Entertainment - The Outlook https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:38:06 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb outlook@monmouth.edu (The Outlook) Book Review: Before I Fall https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7350-book-review-before-i-fall https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7350-book-review-before-i-fall Book Review 2Have you ever made a mistake one day that haunts you when you go to bed that night? You think to yourself, “Why would I say that” or “I should’ve chosen to go somewhere else” or even “That wasn’t the right decision and I knew that.”

The thought of a decision you made aches in the back of your head, unable to shut off the persistent and lingering judgment you’re giving to yourself. Or maybe you didn’t even realize the impact of what you had done or said to outside parties.

Déja vu is defined as a feeling of having already experienced the present situation. It is the internal motion that one has lived through the specific situation and has “already seen” what is currently occurring. Popular high school senior Samantha Kingston knows this surreal experience all too well in Lauren Oliver’s young adult novel, Before I Fall.

Feb. 12, “Cupid Day,” was supposed to be a day of partying, roses and privilege for the ranking queen of the social pyramid, Samantha. However, that is until she dies that very night in a devastating accident. Darkness. Until the sound of the rhythmic alarm tone is heard in the background. She wakes up the next morning. And it’s Cupid Day. Again.

It continues to be this same day seven times over again, forcing Kingston to relive her last day until she realizes the faults she’s putting out into the world around her, the worth she didn’t know she embodied and the wrongs that she has the potential to make right, at her very fingertips.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (KRYSTA DONNELLY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:40:55 -0400
Books That Will Get You in the Spooky Spirit https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7348-books-that-will-get-you-in-the-spooky-spirit https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7348-books-that-will-get-you-in-the-spooky-spirit Spooky SpiritWith Halloween just around the corner, we could all use some great horror reads to get us in the spooky spirit. Here are a selection of novels I’ve read that are the perfect combination of eerie and suspenseful.

Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar: This collection of short stories is a hidden gem in the horror department. This page-turner includes 13 thrilling tales: there’s the story of a tragic train ride, one about a group of students who get revenge on their cruel gym teacher, and one about a group of kids who stay in a haunted house overnight for a cash prize (we all know nothing good can come out of this).

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The beauty of this collection is that each story begins seemingly normal, but soon takes a dark twist. It’s such a quick, chilling read that you can breeze through all 197 pages in one day. The most frightening part of this book is the quote, “The pain you can feel in your flesh is nothing compared to the pain that rises from a horror you can’t escape.”

There’s The Dead Boyfriend, about a girl whose boyfriend keeps dying and then coming back to life; there’s Give Me a K-I-L-L, about cheerleading tryouts that end in murder; and there’s Can You Keep a Secret, about a couple who goes on a camping trip that ends in—you’ve guessed it—murder. Stine has been publishing these novels since 1989, so you’ll never run out of Fear Street novels to enjoy this October.R.L Stine’s Fear Street Series: The author of the popular Goosebumps series we all loved as children also publishes a series of young adult horror novels for older audiences. Each book centers around the same eerie setting, Fear Street, the hub for paranormal activity in the fictionalized town of Shadyside.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (MELISSA BADAMO | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/FEATURES EDITOR) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:38:02 -0400
Book Review: Pillow Thoughts https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7337-book-review-pillow-thoughts https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7337-book-review-pillow-thoughts Pillow TalksWe are all humans, and we all feel a variety of emotions depending on what life is throwing at us at different times. Whether it is excruciating lows or sky-rocketing highs, we’ve all been there. And sometimes, it’s comforting to know someone else understands the pain or joy, the excitement or depression, you feel as well.

Courtney Peppernell, the Australian, LGBT author of Pillow Thoughts, captures the raw truth behind human emotions.

Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, loss, and self-worth. Peppernell divided this into ten sections, making it so simple to skip to the parts where you want to feel the most.

She submerges her words into all the aspects that come along when falling in love with somebody. She acknowledges the butterflies you may feel at first glance, the comfortableness and safety you feel within the companionship, the heart-wrenching sadness when things deteriorate, and the aching sadness when you can’t let go of memories you once clutched on to. 

Electronic musical duo The Chainsmokers said, “As songwriters, poetry has always played a special role in our lives. We discovered Pillow Thoughts, and it has been one of the most enjoyable books we have read in a long time”.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (KRYSTA DONNELLY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 13:35:12 -0400
Blue Hawk Records Prepare 17th Compilation Album https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7336-blue-hawk-records-prepare-17th-compilation-album https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7336-blue-hawk-records-prepare-17th-compilation-album 17th AlbumEven though the outside world is anything but normal these days, the show must still go on.

Monmouth University’s Blue Hawks Records is hard at work creating their 17th compilation album. Being a part of this year’s team, I can tell you first hand that it is going to be a good one.

We have assembled artists who vary widely in genres. We have a few full bands, solo singers, and rappers, so be prepared to switch up your vibe while listening to this album.

Last week, we hosted virtual and socially distanced auditions. Our students presented us with an abundance of talent and it was hard to narrow down to just six. Allow me to introduce you to our artists this semester: Nick Garrecht, Abby Garcia, Justine Ume, Hasan Chambers, Charlie Krause, and Gabe Garza.

Nick Garrecht has been playing guitar for five years and piano for three. Having been influenced by Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, and Harry Styles, Nick and his band White Wing have written over 40 songs. Writing and playing professionally is their dream, and they aim to aid as many of their listeners as they can through their music.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (GRACE ENRIGHT | STAFF WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 13:32:06 -0400
Bella and Edward Return In Midnight Sun https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7329-bella-and-edward-return-in-midnight-sun https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7329-bella-and-edward-return-in-midnight-sun Bella Edward 1The year of 2005 created a divide between who was Team Edward and who was Team Jacob, thanks to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. The borderline between teen romance and obsession was tested. The fandom around a vampire-human love story blossomed.

Now, 15 years later, Stephanie Meyer has returned, publishing the fifth novel of the Twilight saga, coined Midnight Sun.

However, this book has a little twist that many die-hard fans may not be expecting.

Despite the four previous books in the series, Midnight Sun is now told from Edward’s perspective rather than Bella’s. Meyer did an incredible job of retelling a story that fans have been encapsulated with, without making it seem drawnout or overdone.

Readers and fans see a more intimate side of Edward and his infatuation with Bella than they ever have before. From first glance, to the first words spoken to one another, Edward’s internal feelings are both invigorating and unnerving, all same time.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (KRYSTA DONNELLY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:47:29 -0400
Are Livestreams the New Concert Experience? https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7328-are-livestreams-the-new-concert-experience https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7328-are-livestreams-the-new-concert-experience Livestreams 1Since March of this year, the whole world has been turned upside down. So many of the things we love to do are now changed, maybe forever. Restaurants were only allowing people to eat outside. This was great in the summer, but now as we reach fall and winter, it may not be as desirable.

Concerts were all canceled and small venues were closed. Another option for concerts has been the livestreaming option. Artists can use social media or other streaming services to broadcast their shows to a big audience, but everyone can stay right in their homes- maybe even in their pajamas. Will this become the new “normal?” Do people even have interest in watching livestreams of concerts, let alone paying for these?

The New York Times wrote a story in July, examining the changing world of concerts. At this time, there were many examples of artists who had used the Instagram platform and the “live” feature to broadcast some music to their fans. It was a more casual feel, where artists were just strumming a guitar and singing. After more casual broadcasts, though, there is the question of concerts in a more traditional way- big stage, lots of lights, back up dancers, the works.

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s1284597@monmouth.edu (KATHERINE RIVERA | STAFF WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:47:24 -0400
Eighty Sixing The Kardashians https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7323-eighty-sixing-the-kardashians https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7323-eighty-sixing-the-kardashians Kardashians 1Keeping Up With The Kardashians is officially wrapping up after 14 years on the air.

Kim Kardashian announced through Instagram earlier this month that her family has decided to end their extremely successful reality television series. The final episodes are to air in 2021, concluding the series after 20 seasons. 

A source told Entertainment Tonight that there is no particular reason for the show ending. The family is continuously growing, with each sister (besides supermodel Kendall Jenner) having families of their own. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the family to film as a whole or get enough footage separately. 

Kris Jenner recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, being one of the first guests to appear on The Ellen Show following the controversy behind Ellen mistreating her staff.

Jenner revealed, “It was kind of sudden. I think we were talking about signing up for another couple of years with our network, and suddenly just all came to the decision as a group that the whole family felt it was just time. It just sort of came to us, and we thought, 20 seasons, 14 years, hundreds of episodes and lots of spinoffs.” 

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (SAMUEL CIOCIOLA | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:31:14 -0400
Artists vs. Spotify: CEO Encourages More Music from Artists https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7321-artists-vs-spotify-ceo-encourages-more-music-from-artists https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7321-artists-vs-spotify-ceo-encourages-more-music-from-artists Artists SpotifySpotify has been in the spotlight continually this month. From employees trying to get complete editorial control over podcasts to CEO’s angering artists, there has been quite some backlash toward the company as a whole. Is said backlash justified? You decide.

Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO the music streaming service Spotify, stirred up the discussion of changing the pay formula for artists. He gave an interview with the website Music Ally, discussing the impact COVID-19 has had on the music industry. With a large portion of incomes coming from live touring and shows, there has obviously been a decrease in the money being brought in, especially for artists themselves. 

Because of this lack of revenue, artists have had to turn almost entirely to streaming services to profit off their music.

Ek states in his interview, “I feel, really, that the ones that aren’t doing well in streaming are predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released.” He goes on to say, “You can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.”

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (GRACE ENRIGHT | STAFF WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:28:40 -0400
Disney’s Mulan Under Fire https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7304-disney-s-mulan-under-fire https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7304-disney-s-mulan-under-fire MulanIt is no surprise when someone says that Disney movies are some of the best movies made today. Between Marvel films and the countless other movies they have created since the beginning all, for the most part, have held high standards. With the recent release of Mulan, Disney’s recent live-action recreation, people have been taken back by the low reviews and confusion among fans. 

Fans have stated their opinions on social media and on news outlets and from looking at it, it has not been good. I recently watched the film myself with an unbiased, open-minded opinion, and where there are many points of the film where I found it beautiful, it was a little rough to sit through. 

The biggest problem that people have been seeing with this film isn’t the $30 premium access copy on Disney+ (which comes as a shock) but the controversy behind it. A lot of viewers have been questioning how Disney, an overly successful company in which many of us, including myself, know and love, could have messed this up so badly. Mulan is one of the most beloved Disney films. With timeless music, beauty, meaning, and an appealing sidekick, Mulan was something many fans were struck by when they found out Disney was writing it as a new live-action film. 

It wasn’t the lack of music and similarity that struck a chord in fans, but the lack of diversity on the team that created the film. As a refresher, Mulan follows a woman who wants to replace her sick father in the fight against the Huns. She disguises herself as a man until the climax of the movie. The original film really brings light to wonderful cultural aspects of China through these years in our world history. 

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (DANA CATERINA | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:50:26 -0400
Vinyl Refuses To Die, Again https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7303-vinyl-refuses-to-die-again https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7303-vinyl-refuses-to-die-again Vinyl Refuses 1For the first time in 34 years, vinyl records outsold CDs. Outsold isn’t the proper word, though.  A more fitting term should be “destroyed.”

The Recording Industry Association of America reported vinyl records created over $230 million in revenue in the first six months of 2020 alone, whereas CDs only sold $130 million. CD sales have seen a 48 percent decrease in revenue, and vinyl has seen a 4 percent growth. I guess you could say records have had a record breaking year. 

This comes after a tumultuous start for the music industry in 2020. With record stores and other businesses being largely shut down because of COVID-19, physical sales dropped 23% overall. Many record stores, including Holdfast Records in Asbury Park, NJ, could not survive the absence of eager audiophiles and were forced to close.

Additionally, one of the two remaining vinyl producing plants in the world burned down in the Apollo Masters fire in February. This factory in Banning, CA produced the lacquer needed to create master plates, which would be cut into vinyl records.

Rolling Stone reported Apollo Masters Corp. was responsible for “70 to 85 percent” of the world’s lacquer plates needed for production. The only other factory of its type is MDC in Japan. As the recording industry scrambles to find an alternative to lacquer pressing, this could mean inflationary costs on each record sold.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (RAY ROMANSKI | ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:48:09 -0400
The Emmys: Who Won and Lost in The COVID-19 Simulcast https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7301-the-emmys-who-won-and-lost-in-the-covid-19-simulcast https://outlook.monmouth.edu/entertainment/175-volume-93-fall-2020-spring-2021/7301-the-emmys-who-won-and-lost-in-the-covid-19-simulcast EmmysThe entertainment industry, in many ways, has struggled to adapt to the lifestyle permitted by COVID-19. In spite of this, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards took place last Sunday, with multiple records being broken throughout the ceremony.

Perennial host Jimmy Kimmel started off the socially-distanced ceremony live (but remotely) from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, also a perennial favorite arena for the showrunners. Kimmel’s monologue poked fun at critics who claimed that the show being held in 2020 was frivolous, and all the nominees were in attendance from their respective broadcast locations.

Forbes reported that only 6.1 million viewers watched the awards show. This is an all-time low for the Emmys.

Limited series Watchmen was the most-nominated show of the night, with 11, and dramas Succession and Ozark followed with ten and nine nominations. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and RuPaul’s Drag Race won for Variety Talk and Competition series respectively. One shock of the night included the absence of any awards for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime’s flagship Emmy’s contender, even out of eight total nominations.

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s1270704@monmouth.edu (ALEX DYER | ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR) Volume 93 (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:45:49 -0400