Category: Entertainment

Bringing it back: Local band releases vinyl record

Like many yesteryear items, vinyl records are gradually making their comeback and gaining popularity with millennials. In many local record stores, such as 2nd & Charles, shoppers can find contemporary music in vinyl record form.

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Politically Incorrect: Marvel’s Iron Fist is Fine

By Eddwin Cantu

With the recent rise of progressive decisions in visual media, many film or televised companies are taking more cautious approaches towards their intellectual properties.

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Making Laredo Laugh Again

If laughter is the best medicine, then there is plenty of it to go around here in the Gateway City. Thanks to Laredo Funny, an up-and-coming comedy group, those seeking solace in the form of laughs are in luck, as this group has an endless supply to give.



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Coppola Woes

By Kassandra de Hoyos        

For the most part, writers write what they know.  The world of celebrity is all Sofia Coppola has ever known – thanks to her father being film legend Francis Ford Coppola.  So, it’s not a surprise this transfers onto her films.

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Rated P for Parenting

The debate between violent and adult video games and their effects on children is ridiculous. It really is. The fact that parents blame video games for their children’s behavior is another example of the poor and lazy parenting presented around the United States. Are certain video games violent? Of course, but are all video games for children? Absolutely not!


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Battlefield 1 Brings History Back to Video Games

Battlefield 1, developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts (EA), released on October 21.  The first-person shooter game is the first in the Battlefield franchise and one of the very few video games to be set during the First World War.  Its historical setting is very important in a time when video games, particularly first-person shooters, are often presented in futuristic and science fiction settings.

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2016: A Year in Music

By Andre Hernandez

Music has been a very simple way of attracting an audience. Develop a track with a catchy hook and a very popular song will arise. However, to fully express an idea or a message on a touchy subject, that’s a bit more challenging. It has been a roller coaster of a year in 2016, with many lives lost and voices heard in an effort to heal a wounded country.

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The Polarized Generation

By Catherine Geissler

SNL star Leslie Jones awoke the morning of August 23rd unaware of the targeted media attention making waves across the internet that had many people wondering, how far is too far for an internet troll?
Hackers replaced the content of her website with sexually explicit photos of Jones and videos comparing her looks to a gorilla. However, this isn’t Jones’ first time having to defend herself from online harassment.

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When The Dark Knight Returned

Last month, we looked back at Alan Moore’s Watchmen and began to explore the literary and visual art of graphic novels.  However, around the same time of Watchmen’s release, DC Comics published another graphic novel that is as influential and critically adored as Alan Moore’s classic.  This story is Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  Like Watchmen, this story helped pioneer the mature age of comic books, but unlike Watchmen, which had original characters, The Dark Knight Returns brings the mature cynicism and dark realism to DC’s mainstream characters.

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Whitewashing in American Cinema

Earlier this summer, controversy arose after the announcement that Matt Damon was cast as the lead in the upcoming epic, The Great Wall.  The current dilemma with whitewashing is on both sides concerning studio marketing and film authenticity. The casting of a well-known American actor over an unknown international actor  to secure funding is a common tactic; however, this marketing tool often undermines the film’s authenticity and historical accuracy.
Accusations of whitewashing were almost immediate; Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu took to social media to vent her frustration with the casting choice. Wu stated that the film perpetuates the “white savior” narrative, all too common in the film industry.

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