Oscars mix-up reveals big win for “Moonlight”

Oscars mix-up reveals big win for “Moonlight”

On Sunday, the 89th academy awards celebrated the past year in cinema, but ended the night on one of the biggest mistakes in Oscar history as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read out “La La Land” for Best Picture instead of the real winner “Moonlight.” “La La Land” won nearly half of its 14 nominations including Best Director and Best Actress, but it was “Moonlight” who walked away with the Oscar for Best Picture after accidentally announced “La La Land,” as the presenters were accidentally given the envelope for Best Actress. “Moonlight” follows the struggles of a young, gay black man growing up in the rough neighborhoods of Miami.

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President Trump plans to lower spending on art programs

President Trump plans to lower spending on art programs

Hey, you. Yes, you with the newspaper. The fact that you’re reading this means that you should be concerned about Donald Trump’s plan for lowering government spending. Among the nine organizations targeted for cuts are the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Now more than ever, it’s vital to acknowledge that these organizations are relevant to everyone. If you’ve seen the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center, this affects you.  If you’ve admired the public art in downtown Santa Rosa, this affects you. If you’ve visited a library or listened to public radio or remember watching Arthur as a kid, this affects you.

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“Get Out” a modern day horror story

“Get Out” a modern day horror story

It’s a sunny day just like any other and you are on your way to visit your girlfriend’s parent’s home for the first time. You are a part of an interracial relationship, and you just happen to be black and she just happens to be white, but this can’tbe a big deal; it’s 2017… right? But when you arrive, her parents seem friendly, they seem normal, yet the groundskeeper and housekeeper are a black man and woman,  give you a concerning glare and establish the prospect that something is not quite right.

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Too much hype, generic lyrics abound

Too much hype, generic lyrics abound

f there’s one thing Future is good at, it’s building hype. He knows the best way to get listeners excited about his music in this day and age is to juxtapose four to eight bars of a quiet, minimal introduction against a loud and heavy bass drop. It’s tried, it’s true and it’s been dominating popular electronic music in the United States ever since Skrillex picked up a synthesizer and released “Scary Monsters” in 2010. Unfortunately, Future’s talents as a rapper and musician don’t extend much further than his ability to foster a fleeting excitement in his listeners. And even this becomes less impressive after noting that he has done this by repeating the exact same Trap Rap formula for nearly every song he has released thus far. Predictably, his self-titled album that was released on Feb. 17 is no different.

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“Girlfriend’s Day” not to be taken seriously

“Girlfriend’s Day” not to be taken seriously

Netflix has been experimenting with a lot of new content as of late. Amongst a slew of TV shows and original movies, Netflix has also put out some interesting things on its site that doesn’t seem to fit very well into either of those definitions. “Girlfriend’s Day” is a short movie that serves a nice niche that other movies and TV shows don’t: it’s easy to digest. It doesn’t command hours and hours of dedication that TV shows do, nor does it tease and entice the viewer with cliffhanger endings. It doesn’t take vast strides to cling onto your attention like a two and-a-half hour movie does, stretching out its run time just because. Instead, “Girlfriend’s Day” utilizes its run time to tell everything it needs to. 

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Retro round-up

Retro round-up

Many readers will agree, “Super Smash Bros. Melee” was a significant pastime for many people, as we invested hundreds of hours into it, and many continue to play it today. “Super Smash Bros. Melee” is the second game in a continuing series from Nintendo. It is a multiplayer fighting game that includes characters across Nintendo’s vast array of intellectual properties, featuring characters like Mario, Link, Pikachu and Donkey Kong. The game was released in 2001 in Japan and released worldwide shortly after. The game was met with massive success and according to VGChartz, sold seven million units by 2008.

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Curzon's Corner: A not so “Great Wall”

Curzon's Corner: A not so “Great Wall”

If you’re looking for a movie that’s slightly boring, “The Great Wall” is the movie for you. You’d expect more from a movie about monsters attacking ancient China. Directed by Zhang Yimou, who is best known for “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers,” definitely brings his signature style to the film, but it’s not enough. “The Great Wall” boasts some impressive visuals but lacks a story or characters to hold it up.

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Chance the Rapper wins three Grammy Awards

Chance the Rapper wins three Grammy Awards

The music world operates alongside a myth: to achieve the highest level of success and recognition, one must sign on to a record label and sell a ton of records. It has always been generally understood that a “big” record deal equated to a “big break” in the music and entertainment industry. At the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, this myth was shattered when the young Chicago-native artist and producer Chance the Rapper brought home three awards: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, signifying universal acclaim, without having sold a single record.

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