Category Archives: Reviews

Erin Geil’s “Podunk Moon” takes readers on an emotional journey

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Assistant Editor

As a fan of sci-fi, time travel, and romance, I was excited to read Erin Geil’s Podunk Moon: An Anthology. In this book, Geil weaves together a non-fiction poetry anthology that spans from 2003 to 2016 (though, the stories are told in reverse) and is followed by an excerpt from one of Geil’s other stories, The Great American.

But the focus here is meant to be on Podunk Moon.

“Tag” movie hides heartwarming message in comedic action

By Macy Santicola, Contributing Writer

On the surface, Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, appears to be just another off-color comedy in the same vein as The Hangover. For the most part, it is; but at the heart of the film that hit theaters June 15 is a story about friendship.

“Cloak and Dagger,” “Pose” challenge current TV landscape

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer

If there’s anything a television network loves, it’s to promote shows as being “must-watch” television, unique and different from anything else that you’ve ever seen before, and the idea that everyone is watching it, so you must watch it as well. It is an age where tweeting counts as much towards a show’s success as live viewing and one where streaming and “delayed views,” watching from a DVR, counts towards a show’s success.

The problem with many of these shows is the fact that they lack genuine diversity. One or two characters that aren’t white, cisgender, or heterosexual are often there to fill a ‘quota’ and more often than not, these characters are stereotypical, cliched, and not nearly as well-thought out as their white counterparts.

HBO’s Westworld excite audiences with new season

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO’s Westworld takes place in the theme park of the same name, run by the mysterious Delos Incorporated company. At $40,000 per day, Westworld is a playground for the wealthy to, as Delos promotes it to be, indulge in their deepest fantasies. It is an immersive theme park populated by human-like androids known as ‘hosts.’ These hosts are designed to be as close to human as a robot can be, but still ultimately controlled by the technicians working behind the scenes.

Mixed media exhibit opens in Nutting Gallery 

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
 
On March 21, a new exhibit opened in the Nutting Gallery here at WLU. The exhibit is called “Lucent Findings” and features work from Michael Mikula and Judith Brandon. Mikula had unique glass sculptures on display while Brandon had pieces on paper that included mediums such as pastels, charcoal, and colored pencils. 

“18 Victoria” showcases talented Hilltop Players

By Emily Salvatori, Editor

The semester’s theater season opened with the show “18 Victoria” on Feb. 22. The production’s cast, set and technical elements all work together well to tell the story of three siblings in a strained relationship as they deal with the death of their father. As they struggle to reconcile, it is announced that an asteroid will soon hit the Earth.

‘Black Panther’ sets new standards in filmmaking

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer
 
To say that I’ve been waiting for “Black Panther” would be an absolute understatement.  I read comics and I’ve closely followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (most commonly referred to as the MCU), and for the past few months, anxiously counted down the days until The King of Wakanda made his cinematic debut. As a black woman, I knew quite a bit was riding on the success of this movie, and I had to see it the very first day it came out.

Nutting Gallery features work by Polish artists

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
 
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Nutting Gallery opened a new exhibit called “Fragmentation.” The exhibit features art by three Polish artists— Michalina Wawrzyczek- Klasik, Michal Klasik and Artur Masternak. 

Waterparks band releases beautiful, touching single

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer 

A few days ago, pop punk band Waterparks dropped a new single from their upcoming album, Entertainment. This song is titled Lucky People, and one of the first things I noticed about this song is how beautiful it is. It instantly caught my attention after the first listen.

Hilltop Players awe audiences with Christmas play

By Hanna Perry, Contributing Writer

On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, I had the opportunity to see the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which was performed by the West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players. Instead of just having one cast perform the production, audiences had the opportunity to see two different casts perform it.