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Super Mario Odyssey (Jess Fleming)

mario’s new kingdom

nintendo’s odyssey into the unknown

Nintendo can’t help but switch things up. Look at its recent console history: The Wii, the first console to properly implement motion controls, was a commercial hit that bore no similarities in shape or design to its predecessor, Gamecube. The Wii U, a console that included a clunky, awkwardly sized gamepad necessary for playing, was…

Blade Runner (Lisa Fasol)

Don’t Call It a Comeback

At the movies: Battle of the Sexes and Blade Runner 2049

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s new film, Battle of the Sexes, is a fascinating anomaly. It’s a tennis movie not all that interested in sports, a feminist allegory not all that interested in society, and a historical drama about events it seems to argue could’ve happened last week. What it is, primarily, is easy to…

Shania Twain Erica Lewis 1

Shania Twain, Then and Now

A Country Music Icon Returns

2002 was a simpler time. George W. Bush was barely in his second year as president. The Iraq War was still in the distance. Taylor Swift was 13 years old, Beyoncé was part of Destiny’s Child, and Ashanti was being played on the radio. The majority of us were in elementary school. And 2002 was…

Stronger Seo Jung Shin

Boston Strong?

Hometown Hero Struggles in ‘Stronger

What makes a hero, and who decides who is one? Director David Gordon Green sets out to answer this question in Stronger, which follows Jeff Bauman, a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who lost his legs from the knees down in the terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Based on Bauman’s autobiography of the…

Summer of Realizing Stuff Doris Liou

The Summer of Realizing Stuff

Kylie is more intellectual than you think

Kylie Jenner kind of had a point when, in an interview on her YouTube channel, she said that 2016 was a year of “realizing stuff.” Sure, her statement is vague and cryptic, but on a deeper level, the word “realizing” and the word “stuff” encompass a whole host of meanings that, when looked at closely,…