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Sold Screens at Monmouth

Sold Screens At MonmouthThe University hosted Newark’s International Women’s History Month Film Festival on April 3 in Pollak Theatre.

The film Sold’s goal was to advocate prevalent issues that women face globally. It is based on true events that highlights the story of a young girl who was sold to be a sex slave. The movie was followed by a panel of local professionals to answer questions from the audience and provide their insight.

The audience was attentive to Sold when Lakshmi, 13, was sold by her stepfather to work for a brothel in India. Lakshmi left her home under the impression that she would be cleaning houses, but soon learns the truth.

Audience members twisted uncomfortably in their seats when the woman in charge of the brothel tied Lakshmi’s feet together on a bed and disappeared behind closed doors. Shortly after, a drunk man stumbled into the room with cruel seduction in his eyes. He slammed crumbled up paper currency on the nightstand. His grimy hands caressed her naïve face; Lakshmi flinched, as did the audience. Can you predict what happens next?

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Tenth Annual Record Store Day

10th Annual Record Store DayRecord stores are not as popular and ‘hoppin’ as they used to be with the introduction of music streaming and less of a need for physical copies of music. However, Record Store Day is keeping the music alive. This year is going to be the 10th Record Store Day across the nation. Every April, record shops get special releases of some your favorite artists and they get their staff ready for the biggest day of the year.

This year, Record Store Day is Saturday, April 22. Some special releases for this year include newer artists such as All Time Low, Dave Matthews Band, and The Lumineers. There will also be special releases of live performances, unreleased music, or remastered music from legends like David Bowie, Prince, and The Beatles.

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MU Hosts Annual Black Maria Film Festival

MU Hosts Black Maria Film FestivalThe 36th Annual Black Maria Film Festival was held on Thursday, Mar. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Pollack Theatre.

The festival takes its name from Thomas Edison’s film studio, called the “Black Maria” (pronounced “Mariah”). It was the first film studio of its time, built in 1892, and still remains; it is located in West Orange, NJ.

Associate professor of communication Donna Dolphin took the microphone and introduced the festival to the audience. She was pleased to announce that the University has hosted Black Maria 27 consecutive years.

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Kong: Skull Island is No King

Kong Skull IslandHard-nosed U.S. Army Colonel Preston Packet (Samuel L. Jackson) describes fighting the legendary ape Kong as “dealing with a monster from a bygone era.” King Kong certainly has a colorful, illustrious past onscreen, but Kong: Skull Island adds nothing new or exciting to its history. Dull, clichéd, and overly cheesy, the film strives to establish a new era for Kong, but unfortunately fails.

The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla), and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), follows a band of mismatched ‘heroes’ and their journey to the uncharted Skull Island to find what secrets it holds. After receiving funding for the expedition during the final days of the Vietnam War, government official Bill Randa (John Goodman) and scientist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) create a team to tag along. This group includes military escorts led by Packet and his goofy squadron of young men, photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), and mapping expert and former British Special Air Service captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston).

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New Beauty and the Beast is a Must See

Beauty and Beast Must SeeDisney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast is both a visual spectacle, and a treat for fans of the original. The film is true to its animated predecessor, follows the storyline of the animated film almost scene for scene, and contains just the right amount of nostalgia and Disney magic.

While Beauty and the Beast stays almost identical to the original, both visually and narratively, Director Bill Condon manages to incorporate some modern concepts while simultaneously keeping the whimsical, old-fashioned camp of musicals that one would have seen in the 1960s. Belle (Emma Watson) is still a non-conformist in her small village, and yearns for adventure and excitement in ‘the great wide somewhere.’

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Local Cold War Surf Contest Postponed

Cold War Surf Contest PostponedThe Cold War surf contest, a team-based surfing battle, was recently set to run in Asbury Park before the end of March 2017. However, according to ColdWarSurf.com the event organizers said, “after much discussion with the surfers, sponsors and organizers, it has been decided that it is in the best interest of the event, to push back the 2017 Cold War to late fall/early winter of 2017.”

The second annual Cold War contest ran into inclement weather and improper conditions for months. ColdWarSurf.com said, “People have put in a lot of time and energy in putting the 2017 Cold War together and making this difficult decision. Sure, we are bummed, but at the same time, the team is excited to run the contest as fall turns into winter.”

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Does Drake’s More Life Need More Life?

Drake's More Life Need LifeThe highly-anticipated moment has finally arrived. On Mar. 18, popular rapper, Drake (and actor if we want to #TBT to his Degrassi days), released his new album, More Life.

As a Drake fan, I was really excited for this album’s release. Once it was out and I realized that there were now 22 new songs on the album for me to listen to, I had really high hopes. However, this album is quite trivial for me. Personally, I find that the album can be categorized into three sections: songs that I love, dislike, and am bored by.

There were definitely a number of successes on this album; I am not a hater of More Life. The album started out strong with “Free Smoke,” the first song on the list. It starts out with a 35-second introduction of a woman singing, accompanied by a piano intro. Suddenly, Drake speaks for a quick sentence and instantly hits us with a great beat drop; the energy at this part of the song was strong.

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Bravo Amici Performs at MU

Bravo Amiei Preforms at MUThe Center for the Arts at Monmouth University has announced that tickets are on sale for a special benefit concert, featuring the vocal ensemble Bravo Amici, presented on World Autism Day, April 2.

At 8 p.m. inside the recently refurbished Pollak Theatre, the event represents an encore appearance for the touring sensation led by New Zealand native Geoff Sewell — the tenor, impresario and philanthropist who co-founded “the world’s first opera band,” Amici Forever. For the crowd-pleasing show’s return to the West Long Branch campus, Bravo Amici will deliver its signature mix of modern Broadway classics (Phantom’s All I Ask of You), songbook surprises (Dean Martin’s novelty That’s Amore), and favorite operatic arias (La Traviata’s Brindisi) — with an extra dimension of relevance to the Autism Day cause, and a special treat in store for the Monmouth audience.

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Come See the Rock N’ Raise Benefit Concert

Rock N Raise Benefit ConcertWhen: Mar. 31, from 3-5 p.m.

Where: Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

This is a benefit concert that will be broadcasted live on Hawk TV and WMCX. Performances include sets from bands Halogens, Shark Club, Jake Ewald of “Slaughter Beach Dog,” and Drive, Kid.

Tickets are on sale for $5. To purchase a ticket you can stop by the Hawk TV Office in Plangere or email hawktv@monmouth.edu.

Sponsors of the event include American Cancer Society, Avid, ZTA, Relay for Life, University Subs, Bagel Guys Deli, The Outlook, Bubbakoo’s Burrito’s, Amy’s, and Scala’s Pizzeria.

Prizes will be raffled off to attendees. All money raised is donated to The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.

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Record Club Reviews Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Record Club Review SPLHC BandTuesday Night Record Club took a look at “the act you’ve known for all these years,” The Beatles, and covered the album that inspired bands like The Who, The Beach Boys, and so many others to change their sound in a big way. Over 100 people – MU students, faculty, and other community members alike – met in Lauren K. Woods Theatre to discuss the influence of one of The Fab Four’s most iconic albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on Mar. 21.

Beatles fans were welcomed into Woods Theatre to dive into the stories, production, and musicianship behind the album. The discussion was led by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kenneth Womack, and professional photographer and Beatles enthusiast from New Orleans, Jason Kruppa. The two began by explaining how the making and release of the single “Strawberry Fields Forever” was a big turning point for the band. The single was supposed to be a part of the album, but ultimately was released in February of 1967, four months before Sgt. Pepper’s was released on June 1, 1967.

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Shadow Warrior 2 is a Success

Shadow Warrior 2 SuccessThe first Shadow Warrior title released in 1997, and is considered by many to be one of the best games of its decade. It is best known for its implementation of role playing game (RPG) elements within the first-person shooter genre. Shadow Warrioralso had something of an unusual and compelling plot, which helped make it a crowd favorite. The newest entry in the series, Shadow Warrior 2, attempts to create a successful, modern game from this classic hit, and, at least in my eyes, it succeeds with flying colors.

In the game, you play as Japanese mercenary Lo Wang. The story is character driven, and Lo Wang makes an excellent driving character. If you’re familiar with Deadpool, you more or less know what you’re getting with Lo Wang; he’s a wisecracking character with a tendency to both amuse and annoy friends, enemies, and Shadow Warrior 2 players alike. The game starts out with Lo Wang accepting a contract from the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) to rescue one of their associates; unfortunately, Lo Wang is somewhat late with his rescue, and his target falls victim to a nasty case of demonic possession. Without giving too much away, the rest of the game is pretty much Lo Wang attempting to pick up the pieces from this debacle, while saving the world (again). Shadow Warrior 2 never takes itself too seriously, which makes the plot a pleasant and entertaining ride.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu