By: Christopher Gutierrez
The game everyone has been waiting for is a Rockstar Games “prequel” to their 2010 hit game, Red Dead Redemption. Red Dead Redemption II (RDRII), a game with visual and lifelike graphics, brings a beginning to the start of a wonderful story and thrilling game.
The smash-hit game, RDRII, is a camera perspective, open world led by storytelling, that is based in an era often romanticized, the Wild West. Set in 1899, the game incorporates dueling as a common way to squash problems with other characters. RDRII follows an outlaw named Arthur Morgan and his gang, “The Dutch Vander Linde”. The gang robbed a big bank and the law is looking for them. However, luck is not on their side, as they have left the money they robbed behind and now need to evade the law, all while finding ways to make money in the hopes of leaving their life of crime behind.
By: Isabella Morhaim
Taylor Swift has done it again. Swift has released her second re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version), originally released on October 22, 2012. Swift also released eight new songs from the vault, which is making fans go crazy.
Taylor Swift started her music career at the age of sixteen, releasing her debut album, Taylor Swift. Swift got into country music, although, around the age of seventeen, Swift wanted a change; Swift wanted to make a cautious entry into pop music without alienating her country fans. Swift released Fearless on November 11, 2008, which quickly became a pop-country icon and expanded Swift’s signature sound. Music critics found more interest in Swift’s music knowing that she had the capability to create a successful country-pop album. However Scooter Braun, a record executive, and her record label, Big Machine, would go on to take advantage of Swift by restricting her right to her own music, while simultaneously profiting off of it themselves. In order to reclaim her music, Swift began to re-record previous albums, showing fans and the world that present day Swift knows exactly what she is doing.
By: Leah Cerami
Will Gold, most commonly known as Wilbur Soot, is a Twitch streamer who has always had a love for music. Once he started the band, Lovejoy, his first album was a huge success. Lovejoy’s Pebble Brain was meant for a teenage demographic, but the album’s reach extends to young adults and people in their late twenties, as well. Not only does the album start off with a fun exciting beat, but it transitions into sad lyrics, sharing the reality of life as an adult, which makes the album more accessible and relatable to a variety of ages.
By: Scarlett Shelley
Wind blowing through my hair, the smell of the ocean spreading in the air, I am taken to a world where pirates rule the sea in Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller. Each morning after reading, I imagine riding on a pirate ship, and being trapped in a cell below the deck.
The author, Tricia Levenseller, has previously written six novels and one short story. Many of her novels have been nominated for GoodReads Choice Awards for their outstanding reviews. Levenseller is known for writing fantasy novels with romance embedded within the plot, and Daughter of the Pirate King is an exceptional addition to the collection. With about 4 stars on GoodReads, this novel has picked up quite a following.
By: Gwenyth Davey
When opening up The Final Gambit, I am instantly brought back to the Hawthorne Mansion in Texas, watching as the main protagonist, Avery Grambs, solves every last puzzle and mystery that was left behind for her by the deceased billionaire, Tobias Hawthorne.
The Final Gambit is the last book in The Inheritance Games trilogy written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Barnes is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 20 young adult novels. The Inheritance Games, which is the first book in the trilogy, was nominated for the GoodReads Choice Award, the Edgar Award for young adult and YALSA’S Teens Top Ten. The first book in the series was rated a 4.5, the second book was rated a 4, and the last book was given a 4.3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. The whole series is classified as mystery with a sprinkle of romance, and involves a love triangle between Avery and two of Tobias Hawthorne’s grandsons, Jameson and Grayson.
By Sammie Cohen
ABC’s 17-season medical drama “Grey's Anatomy” ended its 17th season last week. The episode, titled “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was produced by Krista Vernoff. Since the show has been renewed for an 18th season, the episode left fans eagerly waiting for the fall when new episodes will be released.
The show stars Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey. Throughout the season, Meredith has been suffering from COVID and was hospitalized for over three months. While she was on a ventilator, she had dreams about being on a beach, where she saw past characters from the show who have passed away, including Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan, George O’Malley, and Lexie Grey.
By Jackson Troxler
Justice League released in 2017 to less than stellar reviews, with many fans and critics alike leaving theaters with a sour taste in their mouths. People blame the film’s poor quality for its troublesome production. Originally directed by Zach Snyder, the director behind Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman, the film had a somewhat tricky development cycle. Conflict between Snyder and executives, as well as personal family issues, caused the director to leave the project. Joss Whedon replaced him.
Hearing about this, some of Snyder’s fans became upset. They demanded to see a version more accurate to Snyder’s original vision for the film (dubbed the “Snyder Cut”). Fans campaigned for the film to be released publicly, and they finally got their wish when HBOMax released the movie on March 18th.
By Sammie Cohen
After releasing two albums in 2020, Folklore and Evermore, Taylor Swift released her newest album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version), on April 9th. The album contains 26 songs--20 from her original album Fearless in 2008 and six songs “from the vault” that were never released.
For those who don’t follow Swift in the public eye, her former manager, Scooter Braun, sold the masters for her music to Shamrock Holdings in 2019 for $300 million dollars. As a result, Swift does not receive money for her first six albums when they are streamed. However, since she will be re-recording all six albums, she will eventually have control over her music again and will receive her hard-earned money.
By Jaiya Chetram
Soul, this year’s Academy Award winner for best animated film, is a movie that garnered a lot of attention for its diverse representation and its moving portrayal of a black musician living in America. Released during a time when most movie theaters were still shut down across the country, Soul turned out to be a heartfelt film that families could watch from the comfort of their living rooms.
The star-studded cast features big names such as Jamie Fox, who voices the character of Joe Gardner, and Tina Fey.
By Sammie Cohen
1. Schitt’s Creek
Winning “Best Comedy Series” at the 2020 Emmys, along with 8 other Emmy Awards, Schitt’s Creek is a six-season show that follows the Rose family, who go from extremely wealthy to practically broke in just a few days. With nowhere else to go, they end up in a dreary town that they bought as a joke years back--Schitt’s Creek. They have to learn how to adapt from their lavish lifestyle to living in a rural city motel. The show was created by father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy. With episodes under 30 minutes each, the show is a quick watch and always leaves you with a good laugh.