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The Goldfinch Is Far from Golden

GoldFinchHave you ever been on a car ride that just feels like forever and you wonder if the end is in sight?

No, I’m not alluding to the classic film Are We There Yet? featuring Ice Cube. Unfortunately, that movie sounds much more entertaining compared to The Goldfinch.

Based off the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Donna Tartt with the same name, the film messily centers around Theo (played by a younger Oakes Fegley and older Ansel Elgort), who survived an art museum bombing that left his mother dead. Among the rubble of the museum, Theo took a famous painting of a goldfinch.

After that horrific day, Theo’s life goes into a tailspin. From living with his drunken father in Las Vegas to working with a man who forges antique furniture in New York City, Theo loses stability when he loses his mother.

I know, the plot sounds incredible, but the film doesn’t let its source material spread its wings.

At two and a half hours, it sounds like enough to capture such a sprawling story. But by the end, I was sprawled out on my reclining chair.

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The Kelly Clarkson Show Hits the Right Tune

Kelly ClarksonFrom a career of singing to TV, life “Couldn’t Get Better” for Kelly Clarkson right now.

Clarkson debuted her new daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show on Sept. 9.

The new variety show has replaced comedian Steve Harvey’s talk show, which aired on NBC.

The show is unique with its games, special guests, and of course musical performances performed by Clarkson herself!

The singer does a cover every show. So far, she has covered hits like “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “Think” by Aretha Franklin, and “Chandelier” by Sia. For Clarkson, one genre is “Never Enough.”

The singer is sticking to her country roots by creating her set to look like a rustic barn in addition to opening her debut show with a music video of her singing Dolly Parton’s country anthem, “9 to 5.”

Throughout the show, Clarkson exerts her natural humor making the audience and viewers feel comfort and friendliness like they’re right there with her.

The singer wants the theme of closeness and community to come from her show saying, “Each of us has the power to make a profound impact on another person.” She wants the show to offer a sense of “spirit of community, connection, and fellowship.”

The show has had numerous high-profile guests such as The Rock, Josh Groban, Ellen DeGeneres, Chance the Rapper, and even Jay Leno!

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It's Hard to Say See Ya Later: Why Our Favorite Bands Go On Hiatus

Bands HiatusTo music lovers, nothing hurts more than their favorite band breaking up. Even worse, their favorite band announcing an indefinite hiatus.

This is the case with the emo/rock band Paramore. Their fifth album, After Laughter, saw a shift in sound for the band, from punk-induced guitar solos to 80’s-like groovy guitar riffs, but it also saw a turning point in the band’s future.

The band has been pretty idle since they wrapped up their latest tour on Sept. 7, 2018. Meanwhile, this past Sept. 4, they released a statement on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook saying that they are taking a “really nice break,” serving as a confirmation of their hiatus.

It’s a tough time to be a Paramore fan. But we forgive them because they blessed us with 15 years of rockin’ music.

We can always count on the threesome staying close, though. They wrote in their hiatus letter, “It’s so good to have a moment to just ‘be.’”

Fans know that although this is an indefinite hiatus, their favorite band will still be around in the long run.

Things are even worse for One Direction fans. With all four members focusing on solo careers, and the departure of Zayn Malik in 2015, their future as a band doesn’t look too promising.

It’s been a good three years since the four-piece made music together.

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From Slipknot to Lil Nas X This Summer's Music Rocked and Popped

SlipKnotAs the days start to get cooler and back-to-school commercials begin their annual media takeover, it’s nice to look back on the summer that’s just passed and reminisce about all the memories that you’ve made with friends and family alike.

Or, if you’re anything like us here at The Outlook, you’re looking back on all the awesome music-related things that have happened over the last few months.

So without further ado, here’s a recap of summer 2019 in music!

Slipknot promptly booted Ed Sheeran off the top of the charts. The Iowa heavy-metal icons’ newest album We Are Not Your Kind was met with critical acclaim following its Aug. 9 release date.

Forbes writer Quentin Singer even called it a “metal magnum opus.”

In fact, one might be hard-pressed to find a largely bad review of the record in general.

Sheeran’s latest release No. 6 Collaborations Project spent four consecutive weeks at number one before We Are Not Your Kind took its place mid-August, marking Slipknot’s first number one album since 2001’s Iowa.

The Vans Warped Tour went out with a bang. While the long-running touring festival went on its final cross-country run in 2018, the iconic festival held a final hoorah to celebrate their 25th year with a handful of larger-scale festivals throughout June and July.

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Cinema's Stale Summer

Cinemas Stale SummerThroughout the summer, the cinema is a beacon of comfort.

On those scorching summer days, sitting in an ice cold theater with a good movie can be better than frying on the beach.

But with all of the garbage films that came out over the past four months, I’d prefer to be on the beach on a sweltering day with a full body sunburn.

Like the sun beaming bright against the crashing waves, most of the summer’s movies burned my eyes (and brain cells too).

Before we clean the trash off the beach, it must be pointed out that we all saw this wave coming.

Last semester, I wrote a quarterly film report detailing the rubbish washing up at theaters.

In April, there was a feeling that this could be the worst year for film in recent memory and this summer solidified that claim.

Of the 43 movies I saw at the cinema, one received a perfect 4 star score, eight received 3 star scores, 12 got 2 star scores, 14 earned a 1 star score, and seven monstrosities were slapped with half star ratings.

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5,000 Days After 10,000 Days Tool Releases Fear Inculumn

Tool Fear InculumnIt’s here; it’s FINALLY here. I’m referring to Tool’s anticipated fifth album, Fear Inoculum.

 It’s been 13 years (almost 5,000 days, but who’s counting?) since their last album, 10,000 Days. This album has been rumored, started, abandoned, restarted, “leaked,” neglected, re-abandoned; but nevertheless, it’s HERE.

In those 13 years, lead singer Maynard Keenan made nine albums with his other band Pusicfer and three with A Perfect Circle, which is just peachy.

Tool formed in 1990 in Southern California as a hobby of drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Paul D’Amour replaced by Justin Chancellor in 1995, and vocalist and lyricist Maynard Keenan.

Tool was also one of the last holdouts of digital streaming services until Aug. 2019, but upon subsiding, all four of Tool’s previous albums landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart; the only band to ever do that.

The title track on Fear Inoculum was the only single released and is over 10 minutes long.

It begins with a whirring sound, then builds to a cello melody, then Carey on drums and Chancellor on bass interweave their instruments. Maynard lulls you with his immersive voice. It’s a great introduction to this album.

The standout on most of this album is Carey. There are plenty of moments where he lets loose dizzying drum solos. “Pneuma,” “Invincible,” and “7emptest” are some of the best drumming of his career.

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It's Baaaaack! For Chapter II

IT Chapter 2Welcome back to Derry, folks! Two years ago audiences were terrified by Pennywise the Clown in the hit movie It, inspired by Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

In It, a group of kids in the small town of Derry come together to take down Pennywise who is filling his clown car with bodies.

Now for Chapter II, it takes place 27 years after that horrific summer.

Pennywise returns terrorizing Derry and the group joins forces as adults to send back the clown.

Despite It’s huge production, the film is much too long, lacks any scares, and the characters curse like sailors.

At 2 hours and 50 minutes, this clown show drags a lot.

It takes an hour to assemble the gang, another hour for each character to have their own plotline, and 50 minutes to battle Pennywise.

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Monmouth Featured in Acclaimed Movie Blinded by the Light

Blinded LightThe Bench Mob, polling, Miles Austin, and Wilson Hall’s closeup in 1982’s Annie: Monmouth University is nationally known for these things.

But over the summer, thousands across the country came to know us as the home for the Boss through a film called Blinded by the Light.

Released on Aug. 16, director Gurinder Chadha’s film follows a young Pakistani boy named Javid growing up in 1987 Luton, England.

Javid is a huge music fan and discovers the sound of Bruce Springsteen while in college. Springsteen’s lyrics speak to Javid and he starts to gain confidence in becoming a writer.

Towards the end of the film (this doesn’t spoil much, promise), Javid’s professor tells him that he won an essay contest. The professor then explains that the winners receive their award at then Monmouth College.

When he’s told this, Javid asks his professor, “Monmouth College?”

The professor replies that it’s in New Jersey and in the area of where The Boss grew up.

Javid jumps on the opportunity and goes home to tell his dad.

When his dad finds out the news, he asks the same question, “Monmouth College?” Against his father’s wishes, Javid hops on a plane to the “Land of Hopes and Dreams.”

Once Javid arrives in America, there’s a montage of him and his friend checking out hot spots of The Boss in Freehold and Asbury Park (this includes the Stone Pony, of course).

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Your Summer, Your Music Festivals

Summer Music FestivalsThe warm weather is officially here to stay, and that means music festival season is already in full swing.

Music festivals are an event that have the potential to be an incredible weekend with people you care about watching dozens of bands you love. Or it can end in being lost, dehydrated, and exhausted surrounded by people you don’t like or recognize.

This begs the question: what are music festivals worth going to? 

There’s a lot of factors to consider. First, realistically, music festivals are harshly different from the pictures you typically see of girls in flowing dresses wondering through a field with Beyoncé preforming just over their shoulder.

In most cases, festivals have a lot more sweating, pushing, and watching the performers than that.

For the layout, there is typically a main stage in the center of the venue where the headliners and a handful of relatively well-known bands preform.

The main stage is surrounded by a couple smaller stages that the smaller acts cycle through.

Near the entrance there’s a large sign with the times and stages in which each act will be preforming and scattered in between are a bunch of tents with merch and (if you’re lucky) overpriced food and water. 

The first thing to consider when choosing a festival is the lineup, which is most important because it is the backbone of the whole event.

Some of the best sets coming up this summer are as follows: Lollapalooza’s headliners are Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, and Kacey Musgraves.

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To Our Readers and Writers: Thank You!

Thank YouUsually this small space is saved for one of my glowing Carly Rae Jepsen track reviews or a quick movie rant, but I’d like to use it to thank the wonderful people who made the entertainment section so fun to assemble every week.

A special thanks goes out to our writers: Erica Barbara, Nick Manduley (who sent his pieces from London every week), Danielle McClelland, Erin Mulligan, Gabriella Pisacane, Katherine Rivera, Matthew Schaffer, and Dylan Surmonte.

Every week our writers worked hard on putting together incredible pieces by doing in depth research, talking with professors, and submitting their work in a timely fashion.

They are the very foundation of our section and without them I am nothing.

We also had contributions from our awesome editors this year: Jenna Puglisi and Ray Romanski.

Not only did they juggle their own section, but they were nice enough to help out ours.

To make our section the most stylish in the paper, our graphic design specialist, Angela Mascia, created photos that fit perfectly with every article. She is our “PNG Queen.”

The Outlook’s editorial staff helped this section improve every week with their revisions and recommendations. Thank you to our leaders at the paper, Nick Coscarelli, Caroline Mattise, and Nicole Riddle for the effort you pour into each publication.

As a finance & real estate student, I was lucky to have the guidance of professor John Morano throughout the year.

His stops by the office and advice helped shape the articles you read every week.

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How Much Star Wars Is Too Much Star Wars ?

Too Much Star WarsA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Those words are entrenched into the cultural fabric of American film.

The Star Wars saga is one of the largest—if not the largest—film empires in the world.

Since the bookends of the 1970’s, Star Wars has spread through generations, sparking wonderment into parents and children through the magic of cinema.

George Lucas, the mastermind behind the whole operation, told his story throughout six films, some good and some bad.

He gave a glimpse into the present storyline and the past, providing a story fit for one of the most infamous movie villains of all time: Darth Vader.

Lucas has since sold his property to the bigwigs over at Disney and they have taken control of his story.

Over the past four years, Disney has been pumping out Star Wars content left and right, with no signs of slowing down.

They have released four separate Star Wars films, with another film and television series on the way later this year.

It’s clear that Disney wants to maximize their profits off a hefty investment they made but is their content reaching a point of over saturation?

In 2015, J.J. Abrams directed the triumphant return of the saga with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the tune of a $936 million box office splash.

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