: Ragnarok Review

NO SPOILERS Five years. Five long years we have been waiting it out for the final film in Marvel’s Thor trilogy: but never fear, Marvel fans- it was worth it. Hilarious, on-the-nose and carried by a brilliant electro/Led Zeppelin score (composed by Mark Mothersbaugh), Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s visual representation of throwing the rulebook out of the window. It has stunning cinematography, keeping all the … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Review

Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

In October of 2016, Jahseh Onfroy, who goes by the stage name XXXTentacion was arrested for four felonies; aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.His then girlfriend has reported that she was physically abused by him. In her testimony she said that she, “tried to run away down the street. He tackled her, causing her head to hit … Continue reading Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

The Ultimate Fall Playlist

Fall is definitely my favorite season. From sweater weather to pumpkin flavored everything, there is not one thing I don’t enjoy about fall. With fall already commencing, I thought I would make a playlist encompassing all of my favorite fall-esque songs. Without further ado, here’s my ultimate fall playlist. Electric Love – BØRNS “Electric Love” is a fantastic feel-good song.  When I listen to it, it … Continue reading The Ultimate Fall Playlist

ABC’s “The Mayor” Is a Breath of Fresh Air in a Cynical World

As “Veep“ is quickly approaching its series finale, marking a great loss for television, a new sitcom on ABC called “The Mayor” emerges. So even though David Mendel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ satirical attacks on our corrupt leaders will be greatly missed, during these times, when the political climate can only be described as tumultuous, to say the least, and anger is running high, “The Mayor” … Continue reading ABC’s “The Mayor” Is a Breath of Fresh Air in a Cynical World

Marshall Is Empowering And Paramount For Biopic Cinema

Slow, lazy jazz crackles crispy through speakers as gazes cast screenward to watch the young attorney piece himself together. Background information floods the screen as the scene is set, and flickers to past trials that Thurgood Marshall had historically argued in. Director Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained, Serving Sara) captures the heat of segregation as his film brings to life the struggles of people of color, … Continue reading Marshall Is Empowering And Paramount For Biopic Cinema

How ‘Overwatch’ Remains Diverse

Familiar lines such as “you are human,” or “remember this moment” may be little rehearsed pieces that voice actors Gaku Space or Paul Nakauchi use to breathe life into Hanzo and Genji- the Shimada brothers-  but for Blizzard Entertainment, the voices that build each Overwatch “hero” is what keeps their game timely and attractive. Overwatch was first publicized in 2016, but continues to reign true … Continue reading How ‘Overwatch’ Remains Diverse

Wheelman Is Wheely Bad

It seems that Netflix will pick up any film that is pitched. That seems to be the case for actor Frank Grillo’s latest feature, Wheelman, as it will be released onto the streaming platform. Grillo and Jeremy Rush’s production studio, WARPARTY, has filmed it’s first project- and it’s not good. Open on a disgruntled and ill-tempered Grillo griping about the coloring of the getaway car before … Continue reading Wheelman Is Wheely Bad

Black Positivity: How Kehinde Wiley’s Artwork Combats Black Narratives Based on Pain

The majority of historical Western art can be essentialized in three words: European, aristocratic, and impactful. Art history is often painting of powerful white men (and women), dressed in lavish vestments, or anachronistic depictions of figures from a biblical context as white. But while the paintbrush of Caravaggio, the hands of Michelangelo, and the palette of Jan Vermeer remain in the plains of a paler past, … Continue reading Black Positivity: How Kehinde Wiley’s Artwork Combats Black Narratives Based on Pain

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

On Thursday night, the Tony-award winning creator of “Hamilton”, released the song called “Almost Like Praying”, featuring many Latin artists including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno, in order to raise awareness and funds to help the devastated island.“I was like every Puerto Rican with ties to the island, with family on the island. … Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

My First Comic-Con Experience!

My first thought upon entering the con: I have never seen so many Funko Pops condensed into one place. My second thought: THIS IS AWESOME! Up until last Saturday, I, the nerdiest, most movie-loving person you can imagine, had never attended a comic-con. Awful, right!? It sounded like my version of Heaven, so on Saturday 30th September I ventured out with some comic-con veteran friends … Continue reading My First Comic-Con Experience!

Chance The Rapper Introduces #FirstWorldProblems

Recently on September 25, 2017, Chance the Rapper made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert . This was an untitled song performed along with R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar. Chance beautifully performed this live and delivered his aspect of life, family, religion and current social issues. The opening lines “I get sad when I look at the stars/ They so pretty, you can’t tell’em apart/ … Continue reading Chance The Rapper Introduces #FirstWorldProblems

Time For Haim!

Encouraging the crowd to “let it out” while reassuring that every attendee knew that they were “fucking beautiful,” Haim delivered—and then some. The California-based trio showcased the duality of their sound at their sold-out show at Chicago’s Riviera theater, playing songs from both their debut and sophomore albums. Haim’s live sound differs greatly from their studio sound; the group deviated from their traditionally more pop-influenced … Continue reading Time For Haim!

Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’ Is Exciting And Loud

If Kingsman: The Secret Service wasn’t enough “what did I just watch”, director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Four,)  originates his sequel is just enough chaos and excitement that will engage audiences from opening to end credits. “The Golden Circle,” otherwise known as the isolated drug cartel headed by Poppy, a 50’s nostalgic that is brazenly unlikable. She’s ruthless, manipulative, and she’s poisoning her own supply. A … Continue reading Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’ Is Exciting And Loud

M A N I A Tour: Album Yet To Come

After a two-year production phase, Chicago native punk band Fall Out Boy had announced back in June that they would be preparing to release a new album in late 2017. Their tour for the album, “M A N I A,” would kick off in the middle of September at the House of Blues in their hometown. With a capacity of around 1,500 people, the concert … Continue reading M A N I A Tour: Album Yet To Come

Meet JASPERISDEAD

    I got in contact with, and interviewed JASPERISDEAD, an LA based musician and asked questions from his music, to what annoys him– and some of his replies are so blunt, it’s actually surprising. Q1: what made you pick-up drumming? “There was always music playing and instruments around my house growing up. my dad works in the music industry so he taught me a lot. … Continue reading Meet JASPERISDEAD

Saturation II Review

The boy band rap group BROCKHAMPTON has done it again. They’ve composed a sequel to Saturation called Saturation II and this one is even better than the first. The whole album shows each artist’s strong points and as a group. With songs like “GUMMY” and “TOKYO” on the album, it really highlights the group’s artistic dynamic. Would it be a BROCKHAMPTON album if Kevin Abstract … Continue reading Saturation II Review

PewDiePie’s Racist Remarks… Again.

Youtube sensation PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is involved in another racist scandal… again. A couple days ago, youtube star PewDiePie made grossly racist remarks on a livestream, where he said “What a fucking ni**er… sorry, asshole I mean” Here is a link to the video, but I must warn you, it’s very vulgar. First and foremost it’s completely not okay for him to use that word, … Continue reading PewDiePie’s Racist Remarks… Again.

Pretty Face, Poor Story: Rebel in the Rye

Though handsome, witty and sarcastic, J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) seems to share the same original pain and suffering that every great writer has to overcome before they can dip their parched tongues in the sweetness of success, yet soon to discover that it can become maddening. Director Danny Strong (Empire) brings to life the horrors, traumas, and struggles that Salinger must defeat as he learns to cope … Continue reading Pretty Face, Poor Story: Rebel in the Rye

AHS Cult, Premiere Review

Ryan Murphy dares go there in the latest season of American Horror Story, which takes place in a Michigan town reeling from the aftermath of the 2016 Election. There is no subtlety or nuance here. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton are characters in this TV horror series, with real-life news footage making a recurring appearance. Murphy fills the first episode with a nasty … Continue reading AHS Cult, Premiere Review

Kevin Conroy Talks Batman, Voice Acting

When a character is trademarked by their voice, it isn’t the voice that actor Kevin Conroy is focused on- it’s the character’s demons that he elicits Batman’s growling, rasped tone from. Luckily enough for Conroy, Bruce Wayne is definitely elite amongst the unfortunate. “Whenever I get into a character, I go back to what happened to them as a child. The root of [Bruce Wayne’s] … Continue reading Kevin Conroy Talks Batman, Voice Acting

Daniel Caesar “Freudian” Album Review

Daniel Caesar the Toronto based singer-songwriter released his debut album Freudian on August 25, 2017. He first came onto the scene by releasing his debut ep Praise Break in 2014 where Pilgrim’s Paradise followed right after in 2015. This time he’s back with pouring all of his soul and emotions into this album. The rhythm each song has is unique and irresistible which makes you anticipate for more. Freudian … Continue reading Daniel Caesar “Freudian” Album Review

Bringing His Spirituality To The Silver Screen

Scarlet slivers vein around the white of actor Kevin Sorbo’s eyes -who had flown into Chicago from Los Angeles at nearly 5:30 am- and he inclines himself against the autograph counter to greet anxiously awaiting fans. His children busily scramble to keep order as his oldest son, Braden, organizes the line and entertains guests before they meet his father. Before Sorbo was most recognized as Hercules … Continue reading Bringing His Spirituality To The Silver Screen

“Incredible” On And Off Screen

“Thor is going to be a big surprise,” actor Lou Ferrigno said at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago on Thursday evening. The Incredible Hulk and King of Queens star Ferrigno persists that the details of the new, third installment of Marvel’s Thor series, “Ragnarok,” tightly stay between him and the studio. Though Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton have been the face of gamma-radiated scientist and “science bro” Bruce … Continue reading “Incredible” On And Off Screen

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

Exactly a year ago today on August 20th, 2016, Frank Ocean dropped one of my all time favorite albums: Blonde. Very few albums hold the power to captivate me months later, let alone a full year, but Blonde has managed to do just that. I still listen to this album a ton, and it holds a special place in my heart. When Blonde was first … Continue reading Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

On Friday, August 11th I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite artist, Lady Gaga, live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. She embarked on her first world tour since 2014’s ArtRave called The Joanne World Tour, which started on August 1st in Vancouver, CA. Going into the concert, I didn’t really know what to expect considering the album she was … Continue reading A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Gore Meets Gorgeous

When Ryan Reynolds isn’t cast in a romantic comedy, he’s cast in a violent one in turn. Coping with the aftermath of a destroyed career when an unknown sniper executes his client from afar, Michael Bryce (Reynolds) had spent the following years protecting assassins from harm’s way and still struggling with the result of losing girlfriend Amelia Roussell, (Eldoie Yung,) and INTERPOL agent. Working with … Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Gore Meets Gorgeous

Dead On Set Of Deadpool 2

Although there is no name to release, on the set of Deadpool 2 shooting of specific scenes had taken place, one including a motorcycling sequence that required stunt doubles. Though the complication of the stunt is withheld, the stunt-woman is reportedly dead. The only information given by police after the investigation had gone underway was that the individual was female. The stunt-woman had gone airborne … Continue reading Dead On Set Of Deadpool 2

The Dark Tower – More Tower, Less Dark

The adoption of Stephen King’s novel, The Dark Tower, incorporates a number of cliches into the plot-line in this summer’s somewhat predictable science fiction gunslinger dystopian film. Only the mind of a child can bring down The Dark Tower- a looming guardian that protects worlds from mass destruction and hell-bent harm- and that’s exactly what Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has. Dealing with the psychological aftermath of losing his … Continue reading The Dark Tower – More Tower, Less Dark

Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

Breakout R&B sensation Khalid Robinson (better known as Khalid) has dropped a music video for his latest single “Young Dumb & Broke”, a carefree summer anthem about what it’s like to be a modern day high school student. The video sets place in a high school and features many, many cameos. Some notable ones being, Normani Kordei, Nathan Zed, MeechOnMars, Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell, … Continue reading Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

Thirteen Reasons Why: The Real Story

Thirteen Reasons Why, three words that took the nation for a wild ride. The Netflix original series aired in March of this year and as I’m sure the majority of you know, infuriated the vast population of adults and authoritative figures. Teenagers connected sincerely with the story of Hannah Baker, a 16 year old who commits suicide, leaving behind her only cassette tapes explaining why … Continue reading Thirteen Reasons Why: The Real Story