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Somehow watching a bumbling H.G Wells hunt down Jack the Ripper makes for surprisingly good television. Time After Time only just premiered March 5, but in my humble opinion it’s off to a thrilling start!
Hilarity ensues as we watch the 19th Centurians navigate New York City in a very different 2017 world. I was particularly impressed with the mannerisms of H.G Wells as he combats the wiles of modern technology. Other TV shows try to replicate this type of confusion that comes with jumping hundreds of years forward in time, such as in Sleepy Hollow or Doctor Who, but Time After Time’s interpretation outdid the other two by far.
At one point in the pilot, Wells literally weeps as he watches a general news broadcast. Topics such as ISIS, car crashes, school shootings, forest fires, and even fast food recalls seem normal to us, but to an English sophisticate of the 19th century, it’s heartbreaking. I was surprised the two time travelers didn’t have a sensory overload and break down within hours of their arrival.
Unlike Wells, who got hit by a taxi on his first night, Jack the Ripper maneuvers through modern life with unusual ease. He has enough brains to sell one of his watches (now a priceless antique!) and use the $15,000 to check into a five-star hotel, shop for a whole new wardrobe, and buy a butcher's knife. Alternatively, Wells gets taken into custody and meets the refreshingly modern Jane Walker; she doesn’t believe he’s a time traveler at first but comes around eventually in a hysterical revelation.
Without giving away the rest of the plot, I’ll just say Jack gets up to his old tricks, and H.G and Co. rally up to stop him. Getting to watch H.G Wells work a smartphone was one of the better moments of the episode, so if you want to see more anachronistic moments, tune in on Sundays on ABC!
As the Apex Drama department prepares to end its tradition of great performances in the cozy, undersized auditorium, they can now reflect on the past. It was because of the small size that both the fall play and spring musical performances were extended to two viewing weekends. But, at Green Level and the “new” Apex High School, the seating area and the auditorium itself will be large enough to offer just as many guests in one weekend.
“There’s quite a few women working in the space program.”
Hidden Figures tells the story of three fantastic African-American female mathematicians who defied all expectations to be three key components to the Mercury program at NASA.
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn worked for NASA, but their potential was always denied by NASA because of segregated bathrooms, segregated work areas, and other segregated aspects. They are each given the opportunity to work in their specific fields, and they excel, successfully helping the late Senator John Glenn reach Earth orbit and get him back safely.
Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer each give Oscar-worthy performances in their respective roles in the untold story and give us a feeling of what segregation in the workplace feels like in one of the biggest government-funded organizations in our country...
Disney’s Fantasia 2000 is regarded with positive adjectives like brilliant, riveting, picturesque, enrapturing, etc. At the end of the day, we all know the movie can be quite boring. As an audience, we can appreciate the concept and understand that it’s cinematography is for those who appreciate the art aspect of films. Maybe it’s my inability to properly point out a potential literary merit, but Swing Time felt like Fantasia 2000 to me. I can appreciate what Zadie Smith was doing, and it was not a bad story at all cost. It was quite good, but there were times when I just was getting a little bored.
Swing Time is about an unnamed mixed-race girl who chronicles her childhood during the 80s with the highlight being time spent with her best friend, Tracy, who she reveres. As the story furthers, the unnamed narrator moves on with her life and spends time in Africa with a philanthropic pop-star working with impoverished kids. That’s basically it. The plot itself isn’t all that complex. Each chapter recalls an event that happens in the narrator’s life rather than the book following a sequential, cohesive story (think Woody Allen’s Radio Days).
On Feb. 20, 1967, the world changed forever when a man who would grow up to change music as the world knew it was born. Now fifty years later, we celebrate the long-lasting legacy of that same man: Kurt Cobain. It’s a name that everyone knows; the only conflicting viewpoint is what everyone knows him for. Some may know him for his powerful vocals or his gut-wrenching lyrics while others know him for his guitar riffs, or establishment of the grunge genre. Everyone can agree that there wasn’t much he couldn’t do and the world lost him much too soon.
Cobain was the lead singer and guitarist of the world-renowned band Nirvana. In addition to his instrumental and vocal gifts, he was a lyricist, poet, and artist. The guitar-heavy musical stylings of Nirvana paved the way for a whole new variety of rock music that would last long after Cobain’s death, but that is only one way that Cobain changed music as we know it. Let’s take a look to see just how different our lives would be without Kurt Cobain.
Music’s biggest night of the year was a hit. The 59th Grammy Awards celebrated the music industry’s finest achievements this past Sunday. With big winners to electric performances, this year’s Grammys was quite unforgettable.
Adele proved to be the shining star we know her to be. With five Grammy wins, she walked away as the night’s biggest winner. She started by opening up with a flawless rendition of “Hello.” Adele then swept the top categories, winning Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Although her winnings put her at the top, her emotional tribute to George Michael was all the talk. A few seconds into the performance, the British singer/songwriter asked to start over. She started by saying, “I cannot do it again like last year.” She then continued after the bleeped out moment, “I'm sorry for swearing and I'm sorry for starting again. Can we start it again? I'm sorry, I cannot mess this up for him. I'm sorry. I cannot. I'm sorry for swearing, I'm really sorry." Adele was visibly upset, but the star-studded crowd cheered her on. The second time around received a standing ovation as well as numerous teary-eyed celebrities scattered throughout the audience.
Tom Brady and the Patriots are the Super Bowl LI champions. Although many prefer watching the game, others are always anticipating the fiery halftime show and the laugh-out-loud commercials. A historic Super Bowl comeback went perfectly with this historically executed halftime show.