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Chappie: An artificially intelligent story

Chappie: An artificially intelligent story

Jake Dalbey, Staff Writer

March 12, 2015

My relationship with director Neill Blomkamp’s, director of "Elysium" and "District 9," feature films is that of a love/hate tug of war. On one hand he’s able to make some fantastic looking films both in effects and aesthetics with interesting locations and premises to boot. However, look past the...

Students assist in “Big Fish: The Musical” premiere

Students assist in “Big Fish: The Musical” premiere

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

March 10, 2015

Choir students at the high school have switched to another stage and are leading the first production in Iowa of "Big Fish: The Musical" through Des Moines Onstage. "[The statewide premiere] is very exciting," senior Meredith Toebben said. "'Big Fish' is a well known movie so we knew people would...

50 shades of masochism: the twisted “Twilight”

50 shades of masochism: the twisted “Twilight”

Carly Kinning, Online Editor-in-chief

March 6, 2015

On Valentine's Day, some strange part of me felt compelled to see the highly-hyped movie, "50 Shades of Grey." I went to the movie theater and witness hundreds of seemingly eager couples on their dates who were probably expecting a romantic film full of love and pleasure. I did not read the book so...

Brick + Mortar wonderfully combine genres

Brick + Mortar wonderfully combine genres

Natalie Larimer, Online Sub-Editor

February 27, 2015

I had the opportunity to go see my favorite band, Motion City Soundtrack, in concert Feb. 24. The whole concert experience was amazing for many different reasons, but one of them was that Brick + Mortar opened for Motion City and completely blew me away. I was very surprised with Brick + Mortar's...

“American Beauty/American Psycho” falls short for Fall Out Boy

“American Beauty/American Psycho” falls short for Fall Out Boy

Natalie Larimer, Online Sub-Editor

February 19, 2015

After the five year hiatus of Fall Out Boy, their album “Save Rock and Roll” became one of the most memorable albums of 2013. Now, they struck again with their newest album, “American Beauty/American Psycho” which was released Jan. 20 of this year. They currently have six studio albums reaching...

Hollywood returns to whitewashing the movie screen

Hollywood returns to whitewashing the movie screen

Erin Bockenstedt, Staff Writer

January 29, 2015

In the first trailer for July 2015's "Pan" there is a thing that sticks out like a sore thumb. In "Pan" the Native American Tiger Lily is played by Caucasian actress Rooney Mara. This casting decision has caused much controversy and uproar. "Whitewashing" is becoming common in movies. In films...