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A Return to The Twilight Zone

Peele Twilight ZoneLove the iconic thriller and mystery show The Twilight Zone from the 1960’s? Well you’re in luck!

Welcome back to The Twilight Zone, 60 years later. It’s back for ten episodes on CBS’s streaming service.

The Twilight Zone first aired from Nov. 1958 to June 1964 and had five seasons.

It was created by Rod Serling and marketed as a horror and mystery show.

The show changed the landscape of television and created a demand for psychological mystery thrillers. However, it was one of a kind and Serling’s formula is difficult to replicate. So why now for the reboot?

Michael Chattalas, Ph.D., a specialist professor of marketing recognized a resurgance of old TV show comebacks.

“Every generation has an interest in ‘reliving’ a past era, which is typically perceived in an idealized manner, as compared to present times… networks often choose to revive successful television franchises, as it is quite hard to score a ratings success with brand new content concepts.”

While it may not be as unique as it was in the 1960’s when it came out, the episodes do put a modern spin on some of the stories which is thought-provoking especially to audiences at the college and young adult age, who did not watch the original.

Today’s reboot is hosted by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, the mastermind behind thrillers like Get Out and Us.

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Attention Jersey Shore: Shoobies Have Invaded

Attention Jersey Shore

 Shoobies, an NJ-based indie band, is currently hard at work to mold all your favorite throwback vibes into modern grunge-pop.

Not unlike the tourists from Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power that they’re named after, Shoobies are ready to invade.

But rather than beaches, they are moments away from invading every concert venue around the country… and then the world.

Drawing from 80’s and 90’s influences like The Cure, Nirvana, and Erasure, the band is not afraid to bring something different to today’s alternative scene.

I once read that “alternative” is merely “a label for the label-less.” Shoobies aptly matches this description.

With a heavenly debut album set to be released early next year, their fans have plenty of new songs to look forward to.

Shoobies has already put 70 hours of studio time into the album with producer Tim Panella at Lakehouse Studios. They shared their progress on Twitter, calling it “the coolest indie-pop record of all time.”

The album will also be joined by a book and film, allowing listeners to become immersed in the creative vision that Shoobies has been developing since their start in 2016.

The film will serve as an adaptation of the novel, with the album acting as a soundtrack to the entire story.

Led by singer and writer Casey Marley Breidenbach, the band masterfully blends together yearning and happiness, staying true to the “all-encompassing” love that inspires their projects.

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Pet Semetary Should Play Dead

Pet SemetaryIt’s hard to say goodbye to our pets. They bring such joy to our lives when they beg for food throughout the entirety of dinner or chew through pillows, so it’s difficult to imagine a life without them.

But if they came back with a missing eyeball, a constantly loud hiss, and the intention to kill your family, maybe saying goodbye wouldn’t be so hard after all.

That’s the dilemma Louis, played by Jason Clarke, faces when he moves his family out to the Middle of Nowhere, Massachusetts. Life was a fur ball of happiness until his neighbor Judd, played by John Lithgow, introduced Louis to the Pet Semetary on his property.

When Louis’s cat dies, Judd helps him burry it at the Semetary (on Halloween night on the side of a dangerous cliff, of course).

The next day, the cat is back alive and kicking, or shall I say, scratching. This raises the question: could Louis resurrect anything or anyone?

Here’s a better question: could you watch this movie without rolling your eyes ten times?

I’m all for horror films, but there are plenty throw-away titles in the genre that follow the same

 formulaic grave plot, and Pet Semetary fits right in.

There aren’t any natural thrills, but rather, plenty of cheap jump scares.

The film features more jump scares than there are natural thrills. It doesn’t try to scare you by the terror slowly unraveling, but through a truck driving really fast in front of the house.

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Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

J Landau Exploring ColorsJacob Landau’s culmination of his lifetime’s work, Exploring the Colors, is currently on display through April 19 in the living room of the Guggenheim Library.

His work was greatly inspired by his adverse experiences growing up during the Great Depression, as well as fighting in World War II.

Landau was able to illustrate his experiences through mediums such as oil pastels, ink, photogravure, watercolor, and others.

“I see a lot of work in [Landau’s] collection that doesn’t get to come out to be viewed, so each year we pick a theme and try to find something we can kind of focus on”, said Gallery Director Scott Knauer.

“This year it’s color, and there’s so much color in what Jacob did throughout his career, it’s really amazing to see.”

It was apparent that Landau engaged in other creative pursuits, starting with one of his first jobs being as an illustrator on the original Captain Marvel comics, and earning national acclaim for his art as young as 16 years old.

Through attending the gallery’s opening last Monday, seeing his displayed works, and speaking with many organizers of the event and Landau’s colleagues, it was clear that the exhibit was an exploration of his life as an artist.

Later in Landau’s life, he combined his love of teaching with his passion for art and worked as an art teacher for over fifty years.

Susan Dogulass, M.A., a specialist professor of history, elaborated on the significance of Landau’s perspective.

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Your Guide to Record Store Day

Guide Record StoreFor record collectors, Christ­mas is right around the corner. Record Store Day (RSD), which is celebrated at local record stores around the globe, will take place on Saturday, April 13.

RSD was first held in 2008 to encourage people to shop at their local record stores through ex­clusive releases from artists big and small.

In its first year, RSD didn’t at­tract too many big names.

However, over time, it seems like every major artist young and old have something to offer for RSD.

Whether it’s a ’45 single of “Rocky Ground” from Bruce Springsteen or a cassette tape of N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Comp­ton from years past, artists from different backgrounds come together to celebrate one of mu­sic’s greatest institutions.

Just because it’s called RSD doesn’t mean that artists must re­lease records. Artists can release their exclusives through any medi­um they wish, like CDs, cassettes, or even 8-tracks.

When an artist comes out with a RSD release, it’s usually a single or b-side you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Therefore, you may see lines go on for blocks with collectors foam­ing at the mouth.

I’ve been attending RSD since 2012. There are some years I skip because the stock isn’t too ripe, but this year is a must go.

Here are some of the releases that many will try to snag for their vinyl collections on April 13:

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Eilish Stuns in Debut

Eilish Stuns DebutAmerican pop singer Billie Eilish, released her debut full-length record When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? on March 29.

Eilish hits a memorable home run with her new record, with singles such as “bury a friend” charting as high as No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The record opens with the 12-second track “!!!!!!!” which simply features Eilish cheekily joking about her retainer, before verbally introducing the album whilst she and her older brother and producer/co-writer Finneas O’Connell burst into laughter.

The first song, “bad guy,” begins with a ferocious bass line that will surely command movement on the dancefloors of clubs everywhere.

Bass seems to be a major staple on this record, with most of the songs being driven by a catchy bass guitar or a bass-boosted drum beat.

Anyone who enjoys listening to music on their daily commute will certainly notice their rearview mirror vibrating along to the bass frequency during the chorus of “xanny.”

Songs such as “8” and closing track “goodbye” take some different instrumental approaches; “8” features Eilish singing softly while strumming a ukulele, while “goodbye” features a cascade of vocal harmony, with Eilish at the helm. “goodbye” would certainly prompt some acapella covers popping up online.

The 17-year-old singer addresses a small variety of issues on When We All Fall Asleep.

Songs such as “xanny” touches on the issue of prescription medication abuse amongst young people.

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Jepsen is Dedicated

Jepsen DedicatedLovers of pop music and Jepsies rejoice!

The Queen of Pop, Carly Rae Jepsen, announced last Monday that she will release her new album called Dedicated on May 17.

Along with the news, CRJ announced a tour across America planned for this summer.

The tour will start on June 27 in Anaheim and will end on Aug. 1 in Dallas.

The Queen will make local stops along the way, including the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on July 17 and The Fillmore in Philadelphia on July 20.

Thus far, CRJ has released three singles from Dedicated. Five months ago, CRJ teased everyone with “Party for One.”

Initially, the track seemed typical of the Queen, as she belted out about how she doesn’t need a man to be herself.

However, as the five months have passed, the song has grown on me.

It’s turned out to be the perfect bop for when I down a jug of ice cream in my room (which I never do).

Along with “Party for One,” CRJ released “No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I’ve Found You.”

Both songs are certified bops, with “No Drug Like Me” as a sexy slow burn and “Now That I’ve Found You” as an explosive track about love.

“Now That I’ve Found You” even got the music video treatment, where CRJ falls in love with a cat.

Plenty of other artists fall in love with fame, but all the Queen needs is her cat.

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Ready, Set, Film!

The FilmOneFest is Coming to Monmouth

Ready Set Film 1A prop, location, and line of dialogue is all filmmakers will be given to use their creativity to make a short film in FilmOneFest’s upcoming film competition right here on campus.

FilmOneFest will continue its collaboration with the University for the second year in a row with their Fourth Annual Film Slam competition on Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 6.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and teams competing will be given a film assignment and only 24 hours to create a film shorter than two minutes long.

FilmOneFest is a project of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and aims to strengthen the community through the arts.

The Film Slam is a free 24-hour filmmaking competition in which teams compete to create an original film that includes specific criteria assigned to them.

At the start of the competition, teams will be assigned a specific prop, location, and line of dialogue that they must incorporate in their short film.

For example, last year a total of seven teams participated and the criteria given was a bird as the prop, a cemetery as the location, and “how about this weather” as the line of dialogue.

After given the three assigned categories, teams must deliver their final product back to Woods Theatre by Saturday night, exactly 24 hours after getting their assignment.

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God at the Box Office: The Relationship Between Faith and Film

Faith and FilmWhen you think of successful modern films, what are some names that come to mind?

Anything commended by the Academy may pop up, or any recent Marvel or DC blockbusters that have graced the silver screen (Marvel’s Captain Marvel grossed nearly $825.1 million in revenue as of March).

Maybe, some mind-bending independent films make the list, like the smash-hit psychological horror Hereditary from last year.

Now, have you ever heard of God’s Not Dead or its sequel? Unbroken: Path to Redemption? How about Indivisible?

The above names are of Christian films that have been released in the past five years.

If you have heard of the listed films or any like them, their reception, both critically and otherwise, can seem inconsistent.

The original God’s Not Dead from 2014 received a measly 13 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but a 4.5/5 from the average Facebook’s review.

Last year’s Unbroken: Path to Redemption, received a 36 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but 91 percent from the average votes of Google users.

Christian films have not been nominated for major film awards recently, and it has been a long time since any were publicly praised.

Films like 1959’s Ben Hur, 1966’s A Man for All Seasons, and 2004’s The Passion of The Christ can be considered some of the last blockbusters of their kind.

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Leaving Neverland And the Legacy of Michael Jackson

Leaving NeverlandA few weeks ago, HBO released a two-part documentary titled Leaving Neverland; a documentary that explored pop mega star Michael Jackson’s relationship and alleged sexual abuse with two young boys.

Now in their thirties, the boys, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, stepped forward in the documentary and revealed chilling details of their experience with Jackson.

One scene includes Safechuck as he recalled all the places at the Neverland Ranch where Jackson engaged in sexual acts with him as a boy. In every possible place you could think of; from the movie theater to the train station, Jackson pressured Safechuck to perform a sexual act.

It’s a brutal examination of Jackson, revealing new information about his past, leaving the audience to process how he is perceived in the present.

It’s quite difficult to explain just how popular Michael Jackson was.

As someone who wasn’t alive during his peak years, it’s still astonishing to see his widespread appeal and the immense popularity of Jackson’s music.

The moonwalk is synonymous with Jackson. Thriller is regarded by some as the greatest album of all time. He was and is pop music.

So when deplorable information comes to the forefront about someone that was admired by so many people, it’s difficult to process the collective thought on the subject in question.

The HBO documentary does a remarkable job of handling such sensitive memories, that it’s quite difficult to watch.

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Nostalgia and the Co-Headliner: An Inquiry into Touring Collaborations

Nostalgia Co Headliner 1There’s something particular about the 1990s that seems to resonate with the general public.

It’s an intangible something that courses through everyone that has any semblances or memory of the back end of the 20th century.

The aesthetic of the 90’s, where everyone wore denim and pastel colors, listening to ska music on their portable cassette players, is something we long for and continue to grasp onto in the current culture.

Not in the literal sense; I don’t think anyone has seen a portable cassette player in years, but you can get that feeling when you see major artists from that era pop up on tour, co-headlined by a fellow “90’s kid” act.

The more prominent examples of these co-headlining tours are Weezer with the Pixies, TLC with Boyz II Men, and The Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

All of these groups were huge at one point in the 1990’s with the exception of Gallagher’s band, but he still has some pull from his Oasis days.

On paper, the idea of having two acts play the same show seems like a great idea; two for the price of one.

These bands also match up sound and audience wise, so there should be some fan crossover between the two.

It’s not as if the shows are being billed as Slayer with special guest Cher, despite how interesting that pairing would be.

“I think for older musicians and bands it could be beneficial to co-headline a tour for the simple fact that their fan bases have matured and are financially conscious,” said sophomore Andres Camacho, the future music director for WMCX.

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