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‘The Post’ Reinvigorates Political Themes

‘The Post’ Reinvigorates Political Themes

Becca Halaney, Reporter

January 18, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

                Steven Spielberg’s take on the publication of the Pentagon Papers in his most recent film, The Post, is inspiring in its subtlety and breathtakingly delivered by its stellar cast of actors, including Meryl Stre...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Misses Mark for Star-Studded Film

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Misses Mark for Star-Studded Film

Lizzie Deal and Mae Bruce

December 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans of the franchise have been speculating about what the newest trilogy in the classic series will bring. After buying Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney rebooted the late ‘70s hit by announcing a new trilogy (Episodes VII through IX), the first movie of ...

Grace VanderWaal Impresses, Inspires with ‘Just the Beginning’

Grace VanderWaal Impresses, Inspires with ‘Just the Beginning’

Becca Halaney, Reporter

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The words that popped immediately into my mind when I hit the play button on the first track of Grace VanderWaal’s most recent album, Just the Beginning, were nostalgia, noncommittal, and whimsy. Although folk-inspired pop music tends to not be a part my listening repertoire, I found myself pleasant...

Students Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Inspired Play

Students Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Inspired Play

Nicole Souydalay, Heritage Events Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Theater students Molly Stansbury ‘18 and Zoe Rowe ‘18 directed a play that took place on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 based on an episode of the Twilight Zone titled Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?. The performance followed police officers at a diner investigating which of the occupants cou...

Things get Stranger in ‘Stranger Things’ Season Two

Things get Stranger in ‘Stranger Things’ Season Two

Becca Halaney, Reporter

November 6, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The Duffer Brothers upped the hype for Halloween by dropping the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things on Oct. 27. The first season of the science-fiction horror show taking place in the mid-1980s hit the web like fire, carrying a nuanced sense of mystery and nostalgia for a simpler time. ...

Fall Show ‘Dearly Beloved’ Takes Texas Twist

Fall Show ‘Dearly Beloved’ Takes Texas Twist

Becca Halaney, Reporter

October 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The Westwood theater department presented 2017’s fall show, Dearly Beloved, performed Oct. 26-28, and it was a roaring success. Dearly Beloved is a comedy set in rural Texas centering around a trainwreck of a Gone with the Wind-themed wedding. The zany cast of characters (including but not limited to a stresse...

Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans with Performance at Local Neighborhood

Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans with Performance at Local Neighborhood

Donatella Voss, Photo Editor

October 21, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Country singer Dierks Bentley surprised a local neighborhood on the morning of Oct. 17 with a live performance. Riverside Drive residents woke up to a block party which began at 5 a.m. and was featured on Good Morning America. “It was cool that we were aired on national television and that such...

‘Happy Death Day’ Proves to be Killer

‘Happy Death Day’ Proves to be Killer

Becca Halaney, Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Does anything come close to the teenage nostalgia that comes with October than slasher-comedy films? Rather, can fresh takes on this genre compete with the legacy of the originals that dominated the ‘80s and ‘90s? The movie Happy Death Day, directed by Christopher B. Landon, answers that question with ...

ACL Showcases Both New and Popular Artists

ACL Showcases Both New and Popular Artists

Sarah Wang, Reporter

October 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Events

On Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8, the first weekend of the annual Austin City Limits (ACL) occurred, featuring famous artists and bands at Zilker park. The second weekend will be happening from Friday, Oct.13 to Sunday, Oct. 15. The ACL line-up featured artists and bands with a variety o...

Recording Artist Wrabel Promotes Inclusive Themes through Music

Recording Artist Wrabel Promotes Inclusive Themes through Music

Jenny Xu, Executive Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Video

Students were offered the rare opportunity to watch recording artist Stephen Wrabel, more commonly known as Wrabel, perform in the Great Room on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m.. The music video for Wrabel’s newest single, The Village, was shown at the beginning of the event as an introduction to hi...

Original ‘Blade Runner’ Overshadows Sequel

Original ‘Blade Runner’ Overshadows Sequel

Becca Halaney, Reporter

October 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Few films have managed to come close to the legacy that the neo-noir sci-fi classic Blade Runner left upon cinema history when it was released in 1982. Its stunning, hazy visuals tell a story too nuanced and personal to be shared through dialogue, and though the stream-of-consciousness narrative and...