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On November 8, 2016 Americans went to the polls across the country to cast their ballot for the next President of the United States, since then disappointment, investigations and anxiety have followed. In a turn of events that not even famed TV social comedy South Park’s writers and producers could have imagined and with over two million people voting against him; An arcane system designed in 1789 to protect states with minimal population and prevent the election of unqualified farmers elected a multi-billionaire whose closest attempt at government experience is his meetings with city planning committees as President.
There is nothing to say about the screening of Teinosuke Kinugasa’s “A Page of Madness” except that it was a revelation. The film, from 1926, is notable for going against common editing practices of Japanese cinema at the time with moments that give a similar impression to soviet cinema. The screening was introduced by Abe Markus Nornes, a professor of Japanese film at University of Michigan, who discussed the history of the film and issues with screening availability. One of the problems mentioned was with the Michigan Theater itself in trying to book the film. After attending the screening, the effort was commendable for the life that it breathed into a classic Japanese silent cinema.
Ever wonder why our calendar can be so strange? Think about it: February gets an extra day every four years, the month names are inconsistent (October is the 10th month even though "octo" means 8), New Year’s Day is in the middle of winter, and all the months have different lengths ranging from 28 to 30 days. Why all of these inconsistencies?
Medieval Knights, Sea-faring Vikings, and Japanese Samurai were separated by many years and many miles from each other, making the possibility of them fighting each other to the death impossible in real life. However, fantasy has often brought them together to do such that for the purpose of entertaining audiences. Such is the case of Ubisoft’s latest I.P., For Honor. The latest game from Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy developer certainly gains points for premise, but does the full game earn glory, or die with no honor? Let’s find out.
Whereas: Beginning in September 2016, black students and others at Eastern Michigan University were victimized by multiple acts of racist vandalism on University property;
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fine Them” is an extremely uncommon movie in the Harry Potter series. Not only does it give a backstory to one of the textbooks used at Hogwarts in the main series, it also gives viewers a chance to see Wizarding America. Audiences are so used to seeing Great Britain in the original Harry Potter films, that seeing a story set in Wizarding America (and during the 1920’s) adds a fresh and exciting new extension to the overall Harry Potter universe. The movie also makes great use of the fabulous art styles of the decade. The Art Deco, jazz music, and Model T cars all enhance the film’s New York setting and even make the city more spellbinding than it usually is. The film also manages to make subtle hints at the social issues of the day, including segregation, the death penalty, and Prohibition. These historical references add more depth to a film that’s mainly about magical creatures.
Disney’s “Moana,” is the 56th addition to Walt Disney’s animated film canon.
How do you feel about the United States’ aid to Israel?
Actor Jamie Foxx is known for starring in academy award winning movies – including “Ray” and “Collateral.” His new film “Sleepless” is not one of them.
A new year is upon us, and that means a brand-new set of games will be coming out. As a lifelong gamer myself, there are many games that specifically have my attention, and I am really looking forward to. Below is a list of some of the games that I can’t wait to play this year.
America collectively grimaced as the two major party presidential candidates hit the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump verbally sparred in front of Chris Wallace, Fox News political commentator.
Immigration has been a hot topic in the news with the number of Syrian refugees escaping to other countries increasing. What the news doesn’t tell you though is that political refugees are a real issue. People cannot live in environments that harm them morally or physically.
I didn't get to see the Real Sports HBO special that aired Tuesday, April 19th, about Eastern Michigan University's spending on sports (I was too busy thinking about how I'm going to pay off my student debt), but I've read enough about it to know that my university has spent $52 million in the last two years on sports, according to the show. “Eastern has an athletic department spending of $33.9 million, according to data collected by USA Today and published earlier this week,” writes David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press. “Of that amount, more than $27 million, or 80% comes from institutional support.”
I understand the significance of electing a woman president, but Hillary Clinton is not the right woman for the job.
The primary reason churches in the United States have been tax-exempt thus far is due to the protection granted to them through the separation of church and state. In other words, churches are tax-exempt because taxing them would—according to some—violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids the government from making laws “respecting an establishment of religion.” The clause “not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another [and it] prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion,” according to Cornell University Law School.
Donald J. Trump officially announced that he was running for president on June 16th, 2015. Speaking from Trump Tower in New York City, the then newly-announced candidate opened with a no-substance quip about the supposed idiocy and gutlessness of the other candidates saying, “How are they going to beat ISIS? I don’t think it’s gonna happen.” He then immediately transitioned into a more somber topic—the state of the country—when he said, “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal?”
As a rule of thumb, because the offices are so similar to each other, governors have tended to make better presidents than, say, first-term senators. But, for almost the first two centuries of the United States’ existence, the profession that produced the most successful presidents aside from the political sphere itself was the military. After every major war, the country has elected a general as its President — George Washington after the Revolutionary War, Ulysses S. Grant after the Civil War, Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Second World War and very nearly Douglas MacArthur after the Korean War. Now, however, it seems as though the game is changing and businessmen are starting to run instead of career military men.
This past weekend is the weekend the highly anticipated “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally hit theaters. Bad news being that the film is getting mostly negative reviews from professional critics, with the most common criticism being that the film is just too dull and depressing for a movie about a man who dresses up as a bat, fighting a super-human alien. Looking over this movie, as well as recent DC Comics works, I have discovered a disturbing trend where the majority of them try to be as downbeat as possible in order to suck out all the joy of being a superhero. Intense violence, blood, gore, scary images, unnecessary “moral dilemmas” and more seem to be the standard for anything DC related these days; and quite frankly, it needs to stop.
The United States’ record with Cuba since the 1960s has been rough and downright scary at times, and although my generation — the Millennials — never experienced the same fear as our parents did of nuclear war looming over our heads, we understand how incredibly significant Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba is.