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What I Learned about Friendship from Stranger Things

[Spoiler Alert: This article includes plot spoilers for season one of Stranger Things] After a young boy vanishes mysteriously, his three best friends (along with an embittered sheriff, a potentially deranged mother, and two troubled teenagers) embark on an adventure to get him back, enlisting the help of a strange girl named Eleven (11), whose talents are a bit beyond the ordinary. So begins one of the best original series on Netflix—Stranger Things. Recent studies… Read More →What I Learned about Friendship from Stranger Things

Time and Eternity

[Warning: this article contains spoilers for the film Doctor Strange] “Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet.” This Arthur C. Clarke quote, uttered by Jane Foster in Thor, was the prevailing view of magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for years. That all ended with Doctor Strange, which introduced the Astral Dimension and “real” magic. The movie centers around Dr. Stephen Strange, a world-renowned—and extremely arrogant and self-centered—neurosurgeon. After a terrible car crash ends… Read More →Time and Eternity

The Importance of Dude Perfect

Whether they’re launching a basketball off the top of a building into the net with perfect accuracy, poking fun at the many stereotypical characters we encounter on the soccer field, blowing up a watermelon with a shotgun, or throwing toilet plungers at moving targets, the guys at Dude Perfect never fail to entertain. Here’s one of their best: With over 43 million subscribers, Dude Perfect is one of the top ten most-viewed YouTube channels. The… Read More →The Importance of Dude Perfect

Looking for Meaning in “Shallow”

“Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born, was a hit song from the moment it debuted last year. So much so, that it’s still getting attention in 2019. This song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,1 and on March 4th, it took the number-one spot for Billboard’s Hot 100.2 Why does our culture love this song? Maybe it’s the stunning vocals that give chills. Or… Read More →Looking for Meaning in “Shallow”

Hell in Hell’s Kitchen

For the past fourteen years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has been berating chefs and contestants on his show, Hell’s Kitchen. Ramsay is well known for his savage insults and brutal language which he uses regularly on underperforming chefs. In the kitchen, Ramsay doesn’t hold back when he doesn’t like something, dropping the most vulgar adjectives he can think of. But Ramsay’s insults go far beyond criticizing a chef’s food creation. Ramsay rips on his chefs’ performance… Read More →Hell in Hell’s Kitchen

We’re All Infected

[Spoiler Alert: This article includes major plot points from The Walking Dead] The Walking Dead (TWD) is the most highly-viewed cable television series in history,¹ having won numerous awards and receiving great critical acclaim.² It is set after a zombie apocalypse, featuring various groups of humans who are brought into conflict while attempting to ward off a never-ending supply of zombies, known as “walkers.” In standard zombie lore, anyone who is bitten by a zombie… Read More →We’re All Infected

Some Thoughts on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is over. Eight seasons of incredible production quality, excellent acting, and depth of story have finally come to an end. According to sources, an incredible 19.3 million viewers tuned in for the last episode of the final season.¹ Game of Thrones holds its own as one of the most-watched TV shows alongside sitcoms like Big Bang Theory and Roseanne or dramas like Manifest, The Good Doctor, and NCIS.² What makes Game of Thrones’… Read More →Some Thoughts on Game of Thrones

Worth More Than a Zero

Imagine Dragons has been dropping hit songs for a while now, and “Zero” is no exception. Released in September 2018, “Zero” was written and recorded for the end credits of the Disney movie Ralph Breaks the Internet. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re likely familiar with the song. Though not the Imagine Dragons’ all-time top hit, it has garnered a lot of attention in its short life span to date. In “Zero,” Imagine… Read More →Worth More Than a Zero

Rooting For the Bad Guys

Bonnie and Clyde are back on screen in the Netflix original, The Highwaymen. After the now-famous pictures of the duo were found at an abandoned hideout and subsequently published, Bonnie and Clyde quickly fired the imaginations of a worn down public during the Great Depression. Many saw the pair as striking back against an unjust system. They became folk heroes and some compared them to Robin Hood. John Lee Hancock, director of The Highwaymen, thinks… Read More →Rooting For the Bad Guys

Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family

[Spoiler Alert: This article contains major plot points for the film Avengers: Endgame] Avengers: Endgame is an amazing success, making 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend,¹ concluding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten-year, twenty-two-movie long “Infinity Saga.” And while all of its characters and stories are extraordinary, the main themes of each movie are perfectly ordinary, such as love, loss, and family. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers are more than just superhero teams,… Read More →Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family

I Guess I Just Feel Like . . .

John Mayer is a popular voice on the modern music scene. The mellow tone of his music perhaps reflects a mellow view of life. But there is light shining through as well, and his music often expresses deep longing that goes beyond despair, with songs like “In the Blood,” and more recently “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” Who can I trust? Who cares enough about me to tell me the truth? Who loves me… Read More →I Guess I Just Feel Like . . .

A Modern Epidemic

There’s a growing epidemic in America. It affects nearly half of Americans, both young and old alike. It is more dangerous than obesity and has the same mortality rate as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.1 What is this epidemic? It may surprise you: Loneliness. People are now lonelier than ever, and it is taking its toll on society, both emotionally and physically. But how is this possible? We should be more connected than ever, thanks… Read More →A Modern Epidemic