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…

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…

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…

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.