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Survival of “The Forest”

Survival of “The Forest”

Richard Ahlgrim

December 13, 2017

The upcoming survival horror game “The Forest” can best be described as the pinnacle of the survival genre, certainly a new level reached by producer Endnight Games. Survival TV star Eric Leblanc and his son, Timmy, are settling down to sleep the rest of their flight as a mysterious energy pulse...

Reflecting on “The Last of Us” as developers work on sequel

Reflecting on “The Last of Us” as developers work on sequel

Richard Ahlgrim

November 29, 2017

Only a month away, 2018 marks the five-year anniversary of the most award-winning game in history and the planned PS4 release of its much anticipated sequel. “The Last of Us,” developed by Naughty Dog, has won over 240 awards with many additional nominations. These awards include multiple Game...

Revisiting “Dead Poets Society”: a film with both heart and humor

Kyle Brown

November 29, 2017

Life got you down? Afraid to turn on the news? Bank balance a bit scary? It might be time to revisit an old classic to remind yourself that all’s not bad. It might be time to revisit “Dead Poets Society,” a timeless film worth watching time and time again. Robin Williams plays John Keating,...

“Buster’s Mal Heart”: an oddball of a film

“Buster’s Mal Heart”: an oddball of a film

Joseph Kifner

November 29, 2017

“Buster’s Mal Heart” is a strange combination of quirky, dark and simply odd. Writer and director Sarah Adina Smith, who directed her debut film, “The Midnight Swim,” in 2014, has crafted a twisted world within our own and supplemented the real with intense scenes of visual metaphor to create...

Rounding up 2017’s top five albums

Rounding up 2017’s top five albums

Jacob Greenia

November 29, 2017

“You can stand me up at the gates of hell/But I won’t back down” the late Tom Petty sings confidently over a mid-tempo beat on his 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.” The five albums I’ve selected as my favorites of 2017 have been crafted by artists who embody a similar defiance and struggle...

“Get Out” addresses societal racism while remaining true to its thriller roots

Ryan Thompson

November 29, 2017

The film “Get Out” is a heart stopping thrill ride full of suspense up until the very last second of the movie. The movie begins in a white neighborhood where a black man is going to meet a white girl, when he is kidnapped by an unidentified person. This opening scene provides what’s in store...

Reimagining of “Antigone” brings political commentary to Dibden stage

Katelyn Shaw as Antigone, with ensemble behind

Nellie Tamboe

November 29, 2017

On the stage of Dibden Center of Performing Arts sat Lucas Sirois and Katelyn Shaw in the skin of Creon and Antigone, respectively. Audience members quietly filled in the surrounding stage seats as the two actors glared across at each other. Bathed in dramatic lighting, the shadows that crossed Sirois...

“Pardon My Take”: a satirical sports show with pizzazz

“Pardon My Take”: a satirical sports show with pizzazz

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017

In a world where sports media has devolved almost entirely into talking heads screaming at one another, each opinion more ludicrous than the last, many fans have resigned to the idea that they have only two options: tune in, or tune out. But for those like me in desperate need of a middle ground, a third...

“Stranger Things 2” exceeds expectations

“Stranger Things 2” exceeds expectations

Richard Ahlgrim

November 8, 2017

With the huge success of season one, fans of “Stranger Things” had high expectations when season two was released on Oct. 27. Anytime a show begins a new season, my biggest worries are if the storyline is going to repeat last season with just substituting in a new problem to handle, or if new characters...

No injustice in this sequel: story mode expands experience

No injustice in this sequel: story mode expands experience

by Richard Ahlgrim

November 8, 2017

In a time where it seems like everything is a shitty remake, NetherRealm Studios has broken the cycle and released one of the best fighting game sequels to date. “Injustice 2” is a sequel to the award-winning, 2013 release “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” “Injustice 2” is a fighting game set...

LSC serves “Dinner” at Twilight

Jake Mead, Crenshaw Lindholm, Annie Stinehour

Emma Quinn

October 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: Emma is an Electronic Journalism Arts student at Lyndon State College. This article is part of a collaboration with Basement Medicine to better represent our unified community. The Lyndon State Twilight Players are in full swing with preparations for their fall production of “Th...

Jensen Beach honored with Vermont Book Award

Jensen Beach

Emily Clark

October 26, 2017

Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach was recently honored with the 2017 Vermont Book Award for his collection of short stories, “Swallowed by the Cold.” While Beach says the recognition is gratifying, he is even happier to be considered a Vermont writer. “It’s nice...

Battlefield DLC adds new maps and weapons with a Russian twist

gamespot.com

Patrick Bell

October 26, 2017

Battlefield 1’s new downloadable content (DLC) “In the Name of the Tsar” adds to the already unbelievable game that has been out for over a year. This first-person shooter game creates new life to the first world war, showing the technologies that were used at the time and historical conflicts...

Vietnam documentary doesn’t sugarcoat

Vietnam documentary doesn’t sugarcoat

Madison Doucette

October 26, 2017

The Vietnam War is a 10-part PBS documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series begins with a rewind of the Vietnam War. Bombs fall upwards through the air, bullets fly backwards into gun barrels, war casualties rise from the ground and soldiers run in reverse away from enemy lines....

“No Man’s Sky” update reinvigorates game

“No Man’s Sky” update  reinvigorates game

Richard Ahlgrim

October 2, 2017

To the dismay of many excited fans, Aug. 9, 2016, birthed one of the biggest flops in gaming history: “No Man’s Sky.”   This space survival game created a massive hype train equaled only by large titles such as “Halo,” “Call of Duty” or “Fallout.” The developers, Hello Games,...

“Dunkirk”: A truly human experience

Nellie Tamboe

October 2, 2017

On July 21, the much-anticipated World War II movie “Dunkirk” was released. It told the story of the 1940 evacuation of 400,000 trapped Allied soldiers from the beach of Dunkirk, France, after the area had become surrounded by the German army. It is a masterpiece. With the threat of enemy U-boats,...

Slam poetry group celebrates diversity

Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, Kiran Waqar, Balkisa Abdikadir

Madison Doucette

October 2, 2017

The crowd that sat in Stearns Performance Space on Sept. 13 was small, yet as the four girls on stage finished their performance, the applause was nothing but loud. Muslim Girls Making Change is a slam poetry group created by four Vermont high schoolers: Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi and Balkisa...

I Am Vermont, Too tackles racism

JSC student Brittney Malik reads from “To Be Brown”

Richard Ahlgrim

October 2, 2017

Currently in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery hang a collection of powerful photos, showcasing JSC students and Vermont residents wielding whiteboards full of racial microaggressions. This collection, modelled off “I Too, Am Harvard,” is on the first stride of its statewide tour under the title...

Theater ensemble reinterprets “Antigone” to address modern issues

Ensemble creating new vision for ancient play.

Nellie Tamboe

October 2, 2017

While the upcoming fall play is titled “Antigone,” it won’t be Sophocles’ original Greek tragedy. The ensemble, as well as the director, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Isaac Eddy, have been working for weeks to rewrite the script.   The rewriting process began with the reading...

“Bastard Republic” takes you to the edge of the former Soviet Union

“Bastard Republic” takes you to the edge of the former Soviet Union

Lisa Kent

September 14, 2017

I normally stay away from books of war — I’ve a weak stomach for violent death. As a result, I’m more of a “big picture” student when it comes to history. But when Professor Tyrone Shaw came into the library one night and mentioned his book, “Bastard Republic,” I decided right then and...

Thurston explores living with color in “How To Be Black”

Thurston explores living with color in “How To Be Black”

Madison Doucette

September 14, 2017

In this New York Times bestseller “How to Be Black,” Baratunde Thurston of Jack & Jill Politics and The Onion employs quick satire and humor to explore the “ideas of blackness.”   Using anecdotes from the lives of what he calls The Black Panel, an assembly of seven comedians, writers,...

A new perspective on sexual deviance

A new perspective on sexual deviance

Cayla Fronhofer

September 14, 2017

When one of your roommates requests suggestions for movie night, most people probably wouldn’t expect a dramedy about fetishism to come up as an option. Then again, most people don’t have my roommates.   “The Little Death” is a 2014 Australian film directed by Josh Lawson, who also...

“Subnautica” explores the dangerous beauty of survival in the deep seas

“Subnautica” explores the dangerous beauty of survival in the deep seas

Richard Ahlgrim

September 14, 2017

At 120 meters below the surface, the frigid waters appear pitch black as you slowly follow the thin beam of illumination released by your dive light. Cave walls full of limestone deposits briefly reflect your light, allowing you to catch a glimpse of your surroundings. Your sight goes black again as...

“Sing” delivers a joyful musical for all ages

“Sing” delivers a joyful musical for all ages

Seana Rowell

April 27, 2017

In 2016’s “Sing,” everyone wants to be a star: the young kid singing in a city alleyway while keeping an eye out for cops; the stay-at-home-mom hopelessly trying to convince her houseful of kids and too-busy-too-notice husband that she’s just as good as the girl on the radio; the girlfriend playing...

In the Moog: odd pub, good grub

In the Moog: odd pub, good grub

Melenie Peters

April 27, 2017

After opening the door to Moogs Place, which shares a building with Fisher Auto Parts next to the Bijou theater in Morrisville, I entered a dimly lit, small dining room. Goldenrod yellow walls did nothing to brighten the place. The people seated at tables on the opposite wall looked up disapprovingly...

Skinny Pancake oozes flavor

Skinny Pancake oozes flavor

Nellie Tamboe

April 27, 2017

Snow fills the air on Montpelier’s bustling Main Street. Many people, their faces pink and pinched from the wind, hurry into various shops in a race to get out of the cold. Up ahead is an inviting brick building with a rustic sign painted on it reading The Skinny Pancake.   Instantly after...

“Cabaret” brings wonderful Weimar weirdness to Dibden

“Cabaret” brings wonderful Weimar weirdness to Dibden

Cayla Fronhofer

April 27, 2017

When the lights went dark and the audience quieted, a voice rang through the space, introducing the play and discouraging the use of cellphones during the performance. The anticipation felt oddly like the beginning of a ride at an amusement park, and I watched the stage with rapt attention.   “Cabaret”...

George Saunders’ tortured Lincoln

George Saunders’ tortured Lincoln

Josh Lemay

April 27, 2017

While “Lincoln in the Bardo” is George Saunders’ seventh foray into the world of fiction, it is his first, and thus far only, journey into the land of novel writing. The author of the brilliant collections “Tenth of December” and “Pastoralia” rose to national attention with a dark and cutting...

Viewers beware: You’re in for a trip with this looney movie

Viewers beware: You’re in for a trip with this looney movie

Avery Bliss

April 27, 2017

I’ve never tried LSD. But I have a sneaking suspicion that the effects of the drug would be remarkably similar to watching the movie “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” because I don’t quite trust my eyes or mind anymore.   “Back in Action,” which came out in 2003, hasn’t aged quite...

Wooden acting and dumb beards in a sad “King Arthur” knock-off

Avery Bliss

April 14, 2017

I realize that, right now, Hollywood is currently in the phase where remaking movies is all the rage. Sometimes that works out and the audience gets a halfway decent movie, like the recent “Godzilla” movie. And then other times, the remake drifts into the territory of “lock it in the basement...

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