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Throwback Rotten Bananas: ‘Ratatouille’

Disney-Pixar is well known for their ability to take any ordinary situation or circumstance and turn it into a heartwarming, wholesome family flick. “Ratatouille” is obviously no exception. The film, written and directed by long time Pixar affiliate Brad Bird, stars comedian Patton Oswalt as Remy, a rat in Paris, …

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Work through your generational trauma, don’t ignore it

Everyone goes through difficult and transformative things in their life. The experiences and actions that shape your life are what make each person unique. However, there are events in our lives that can end up changing us for worse. There are also many people who end up ignoring this trauma …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Marvel’s last offering in the year 2021 featured everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero, and it might just be their greatest offering yet. The film, directed by Jon Watts, stars British actor Tom Holland reprising his role as Peter Parker, an anxious high schooler who inadvertently receives all the abilities of a …

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Smooth Bananas: Disney’s ‘Encanto’

The movie musical is becoming a rare beast in the modern age of film, but Disney’s latest offering, “Encanto,” proves that a soundtrack can carry a film just as much as the plot or animation. The film, directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, stars “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress Stephanie Beatriz …

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Smooth Bananas: The life and work of Stephen Sondheim

Last weekend, the world of musical theatre lost a giant: Stephen Sondheim, one of the most influential composers and songwriters of the 20th century. Sondheim was responsible for some of the most beloved musicals of the 1900s, including “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “A Little Night Music,” …

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Throwback Rotten Bananas: ‘John Wick’

“John Wick” is a thrilling, ass-kicking adventure through a fantastical veneer of underground assassins. The film, directed and written by Derek Kolstad, stars Keanu Reeves as the titular character, a master assassin who is called back into action after an extensive period away from the profession. Wick is taken back …

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Media literacy is the most important skill in our modern world

Do you remember when your high school English teacher talked endlessly about the meaning of a blue curtain in whatever novel they had assigned that month? Do you remember when they talked about the quote, “Everyone’s equal but some are more equal than others,” in “Animal Farm” and how you …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Eternals’

“Eternals” is an interesting and intriguing step for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to take and, as expected, the judgement is split right down the middle. The film, directed by Chloe Zhao, stars an ensemble cast—the eponymous Eternals. The Eternals are a race of immortal warriors created by cosmic entities …

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Dave Chappelle is loud, wrong, and hurtful about trans people

Seasoned comedian Dave Chappelle took to the stage once again in his Netflix special “The Closer” and, in this foray, he made comments about transgender people that are just tried and false to be honest. It’s not that Chappelle isn’t funny, it’s that the old jokes about transgender people that …

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