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Rant & Rave: Hamilton

Not everyone can be “in the room where it happens”, but now it’s a possibility. Sort of. Hamilton hardly needs any introduction. The cultural and internet phenomenon based on United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s biography was unavoidable in 2016. Articles praising the show’s music—an inspired blend of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and show tunes—and diverse…

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Rant and Rave: The Midnight Gospel

Having arrived on Netflix on the unofficial “stoner” holiday, April 20 (4/20), The Midnight Gospel is an experimental adult cartoon crafted by Adventure Time’s creator Pendleton Ward, along with podcast host and psychonaut Duncan Trussell. With its bold format and transcendent content, The Midnight Gospel is a feast for the senses, offering a new creative…

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Rant and Rave: Fire Emblem—Three Houses

With the final wave of the Fire Emblem (FE): Three Houses Expansion Pass having been released last February 20, it feels fitting to revisit the 2019 base game and examine whether this Nintendo Switch-exclusive title still holds up months after its initial release.  In Three Houses, the latest and fully voice-acted title in the FE…

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Rant and Rave—The Kingmaker

Filipinos are no strangers to Martial Law documentaries, with the visual medium often showcasing the realities of Martial Law laid bare years after these atrocities transpired. But in this familiar landscape, The Kingmaker, a new international documentary looks into the mind of one of the leading figures of Martial Law as it uncovers the grandiose…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part Two

With nine films vying for Best Picture, a second article was warranted to give ample space to discuss the highs and lows of each work. Without further ado, The LaSallian presents part two of its reviews of Oscar-nominated films. Parasite, Joaquin With an ensemble of veteran and novice actors, director Bong Joon-ho—having helmed classics like…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part One

2019 has been a good year for cinema. When movies like The Lighthouse, Uncut Gems, and The Farewell are left out of the nominees for Best Picture, the competition among the high quality films in the running to snag an Oscar is definitely tough. That said, with the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner,…

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Rant & Rave—Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars has never been as divisive as it is today. Disney’s sequel trilogy has, at best, been a mixed bag, and it was always going to be difficult to bring a close to such a turbulent story. Stepping up to the plate in an attempt to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the galaxy-spanning saga…

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Rant and Rave—Joker

The past two decades have populated the modern cinematic landscape with superhero origin stories. The rise of comic book adaptations have made this a necessity as they make an effective way of introducing the heroes whose journeys audiences will be following. While these narratives could have easily gone stale, storytellers are keeping the genre fresh…

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Rant and Rave—It: Chapter Two

Two years since the first half of the It duology hit theaters, It: Chapter Two comes to the silver screen to complete the adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel. This final chapter carries weight behind each story beat, making every step taken toward its end feel terrifying and daunting as it is approached by the…

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Game of Thrones: A game of subverted expectations

It was easy to fall in love with Game of Thrones. Before, if you asked any fan why they enjoyed it, you would be met with a variety of answers. Some enjoyed how the show continuously subverted tropes in the fantasy genre, how it explored morally complex themes, and even the meticulous way the vast…