Editors' note: we didn't name this
by Rachel Poe
Features and Lists Co-Editor
Guys, I had the best time writing this article, I swear. Scooby-Doo is my shit. I’ve loved this franchise since I was a kid. There’s pictures of me at three years old sitting in a little arm chair, wearing my Scooby-Doo robe watching re-runs of the old cartoon. It was a bonding thing for me and my dad, there were always tapes of the movies and the shows at his house. Yeah, I’ve been watching Scooby-Doo for so fucking long that I used to watch it on VHS. Hell, I even know that the original “Jeepers, It’s the Creeper” premiered on my birthday in 1970. Yeah. So in the spirit of Halloween (heh, like that pun?) I’ve decided to pay tribute to my favorite spOOKy series by doing a nostalgia review of some of my favorite Scooby-Doo movies. I’m excluding the live-action ones with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. because we all already know how fucking fantastic those are.
One could say it's completely out of focus
by Nathan Crawford
Staff Museum Critic
For a few more months you can see an exhibit titled Private, Public, Secret at the International Center of Photography Museum. Or don’t, if you don’t I think you’ll be fine. This exhibit sounds interesting, but unfortunately it falls short. It’s full of things that feel interesting, but upon closer inspection are not.
Being a hoe of art for art's sake
by Annie Muscat
Staff Art Hoe
Imagine this: you’re enjoying a day with a friend at an art gallery. You come upon a slightly abstract painting. As you attempt to interpret and decipher the meaning of the work, your friend jokes that “the artist must have been tripping on so many drugs when he painted this.”
Are you ready for the memories...they're eviiiil
by Scott Saffran
Staff Nostalgic Reviewer
Since the earliest October 31st that I can remember (1999, and I dressed up as the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, thank you very much), Halloween has been my favorite holiday. I could never fully grasp that I was actually encouraged to dress up as my favorite fictional characters and would be rewarded for it with pounds of candy. With each ensuing All Hallows’ Eve (post-my costume peak), a new facet would be added to the celebration: one year a Haunted House; the next a neighborhood costume party. In 2004 my sisters and I crowded around the Zenith television in our basement for Cartoon Network’s showing of Scary Godmother’s Halloween Spooktacular. For those of you who have not been graced by this spectacular work of animated cinema, you really ought to dig up this gem. It was my first true Halloween movie; a tradition my family has held close ever since.
Be warned, it's much more sinister than you think...
by Kelly Tyra
If you grew up with cable television in the late 90s then you already know Halloweentown is the shit. The cult classic DCOM is a transcendent tale of family, self-discovery, conquering evil, and of course, magic. If you haven’t seen it, I’m sorry but this short synopsis will have to suffice until you can engage in the glory that is Halloweentown on your own time.
Players spend entire life savings on loot boxes
by Meredith Mclaughlin
Staff Symmetra Main
It’s that time of the year again: Halloween! Are you pumped? I know I am, because with Halloween comes the spookification of a ton of products and brand names. And honestly what’s better than the Halloween aesthetic? This Halloween is unique though, in that it’s the first Halloween that we have been graced with the gift of Halloween-themed Overwatch skins. However, just like Whoopers candy, not all skins are the ones that you want to get put in your loot box. So let’s sort out our Overwatch skins from worst to best and find out which ones are worth spending coins on. Sorry in advance for the Overwatch quote puns.
Unsurprisingly, it's owned by Disney
by Scott Saffran
Staff Action Figure
Star Wars is the cultural phenomenon of cultural phenomena. Its seven movies have grossed over $6.5 billion. The franchise sold for over $4 billion during the 2012 sale to Disney. Star Wars has come to consume our cinemas, book stores, comic shops, department retailers, and mostly importantly, toy stores. Star Wars toys are merchandising unlike any other. Film and design enthusiasts fawn over the intricate costume and set design, and marketing specialists’ pupils turn into dollar signs. Star Wars merchandise pulled in a reported $32 billion, even before the Disney acquisition. Put simply, Star Wars is toyetic. Each character, no matter how minor or obscure, is uniquely designed and impressively marketable. Boba Fett has about five lines in the entire saga, but has sold no less than one metric shit-tonne of toys. Even I have a little Dengar action figure, the dude with the diaper on his head who never speaks once.
You should definitely "sea" it
by Declan Murphy
One of the major problems with film festivals is the exponential factor of word-of-mouth promotion. Early releases, especially those that have debuted at other festivals, are expected to be better than others, and audience members tend to agree with the perception of the film that had generated prior to the screening. Take, for instance, festival darling Steve Jobs. The movie premiered at festivals last year to widespread acclaim, even serving as the centerpiece of last year’s New York Film Festival. But after disappointing box office returns, the reputation of the film had petered out by awards season.
It's not sad to rock out with dad
by Kaitlyn Clarke and Carly Johnson
Staff Dad Defenders
This past weekend marked the 40th anniversary of legendary pioneering punk band, the Buzzcocks. Part of the initial wave of punk rock to come out of the U.K. in the 1970s, the Buzzcocks are akin to iconic bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Their indisputable legacy and pop sensibilities are responsible in part for the creation of other highly regarded musical groups like Hüsker Dü and Nirvana. In celebration of their anniversary, the Buzzcocks played a mind-blowing 3-hour long set at New York’s own Irving Plaza, and with the return of the band, brought the return of their fans, some of who have long since seen their heyday. When looking around the crowd, one could see that the audience was comprised of mostly older folk, with a few young adults scattered throughout; including an older man who dropped his glasses in the middle of the mosh pit and then proceeded to crawl around on the floor for 20 minutes looking for them using the flashlight on his phone (to no avail I might add). The lack of a more youthful audience at the concert got me thinking about what happened to the appreciation of classics by contemporary music listeners. It makes sense why the audience was predominantly populated by people who were alive during the height of the Buzzcocks’ career, though it still begs the question, how does today’s youth view music of the past? When asked this question, a particular individual, whose anonymity will be preserved due to fear of retaliation from angry dads, alluded to the idea that this music was “dad rock” and therefore inaccessible or unappealing. While this individual’s views are not necessarily indicative of an entire generation’s attitudes towards music of the past, the popularization of the term “dad rock” or “dad music” has made it apparent that the expression needs to be addressed.
Get in the spirit by watching it nude
by Liam Mckeone
Dating Naked is better than The Bachelor. There, I said it. Before everyone swooning over The Bachelor’s newest and latest hot single Ben Higgins comes charging to his defense, let me tell you why you should care way more about Dating Naked’s most recent pair of lost lovers looking for a partner, David and Natalie.