Just listen to “C is for Cookie” 402,047,167 times
by Jack Archambault
Staff Debt Activist
In case you’ve been busy these past few days, or unlike me have literally anything better to do than browse Reddit for 11 hours a day (actual statistic), you may have missed that an American hero is in trouble. That’s right, Nelly, the St. Louis-based rapper who popularized the face Band-Aid, is in debt. Like, a lot of debt. 2,412,283 US Dollars, to be exact. A mere mortal would surely crumble under the crushing weight of one of the largest celebrity tax liens ever, but Cornell Iral Hayes Jr. is no regular man.
The spirit's still there!
by John Morin
Staff Brother in Britney
Let’s face it: Brit has definitely been through some ups and downs in her life. For every circa 1999 moment she’s had, selling 10.6 million copies of her debut album to being Toxic at the 2001 VMA’s, there’s been a circa 2007 situation that’s purely been “Criminal” (Does a shaved head and a 55-hour marriage ring any bells for anyone?). Long story short, the Princess of Pop’s career has been a “Circus” of good and bad publicity. But with the immense commercial flops that were her entire Britney Jean album and a “Pretty Girls” collaboration with Iggy Azalea, it seems as if Ms. Spears herself is falling ever so gradually into what I deem “Has-Been Central” (Population: The entire Cyrus family). But with recent developments such as Brit’s release of her 9th studio album Glory, her return to the VMA stage after 9 years, and some rekindling of past relationships, I’ve decided to dive once again into the baptismal waters of Godney’s Church, and see once and for all if Britney Spears should still be on everyone’s “Radar” (No more song title jokes: I’m positive)?!?
Internet trolls, political satire, and suspicious berries...yep, it's South Park
Staff Kenny Sympathizer
The new season of South Park is here, and with it the hype train returns. However, two episodes have aired already, so I must advise you better get on fast. The first episode, “Member Berries”, begins with a hilarious piece of social commentary in which we see a packed gymnasium for the girls’ volleyball match. The commentators inform us that the game is packed because people are waiting to see which of the girls will sit during the national anthem. As the anthem plays, the entire crowd is astonished that four of the six girls sat down, three of which “were not even black”. Immediately following the anthem, the gymnasium empties of people, leaving the girls to start playing in front of two fans. The uproar over the national anthem then causes Congress to seek the help of J.J. Abrams, in order to “reboot” the national anthem like he rebooted Star Wars and Star Trek.
The unforgettable legend of the rap...
Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of his death, the rapper Tupac Shakur is far from forgotten. He has left a legacy that, through time, has gotten stronger and has expanded beyond the world of gansta rap. It has reached a point that anybody who is “pop-cultured” knows who he is; even my generation, who was born by the time of his demise, has been able to experience his impact on the world.
A Beatles documentary that only brings one day's worth of new information.
by Nathan Crawford
Staff Beatles Bro
Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years is a documentary about The Beatles that would be much better in a world that wasn’t already saturated with information about the band. This movie answers such pressing questions as: “Were The Beatles very popular?” and “Did The Beatles write their own songs?” It breaks no new ground. This film advertised itself as “The band you know. The story you don’t.” but fails to add anything to the narrative of The Beatles.
by Olivia Distefano
Staff 13th Apostle
I guess you all have to know a little bit about religion because you enrolled in THE Jesuit university of New York, but seeing Modern Baseball live is actually what Father McShane suggests you do instead of going to mass.
Break out the Christmas lights and pop some Eggos in the toaster
by Annie Muscat
Staff Netflix Enthusias
I’ll admit it, I wondered too, what’s so great about this new series that Forbes calls “the best Netflix original so far”? After the undeniable mess that was Fuller House, can we ever really trust Netflix again? I’m here to lay out the facts about Stranger Things so you’ll understand where all the praise comes from. Then you can decide for yourself whether it’s worth your precious time. (Spoiler alert: it is.)
Old people make everything funnier
by Anneliese Weinhardt
Staff Laughter Lover
It’s no secret that plenty of artists draw inspiration from New York City. For some, the lights and sounds of the streets at night spark their next creative endeavor. For others, it’s the graffiti and other visuals that plaster the sides of skyscrapers. For Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it was two seventy-something year old men shopping at the Strand bookstore, both buying their own hardcover copies of Alan Alda’s autobiography. Kroll and Mulaney were looking for ideas for characters to play as they hosted a comedy night in the East Village, and when these gentlemen caught their eye, they were led to create Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. They were so successful at that comedy night that Kroll made the pair recurring characters on his sketch comedy series, the Kroll Show, and Oh, Hello was born. After a series of viral sketches, Gil and George are jumping off of the screen and back onto the stage. Oh, Hello begins previews on Broadway at the Lyceum theatre on September 23rd, fresh off a national tour that included an off-Broadway run that New York Magazine said gave Hamilton a run for its money as the hottest ticket in New York City. Yeah, it’s that good.
A new type of show has emerged.
While mindlessly walking down a street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I decided to compliment a passerby on her beautiful and nerdy dress. Unexpectedly this led to her telling me about a show she was a part of happening a week later. The card she gave me was a curious one as on the front was a picture of various nerdy icons, and the word “silks” written on the card along with the name of the show, “Games, Dames, and Acromobiles.” Having no idea what this meant, but having plenty of free time, I decided to attend and let what would happen at the event be a surprise. As it turns out, even if I had researched the event, nothing could have prepared me for the strangeness and wonder I experienced that Saturday night.
There's a Stork difference between them...
by Scott Saffran
Staff Film Aficionado
Our resident Guy-Who-Watches-Lots-Of-Movies Scott takes a look at the movies coming out this month, and what's worth your money.