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The World Cinema Series Presents Women: Power and Identity

Women Power IdentityOne thing that bonds all college students together is the search for free entertainment. Free anything really, and not just any form of entertainment but one that is accessible, stress-relieving, and exciting. For students that live on campus, Monmouth Mall may feel out of reach, and for those who commute, it’s difficult to know what happens on campus, and all its hidden gems.

I recently found one of those hidden gems, which stares us in the face, literally. Walking across the underground tunnel to the quads, on the screen are displayed the dates for each movie presented by the World Cinema Series.

Professor of Spanish and Latin American culture, Priscilla Gac-Artigas, Ph.D. described the series as “Foreign, thought provoking films… that students will probably not see in any commercial theater in the U.S.”

Besides the entertaining and unwinding aspects of watching a film, Gac-Artigas further explained that the films will, “Put [students] in front of a unique experience that will engage them in thinking critically about global problems, intercultural interactions, world history, and issues of social justice and ethics.”

The series was founded by history professor, Thomas Pearson, Ph.D., with the purpose to showcase films that would provide educational value, and anthropology.

Pearson stated that the series, “Started back in 2008 while I was still the Provost, and the series was called the Provost Film Series. I’ve always used films in my classes, going back to 1980… [and] the Provost Film Series (like the World Cinema Series) focused on presenting films, from around the world, that were united by a particular theme.”

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Hustlers Can't Quite Make it Rain

Hustlers RainDrinks all around, strippers, dollar bills flying, and strobe lights: some may call this a “Thirsty Thursday,” but to Destiny, played by Constance Wu, this is her six days a week workplace.

Destiny is new to the club and is trying to step up her game. To catch some more dollar bills, she befriends Ramona, played by Jennifer Lopez, who is the top earner at the club.

The two form a bond over their success, but it’s broken apart once the 2008 financial crisis hits. After time goes by, the pair reconnects for a scheme where they drug wealthy men into the club and run up their credit cards.

While the film has an interesting story, its overwhelming amount of slow-mo montages and overhype for JLo’s performance doesn’t make it feel like the VIP experience.

In a way, Hustlers has the elements of a Martin Scorcese film: there’s crime, money, recklessness, language, and a musty New York backdrop.

But it doesn’t quite go there because the movie isn’t that dark and there’s more humor than expected.

What really works the pole is their reason for drugging the guys.

Most of the club’s clientele was Wall Street bankers and when the market crashed, their business was slow dancing.

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The "Starship" Flies: Nicki Minaj (Kinda) Retires

Minaj RetiresRapper Nicki Minaj shocked fans around the world last week when she announced her retirement via Twitter.

In a Sept. 5 tweet, Minaj stated “I’ve decided to retire and have my family. I know you guys are happy now.”

In an added note, Minaj left a sweet message to her fans: “To my fans, keep reppin’ me, do it ‘till [the] death of me, ‘X’ in the box ‘cause ain’t nobody checkin’ me. Love you for life.”

The message is in reference to the remix of her hit “Girl on Fire” in collaboration with singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

James Donio, an adjunct professor of music who has worked with the rapper in the past, is skeptical of the announcement: “I’m frankly not sure the announcement is really true.”

Donio isn’t alone; the abrupt tweet left Minaj’s devoted fan base, coined “The Barbz,” blindsided because she had been working on a new album.

On the morning of Sept. 6, Minaj deleted the tweet and began replying to countless distraught fans.

“The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe,” said Minaj in a tweet to a shaken fan. She wrote that “in hindsight” it would have been more appropriate to announce her retirement via her Beats 1 station, Queen Radio.

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How Much Longer Can the Walkman Walk?

Walkman WalkNowadays, everybody’s got a smartphone. Many folks of our generation can still remember the iPods that were coming out periodically because technology in the mid-late 2000’s, and now though the 2010’s, has been changing quickly with more products released by different companies.

The original Walkman, released in July 1979, was the first personal and on-the-go music player.

Sony took the design of the Pressman, which was intended for journalists to use, and made it something marketable to the average person.

After adding a set of headphones, the Walkman became portable and easy for anybody to carry. It wasn’t instantly successful but became essential to many people in the following years.

Other companies began producing products that were also small and portable for music. Today, every smartphone can do everything a Walkman can without the batteries, wires, and tapes.

This summer, Sony announced that another version of the Walkman is going to be released by the end of the year in Europe and Australia for it’s 40th anniversary.

It has a new modern look with bluetooth compatibility. Also, it allows for music to be downloaded and streamed.

Unlike the original, no cassettes are required. The new Walkman has a 26 hour battery life, which eclipses smartphones.

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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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