By Greta Flanagan
The year is 1997. You come home from school ready to unwind with some video games on your PlayStation console, and you start-up a new game--one filled with lovable, multi-faceted characters set to save the world from the megacorporation draining the planet of its life-force. Twenty-three years later, that game gets remade for a new generation of fans, with new graphics and new adventures to explore.
Final Fantasy VII is the most popular game within the Final Fantasy franchise, a series released by Square in 1987. When asked which game in the franchise fans would be interested in seeing remade, a resounding majority pointed towards VII, and in 2015, a remake was announced to be in the making.
But what is Final Fantasy VII about? What makes it so popular? Well, VII is a role-playing game that follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary, who joins an eco-terrorist group that aims to take down a corporation called Shinra, which has been draining the planet of its natural resources out of sheer greed. Events later send Cloud and his gang to hunt down Sephiroth, a human set on wounding the planet. It’s no wonder why the game is so appealing, especially to today’s world. A corporation harming the planet for monetary gain? I wonder if that sounds familiar? The game is full of three-dimensional characters and a well-developed, intricate world that immerses the gamer entirely.
By Ava Aschettino
Yet another streaming service was unveiled to the world as HBO Max, AT&T’s newest addition, was launched on May 27, 2020. Charging $14.99 a month, some potential subscribers are unsatisfied with the hefty fee, especially in this foggy economic climate. However, will fifteen dollars each month be what stands in the way of reuniting the world with the Friends series? Here’s what you need to know:
In HBO Max’s ambitious attempt to tackle competition like Netflix and Disney Plus, the content provider does, in fact, put up a fight. In its strides to become a true competitor, AT&T purchased Time Warner for a whopping $85.4 billion. By purchasing Time Warner, AT&T also acquired HBO, TBS, TNT, CNN and the Warner Bros. film and television studios. The content of these many platforms is available on HBO Max, which provides more than 2,000 titles with 10,000 plus hours of media to binge.
By Stefanie Sadocha
Stuck at home? Podcasts are a great way to pass the time. Apple Podcasts and Spotify have a variety of podcasts on nearly any topic. From cooking, to health, to pop culture, to sports, there is definitely a podcast out there for you. Here are my top recommendations:
1. Pop Culture
Pretty Basic with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz
Pretty Basic is hosted by Youtube sensations Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. Each week, the girls discuss topics ranging from pop culture to mental health to LA living. Listeners also get an inside look into the crazy world of being a social media influencer and the business side of being a Youtuber.
Happy Hour with Gretchen Geraghty
Hosted by social media influencer and Youtuber Gretchen Geraghty, listeners get an inside look into her life as a rising influencer. Gretchen discusses nearly everything going on in her life like what it’s like living in Boston, what her fitness journey entails, and how she remains optimistic. Gretchen is also occasionally joined by other social media influencers including Maggie and Emma MacDonald, Arlin Moore, and even her friends from Boston University.
By Ava Aschettino
Step aside Hamilton, there’s a new “mega musical” on the Great White Way. Six has taken the world, and now Broadway, by storm, quickly rising to become the second highest streamed Broadway cast recording of all time, trailing behind the 2015 Hamilton recording.
Six recounts the stories of King Henry the 8th’s… six wives. His wives, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr reunite in the twenty-first century to form a “rockband,” but then argue over who the leader of the band should be. So, each of the queens performs a song about how tragic her life was because of the King. Each queen also describes Henry’s behavior, her affection towards him, how she separated from the king, or, simply, how she died.
By Jackson Troxler
The blue blur known as Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived in theaters to box office and critical success, especially compared to past films based on video games. The film features the title character of Sonic (Ben Schwartz) teaming up with a human named Tom (James Marsden) to halt the vile plans of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). The film is an absolute delight for kids as it features plenty of playful antics by the anthropomorphic speedster.
By Caleigh O’Toole
On January 8th, the popular streaming service Netflix released a new docuseries, Cheer. The hit six-episode series is now one of the top binge-worthy shows Netflix has to offer. The series focuses on a small junior college and their fight to become the best collegiate cheer program in the nation.
By Katie Moore
Disney’s Frozen encompasses the value of sisterhood and friendship. The first movie swept the nation, dominating much more than the film industry. The world was fixated on the lives of sisters Anna and Elsa as they ventured away from home, meeting new friends on their journey. Audiences of all ages fell in love with the 1 hour and 49-minute film. With the great success of the first movie, fans had high expectations for the sequel. Well, Frozen 2, which was released on November 22nd, definitely does not disappoint.
The Operator is an autobiography written by Robert O’Neill, the ex U.S. Navy SEAL who is famous for firing the shots that killed the most wanted terrorist in the world: Osama Bin Laden.
The book details O’Neill’s impulsive decision of enlisting in the Navy with dreams of becoming a SEAL, the rigorous training he underwent to become one, and the missions he completed as a SEAL. Some of the stories in this book detail his perspective during the Somali pirate kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips; Operation Red Wings, which inspired the movie Lone Survivor; and, of course, the raid on Osama Bin Laden.
By Kathryn Moore
The phone rings. You pick up. Chills cover your body. The voice is all too familiar; it is your deceased loved one. The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom explores a religious conspiracy in a small town. The characters experience a phenomenon in which the townspeople of Coldwater, Michigan, receive phone calls from loved ones who have passed away. People nationwide are determined to uncover the truth of the miracle, and Sully Harding, one of the main characters, prevails in this conquest.
By Jackson Troxler
Directed by Sergio Pablos, Klaus is a remarkable Christmas comedy that can get anyone in the mood for the holiday season. With stunning animation, a charming plot, and colorful characters, the film has won the hearts of countless audiences and critics alike. No one should miss out on this noteworthy holiday film.
When a postman in training named Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) is deemed highly insufficient, the postmaster, who happens to also be Jesper’s father, assigns him to establish a post office in the isolated town of Smeerensberg. If he fails to accomplish this task, he will be cut off by his family, ultimately sending him into poverty.