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Sanctimonious Sanctum Sacking in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”

Sanctimonious Sanctum Sacking in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”

Cayla Fronhofer

December 8, 2016

There might be something Strange in the neighborhood, but no one is calling the Ghostbusters this time. The newest Marvel superhero film brings us the origin story of Doctor Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands to a terrible car accident (don’t drive distracted, kids!)...

Valhalla Rising: A new addition to reject fridge art

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016

When you sit down to watch a movie, you do so thinking that what you are about to watch has some semblance of plot or good character development. Not so with “Valhalla Rising,” a film from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. This English-language Dutch film is an affront to the idea of a proper...

“Raising Hope” raises your spirits

“Raising Hope” raises your spirits

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016

It’s not every day that you find a show that will make you laugh uncontrollably. I have been searching for such a show since I gained access to a Netflix account, and I believe I have finally found it.   “Raising Hope” chronicles the life and adventures of Jimmy Chance, a broke 20-something...

A call to action

A call to action

Hunter Mallette

December 8, 2016

Local sculptor Sabrina Leonard approached Johnson State College at the beginning of fall with an immensely powerful and timely art idea: a performance piece that would highlight racial inequality, with heavy emphasis on Black Lives Matter. The show ran from Nov. 14-20, and students and staff helped...

Film adaptation brings doom, gloom and dark humor

Film adaptation brings doom, gloom and dark humor

Agathe Fredette

November 10, 2016

Cheery, high pitched music begins as you soar through a canopy of clay trees to settle into a bright and pastel-colored forest of claymation. A jingly tune singing of the joys of spring begins and a large-headed elf-child bursts from a wooden door in the trunk of tree and starts frolicking manically...

Intermingled lies and blurred trust

Intermingled lies and blurred trust

Hunter Mallette

November 10, 2016

Just in time for Halloween came the movie rendition of the popular novel “The Girl on The Train,” by Paula Hawkins. The cover exclaims, “What you see can hurt you,” which undoubtedly comes true. Similar to the psychological thriller, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, there is the aspect of unfaithful...

A history of political division

Richard Ahlgrim

November 10, 2016

The presidential race that finally ended on Tuesday descended into a repetitive mess of insults and false accusations on both sides. How did our two major political parties become so divided? It all began with the Buckley vs. Vidal debates in 1968.   As a Creative Audience event, Tuesday, Oct....

Photographer highlights debt burdens

Photographer highlights debt burdens

Jacob Greenia

November 10, 2016

Debt is something that affects students, professors, lawyers and countless others in the workforce. From a monetary perspective, debt is something that can stifle one’s economic growth and occupational aspirations. From an emotional perspective, debt can alter one’s welfare and stability. Photographer...

Hitler, vikings and laser-raptors

Hitler, vikings and laser-raptors

Avery Bliss

November 10, 2016

Step aside train wrecks, there is a new thing in town that I just cannot tear my eyes away from. I am talking of the most baffling cinematic experience known to modern man. I am talking of “Kung Fury.” The premise of this short film is that a Miami cop in 1980 was both struck by a lightning bolt...

The subtlety of Norselaw

The subtlety of Norselaw

Avery Bliss

November 10, 2016

I want my money back. Or, barring that, I want one of those memory wipes from “Total Recall.”   Normally, I’m up for listening to most types of music, except for country. Pirate metal? Sure thing, bring it on. A capella? I’ll give it a try. And, on the recommendation of a friend, I listened...

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Cayla Fronhofer

November 10, 2016

The works of William Shakespeare are among the most timeless stories in history. They have been reworked and reimagined time and time again, and now “Much Ado About Nothing” has come to the Dibden stage. Directed by Isaac Eddy (“Eurydice”), this version of the play kept Shakespeare’s original...

Live sound for T-Bone Daddy and ukeleles on the loo

Live sound for T-Bone Daddy and ukeleles on the loo

Jacob Greenia

October 31, 2016

JSC features a bevy of young and upstart musicians from all genres and backgrounds. Senior Chad Tarves, one of those upstarts, helps run his own recording studio and is currently working on releasing his music for his listeners to indulge in wherever they may roam.   24-year-old Tarves traces...

A horror to behold

A horror to behold

Hunter Mallette

October 31, 2016

As a Rocky Horror virgin, I didn’t know what to expect when I received free tickets for the Stowe Theater Guild from Kim Anetsburger, a Johnson State College alumna.   The Stowe Theater Guild is no stranger to our JSC theater students who appear in the show: Cody Logan, Mackenzie Brown, Chelsey...

An odd tale of love and death

An odd tale of love and death

Avery Bliss

October 31, 2016

As I am coming to find out, expanding your horizons isn’t such a bad thing, at least insofar as movie choices and new music are concerned. My most recent venture into the cinematic unknown was “Odd Thomas,” in honor of the Halloween spirit.   Creepy, suspenseful and kind of gross movies...

Following the cycle in “The Fourth Phase”

Following the cycle in “The Fourth Phase”

Ian Major

October 31, 2016

After nearly three years in the making, professional snowboarder Travis Rice’s highly anticipated snowboarding film, “The Fourth Phase,” directed by Jon Klaczkiewicz, has finally arrived.   The movie was filmed in Rice’s backyard of Wyoming and in Japan, Russia and Alaska. Red Bull Media...

Pirates, drinking and time-travel

Pirates, drinking and time-travel

Avery Bliss

October 31, 2016

A fast-paced accordion sets off the tune with a deliberately piratical feel to it. It’s upbeat and jaunty, and immediately gives way to a power metal guitar. This isn’t a joke, and you aren’t hearing things. This is Alestorm.   Hailing from Scotland, the band got together in 2004 under...

A new look at white privilege

A new look at white privilege

Lisa Kent

October 31, 2016

If reading Coates’ “Between the World and Me” wakes us up to white privilege, Debby Irving’s “Waking Up White” hammers it home. Dr. Na’im Akbar, in his appearance in the film, “White Privilege 101,” defines white privilege as “a specific set of options, opportunities, and opinions...

Artist explores metaphors of self

Artist explores metaphors of self

Hunter Mallette

October 31, 2016

Lorna Dielentheis, originally hailing from Minnesota, brings her unique illustrative style to Burlington. Dielentheis’ love of fairytales and mythology shows through her illustrations, self-portraits and paintings, and she has an abundance of new work from the internet movement of “Inktober.”   Dielentheis...

Art Hop celebrates artistic diversity in Burlington

Art Hop celebrates artistic diversity in Burlington

Nimue Washburn

September 22, 2016

Burlington’s artistic community came together once again this year with the 24th annual South End Art Hop. Local gallery showings, live performers, games, food, and people with a passion for the arts filled the South End in a three-day event from Sept. 9-11. The South End has always done things a...

FPS, team play, character: This game has it all

FPS, team play, character: This game has it all

Cayla Fronhofer

September 22, 2016

“Overwatch: soldiers, scientists, adventurers, oddities . . . guardians who secured global peace for a generation.” Blizzard Entertainment, creator of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, released Overwatch in May 2016. The quote above, from the game’s official cinematic trailer, refers...

Netflix, do thine worst

Netflix, do thine worst

Avery Bliss

September 22, 2016

Some movies are like a train wreck: so horrible to watch, and yet you can’t seem to look away. And one of the best examples of this type of movie is “Sword of Vengeance,” which hails from the darkest corner of Netflix.   Set in England in the years following William the Conqueror’s arrival,...

Mexican for less

Mexican for less

Hunter Mallette

September 22, 2016

Sadly, Vermont has a small selection of authentic Mexican restaurants, with the abundance being in Burlington. While going on my hunt for Mexican food, I particularly wanted fare that came with sides and was relatively cheap. My search led me to Bueno y Sano on College Street.   I got into Burlington...

A hearty, home-style meal at Dream Cafe

A hearty, home-style meal at Dream Cafe

Agathe Fredette

September 22, 2016

Nestled on Main Street in Johnson is an unimposing white building with a dark blue sign hanging out front, painted with puffy white clouds and the name of the establishment: The Dream Café. Opened earlier this year, The Dream Café offers a variety of home-style breakfast food, lunch food, tea, coffee...

New Glass Animals album

New Glass Animals album

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016

The genre-bending R&B quartet Glass Animals have finally released their sophomore album, “How to be a Human Being,” on Aug. 26, almost unnoticed. Glass Animals was formed in 2012 in Oxford, England by four friends who met during secondary school. Two years ago they released their debut album,...

“Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”

“Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”

Avery Bliss

September 8, 2016

Are you looking for a book that deals with issues you normally wouldn’t think about? How about heart-wrenching personal tales? If so, then “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger is the novel for you.   The latest offering from Junger, published in May of 2016, “Tribe”...

“A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” a swift, solid, haunting read

“A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” a swift, solid, haunting read

Lisa Kent

September 8, 2016

The United States dropped the atom bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 6, 1945. There are still survivors of that terrible day, and their children and grandchildren continue to suffer genetically and emotionally from fallout. I have never met anyone who was there, or whose parents were there, or grandparents....

Pork and Pickle pickins’

Pork and Pickle pickins’

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016

Nuzzled between a gluten-free bakery and another small shop in Essex Junction is a delectable new farm-to-table restaurant known as Pork and Pickles BBQ. In June, Chris Simard, former ecological agriculture student at the University of Vermont, created the Pork and Pickle to fill his culinary art desires....

PoGo is sticking around

PoGo is sticking around

Cayla Fronhofer

September 8, 2016

The beginning of a new semester always brings changes to the campus. Sometimes they come in the form of renovated sidewalks, sometimes in changes of staff or faculty, and sometimes when hordes of Pokèmon move onto campus to hide in the grass of the quad. “It’s been years since Pokèmon was really...

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

Cayla Fronhofer

May 5, 2016

For their final play of the year, the cast and crew of Dibden brought to life the 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls.” The play’s main story follows a cast of characters living in New York City during the roaring era of gangsters and gambling. While the play shows its age in some awkwardly sexist...

“Concussion” details NFL’s dodgy record on head injuries

“Concussion” details NFL’s dodgy record on head injuries

Jacob Greenia

May 5, 2016

How do you piss off a sporting and media titan such as the National Football League? Well, you shoot a mainstream biographical sports drama detailing the league’s history with denying ties between its former and current players’ deteriorating mental health and the game’s aggressive, head-first...

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