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Ryan Funes

Ryan Funes is a lover of all things movie, TV, video games and stories and wants to become a television writer someday. In his spare time he enjoys hanging with friends, tapping into his imagination, and watching cartoons of all kinds.

February 4, 2016

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

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.

December 9, 2015

A twist on the Peanuts story proves challenging for UW-River Falls actors

The University Theatre at UW-River Falls presents its latest production, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” from Dec. 8-12 in the Sanford Syse Theatre, and for the cast and director it has been a demanding two-month journey to this week.

December 9, 2015

‘The Good Dinosaur’ charms with stunning visuals

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.

December 2, 2015

College debt affects more than just students, can put off important life decisions

College students across the U.S are taking on debt from the institutions they attend. But for some, it’s not just themselves they carry into debt but also their loved ones, as the parents of students are also feeling the burden.

November 18, 2015

New Peanuts movie holds onto traditional story line with new animation

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.

November 18, 2015

Ending sexual assault is in everyone’s power, speaker tells UWRF audience

Everyone on a college campus has the power to fight sexual assault, an educator and scholar told an audience Nov. 11 at UW-River Falls. Keith Edwards, a Minneapolis-based speaker and educator on sexual assault prevention, spoke on the topic of “Ending Rape.” Edwards has made presentations about sexual assault at more than 90 colleges and universities during the past 15 years.

November 5, 2015

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

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.

October 29, 2015

KFA gallery lets students display talents

Paintings, book covers and pottery are adorning the gallery in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, all neatly arranged for anyone to walk by and observe in an effective way. All of this is the result of the hard work of seniors in the Art Department at UW-River Falls.

October 23, 2015

Local vape shops doing well despite on-campus ban

Two new stores have opened on Main Street that cater to the e-cigarette crowd, and both seem to have found their niche, although health officials at UW-River Falls are not so delighted about their appearance.

October 23, 2015

‘Fargo’ TV series storyline makes spinoff worth the watch

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.

October 8, 2015

‘The Iron Giant’ signature edition reminds us why we loved the original

It’s back again, once in theaters and now forever remastered and out to buy, and it still has that massive heart in a big iron guy that people have remembered and loved. “The Iron Giant” is back again in a signature edition and all its animated storytelling genius is still retained.

October 1, 2015

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ disappoints, maintains strong animation

Dracula and his buds are back again in “Hotel Transylvania 2” to help Drac’s grandson realize the monster that he is, and with that comes another mixed bag of an animated film that has everything but the bite.