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Has Liam Neeson’s Career Taken a Wrong Turn?

Liam Neeson CareerEarlier this month while on a promotional tour for his new film Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson made some staggering comments about an incident that took place nearly 40 years ago.

In an interview with The Independent, Neeson recalled a time where he discovered that his close friend was raped.

The only information about the assailant was that he was a black man.

As a result, in a blind rage, the action star admitted that he wanted to seek out revenge and “[…] hope some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him.”

Neeson talked about this time in his life and continued in the interview to display great remorse for those feelings he once had, but that isn’t the conventional issue with the comments made.

On one hand, it’s an appalling thing to reveal and it’s probably good that Neeson showed regret.

After all, he spoke truthfully and that should count for something, but still, Neeson shouldn’t come across as a hero in this story.

Neeson’s comments reflect a type of behavior that’s so incredibly despicable and something that still unfortunately exists in our society.

There are some people who will claim racism isn’t a major issue in our country—or just in general—but comments like this show there’s still a root of hate that exists.

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Your Guide to The Oscars

Commentary, Nominees, Picks, and Predictions


Guide to Oscars 1It’s that time of the year where film junkies make their picks, girls go crazy over Twitter to check out the best dresses on the red carpet, and people pass out on their couches when the ceremony runs past midnight.

Yes, the center of the universe will revolve around the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles where all the stars will be under one roof this Sunday.

Looking back, last year’s Oscars had its fair share of controversy.

The ceremony took place at a time where the #MeToo Movement was gaining momentum and many people in Hollywood were ousted.

A lot of actresses who attended last year’s Oscars wore black in solidarity with those who were victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

On the other hand, actors wore pins that read “Time’s Up,” which was in support of the foundation that pays for the legal defense of those who were sexually harassed in the workplace.

While it looked like everyone was in unison on the red carpet, it was a different vibe inside the Dolby Theater, where there were controversial wins.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short, but the player was at the center of a sexual assault case in 2003.

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The Biggest Winners and Losers from The Grammys

Grammys Winners Losers 1The 2019 Grammys were a wild ride from start to finish.

With amazing performances from Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, H.E.R., a Motown mashup featuring some of music’s biggest stars, and many more, the soundtrack was diverse and well-received.

However, some of the Grammy winners might not have been the ideal candidates.  Here are some comments about big winners and big losers that took home the Golden Gramophone.   

Best Rap Album of the Year

Winner: Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy.

Losers: Mac Miller or Travis Scott.

Perhaps this is because I’m not a big Cardi fan, but I thought Scott’s Astroworld was outstanding.  And Mac Miller’s Swimming would’ve been a nice posthumous tribute.

Best Country Album

Winner: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour.

Loser: Chris Stapleton, From a Room, Volume 2.

This one is an awesome country album.  Stapleton’s voice and his guitar playing are fresh.  Musgraves is still incredible though, but I feel Stapleton was snubbed.

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Thank U for New Music, Ariana Grande

Arianna Grande New SingleLess than six months after Sweetener was released, Ariana Grande decided to throw another record our way, in the name of her successful single thank u, next.

The best way to describe this album would be in the form of a quote by my older sister.

When discussing the album she said, “This was really good for an album that was supposed to be bad.”

Grande released Sweetener amidst an overabundance of chaos in her personal life. The artist was taking leaps of faith in every aspect of her life, from musical endeavors to impromptu engagements.

Like most things in life, there is no guarantee that those acts of courage will be successful in the long run.

Sweetener was not a collective record. There was a lot going on musically, and many of the tracks were forgettable.

 So when “thank u, next” was released in November, I was nervous.

The single was a monumental moment in Grande’s career because she was revealing personal details of her life in such an overt way.

The album thank u, next gave me everything I needed.  It is like Dangerous Woman’s pretty sister.

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Is Jerry F**ked?

Is JerryIf you engage with social media it is more than likely that you’re contributing to one of the most widespread crimes committed on the internet: content stealing.

One of the biggest constituents of this is the company which runs the meme providing Instagram account, F**kjerry.

You may be wondering, why is this account being called out, to the extent of losing 500,000 followers (which only makes up a small percentage of their current 14 million followers)? For F**kjerry, they have gained their popularity through content theft, and then make money from posting this content through brand deals and advertisements woven into their posts.

The account has also been in the spotlight recently after their appearance in Netflix’s Fyre documentary, which details how festival goers were scammed into a luxurious music festival that turned into a disaster. F**ckjerry ran the marketing campaign for the big scam, but claimed that they were bamboozled as well.

Thousands of users on social media have called out the account for stealing and posting content from comedians without giving them credit. Many of which, used their own social media presence to bring light to the issue. John Mullaney, a prominent comedian spoke up on Instagram posting, “They have stolen jokes from me and many other comedians and profit off it. #f**kf**kjerry.” 

The account’s founder, Elliot Tebele, has issued a statement which read, “Given the conversations over the past few days, and the issues that have come to light, it is clear, however, that we need to do better.”

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Show Us What You Got! Monmouth’s Partnership with Asbury’s Showroom Theater

Monmouth Asbury Showroom TheaterBeginning Feb. 20, Monmouth University and Asbury Park’s ShowRoom Cinema, located at  707 Cookman Ave, will proudly unveil a new event series, uniting well-known and topical films with insightful post-show commentary.

The series of screenings, titled “Monmouth University Live at The ShowRoom Cinema!” will feature Monmouth professors Walter Greason, Lisa Dinella, and Randy Abate.

It will run once a month in thematic correspondence with Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Earth Day.

Kenneth Womack, Ph.D, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, described the inception of the event series: “Last summer, I had the opportunity to present the 50th-anniversary showing of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine at The ShowRoom Cinema in Asbury Park.”

“The managerial team Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino were pleased with the response, and we hatched a plan for bringing more curated film presentations to the Showroom with Monmouth University content experts providing post-film commentary,” said Womack.

“‘Monmouth University Live at the Showroom Cinema!’ offers another venue for sharing our faculty’s expertise with our students and the larger community beyond our campus. It is a vital means for our gifted faculty to share their expertise as public intellectuals,” Womack concluded.

Following the aforementioned thematic order, each film was selected with a purpose: to highlight the struggle of marginalized groups or concepts in our nation’s history.

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Transport Yourself to Sonic Blume’s Endless Summer

Sonic Blumes Endless SummerIf you’re looking for new music, look no further: Sonic Blume, a local indie pop band, is guaranteed to become your next obsession.

Their sound creates an indescribable alternative dreamscape, accomplished by marrying the vibes of bands like Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Joy Division, and The Smiths.

The band’s talent far surpasses what you may expect for their age, with most of the members clocking in at only 18 and their bassist at 17.

Max Connery leads the band as an effortless jack of all trades; he serves as Sonic Blume’s singer, songwriter, guitarist, and synth/keys master.

The rest of the band consists of Chase Landgrebe (guitar), Danny Murray (drums), and Andrew Phelan (bass).

The story of Sonic Blume’s formation seems like kismet.

“We met at The Count Basie Performing Arts Academy’s Rockit Program in Red Bank when we were still in middle school. We became friends and found that we all had the same taste in music – indie/shoegaze/80’s alternative. In December of 2015, we decided to start our own band,” Connery said.

Shortly afterward in May 2016, Sonic Blume performed at Battle of the Bands at Mater Dei High School in Middletown, where they met Jon Leidersdorff of Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Recording Studios.

Connery stated, “He encouraged us to start writing our own stuff; it was that conversation with Jon that inspired us and gave us the confidence to explore our creative side.”

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Monmouth Goes Beyond #MeToo At Pollak Gallery

Monmouth Me TooStudents, Long Branch residents, art enthusiasts, gender equality activists, and the general public alike all gathered at the Pollak Gallery to celebrate the opening of the Beyond #MeToo exhibit on campus last Friday, Feb. 1.

The gallery was opened as an accessible and informative physical manifestation of the issues and concepts encompassed by the #MeToo movement.

The #MeToo movement began in October 2017, after news broke of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein from dozens of women telling stories of his sexual abuse and harassment in his professional career.

In the wake of these women speaking up against their abuser, other women who had undergone similar abuses in their lives were inspired to do the same and came forward with their stories personally, publicly, and legally. 

Yet the movement for gender equality didn’t stop after the public’s fascination with the sexual assault allegations faded, as there were and are still huge strides that need to be made for gender equality.

That’s where the Beyond #MeToo Gallery comes in.

The event was put together in honor of all the progress made towards equality.

From now until April 30, the Pollak Gallery is filled with impactful and powerful works by artists who span a variety of mediums, techniques, and concepts, all interconnected by one common thread: the struggle for gender equality.

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Where’s the Disney Magic?

Why Disney is Rebooting Old Movies


Disney Rebooting Old MoviesIt was 1996 when the first Disney live-action remake was released, which starred Glenn Close dressed as a cunning fashion connoisseur with a large number of spotted puppies.

It was such a box-office success that it even gained itself a sequel four years later.

Disney was onto something cinematically daring for them, but nonetheless it was a financial success. 

That 101 Dalmatians VHS tape was always on standby whenever my family had to take a rather long trip, with my sisters and I piled in the backseats of the SUV watching the same scenes over and over.

The kids of that time, which would include most of us college students, loved Disney’s shift into live-action film.

How about now though? Is the magic of live-action film lost for Disney?

Disney remakes are not new to the big screen.

The first Disney live-action remake was 101 Dalmatians, which recreated the magic from the 1961 animated feature and broke box office records the weekend after it was released in theaters.

The sequel, 102 Dalmatians, was released a few years later and performed just as well in the box-office when it grossed $180 million.

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Box Office Blizzard

Why January is a Historically Bad Movie Month


Bad January Movies 1We’re in the midst of award season. The year’s best films are being honored and paraded around Hollywood ramping up for the Academy Awards later this month.

It’s a huge time for movies; it should—in theory—give audience members the chance to flock to the theaters to see a new slate of films to start the new year.

The month of January has proven to be a tumultuous time for moviegoers everywhere.

With all the hype surrounding the Oscars and other award shows, it would seem like an ideal time for studios to push some of their better stuff to January.

Consistently, the films that are released in January are duds, not just normal duds, but gigantic duds.

January has just passed us over, and looking up and down the release calendar you really need to squint hard to find a good movie.

Replicas, which starred Keanu Reeves, received terrible reviews along with only grossing a mere $4 million.

However, M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero drama Glass was the highest grossing film at the box office for the month, but received lukewarm to negative reviews.

When your top movie of the month isn’t an overwhelming hit, it’s going to be a tough order to get people to come to the movies.

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Maroon 5 Shows Some “Sugar” at the Super Bowl

Maroon 5 Super BowlLast Sunday, Mercedes Benz Stadium hosted Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, GA.

It was two halves of the old versus the new: Brady and Belichick of the New England Patriots versus Goff and McVay of the Los Angeles Rams, and right in between, the iconic halftime show.

Maroon 5 headlined the halftime show with super star guests Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Front man Adam Levine started off the show strutting down the lit up “M” shaped stage wearing a long trench coat while holding his microphone over his shoulders like a baseball bat. 

Fireworks set off when Levine began with the band’s 2002 single, “Harder to Breathe” alongside flames lining the stage. As the flames died down, the band began “This Love” with Levine grabbing his electric guitar leading up to his solo.

Once the music and lights went down, a tribute to Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg, began with the one and only Spongebob star, Squidward, appearing on the screen alongside Spongebob and Patrick Star as they subtly introduced Travis Scott.

A cartoon fireball fell out of space and flew through the city of Atlanta into the Falcon’s stadium. Travis Scott began singing his hit single, “Sicko Mode.”

As Scott crowd surfed, a marching band began an intro for Maroon 5’s single, “Girls Like You” as a Gospel choir filed onto the stage as backup singers.

The lights went down and lanterns lit up as “She Will Be Loved” started.

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