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Review: “Isle of Dogs” is Beautiful but Disappointing

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

May 3, 2018


Filed under A&E

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is a visual spectacle that never quite escapes the stereotypes of a large-budget Hollywood release. Set in a near-future Japan, an authoritarian leader banishes all canines from Megasaki City to Trash Island after a vicious virus spreads through the population. ...

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2018


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

In an industry that has been flooded with remakes, sequels, prequels and franchises, the place for creative film directors and screenwriters has diminished into obscurity, with the few films that are genuinely new or groundbreaking either slumping in the box office or being relegated to art house cinemas....

New “Beauty and the Beast” enchants audiences

Afton Weaver, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 musical “Beauty and the Beast” has captured the hearts and minds of viewers since opening on March 17, recounting with a modern twist the beloved tale of a confident yet gentle girl who is able to find love and compassion in an angry beast. With...

Whitman Administration’s Email Peer Review Process

Megumi Rierson, Humor Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Humor

Much has been said regarding the chain of emails from Juli Dunn and Chuck Cleveland about the recent druggings on Whitman campus, and although disagreements exist on the nature of the administration’s involvement in the investigation, students have unanimously agreed that the emails sent out to ke...

The Second City: Famed Troupe Performs at Power House Theatre

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2016


Filed under A&E, Reviews

What do Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert all have in common? Each of them at one time or another, were a part of the Chicago-based improv and comedy group, The Second City. This year, The Second City came to Walla Walla’s Gesa Power House Theatre for one night, bringing their show, “The Sec...

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” follows transformative systems of oppresion

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2016


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” As the amendment that ended sl...

The Best Tracks on “Lemonade”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

April 28, 2016


Filed under A&E, Reviews

Last weekend, Beyoncé released her sixth album “Lemonade” on HBO. Here are some of the tracks that stuck out.

Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under A&E, Reviews

In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

Holiday Movie Catchup: A Look at this Winter’s Best

Eric Anderson, A&E Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

With most of 2015's holiday releases wrapping up their box office runs, it's time to look back at three of the better films to grace theaters this past Christmas.

Fresh music: best new albums for spring

Emma Dahl

March 5, 2015


Filed under A&E

Indie music fans, rejoice! This spring has been huge for quality indie releases, from small artists releasing their debut album to household names recovering from hiatuses and re-emerging on the scene. But which albums are most appropriate for this time of year? Which can provide the best soundtrack...

Belle and Sebastian’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance tries something new

Emma Dahl

January 29, 2015


Filed under A&E, Reviews

Belle & Sebastian is a modern embodiment of the chamber pop genre; characterized by simple melodies, creative and orchestral instrumentation and extensive balladry, their style gives songs time to breathe and build momentum. Belle & Sebastian's sound is very recognizable: it is chamber pop through...

“Birdman” plot fails but acting flies

Nathan Fisher

December 11, 2014


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

After passing my film orals last week, I felt confident in my film analytic abilities and was ready to tackle "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." I've avoided this surreal and mind-bending dark comedy for weeks, but now was ready to tackle a movie that wasn't the normal mindless entertainment....

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