Little fires eventually cause a huge one (spoilers) Reply

By: Ruth Kehinde Digital Editor

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This promotional poster for “Little Fires Everywhere,” Hulu’s new miniseries based on a bestselling book by Celeste Ng, shows the two main characters, (L-R) Elena and Mia. Photo courtesy of Hulu.com

The Hulu miniseries, “Little Fires Everywhere,” is based on the New York Times Bestseller by Celeste Ng. It was released on March 18, with a new episode released weekly. This season introduces the viewer to an upper-class family called the Richardsons while they live in the town, Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is displayed as a suburban utopia. Although this family plays a huge part, Shaker is mainly where the highlight is. The show shifts throughout the eight episodes, having Shaker be affected when introduced to Mia Warren (Kerry Washington), a bohemian, free-spirited artist, and her daughter, Pearl (Lexi Underwood) when they move into the Richardson’s family rental home. More…

“Big Mouth” season 3 is going through changes Reply

By Adam Hallenbeck & Madison RaffoneSports Editor & 1851 Staff

After months of anticipation from fans, “Big Mouth” season three was released on Netflix on Oct. 4. The characters fans have all come to grow and love continue to experience some of their own growing pains. The season is full of twists and turns in puberty. Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney) returns with Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Jessi Glaser (Jessi Klein) as the group handles their issues but more importantly, their hormone monsters Maury (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph).

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Marvel Studios soars high with First-female film Reply

Colin Froment & Holly FeolaCo-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

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Brie Larson is both convincing and entertaining as “Captain Marvel.” Fans are excited to see her further appearances in the Marvel Universe.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first female- centric film “Captain Marvel” is an enjoyable and nostalgic trip that establishes a solid prequel to the overall MCU. While not as impactful on the same scale as “Avengers: Infinity War,” it still provides an entertaining story to fill some space in between the larger MCU films and keeps fans hyped.
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“The Last Rocket” finally blasts off Reply

By Zach Houle – 1851 Staff

The rap group Migos is one of the latest popular presences in hip-hop. Songs such as “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery,” and “Pipe It Up” put them on the map. Members Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff have produced hit after hit. The three members are launching solo projects; Quavo started with “QUAVO HUNCHO” released in October. Takeoff released his solo album “The Last Rocket” on Nov. 2.

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“Beautiful Boy,” average movie Reply

By Emily Long & Brian McGloughlin – 1851 Staff and Sports Editor

“Beautiful Boy” was released in cinemas on Oct. 12. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, the movie was and adaptation of the novel, written by David Sheff. The star-studded cast included Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan.

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A star somewhat shines Reply

Emily Long & Pavel Zlatin1851 staff

The highly anticipated film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper released on Oct. 5, “A Star is Born” is the third remake of the musical drama film released in 1937. The movie is another major role for Gaga and Cooper’s directorial debut. 

The film follows Jackson Maine (Cooper) and Ally (Gaga), two star crossed lovers who meet under unlikely yet completely cliché circumstances. Maine is a musician plagued by alcohol and substance addiction. After performing in Los Angeles, he meets Ally as she performs “La Vie en Rose” in an obscure bar. The pair get drunk and Ally sings one of her original songs to Maine. Her talent strikes him immediately, leading him to introduce her to the music world. As Ally’s career progresses, Maine is further ravaged by his inner demons. 

The duo’s acting is nothing but fantastic. Cooper has fully embodied the persona of Maine, a rugged Arizona cowboy. Gaga allows Ally to grow throughout the film from timid performer to a full-fledged starlet. 

The clear star of the movie is the soundtrack. Gaga’s vocals are a powerhouse with her edition of “La Vie en Rose”. The film showcases how well Gaga performs in a variety of styles from ballads with Cooper to pop songs similar to Gaga’s personal style. Cooper’s music talent is reminiscent of classic rock. 

While most of the elements of the film are great, the plot of the movie is awkward, paced too  quickly, and cliché. Luckily, as clumsy as the plot is, it is not bad enough to ruin all the good things about the movie. The original film also had a clumsy plot line, forgiving that particular flaw. 

Overall, “A Star is Born” is a movie worth seeing. The acting is incredible, the soundtrack is simply beautiful, and Gaga has proved once again that she can do it all.

“Venom” lacks a clean bite Reply

Colin Froment & Brian CohenCo-editor-in-chief & 1851 staff

Spider-Man supervillain Venom swings back into cinemas in his self-titled film, “Venom,” released on Oct. 6. The film highlights the character’s anti-hero persona on a path of redemption in a film separate from any Marvel film released. 

Investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) attempts to revamp his career by investigating the Life Foundation and its sinister founder, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). This causes him to be forcibly bonded with the alien symbiote Venom, giving him superhuman strength, shapeshifting abilities and a constant hunger for human beings. Brock must learn to find the balance between his morals and the symbiote’s cannibalistic intentions in order to take down the Life Foundation. 

And the film does get as interesting as it sounds – for the most part. 

“Venom” really struggled with pacing. The first half of the film is a large, dull exposition that takes a slow approach focusing on Brock, making fans wait what seems like forever for him to actually become Venom. Once the symbiote finally emerges, there is more excitement to witness, but then the movie feels rushed as it progresses. As the predictable climax comes to a close, the audience is left thinking, “wait, that’s it?” 

The film left little time for character development for the supporting cast. Drake is about as generic as it gets when it comes to devious corporation CEOs, even when attached to the murderous symbiote, Riot. Michele Williams as Anne Weying had stand out moments that set her apart from other superhero love interests, but it doesn’t completely make up for some personality flaws she displays in the beginning of the film. 

On a less darker side, Hardy proves to be the perfect choice as both Brock and Venom, mixing two very distinct personalities into one character with such ease. The monster unleashes brutal action scenes and displays signature dark humor to create the film’s funniest moments. With a visually striking and frightening appearance, thanks to detailed visual effects, Venom looks ripped straight out of the comic pages for enjoyment.

With a rushed plot that begins at a snail’s pace and dull characters, “Venom” feels like an unfinished product but with a little glimmer of a potentially fun flick. “Venom” is like Play-Doh, a messy but entertaining pile of goop that kids might not want to eat a second time around.