“Logan:” A bittersweet goodbye Reply

By Colin Froment – 1851 Staff 

Since donning the metal claws for the first time in 2000, Hugh Jackman has made the comic book character known as Wolverine one of the most popular superheroes from the “X-Men” film franchise. Jackman has shined as Wolverine on the big screen in nine films over the course of 17 years. After announcing his retirement from the character after one last film, fans have wondered if “Logan” is the best way to say goodbye to one of their favorite mutants. “Logan” details an aging and nearly-powerless Wolverine in a dark future caring for the disease-stricken Professor Xavier (another staple character in the franchise played by Patrick Stewart).   More…

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is pure, relevant fun Reply

By Tristan Davis – Features Editor

“Get Out” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to outstanding reviews. Many critics praised it for its’ writing, dramatic performances, and the fact that the film was both written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele, better known for his comedic work on MTV, and with his Comedy Central sketch show “Key and Peele.” While all these things are true, what’s most impressive is the film’s fearlessness; it’s fast-paced, unsettling objective of tackling a deeply emotional theme that has been at the forefront of American media for quite some time: racism towards African-Americans. More…

“Be Our Guest” and try again Reply

By Nicole Taylor – 1851 Staff

Disney’s finest classics were constantly popped in and out of my VCR growing up. However, I didn’t see “Beauty and the Beast” until I was 21; save your gasps, I get that a lot. Here we are now with Disney remakes like “Cinderella”and “Jungle Book” and the most recent, “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.   More…

“More Life” brings more sound Reply

By Krista DeJulio & Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editors-in-Chief

The boy is back. Less than 11 months after the mixed-reviewed “Views” was released, Drake has shook the world again. With a rushed release in the late hours of Saturday, March 18 and with what should be his seventh album, Drake has released what is actually his first playlist titled “More Life.” The cover features a vintage picture of Drake’s father and a subtitle below stating “A Playlist by October Firm.” October’s Very Own Sound (OVO) is the name of Drake’s label but now it seems the label will be referred to as a firm. More…

“Artifact 2017” preimeres at Boston Ballet Reply

By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief

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A scene from the newly rechoreographed “Artifact 2017,” by William Forsythe. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet 

With a quick name change and a rechoreographed ending, “Artifact 2017” kicked off its opening night on Thursday, February 23 at the Boston Opera House at 539 Washington Street, Boston and will run until Sunday, March 5 with a matinee showing of the performance. “Artifact 2017” is the first show of a five-year partnership with William Forsythe, one of the most innovative choreographers of today. Boston Ballet is the first North American company to perform “Artifact” in full.

According to the Boston Globe, the ballet was created in 1984 and reimagined what a classical ballet could be. The show is unique and features more than just ballet as an art form. Memorizing choreography, spoken word and a minimalistic set and costumes are the focal points of the show, leaving the show at two hours.

The show, well extremely innovate and extraordinary, is not for everyone. While “Artifact 2017” promises classical ballet, the rest of the show is not traditional. The spoken word aspects of what looks and feels like an evil Disney-like character brought laughter to the crowd, as did an old man with a megaphone, but left those coming for a traditional ballet at a loss. The costumes were simple variations and different colored leotards and stockings, but still beautifully worn when the ballerinas danced in unison.

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The ballet features a unique perspective to dance and performance. The show will be on stage until March 5 at the Boston Opera House. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet 

Also according to the Boston Globe, “The heart of the ballet’s music is a score, partly improvised, by Eva Crossman-Hecht based on Ferruccio Busoni’s piano transcription of Bach’s monumental ‘Chaconne,’ as well as a sound collage by Forsythe himself.” The show’s ending was rechoreographed, something different than the original from 1984, thus being renamed to “Artifact 2017.”

The fast talking mother-daughter duo returns in the highly anticipated Netflix revival Reply

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

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The “Gilmore Girls” four-part revival was released on Netflix on November 25. The show brought back classic characters. Photo courtesy of Netflix

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is the four 90-minute long episodes and a homecoming for fans and characters alike. After the disappointing ending of the original series almost a decade ago, the revival was the closure fans needed. More…

Holiday tradition dazzles audience once again Reply

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

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The Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” was debuted on Friday, November 25 at the Boston Opera House. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

Mikko Nissinen’s choreography of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has delighted audiences for the past four years and this year is no different. Parents with little girls in fancy dresses, friends on a night out, and those embracing the holiday spirit fill the seats of the Boston Opera House for the iconic holiday performance on opening night on Friday, November 25.   More…