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How we watch now

Watching movies and shows on Netflix has always been a social activity for teenagers. But shelter-in-place has changed how people consume media together — and how creators release media — possibly forever.

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

April 30, 2020

Two students are getting ready to watch a movie. They’ve both been busy with schoolwork, so it’s a relief to finally be able to wind down. But before they can start, they begin to count down, “Three, two, one!” Both click play at zero, trying to make sure they’re in-sync. For the first time...

Music from a distance

Though many consider it an

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

April 23, 2020

When considering people whose jobs are affected by the pandemic, most people think of the vital, or more obvious ones: nurses, retail store workers, teachers, restaurant owners and so on. One career that many people don’t consider being affected is musicians. A career that depends on performing for...

Review: ‘Tiger King’

The eccentric Joe Exotic is certainly a character worthy of his own documentary series. But does the series reveal him to be a hero or a villain?

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

April 17, 2020

Many people have been raving about the new Netflix docu-series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Joe Exotic is a breeds big cats, and entertains guests at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, his zoo in Oklahoma. In the show, Exotic sports a mullet, wears wild outfits, and brings his...

Review: Are You Okay With This?

Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff star in Netflix's new show

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 18, 2020

Just when it seemed like there were no more original series' worth watching, Netflix released "I Am Not Okay With This" starring Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff, both of whom are child actors who are arguably most known for the wildly popular 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT”. From the director ...

Review: Impractical fun

Since 2011, “Impractical Jokers” has made audiences laugh with their unscripted competitive antics. The comedy team hit the big screen in February with their first feature-length film.

Zach Brown, Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

For years, “Impractical Jokers” has been a television staple. The silly antics of four friends from Staten Island has proven to be a hit, providing laughter for the masses. Now, the Jokers head to the big screen in an effort to further dominate mass entertainment.  “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” will certainly play b...

Review: We’re watching ‘You’

In Netflix's

Elle Smith, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Many students at MCHS are obsessively binge watching the new show “You” on Netflix. When season two was released in late December, the show started rapidly growing in popularity. Below the surface this show has some profound messages to teach a younger audience about dangers that they might be igno...

Review: “Frozen 2”


Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer

December 19, 2019

The latest Disney movie “Frozen 2" which came out on November 22, is in many ways better than the original “Frozen” movie that came out in 2013.  In the original movie “Frozen,” Anna and Elsa are the princesses of the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa was born with ice powers, which accidentall...

Blizzard Entertainment’s Blitzchung disaster

When the winning player of the Grandmasters Hearthstone Tournament made a statement supporting Hong Kong’s protests on October 6, Blizzard Entertainment found themselves at the center of a free speech debate.

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Over the past couple of months, the American gaming publisher Activision Blizzard has been dealing with a PR nightmare of their own making.  On October 6, at the end of a stream of the Grandmasters Hearthstone Tournament in Taiwan, the professional “Hearthstone” player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung put o...

Opinion: The streaming apocalypse

As services like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ compete, streaming has become more competitive, much to the benefit of the consumer.

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Due to the high prices people were paying for cable, subscriptions to streaming services have become the more popular option for consumers. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV have made content that other streaming services have used to please their audience. ...

Review: Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’

Review: Selena Gomez's 'Lose You To Love Me'

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Selena Gomez is an iconic pop sensation, but she has yet to release a new album since her latest full-length album 2015’s "Revival." “'Revival' was just a stepping stone for me,” Gomez admits in an interview with Jojo Wright, “and now looking back it challenged me to go even further.” ...

Television’s influence on 80’s and 90’s fashion

With shows like 'Stranger Things' among the most year's most popular, the affect of nostalgia on fashion and pop culture has become more apparent.

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

80’s and 90’s movies & tv shows played a huge role in fashion. Movies in this era mainly targeted teens and young adults, which encouraged efficacious fashion. This played a prominent role in deciding what you should have in your wardrobe.  In this period of fashion, there's more appreciation for women's...

The “Joker” controversy


Haley DuHamel, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

The movie “Joker” came out last Friday, and  many people are upset at its storyline, mainly because they believe that it will encourage “lonely white boys” and “incels” to commit acts that the main character, the Joker, takes in the film, and that the people who watch the film will sympath...