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Don’t Pay a Visit to Aronofsky’s Mother!

Dont Aronofsky MotherStarring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeffier

A woman, called ‘mother’ (Lawrence) and her husband (Bardem), only known as ‘Him’ live a quiet life in a secluded area. One day, their world goes completely off the rails when a stranger (Harris) comes by to stay the night.

That is supposedly the plot.

Director Darren Aronofsky, the visionary behind works such as Black Swan and The Wrestler, gives audiences one of his most ambitious, yet excruciating efforts to date.

 Although the film’s ‘story’ has a profound meaning, it is buried under a string of chaotic sequences, and poor performances.

In its first two minutes, we begin with a burning corpse shedding a tear, then Javier Bardem placing a crystal on a small display, which brings life to a house in ruins.

Right off the bat, it establishes the strange energy felt throughout this huge home and its many occupants.

After the initial strange imagery, everything feels normal for a nice five minutes, until the first stranger arrives on the couple’s porch.

This stranger is the first of many who will raid through the home and cause havoc.

For the first hour, it is entertaining to see how the situation with the one guest escalates to the smaller additions of other guests.

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A Magic Moment with John Stessel

Magic John Stessel 1Do you believe in magic?

John Stessel sure does.

Sitting on the steps of Wilson Hall, John removed the deck of cards from his pocket and began to shuffle.

 It was just last year that John was a student at Monmouth University. He double majored in Business Real Estate and Finance and manifested the spot to graduate first in his class in both majors; but that is not what John is remembered for.

He is known for exactly what he’s doing right now on the stairs of Wilson: Manipulating a deck of cards and mesmerizing whatever crowd happened to walk by.

He has since moved from those steps and climbed to new heights in the direction his dreams.

Nowadays, he can be found in New York City serving as Head Magic Consultant for the renowned magician, Dan White, on his off-broadway show called, “The Magician” at the Nomad Hotel.

John’s job is to oversee all operations of every show.

“The Magician” transcends all statuses with audience members from Kanye West, Kim Kardashian-West, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ivanka Trump, just to name a few that have attended.

Jimmy Fallon is also a huge fan of Dan White’s work; out of the six times he has appeared on The Fallon Show, John has been present for five of them. 

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It’s Called Fashion... Look it Up

Fashion Look It UpIn the famous words of RuPaul,

You better work!

 

New York City, NY-  Welcome to New York City Fashion Week 2017.

The famous, star-studded, and highly anticipated seven day long event started Sept. 7 and is ending on Sept. 14, this year.

Fashion Week may seem like a recent phenomenon, what with the multitude of stories and tweets about what celebrity is wearing who, but, the history behind it is pretty substantial, as a matter of fact.

According to Teen Vogue, the first official Fashion Week began as “Press Week” in 1943 at the height of World War II.

The American fashion media couldn’t get over to Paris—you know, the heart of fashion—to see the next season’s collections.

What was our solution, you ask?

Show the world what New York City does best: make something bigger than what was originally intended.

Happening only semi-annually--once in September and again in February--Fashion Week is a hyped up event that sparks excitement for those who want to know the latest trends and surely, a humbling and fascinating experience.

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Eric & Jessie Return to T.V.

Eric Jessie Return To TV 1They’re back! 

Four years ago, when the first episode of the E! original series, Eric & Jessie: Game On hit TV screens, viewers fell in love with the power couple that made them believe in real life fairy tales.

 Professional football player, Eric Decker and country singer-songwriter, Jessie James Decker have allowed fans to have a glimpse into their PDA filled relationship and seemingly perfect life.

This past Wednesday, fans were welcomed into back into the world of the Deckers for a new chapter in their lives, parenthood.

“I was so excited for Eric & Jessie to come back on TV! When I called Comcast to set up our cable this year, I actually told the person I was speaking to that it had to be set up before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 so I could watch it,” said Taylor Klemm, a senior psychology major. 

Season three will follow the busy couple as they juggle their successful careers while raising their two children. Three-year-old Vivianne and 23-month-old Eric Jr., also known as Bubby are shaping their parent’s return to television to be a bit more censored and child-friendly when compared to previous seasons of the reality television show.

In fact, the couple’s hiatus from the E! network was due to the fact that they did not want their infant children in the public eye, and in my opinion that is indicative of the central theme of the show, which is the Decker family values. 

The opening scene of the premiere alluded to traditional values and the nuclear family in the modern age. Within the first five minutes of the show, the Deckers thanked God for their sloppy joe sandwiches and loving family. The proud parents then formally introduced their children and fans were finally given the sweet explanation as to why Eric Jr.’s nickname is Bubby. Supposedly, when Vivi was first introduced to her baby brother she referred to him as Bubby, and the nickname stuck. While baby Eric is described as a real guy’s guy, which is expected since his father is a professional athlete, Vivianne is described as a mirror image of her mother when she was a child. 

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Mayweather, McGregor Face off in ePIC Boxing match

Mayweather McGregor MatchIn a bizarre breach of reality, Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) lightweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor crossed over to boxing to fight undefeated legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Mayweather, 49-0, hadn’t fought in over 2 years, and was seeking his 50th win, thus holding the most prestigious boxing record of all time. On the other hand, McGregor, 0-0, was stepping into the boxing ring for the first time in his athletic career.

Although many feared that the preflight interviews would be far more entertaining than the fight itself, many critics were pleasantly surprised.

In the first round, McGregor quickly displayed that he was a formidable opponent, out-landing Mayweather, even surprising him with a counter uppercut.

For the next two rounds, the neophyte continued to Outland the veteran and shock the combat community.

However, midway through the fourth round, there was a stark momentum shift. McGregor, who had never boxed before, began feeling the ill-effects of a 12 round boxing match.

As he began to tire, the savvy and experienced Mayweather initiated his own game plan.

Mayweather sought to let McGregor unload in the early rounds, only to dial up his offense in the latter portions of the fight.

With each round that passed, McGregor and Mayweather engaged in a war of attrition, and it was clear that McGregor’s cardio would fail him in due time.

At the start of the tenth round, McGregor had taken too many unanswered shots, and the referee intervened to stop the fight.

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Girls Just Wanna Have The Chance To Write

Troubling statistics reveal that female representation in entertainment journalism is slim, but this has not discouraged the female journalists of tomorrow.

A 2016 study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at San Diego State University found that in the field of film criticism, 74 percent of those employed at major outlets were men, and just 26 percent were women. Even in the general field of media criticism, male reviewers outnumber women at 80 percent to 20 percent.

These numbers have not been improving either. A previous study conducted by the same researcher, Martha M. Lauzen, in 2013, had found that 78 percent of the top media critics were male, in comparison to the 22 percent who were female.

Associate Editor at Film Journal International and freelance entertainment writer Rebecca Pahle agrees that most critics and entertainment journalists are men, and that this fact is inarguable.

“This is a very networking-heavy industry,” said Pahle. “And guys tend to hire other guys. Often it’s unconscious: you hire from the pool of people you know.”

Yet, one might be surprised to find that young female writers not only have enthusiasm for their futures, but also are not discouraged by these findings.

Allison Perrine, a recent Monmouth University graduate and former Entertainment Editor for The Outlook, exudes confidence not only in her writing ability, but also in her opinion about the future of entertainment journalism.

“I don’t feel discouraged,” said Perrine. “If I did find myself in an office with more male employees, I would remind myself that I landed that position for a reason. Women are just as capable of doing the job as men are.”

For Monmouth graduate Victoria Nelli, who wrote television recaps and reviews for The Outlook during her time at Monmouth, the love of entertainment writing seems to eclipse any potential fears.

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Forever Thankful | Allison Perrine's Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 A P 1“Come take a tour of Monmouth with me,” said my childhood best friend, Jessica Porter. I originally did not want to tour the University at all; it was less than an hour from home and I did not want to hear the comments of how I didn’t get a ‘real college experience’ because I go to school ‘too close to home.’ However, she persuaded me to tour the campus with her. After that, I was sold. Fast forward four years, and I could not have made a better decision. With the help of so many people, my college experience has far exceeded any expectation I could have imagined for myself. So, thank you:

My family: There’s no way imaginable to fully express how grateful I am to have your support and help over these past four years. Especially to you, mom, for doing absolutely anything you can to help me out along the way. Thank you endlessly for helping me set up a better future for myself.

My housemates: I’ll start with Cassie Stiansen (Sandy); I really don’t think I could have made it through college without you. I remember that we both received bids to AOII and I (very uncomfortably) walked up to you and said, “I think we live on the same hall in Elmwood. I’m Allison.” And ever since, we’ve been inseparable. No matter what, I know that I’ll have you by my side for a lifetime and I can’t imagine it any other way. Thank you for always being there for me and for making me laugh. I’m looking forward to seeing you every Tuesday this summer for Bar A, for random visits once we’re older, and even in my bridal party.

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An Interview with Actress Daniella De Jesus

Interview Daniella De JesusTwo River Theater is showcasing the enduring strength of a group of Spanish women bound together by familial relationships, language, culture and heritage. In the new play, The Women of Padilla, the multi-talented poet, playwright and actress Daniella De Jesus portrays one of the characters whose story is intertwined with the other characters and here the actress talks about her passion, including performing in a play that centers around women.

I had the pleasure of reading a short bio on your artistic achievements as an actor and a writer, in particular playwriting and poetry. Do you feel more at home in performing or writing?

I feel more safe and comfortable in writing, the actual doing of it. But having my writing read aloud and performing are equally as nerve-wrecking and thrilling.

Is this the first play you are doing at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey? If so, what has the experience been like rehearsing for The Women of Padilla?

This is my first play with Two River Theater and my first professional production, so I’m learning a lot, and it’s been a great environment to learn in. The rehearsal process has been really collaborative, which is amazing. Ken Russ Schmoll, our director, has made each rehearsal feel safe and welcoming.

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Indie Games in Review

Indie Games in ReviewGamers are increasingly turning towards the growing indie games market for fun, affordable games. Unfortunately, for every diamond indie game, there’s a lot of rough.

One brief point before getting into the true gems, in a previous story I cautiously recommended Ark: Survival Evolved as a promising early access title. Unfortunately, I find myself regretting this recommendation, and, at this time, would like to caution potential buyers away from Ark. While they’ve certainly produced a very fun game, Ark’s developer, studio Wildcard, embodies several of the worst qualities that can be seen in the indie games industry. They ignore player feedback and regularly break their game, while hiding behind the fact that it’s an early access title. They also put a system in their game which promotes unhealthy sleep habits, sold pay-to-win DLC, and illegally poached another indie developer’s talent... So much of this is unethical, and believe me, I’m only scratching the surface, I could write a whole story on this dev’s questionable business practices.

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Persona 5 is a 10/10

Persona 5 ReviewQuick disclaimer before I get into this review: I’m a huge Persona fan. I’ve loved the Persona series since I first played Persona 3 in high school, and I’ve played every game in the series since. What makes Persona games great, in my mind, is three things. They all have excellent plots, incredibly complex/detailed character development, and they each have their own unique sense of style unlike anything else – past Persona games included.

In Persona 3, you played as “SEES,” ostensibly a school club, but in actuality the “specialized extracurricular execution squad.” This was a very dark game; core themes of the tile were death and decay, the game’s color palette of dark green and black represented rot. Every night at midnight, players went to war, fighting a losing against a superior, inexhaustible enemy. After Persona 3, Atlus (the game’s developer/publisher) did a complete 180 and released Persona 4, a game about happiness and enjoying the end of one’s childhood. I don’t mean to convey the impression Persona 4 was a bad game though; it was actually outstanding, and in many ways superior to Persona 3. The protagonist, Yu Narukami (or whatever players chose to name him) had to solve a murder mystery and catch the responsible party. At times, the plot got a little dark, but if you’ve ever seen Scooby Doo, you have a basic idea of what the game’s plot was like – lighthearted and idealistic. Many players preferred this sort of plot and as a result, Persona 4 won multiple game-of-the-year awards.

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Kellan Brennan Releases New EP

Kellan Brennan EPThey say some of the best music is made from the soul, but did they ever say the best music could be recorded in your own home? The king of "homebrew" jazz, Kellan Brennan, recorded his first EP (extended play) entirely in his living room.

Brennan has been working on these songs since his sophomore year of college. Now, he is a senior communication student who does the vocals, piano, and co-produced his EP, Kellan Brennan EP. Senior music industry student, Will Saulsky, did drums, co-produced, and mastered, while Jon Bass, junior music industry student, played upright and electric bass and Erin Holmes, MU graduate, added some more vocals.

Brennan said on recording in his living room, "We wanted this project to be completely independent. It's nice to record at home where there's no time constraints and everything is really comfortable."

As college students, it's hard to afford anything, let alone pay thousands of dollars to go to a professional studio. However, finances didn't stop Brennan and his band from making some awesome music.

Dave DePaola, senior music industry student and president of Blue Hawk Records, said, "Kellan and Will really know how to make the best of a home studio. They are capable of matching or even surpassing the sound quality of professional studios in the area."

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