Thursday, June 8, 2023

Pop Culture and Entertainment

Inside night two of Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” weekend in Philadelphia

“It’s been a long time coming, but…” in a follow-up to her article “The road to Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ in Philadelphia,” Co-Managing Mosaic Editor Gaby Nieves gives her account of the Lincoln Financial Field concert — from making the most of her nosebleed seat to tears welling up in her eyes, to accidentally catching the singer’s now-viral altercation with a security guard on video.

Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

Ooga-chaka ooga-ooga, I’m hooked on this movie! Staff writer Danny Tull went to see the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” movie last weekend and is willing to share some thoughts. Read and find out if it holds up to the first two volumes.

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.

Movie review: It’s a me, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

What constitutes a good video game adaptation? Or, is there no such thing as a good adaptation? Should we just leave the source material alone? Staff Writer Danny Tull answers these questions and more in his review of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”

“Succession” and its purposeful choice to end after four seasons

HBO’s hit series “Succession” will be ending after its fourth season finishes airing this spring. Creator and writer Jesse Armstong’s decision to wrap the Roy family’s story in a neat bow is a sentiment that is few and far between in the television industry yet is undoubtedly the best move.

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?

Things Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII halftime show reminded me of

Immediately after the curtains closed on Rihanna’s halftime show, viewers fled to social media to share their opinions. Some users’ reactions have gone viral for being particularly funny and making others go, “OMG, I can totally see that!” Here’s what Co-Managing Mosaic Editor Gaby Nieves saw during Rihanna’s performance.

Movie Review: The darkness of “Broker” is expertly punctuated with light

Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Broker” isn’t your everyday road trip movie. Staff Writer Nadya Ellerhorst reviews the genre-defying, thought-provoking film that recently got its American release.

Movie Review: Peeling back the layers of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Staff Writer Daniel Tull reviews “Glass Onion: A Knives out Mystery” and whether or not it's worth watching. “Glass Onion” is a 2022 murder mystery film that focuses on a murder during a reunion vacation with some old friends. Tull compares the film to the original "Knives Out" and comments on stars Daniel Craig's and Janelle Monae's performances.

Too little, too late: The 2023 Oscar nominees

This year, the Oscars received online praise over the multiple nominations for “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once,” a movie with actors predominantly of Asian descent. However, the longstanding history of inequity pertaining to diversity and inclusion showcases that this problem is systemic within the Academy, and it will take much more work to rectify it. Staff Reporter Julia Manson discusses the recurrent controversy surrounding Oscar nominations, and how that spills over to this year’s list of nominees.

Movie Review: Puss in Boots would beat up Jake Sully

To everyone’s surprise, the recent release of two very different movie sequels — “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” — has created a flood of memes across various social media platforms, created by users comparing the two films. However, despite the fact that one of the sequels was much more highly anticipated than the other, movie fans have been walking out of theaters raving about the underdog (or should we say, undercat?).

Movie Review: “M3GAN” is a clever synthesis of our worst fears

With 2023 has come the release of “M3GAN,” a film centering on the namesake robotic toy, her inventor and the girl she’ll do anything to safeguard. Staff Writer Nadya Ellerhorst shares her thoughts on the latest, modern take on the killer doll genre.

Watch what you say: The potential implications of celebrity actions on impressionable age groups

Antisemitism is rising online and was exacerbated by Kanye West’s recent derogatory posts and statements. How have these actions affected society thus far, and what are the consequences of influential celebrities regurgitating this highly damaging rhetoric?

“What is worth more, art or life?”: My thoughts on protest methodology in the era of climate change

Amid climate change’s worsening effects and the nihilism that accompanies it, climate protestors are using contentious methods to combat environmental injustice. After Just Stop Oil protestors threw tomato soup at Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” many criticized the channel for the protestors’ message as it involved the defacement of art. Did the protestors’ methodology cross the line?
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