If Jussie Smollett lied, the damage could be immeasurable

Devin Carter, A&E Writer I, like many others, was shocked when I heard of the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, and very saddened to hear his account of the incident. A gay black man, Smollett claimed that two men jumped him in the night, called him homophobic and racial slurs, and fled after dousing him with bleach and tying a noose around his neck. … Continue reading If Jussie Smollett lied, the damage could be immeasurable

Why are superhero movies so popular?

James King , A&E Writer A question that I often hear is why are there so many superhero movies? The obvious answer is that they make money and there is some truth to that. Of the top 10 highest grossing films of all time in the world, 4 of them are Marvel superhero movies. All of them making around the billion dollar mark in the worldwide … Continue reading Why are superhero movies so popular?

Should anyone even care about the oscars anymore?

Devin Carter, A&E Writer The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, February 24. For nearly a century, the Oscars have been seen as the most prestigious awards in the film industry, and recipients have the honor of being referred to as Academy Award winners. It is, to many who work in film, the crowning achievement of a person’s career, and to win one … Continue reading Should anyone even care about the oscars anymore?

Manchester is a sad masterpiece

Devin Carter, A&E Writer Movies can do a lot of things. They can inspire, depress, elate. They can also give somebody a new perspective on life, or challenge them in numerous new ways. And then there are films, such as Manchester by the Sea, that remind us of the sorts of things life is all about, showing both the good and the bad. With this film, … Continue reading Manchester is a sad masterpiece

Suspiria is a remake that forgets the original

Breihan Dryden, A&E Writer Wayyyyy back in the yesteryear of 2008, director Luca Guadagnino somehow convinced Italian horror master Dario Argento (probably via a dump truck of money) to let him option off the rights to his magnum opus Suspiria. The original Suspiria was released in 1977 and became a grindhouse hit, what with its quick pace, gorgeous lighting/sound, dubbing, and mysterious story about a coven … Continue reading Suspiria is a remake that forgets the original

Alabama Clay Conference opens annual exhibition

Sydney Sorrells, A&E Reporter The 34th Annual Alabama Clay Conference Presenters’ Exhibition and National Invitational had its opening reception Thursday, February 7, 2018 in the Hammond Art Gallery. At this reception, the public was allowed to view work from the main conference presenters which include artists: Richard Burkett, Julia Galloway, Liz Ziot-Summerfield and Lisa Clague. The show is titled “Atmospheric”. It features soda-fired work from presenters … Continue reading Alabama Clay Conference opens annual exhibition

Kingdom Hearts 3: its heart is its power

Taylor Mitchell, A&E Editor Connections are important. The bonds we develop with people define us and help us grow. In a way our friends and family are what gives us strength. This is the message of Kingdom Hearts, and it’s a message a lot of people hold dear. For me, it told me that maybe being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. That is … Continue reading Kingdom Hearts 3: its heart is its power

“Empire” is what sequels should be

James King , A&E Writer Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is what sequels should be. In my opinion, what makes a good sequel is that it throws away what didn’t work in the previous movie, it builds on the characters without regressing them, and finally, it feels like a step up from the last movie in terms of action and plot. That is delivered in … Continue reading “Empire” is what sequels should be

Apostle is a scary good period piece

Breihan Dryden, A&E Writer Most people will look at the films that I watch/review and automatically assume that I only enjoy trash cinema and exploitation horror. Well, those people are wrong. Ehh, ok, maybe they’re a little right. While, yes, I do have an undying love for those types of films, I also have a strong love and appreciation for a good period piece. Specifically, period … Continue reading Apostle is a scary good period piece