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Second Installment: The Star Wars Original Trilogy

Second Installment: The Star Wars Original Trilogy

Daniel Griffith, Staff Writer

May 6, 2015


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Not only was George Lucas's first Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, the best in the original trilogy, but it is also the greatest sequel of all time. Why? Let's run through the basic plotline. Even though the rebels destroyed the Death Star at the end of Episode IV, they still had to hide ...

Revenge of the Fifth: The Star Wars Original Trilogy

Revenge of the Fifth: The Star Wars Original Trilogy

Sam Falconer

May 5, 2015


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  'Achuta', as we say in Huttese, the language of the glorious and mighty Jabba. Or, as it translates in good old Galactic English, 'hello'. After wading through the giant trash compactor that was the prequel series, I and my fellow Stinger writers, Avesta Reddy and Daniel Griffith, needed s...

Movie Mondays 6: The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Movie Mondays 6: The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

April 27, 2015


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Stephen Chbosky has created The Breakfast Club for a new generation, capturing some of the more modern troubles of teen life in a way that no other film has. This is a story about people. About their lives, our lives, our past, our present, and our future. I was shocked to find this film cat...

Movie Mondays 5: Aliens (1986)

Movie Mondays 5: Aliens (1986)

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

April 6, 2015


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Following the success of the first film in this franchise, a sequel to Alien was an excellent opportunity for the studios to capitalize on a built-in audience. The flip side of this coin, however, is that the devoted fans already endeared to the franchise would accept nothing less than perfection from the...

Movie Mondays 4: The Godfather (1972)

Movie Mondays 4: The Godfather (1972)

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

March 16, 2015


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What hasn't been said about this film already? The Godfather has already been praised by every single critic on the face of the Earth. Finding a person who doesn't like The Godfather is the film equivalent of finding Sasquatch or the Loch Ness monster. Infinitely praised since its initial release i...

Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


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One of the most memorable and endearing science-fiction and 'nerd' icons, Leonard Nimoy, passed away at the age of 83 on Feb. 27. He died in his Bel Air home as a result of complications from COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), an illness which he attributed to a smoking habit he had given up ap...

Raising dough and money

Raising dough and money

Sophia Cheong, Staff Writer

February 23, 2015


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Hoping to entice the community with the power of pasta and performance, the ACHS Music Boosters aim to raise $7500 with Tootles and Noodles, their biggest annual spring fundraiser. The event will include a spaghetti dinner catered by Manhattan Restaurant, a concert held by the combined bands and...

Movie Mondays 3: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Movie Mondays 3: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


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The medium of anime (Japanese animation) has garnered a lot of negative stereotypes from the American perspective. People who dismiss the genre as overly-violent and weirdly-sexualized may be hesitant to dip their toes into the metaphorical pool of the art form. In this third addition to Movie Mondays,...

Movie Mondays 2: Fight Club (1999)

Movie Mondays 2: Fight Club (1999)

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015


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I realize that by doing a film review I am breaking the first and second rules of Fight Club, but I don't think that Tyler Durden will mind. Fight Club, a 1999 release, was directed by David Fincher, who has had an extremely successful and lucrative career, having directed such critically acclaime...

Interstellar: A Movie Review

Interstellar: A Movie Review

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


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One word to describe Interstellar: mesmerizing. The film takes place in the near future, where a sort of 'second dust bowl' is taking place, and blights are killing crops everywhere. As a result, food is extremely scarce for everyone on the planet, making farming the most important job on Eart...

Furiously good

Furiously good

Sam Falconer

October 30, 2014


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Fans may come to watch Fury in anticipation of yet another meaningless action film featuring a shirtless Brad Pitt surrounded by explosions as rock music plays in the background. But this movie is anything but that. Fury is a gripping WWII drama that tells the story of a group of men operating ...

Horror movies not to miss this Halloween season

Horror movies not to miss this Halloween season

Sam Falconer, Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


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With Halloween just around the corner, the Stinger has rounded up the best films for a scary night in. The following movies, expressed in no particular order, are the best of their genre and should absolutely be on your Halloween must-see list. It's no trick, these films are always a viewing treat.   1. The Shi...

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