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Death in the family a humbling experience

February 11, 2016

There were three major things that stood out to me during the final hours of my grandfather’s life and after some reflection; I wish that I had realized them sooner.

“Hail, Caesar!” evokes nostalgia for old Hollywood

February 10, 2016

The Coen brothers take us to a far off place that was as chaotic as it was beautiful in the Golden Age of Hollywood with Hail, Caesar!, a film that is filled with as good callbacks as it does actors.

The feasibility of spontaneously morphing into an octopus

February 5, 2016

This argument has been deemed quite controversial: is it possible for one to simply become an octopus without outside forces acting upon them?

Loss of a friend can be a life changing experience

February 4, 2016

She was funny in the most outrageous way, more deeply empathetic than I’ve thought possible, tasteful always in her music choices, curious in ways I’ve never imagined, and ever-whimsical in the way she saw the world.

Kung Fu Panda 3 impresses with wit, animation, and plot

February 4, 2016

Having now found kung fu and discovered inner peace, Kung Fu Panda 3 searches for unity with the universe through its engaging plot, funny gags, and gorgeous animation.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ charms with stunning visuals

December 9, 2015

After the stellar reviews Pixar received from the release of Inside Out, their next major release The Good Dinosaur has arrived, a work that has taken a long time to come here, and still feels like it could be better.

A student’s guide to pencils

December 2, 2015

Pencils are pencils, but to say all pencils were created equal is a stretch of the imagination that one should not be so willing to make. What exactly is a pencil? Here we shall assume that a pencil is a utensil that utilizes graphite to write, so as to be able to easily erase any erroneous marks. Such a definition creates a massive pool of possible tools that may be dubbed “pencil.” What could possibly mark some pencils greater than other pencils?

The start of winter brings back warm summer memories

December 2, 2015

This past June I went on a trip that was the highlight of my first summer after starting college, in fact it was one of the best trips of my life. On June 04, 2015 my dad and I loaded up the green truck with a sturdy, albeit quite dented Grumman canoe and left for the Boundary Waters.

New Peanuts movie holds onto traditional story line with new animation

November 18, 2015

The child characters from the comic strips of Charles M. Schulz have returned to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie, which brings the old characters back but changes nothing about them; and that’s good.

Wisconsin band Porcupine impresses with fourth release

November 13, 2015

As the year winds down, so does the amount and quality of musical releases. Music promoters start to slowly shift their focus on giant box sets with the hope of attracting Christmas shoppers while many musicians shift their musical direction to subpar holiday records. Every once in a while, a record comes out during this time that provides just enough hope to get through the temporary musical darkness. On their fourth release, Carrier Wave, La Crosse, Wisconsin rockers, Porcupine, create an EP of fuzzy bass lines, angsty guitars, and punchy drums.

Reveling in silence can be refreshing after midterms

November 12, 2015

Agitated, I pressed the gas pedal of my borrowed car closer to the floor, my bright headlights illuminating shadowy trees as I sped past them. My shiny black car disappeared in the darkness as it wound up the road that signified I was almost home. The unpainted and graying blacktopped roads near my house were totally deserted, as per the usual, as I drove right down the middle. I had two hands wrapped around the slick, leather steering wheel and two watchful eyes, itchy from dry contacts, scouting for deer as I silently urged the car to move faster.

‘Last Days of Coney Island’ short film a great success

November 5, 2015

A film that you may not hear much of, though you should definitely hear a lot of its creator, Last Days of Coney Island is a return to form for director Ralph Bakshi, a once large animator of adult subjects who reflects in this new work on the world he lost when he was growing up.

Office chair provides fun, convenience, comfort

October 29, 2015

The UW-River Falls campus classrooms are sprinkled with a wide assortment of differing sorts of chairs.

Craig Finn puts on incredible show in Minneapolis

October 29, 2015

On Saturday night, I had the pleasure to attend one of the two homecoming shows for Craig Finn, the front man for the famed rock band The Hold Steady. Finn is on a solo tour supporting his second solo album, Faith In The Future. The first stop of his weekend stay was at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, located in the Loring Park neighborhood, which is known for its upscale living and devotion to the arts.

‘Fargo’ TV series storyline makes spinoff worth the watch

October 23, 2015

As the winter season rolls in, so rolls in a new season of the critically acclaimed TV series “Fargo,” which enters a different era of crime in the Midwest but still retains the look and feel of the season and film before it.