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A War of Words in The Insult

The InsultIt happened decades ago, but the wounds are still fresh. Hundreds of thousands were killed while thousands still remain refugees this day. The blood that was shed from the Lebanese Civil War isn’t forgotten, especially to Tony Hanna and Yasser Salameh.

Tony Hanna, played by Adel Karam, is a Lebanese Christian and Yasser Salameh, played by Kamel El Basha, is a Palestinian refugee.

When Hanna’s drain pipe is broken, Salameh attempts to fix it under state law free of charge. However, Hanna refuses the help of Salameh, which causes an emotional exchange between the two that spills into court and captivates the country through a court case.

If you’re unfamiliar with the history of the Lebanese Civil War, director Ziad Doueiri makes it clear that the Christian Lebanese and Palestinians are two sides with a tumultuous past. When you walk away from this film, you surprisingly gain some knowledge about Lebannon’s history.

Prior to seeing The Insult, it might help to read a little bit into the history of the Lebanese Civil War so you can have better understanding of the political jargon.

The Oscar nominated the film for Best Foreign Language Film from Lebanon is an emotional rollercoaster that puts the use of our words into perspective.

If I were to tell this plot to anyone, it would come off like Neighbors 3 starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.

Salameh fixes an illegal drain pipe for free, but Hanna destroys it and refuses to accept his apology. We’ve seen plots like this before turn into a wacky spat between two goofy people.

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Now, We Ain’t Saying These Celebrities are Gold Diggers...

(But You Won’t Believe These Celeb Prenup Conditions)

Celebrity Gold DiggersWhen you fall in love, it feels like the world is on your side. The trees are blossoming, the sun is always shining and the grass seems much greener than before.

When your heart still skips a beat after seeing your significant other after some time, you feel like spending the rest of your life with that person.

It seems as if the end isn’t in sight.

Then before you tie the knot, you meet with a few lawyers and sign a prenuptial agreement (prenup) just in case your feelings change over the eternity together.

According to the Harvard Gazette, about 50 percent of married couples divorce in America.

Of those marrying couples, only five to ten percent sign prenups.

Although celebrities love each other enough to take the plunge, some are aware that the statistics are not in their favor.

Considering this, there are plenty of celebrities who sign prenups just in case their love doesn’t have a Hollywood ending.

While it’s logical for celebrities to think ahead, some prenups will make you hold your money a little tighter.

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MTV’s Jersey Shore is Back For a Reunion Season

MTV Jersey Shore Reunion Season 1You either love them or love to hate them.

Yeahhh, Buddy!

The Guidos and Guidettes are back...But are they  better than ever?

MTV’s Jersey Shore cast Snooki, J-Woww, Ronnie, Deena, Vinnie, Pauly D, and Long Branch’s very own, Mike the “Situation” have more-or-less blessed us with a reunion season after six years away from the small screen.

The title of the spin-off is Jersey Shore: Family Reunion and takes place in South Beach, Miami.

It is scheduled to air Thursday April 5 on MTV.

The pilot season aired in 2009 and left most Jersey-natives embarrassed or confused.

The Italian-stallions stampeded south-bound and settled in Seaside Heights, our beloved beach town by day and a captivating boardwalk scene by night.

But since the very first episode in 2009, Seaside Heights went from a family emblem of good times and tanlines to   the ultimate party scene and tourist destination.

The locals already had it with the “bennies,” but this new crowd the cast attracted to the Shore came in full speed ahead armed with spray tans, hair gel, and flasks.

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Oscars 2018: Picks and Predictions

Oscars 2018 1This Sunday, the biggest stars in Hollywood will come together under one roof to celebrate some of the greatest films in the past year.

There’s a competitive field stacked with talent, including The Shape of Water with 13 nominations and Dunkirk at 7.

But which films will take home the coveted gold statue?

My predictions are who I think will win the Oscar and my picks are the ones I would like to see win.

Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: Three Billboards

Pick: Lady Bird

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Monmouth's World Cinema Series Presents: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

default article imageOn Thursday, Feb. 22 in Pollak Theater, students, faculty and members of the Monmouth community gathered for a screening of The Reluctant Fundamentalist as part of the World Cinema Series hosted by Thomas Pearson Ph.D., a professor of History and Anthropology.

The focus of this year’s World Cinema Series is on the roots, ethics and impact of global capitalism, which the film checked all the boxes for.

From Lahore, Pakistan to the United States, Changez Khan, played by Riz Ahmed, is chasing the American dream by working with a consulting firm on Wall Street.

However, with a culmination of events including 9/11 and a hostage crisis, Khan’s dream is put on hold.

Khan’s difficult journey tackles important issues such as corporations’ little care for employees, nationalism and prejudice, but with so much stuff happening it’s difficult to feel the weight of the messages.

The consulting firm Khan works for sends their employees to different companies to assess how they can better maximize company or shareholder wealth.

If you work at a company and see Khan walk through workplace, you may have to look at the classifieds during your lunch break.

Although Khan is helping companies gain profits by suggesting different approaches to conducting their business, it comes at the price of people losing their jobs.

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The World Only Spins Forward Book Review

World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America was released on Feb. 13,  and is just as sprawling and emotional as the play it focuses on. 

Described as an ‘oral history’ of Angels in America, which will be opening on Broadway on March 25 after transferring from the National Theatre in London, it tells the story of the show’s inspiration, creation, and production, as well as describing the societal, historical, and cultural contexts at the time of the show’s creation and following productions. 

Co-authored by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, the book includes stories from playwright Tony Kushner, members of various productions – including the upcoming Broadway production, the original production, and several different versions in between.

Arranged chronologically, it shows how a play can be in flux and constantly be being changed, even though it was first produced 25 years ago. 

Described as “a play that redefined what theatre could be” by the Washington Post, Angels in America tells the story of six characters, including President Donald Trump’s former mentor Roy Cohn, during the AIDS epidemic. Throughout The World Only Spins Forward, different actors describe their take on and portrayal of the characters, explaining why they chose to interpret the roles in certain ways.

Also included is commentary from reviewers and journalists who covered the AIDS epidemic, remarking on the evolution and importance of the play.

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More Tears Than Laughs in This Year's Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Oscar Nominated 1Usually when you go to the movie theater you sit down and strap in for the long haul. For about two hours you follow a character’s journey while crying, laughing, or holding your breath.

But can you feel the same way sitting through a film around 20 minutes long?

The task is daunting, but the best short films can make you feel like you’ve experienced a feature length film’s worth of information or emotion.

This year’s Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts from around the globe features more dramas than comedies, but each touches upon important subjects with messages that will last in one’s heart forever.


The Eleven O’Clock, 13 minutes, Australia

Those who work at psychological services on campus may get a kick out of this one. A psychologist meets with a patient who thinks he is a physcologist.

Director Derin Seale brings the only comedic piece of the bunch. The doctor and patient have a comical spat as they try to prove how the other person is not a psychologist.

When the two argue, it’s difficult to determine who is the doctor.

Each uses the same tricks in the book that psychologists are notorious for like, “what does this word mean to you?” and, “cross-examination.”

Their witty exchange packs in a good amount of laughs while taking a swipe at the profession.

Amidst the heavy material in the other four short films, The Eleven O’Clock is a nice reminder that not all films have to be dramatic for a point to be made.

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Your 2018 Guide to Music Festivals (That Aren't Coachella)

Music Festival 1Over the past decade, music festivals have evolved and gained a large following. The list has expanded greatly and there is no way our wallets or our calendars can conquer them all.

It seems as though Californian music festival, Coachella, is on everyone’s musical bucket list.

It’s no surprise, considering it has been named one of the best Music Festival’s by USA Today.

By no means am I hating on Coachella— trust me, I would jump through hoops to be able to hit the Californian dessert, be among celebrities in the crowds, and ride the notorious ferris wheel.

However, the cost of tickets could cost you an arm and a leg; that doesn’t even include the plane ticket, accommodations, and transportation.

For us East-coast kids to spend the weekend at Coachella, it would be the same amount as a Bahamas all-inclusive 5-day getaway.

The breakdown potentially goes like this:

A round trip from Newark airport to LAX for that weekend goes for $404—without luggage. Then, according to Coachella’s website, general passes started at $429. According to TIME Magazine you can be prepared to spend an average of $70 on a shuttle from LAX to the festival and $590 on a mid-range hotel which covers a 2 night stay.

Ladies and gents, your grand total is: $1,493.

After exploring TicketMaster’s “Festivals” tab, there are, luckily, several music festivals in the tri-state area that are more affordable and equally entertaining.

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Asbury Park: The Center of New Jersey's Music Scene

Asbury Park NJ Music Scene 1Asbury Park has become home to New Jersey’s local music scene; the town has even adopted “Where Music Lives” as its slogan.

Through its multitude of venues, as well as recording studio space, NJ artists are being given more opportunities than ever before to enter the music industry close to home.

Asbury Park’s historical venue, “The Stone Pony,” is known for launching legendary careers, particularly those of New Jersey natives; names such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi ring a bell, i’m sure.

Currently, The Stone Pony is looking to find New Jersey’s next “big act” through its “Rock to the Top 2018” (RTT) competition.

According to The Stone Pony’s website, local bands can enter the competition by submitting their information to

The venue’s website explains, “Ten bands will be in each showcase, with the top three from each show moving on to the semifinal round.”

The details continued, “Three bands from each of the three semifinal rounds will then become finalists in the big showdown, the RTT Finals.”

According to the criteria on the venue’s site, if a band reaches the Rock to the Top Finals, its members will have the chance to win the first place prize of $2,500 in cash, a headlining show at The Stone Pony, and other career-moving promotional services.

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Darkest Hour Shines Bright

Darkest Hour Shines BrightIt’s May of 1940 and Great Britain is in its Darkest Hour. Thousands of British troops are pinned on the beaches of Dunkirk, where the Nazi forces are attacking by the land, sea and air.

Meanwhile, the Nazis are steamrolling through Western Europe by taking over countries such as France, Belgium, Holland and others.

In a time where people look to their leaders, there seems to be no hope. The incompetent Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is encouraging peace talks with the Nazis, but we all know how loyal dictator Adolf Hitler is.

Then, on May 10th, the course of history changed when Great Britain elected Winston Churchill as Prime Minister.

Right from his first day in office, Churchill, played by Gary Oldman, must make difficult choices that have historical consequences.

How will Churchill save the immobilized troops in Dunkirk? Also, will Churchill cave to the Nazis’ “peace treaty?”

Churchill’s colleagues try to sway him to fulfill their party’s desires, but the Prime Minister acts in the best interests of Great Britain.

Although the subject of Dunkirk is recycled for the third time in a year, Darkest Hour still gives the audience a fresh story as to how Churchill handled the high stakes. It’s nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Gary Oldman’s performance.

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I, Tonya Brings Home the Gold

I Tonya GoldIt takes the country by storm for one week every four years and we never hear about it outside of that time frame.

No, I’m not talking about an update on Bob Barker’s health, a New Year’s resolution to get back on the treadmill, the anxious wait for a new Carly Rae Jepsen album or Joel Embiid’s availability to play twenty-minutes of a basketball game.

Figure skating dominates the major television channels for a brief moment and holds all boyfriends across the country hostage in their girlfriend’s living room. Although some boyfriends might be chained to the living room couch, there’s plenty to appreciate about the sport.

The skaters glide on the ice, gracefully place their feet one in front of the other, lift their bodies high in the air, spread their arms out like the medal is in reach and elegantly nail the landing; triumphant classical music plays in the background.

As gracious as figure skating may sound, it takes hours of hard work and dedication to master. But what happens when dedication goes too far?

Tonya Harding, played by Margot Robbie, was a figure skater who started at the age of four.

Her mother, played by Allison Janney, is a toxic and abusive intimidator who forces her daughter to pour everything she has onto the ice.

At fifteen, Tonya meets her husband, played by Sebastian Stan, who also torments the figure skater with punches to the face and pushes at the wall every day.

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