16 years later, this zombie game shouldn’t be ‘Left 4 Dead’

Share: We are in the golden age of life, where technology is more advanced than ever. Games are being released so frequently that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them. Famous ones like “Minecraft,” “Grand Theft Auto,” and “Call of Duty” have sustained their popularity over the last decade.  No video game genre delivers more adrenaline than zombie games. Bonus points if you’re playing at night with headphones. Is it crazy if I go on the record and say that the best zombie video …

Run, don’t walk to the best secondhand stores in Pasadena

Share: Over the past few years, the interest in shopping at vintage and antique stores has increased steadily. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as vintage shopping can help people individualize their wardrobe and home decor while often costing less than brand-new pieces. And it’s sustainable!  Oftentimes people turn to websites or apps such as Depop or Facebook Marketplace for their secondhand shopping because of the convenience factor. However, many people prefer to go into an actual store so they can see the …

WILLOW sets a calm and comfortable tone for new fans on ‘empathogen’

Share: In the midst of the diverse dosage of music that has been released in the last few weeks, it’s easy for some worthwhile projects to get lost in the shuffle. Scouring the internet to make sure I didn’t miss a thing, I found myself stumbling across some hidden gems that wouldn’t normally be in my go-to playlists. Being mostly unfamiliar with WILLOW’s discography, the single that came my way first was “run!” and it latched onto me impersonating a warm welcome into enjoying a …

Still starstruck: I saw Shohei slam a historic home run

Share: Imagine this scenario: your arch-nemesis is in town, your ace is on the mound, and the newest Dodgers’ star Shohei Ohtani is in the batter’s box on the verge of launching his first home run as a boy in blue. It would seem like something that would be included in a baseball film, except it was experienced in reality.  Dodger Stadium has had one of the best home-field advantages in Major League Baseball, holding nearly 56,000 rowdy fans for every home game. The crowd …

‘Everybody’s in LA’ is not for everybody, but is for Los Angeles

Share: John Mulaney is not from Los Angeles. But in his short time as a resident, he has created the oddest comedy talk show that a transplant could make to better understand the city titled, “Everybody’s in LA.” This six-episode installment talk show is streaming live on Netflix for one week only during the “Netflix is a Joke Festival” and is set to wrap forever on Friday. As Mulaney says in the opening monologue, “this show will never hit its groove”– but it will certainly …

Met Gal-Blah 2024: Rich people dress like shit

Share: The Met Gala was this Monday, and celebrities reminded us yet again that even though they have all the money and power in the world, they still don’t know how to follow a theme. The theme for this year’s Met Gala was “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” with the dress code being “The Garden of Time” inspired by JG Ballard’s 1962 short story. Evidently, many celebrities took the garden part a bit too literally, simply throwing in a floral pattern and calling it a day.  …

‘I Saw the TV Glow’ dims profound allegory behind spellbinding screen

Share: When it comes to A24 movies, there’s an unconvincing justification conveniently awaiting any negative thoughts over the inherent weirdness of most of their releases: you just don’t get it. With “I Saw the TV Glow,” a visually spectacular whirlwind of creativity from writer-director Jane Schoenbrun, the message is there but collapses under a convoluted narrative best described as an overstretched short film. The movie, spanning the late 90s to mid-2000s, takes place through the unreliable perspective of Owen (Justice Smith), who looks back on …

‘Baby Reindeer’ is not christmas themed and definitely not for babies

Share: “Baby Reindeer” is an emotionally challenging watch but is indubitably one of the best pieces of media to come out this year. It follows the tragic story of an aspiring comedian who is being stalked by a woman he met while working at a bar. Not only is it completely insane watching this story unfold, but it is absolutely absurd that it also happens to be a true story being performed by the real life victim. The limited series has entered the race to …

May the 4th Be With You! Jump into hyperspace on ‘Star Wars’ celebration day

Share: To casual fans of “Star Wars,” May 4 is just a silly day to celebrate being a fan. But for hardcore fans and diehards alike, May the 4th is a time when no matter personal preference, the love of the franchise reigns supreme. This year’s celebration marks a big milestone for the franchise: that being the 25th anniversary of “Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” At a time when the franchise hasn’t had a new cinematic entry since 2019, these re-releases have been a …

How does the pro-Palestine movement respond to celebrity supporters?

Share: On November 21, 2023, actress Melissa Barrera was fired from the movie “Scream VII.” The reason? Her outspoken support for Palestine and her characterization of the situation in Gaza as a genocide. Spyglass Media Group, the production company for the Scream film series, issued a statement, deeming Barrera’s comments anti-Semitic and unacceptable. Barrera’s firing was immediately met with outrage, and fans called for a boycott of the movie series. Despite this incident, Barrera’s movie career is still going strong, with her prompting her first …