Moon Knight: A psychological thrill ride for the MCU

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 A departure from the source material pays off Something that always keeps fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming back is how they will see their favorite heroes appear in films not dedicated to them. More recent examples of this include Dr. Strange appearing in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and Wanda Maximoff in the upcoming “Dr. Strange...

Column: LED Curtain

By: Ali Majidi majidia@findlay.edu There's a stark contrast between China's Olympic ceremony and the Uyghurs in internment camps The Olympics is the oldest and greatest athletic event in history, where all of the chivalric people around the globe who have defeated their national rivals, get together to represent their powers to the world and to wave their national flags on the summit of honor and...

EXIT: An international perspective

By: Alireza Majidi majidia@findlay.edu Worlds apart come together with just one choice: to EXIT. I’m from Iran. Yes, you’re thinking just what am I doing in a small, midwestern town like Findlay, Ohio. Maybe for many of the American students here it is hard to be in another city away from home, but for international students? Well, that’s a long, long story. Let me tell you mine. At least...

“Peacemaker”: An irreverent entry in the DCEU

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 James Gunn with full control yields spectacular results James Gunn has a knack for taking franchises that no one talks about and breathes zany, fresh life into them. First, it was for the MCU with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He did it once again for the DCEU with “The Suicide Squad.” The combination of dark humor and extreme violence and...

Spider-Man: No Way Home: A love-letter to Webheads everywhere

An example of how to balance fan service with an amazing film By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Those six words are synonymous with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Despite that, this quote really has not been explored in the MCU’s rendition of the hero. However, that changed with the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic...

The question of gratitude

By Amy Rogan Assistant Professor of Communication & Adviser to The Pulse I have questions…but not the kind you might expect. I’m not distributing a quiz or issuing an assignment to my students. Just a few simple questions that may shift your focus from your “have-nots” to your “haves.” My sister recently gave me a book called “Growing Grateful” by Mary A. Kassian. It’s a...

Marvel’s Eternals shoots for the moon, lands in convoluted stars

Certainly the MCU’s worst in a long time, but not as bad as critics make it By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53  Ambition. It’s something we all have. We use it to try something new or exciting. Sometimes it pays off well, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it meets somewhere in the middle. Take the MCU’s most recent entry Eternals, for example. It follows the...

DUNE Review

"This is only the beginning” By Minal Bista bistam@findlay.edu Director Denis Villeneuve, who gave us some of the best sci-fi films like, Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, is back with a star-studded new movie adaption. With each new production, the size of his films has grown larger, and "Dune" is the biggest one yet. Unlike Tinseltown's last attempt to adapt Dune which will undoubtedly still...

Frightening flicks to watch

Spend spooky season with some great movies By Movie Reviewer Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 I’m going to be fully honest: I hate horror movies. I had some bad memories with them when I was younger and I tend to avoid them. Also, most of them do the same song and dance: big scary man chases around a group of people, kills them until one lone survivor stops him. That said, if a...

A picture is worth a thousand words…  

Columnist Taylor Christensen christensent@findlay.edu What’s the difference between taking a photo, and creating art with a photo? Many people do not understand the difference between snapping a picture on your phone quickly and actually creating real art through photography. So, what classifies a photo as art? Often times when speaking to my peers about the topic of photography, they question...

The Many Saints of Newark: A treat for longtime fans, a decent gangster film for others

Great lead chemistry and much dialogue headline this Sopranos prequel By Collin Frazier   @Collin_53 Gangster films and television are either hit or miss these days. For every Oscar-winning The Departed, there is a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes Gotti. It really is hard for gangster films to make waves on the big screen nowadays. For the small screen, the gold standard for gangster television is The...

Life before the internet: Letters, Ma Bell, and harried highway adventures

By Diana Montague, Ph.D. Professor of Communication A recent assignment in my Media Literacy class had students interview “people of a certain age” about how they used to access information and complete tasks before the internet changed everything and smartphones became our appendages. Students learned their fathers wrote actual letters to cousins in college. Some parents remembered calling...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage indulges on itself for an okay experience

Come for an absurd comic book movie, stay for an amazing post-credit scene By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 The Spiderman franchise is probably the first comic book movie franchise most of us saw. It captured everything great about Peter Parker and his villains… at least for the first two movies. We then got Spiderman 3, and viewers were not only let down by emo Peter Parker...

“The Starling,” a grief cliché

By: Minal Bista bistam@findlay.edu Despite Melfi’s star studded star cast, “The Starling” falls short of expectations Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by the debut writer Matt Harris, “The Starling,” feels like a sorrow-based hallmark movie where the endings are forced to be good. After Melfi's last film, 2016’s “Hidden Figures,” there were great expectations for “The...
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What Happened to Fun?

By Kit Medjesky, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication Each day I greet the students I encounter with a simple question: What did you do for fun since I saw you last? After seven weeks of class, I am convinced no one does anything but stare at the wall. Okay, maybe not the wall, but your phone screen might as well be the wall since no one ever remembers even an interesting TikTok. When I...

Dave season two: Depressing, but triumphant

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 FXX’s sleeper-hit keeps on delivering The pandemic taught us all something about ourselves and the world around us. Something it taught me was to not judge a book by its cover, and that has applied to so many things, including TV shows. One show that blew away my expectations was FXX’s “Dave” (also streaming on Hulu), which follows the...

The box office is slowly, but surely, making a comeback

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Some of the best films of Summer 2021, ranked Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge movie guy. I reference films and quote them often. That said, after the lovely year that was 2020, I began to appreciate going to the movies a lot more. While many of the year’s best have yet to come out, that does not mean the summer did not have some...

“Trial of the Chicago 7”: Not afraid to show the war at home

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Ensemble cast, great editing, and a poignant history piece The Vietnam War was a unique war in that it was essentially two wars in one; one war overseas, and the other at home. People were at odds on whether or not it was a war worth fighting, and unfortunately, many protests and riots occurred because of it. One such riot occurred during the...

“Mank”: Oscar bait at its finest

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 A movie that is getting too much praise With the Academy Awards right around the corner, something I have come to accept is that there will always be one film that tries way too hard to get nominations. Over the years, some of these included “La La Land” and “Green Book.” While I thought “Green Book” was a fine movie, it did not...

“Sound of Metal”: A cadence to remember

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Well-designed sound, a rockin’ lead role, and a look into the Deaf community With the 93rd Academy Awards right around the corner, different films have the chance to claim the ultimate prize: Best Picture. Among those include “Sound of Metal”, streaming now on Prime Video. While the title may make you think that this is dedicated to music,...

“WandaVision” Series Finale: Going off-air on a somewhat sour note

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 “WandaVision” finale sets up the future, albeit a bit rushed A few weeks ago, I did a review for the first half of “WandaVision.” I was excited to see where the series went after the first few episodes. I realized that much of the future of the MCU weighed on the rest of the series, so I was interested to see what the show would do to do...

“Nomadland”: A trip through Western America

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Frances McDormand guides this authentic journey through America I really like movies, to say the least. And with most films that I enjoy, there is a driving plot that makes you want to watch until the end. Be it saving the world, a main character redeeming themselves, or stopping the bad guy from winning, they tend to be the driving force behind...

“Judas and the Black Messiah”: A reminder that history repeats itself

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Incredible performances, great writing, and important messages galore in this recently released film We are always told in our school history classes that the reason we learn history is because it serves as a means to prevent things from happening. I am here to tell you that in order for that to be true, the whole story must be shown. “Judas...

R/wallstreetbets

Column by: Riley Clark clarkr2@findlay.edu Lately there has been talk about Reddit wreaking havoc on the stock market, primarily targeting GameStop and Robinhood. The stock market in its current state is reporting on nearly every news source that Redditors are to blame for this recent dip in global stock trading. However, this is not the case. The brokers on Wall Street are taking this...

Super Bowl Commercials almost as boring as the game

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Despite some bright spots, Super Bowl LV commercials not up to par Like most people in Ohio, my football team was not fortunate enough to make Super Bowl LV (the major difference being that I am a Steelers fan surrounded by Browns fans). With that, watching last Sunday’s 31-9 Tampa Bay victory was not exactly my priority. And for good reason,...

Can a nation blanketed in hate move towards love?

Column by: Alana Sundermann sundermanna1@findlay.edu @alana_sundy23 “For several hours on Jan. 6, the Capitol convulsed in chaos as violent rioters stormed past police lines and sent lawmakers and aides fleeing for safety inside the building,” journalist, Kyle Cheney reports from Politico. What happened at the capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 is a day to remember and to reflect on where we stand as a...

“Soul”, reminding us that life is about the journey, not the destination

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Pixar knocks it out of the park once again When it comes to the realm of animated films, one of the true titans is Pixar Animation. Even though their formula is rather repetitive: funny side characters, tear jerk moments, etc., the crazy thing is even though I fully expect all of that to happen, they still surprise me on their delivery. And their...

All things, good and bad, must come to an end at some point…right?

Column By Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 As I sit here in my guest room in my house for the eighth straight day because I got coronavirus, it got me thinking about life after getting out of this guest room. When will it end? Will I be the same? Will I feel the same? I can answer one of those questions definitively and for better or worse I can leave this back room on Friday...

Xbox Series X is super-fast, but lacks new games

Review by Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Truth be told I really wanted a PS5 this time around. The look, the new controller, the launch titles were awesome, and I was really looking forward to snagging one this holiday season. Well, between a limited stock, Wal-Mart letting bots run wild, and everyone else wanting it, I had to “settle” on an Xbox Series X. I’ve been...

Thoughts with Profs: Connery, Sean Connery

Guest Column by Dr. Kit Medjesky               medjesky@findlay.edu @medjesky  Celebrated British actor Michael Caine once credited Golden Age movie star Cary Grant with ushering in a “generation of non-slobs.” It should be no surprise, then, that Grant was the original choice to play James Bond. Contract negotiations fell through, and Sean Connery...

Tis the season for screamin’

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu   Halloween may look a little different this year with no parades, masks being worn by (hopefully) everyone, and candy being passed out differently than any year before. If you decide you must go out, be safe and sensible about it.   For those who want to stay inside during this spooky time of year, you may ask yourself “What’s a good horror...

Your voice matters, use it

Column by Alana Sundermann sundermanna1@findlay.edu In the United States the legal age to vote is set at 18. According to the United States Census Bureau, in the 2016 election 46.1% of 18-29-year-olds exercised their right to vote. While this was still higher than the turnout in the 2012 Election, it is still a statistically low turnout. As Americans, it is important that we continue to use our...

Is this the curtain call for movie theaters?

Low sales, closures, and lack of movies hurting movie theaters overall Column By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 With everything that’s going on in the world, both before COVID-19 and now, one thing that I could always count on is that movies provide comfort and joy for a few hours. They can take you into new worlds, make you forget all the craziness going on, and even teach you...

Game three of the NBA Finals ends with a . . .walk off?

Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu On Sunday night in game three of the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler led the Heat to the 115-104 win, arguably having the greatest game of his career. Butler recorded a 40-point triple-double (40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists). Only two other players in NBA history finished a finals game with a 40-point triple-double. These two players are Jerry West (1969) and...

South Park reminds us of the awful summer we had

Matt Stone and Trey Parker summarize the vents of Summer 2020 Review By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   A few weeks before classes began, I was at work talking with my coworkers about how hectic the world is now. We eventually started to talk about South Park and whether the producers will have an episode devoted to COVID-19. I told them it was only a matter of time. I was...