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Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Opinion: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a heartfelt spectacle
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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the long awaited sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and was released in the United States on Dec. 17, 2021. The film was directed by Jon Watts, and stars Tom Holland, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Church, Rhys Ifan, Jamie Foxx, and J.K. Simmons.

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Opinion: Blockbuster “Dune” reaches for the stars and misses

Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” came out on Oct. 22, 2021, and made $40.1 million in the box office. This would not classify the movie as a hit by any means, but it’s still respectable. The book “Dune” from 1965 served as the influence for the “Dune” film, as well as “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” I chronicled much of Dune’s rich filmography in another article. However, the focus of this piece is on only one part of Dune’s filmography, the newest quagmire in the Dune franchise, Dune 2021.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Opinion: “Yakuza” series Brilliantly handles complicated themes

The “Yakuza” series is one of the oldest and most beloved creations in the gaming industry. Created by the industry titan, SEGA, in 2005, the series created its own bizarre style that continues to draw people in, and no game has been able to successfully copy it yet. With the 16 year anniversary of the series drawing closer, now feels like the right time to look back on the Yakuza franchise as a whole and to explore why it’s so beloved to such a wide range of people.

Plank Article Kevin Mun ’22

Squid Game delivers deep messages to it’s audience at Jesuit

“Squid Game,” the South Korean hit Netflix series was released Sept. 17, 2021. “Squid Game”is about a small group of wealthy elites kidnapping and coercing the poor in South Korea, who are in grave debt, to compete in life-and-death versions of popular children’s games. “Squid Game” dystopian themes  incorporate many of the contemporary real world problems that the world faces today.

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Review: “Spider-Man No Way Home” looks to be a promising and ambitious film despite only a few details revealed

“Spider-Man No Way Home,” the long-awaited sequel to “Spider-Man Far From Home,” is directed by Jon Watts and will be released on Dec. 17, 2021. Some actors confirmed to be in the movie include Tom Holland, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Review: “UFC 4” has something for sports and fighting game fans alike

“UFC 4” was released on Aug. 14 of 2020 and was developed by Electronic Arts Inc. and published under the company’s sports division, EA Sports. “UFC 4” is the fourth installment in the series following up “UFC 3,” which was released on Dec. 1, 2017. 

The game follows the classic sports game template with a “Career Mode,” a “Play Now” mode and an “Online” mode. Even though the game doesn’t add to the classic format of sports games, it doesn’t stop the existing game modes from being fun.

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Review: Ted Lasso is full of talent and compelling story-telling

The dramatic comedy “Ted Lasso” aired its first episode on the streaming service Apple TV+ on Aug. 14, 2020, and the last episode of its 2nd season aired Oct. 8, 2021. The show was developed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly. 

In the show, an American Division II college football coach, Ted Lasso played by Jason Sudeikis, is hired to coach for a Premier League soccer team in Britain by its new owner Rebecca Welton, played by Hannah Waddingham. Ted’s coaching abilities are underestimated by both the team and the country but he perseveres because of his undying optimism.

Plank Article Oliver Leinberger ’23

Review: Valorant offers an intense, competitive, and unique FPS experience

On June 2, 2020 “Valorant,” a competitive addition to PC gaming, hit the market. 

“Valorant,” released by Riot Games, is a first-person shooter multiplayer game that currently involves 16 different playable agents and seven unique maps each with their own unique features. Valorant, also known as “Valo,” is constantly releasing brand new exciting content, including new agents and maps that continue to draw current players closer to the game while simultaneously bringing new players to the fanbase.