Thursday, November 30, 2023

Arts and Entertainment

Main Street record shopping

There are three record stores on Main Street: Rainbow Records, Wonderland and International Groove Records. Staff Writer Alex Lavinson, an avid record collector, shares his experiences with these stores and their wide selections of hypnotizing sounds.

Christopher Nolan’s movies ranked

After watching “Oppenheimer” this summer, Staff Writer Alex Lavinson has since seen every Christopher Nolan-directed movie. Read and find out his favorites, least favorites and all that lies between.

Book review: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods”

Since the original five-book run of his “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, Rick Riordan has spent the past few years expanding his fictional world of teenage demigod dilemmas through multiple well-received spinoff series. The titular Percy Jackson returns to the spotlight with Riordan’s latest release, and as a huge “Olympians” fan, Co-Managing Mosaic Editor Gaby Nieves has some thoughts to share.

Movie Review: “Dumb Money” (2023)

“Dumb Money” is the comedic, yet historical account of how a group of Reddit stock investors blindsided billionaire hedge fund managers by boosting GameStop (GME) stock “to the moon.” See what Staff Writer Alex Lavinson has to say about the new movie starring Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, America Ferrera and many more.

My experience at the Jonas Brothers concert

Staff Writer Jennifer Nance shares her experience attending the Jonas Brothers’ concert at the Capital One Stadium on Sept. 23.

Playlist: Mosaic week six mix

Week six is all about getting your bearings together. This playlist by the Mosaic Staff illustrates the angsty highs and lows that compliment this journey.

Summer 2023 in literature

Staff Writer Caroline Powell discusses a pick of her favorite books she read throughout summer break for those looking to find a new read or even get into reading as a hobby. Powell gives a brief synopsis of each book without spoiling the endings of the novels. Polarizing opposites, each book will fit whatever readers might be looking for, whether it's something dark and humorous or light-hearted and inspiring.

Lens, lines and lunacy: My whirlwind day at Beaver Stadium

Amid the charged atmosphere of Penn State University's football coliseum, Managing Visuals and Layout Editor, Larissa Veronica Heather and her colleague Audrey Tong navigate unexpected challenges, from elusive access points to unspoken rivalries among fellow photographers.

Movie Review: “Barbie” (I chose Bangs over Bombs)

As the title suggests, Danny Tull did not indulge in watching the new film about one of the United States’ controversial uses of human innovation and the physicist who brought it to fruition, “Oppenheimer.” Instead, he decided to watch the human depiction of a blonde plastic doll dancing and experiencing an existential crisis. Staff Writer Danny Tull reflects upon the irreverent comedy about the plastic and fantastic, “Barbie.”

Movie Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”

This summer has been jam packed with nostalgic and historical phenomena being adapted into movies. The most recent of these films is Seth Rogen’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Staff Writers Shayna Demick and Danny Tull present a slightly helpful, somewhat satirical reflection on the film.

The road to Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” in Philadelphia

With the date printed on her ticket to Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” quickly approaching, Co-Managing Mosaic Editor Gaby Nieves details the circumstances that led to her and the famous singer-songwriter being in the same Philadelphia stadium. Keep an eye out for a follow-up article from Nieves, where she’ll share her post-concert recap and thoughts.

Quiz: Which university mascot are you?

Think you have what it takes to become a university mascot? Staff Writer Danny Tull has created the ultimate evaluation to perfectly match each student to a university mascot.

Movie Review: “Renfield” is all bark and no bite

After a course on vampires, one could say that Staff Writer Nadya Ellerhorst has a stake in vampire films. After viewing “Renfield,” one of the latest newcomers to this distinct cinematic sphere, Ellerhorst has thoughts on the bloody, genre-defying film whose attempts at horror and humor may just be in vein.

Can we still watch and enjoy “Glee?”

While the TV show “Glee” is almost a right-of-passage when it comes to teen show binge-watching, in recent years, the show has become more and more difficult to watch. Why is that? And more importantly, can we still enjoy the show?
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