Doctor Strange: Undergraduate of the Mystic Arts

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Photo courtesy of the same Despite what my outfit may suggest, I was very worried that Doctor Strange was going to turn out pretty “meh.” The director, Scott Derrickson, has mostly worked in not-quite-B horror movies, such as Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which don’t exactly…

The Perfectly Acceptable Seven

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Perhaps the greatest of all the plot tropes (from the website TV Tropes) is The Magnificent Seven Samurai, having turned out some of the best episodes of shows like Samurai Jack and Firefly, and, of course, owing its name to two cinematic classics: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (which…

Allegiant: Gadzooks

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong WARNING: The following review contains spoilers! Read at your own risk. When I first came to UAS in 2012, I had little to no interest in the movie franchises following popular young adult-genre books. I had not read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Maze Runner by…

Deadpool: Four or Five Moments

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong Deadpool was a Fun Movie. Personally, I don’t think there are enough of those these days; movies try so hard to be Gritty, to make us Care About the Conflict, to make us Feel Our Mortality and to be Emotionally Gripping. Deadpool takes this trend, throws it out…

Pirates of Penzance

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong I don’t remember when the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, but I do remember that my “pirate phase” was well underway by my 12th birthday. That’s probably why my parents decided to bestow the soundtrack to Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical The Pirates of Penzance upon…

The Saga Begins (For Me)

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Star Wars is the American space opera franchise created by George Lucas, the first three films being released from 1977 to 1983, the prequels from 1999-2005, and the most recent in 2015. The film series has made over 30.7 billion dollars. It changed the face of film and…

On Representation in Media

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Television, movies, and all other forms of mass media hold a tremendous amount of inspiration for people, as well as a template for some to see themselves in. This template is typically only for a specific type of person. It’s not often that all people of all backgrounds…

The Force Needs Five More Minutes, Mom

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong When I was growing up, my friends referred to me as a “walking, talking Star Wars dictionary.” I’m sure I was not alone in this – though in my isolated cul-de-sac in my small corner of the American Southwest, I was the dominant Star Wars authority. I know…

Film Series: Hope for Language Revitalization

Ultimately, this film series was a great eye opener and constitutes a promise for what is to come in language revitalization. It isn’t happening in just these places, it’s happening all over the world, and slowly we may begin to really see these languages and cultures in full reality.

Scorching Hot

Every year, a friend of mine takes me to see the latest YA film hit, and every year, I am prepared to be underwhelmed. My emotional attachment to Katniss Everdeen is nonexistent, and I could care less what happens to Peeta. I guess I like Tris’s new haircut, and the way Four clenches his jaw and breathes heavily instead of actually vocalizing his apparently overwhelming emotions. A year ago, when I went to see the first Maze Runner movie (aptly titled The Maze Runner), I was ready to walk out the same person I was when I went in.