Home / Brock Willard (page 3)

Brock Willard

Rotten Bananas: ‘Antlers’

Horror has seen a dip in original quality in recent years. “Antlers” is an attempt to return to a time when horror movies played on original fears. The film, directed by Scott Cooper, stars Kerri Russell as Julia Meadows, a teacher in rural Oregon, as she attempts to bond with …

Read More »

‘I don’t get into politics’ is a privileged statement

This past week, Pittsburg held elections for open seats on the city commission and the school board. There are many Pittsburg State students who didn’t vote, didn’t know the platforms of candidates running, didn’t know who was running, or didn’t even know that Pittsburg is run by a city commission. …

Read More »

Smooth Bananas: A brief look into film scoring

Often when we watch films, the music is overlooked despite its integral position in the overall composition of the movie. Moviegoers first remember the actors in the movie, and then the director, but the composer of the film’s score is the last to be remembered, followed only by the technical …

Read More »

Rotten Bananas: ‘Dune’

Since the absolute flop of the first cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” in the 80s by David Lynch, many people in the pop culture sphere thought the ground-breaking sci-fi novel was impossible to bring to life in a pleasing package. This 2021 fall movie season has proven that myth …

Read More »

Capitalism is killing art

College is marketed as the way to a brighter future, and for the most part, that is true. However, this future is intensely tied to the way society perceives a student’s potential career choices. Firstly, we must get some sweeping tenets out of the way. When I say “capitalism is …

Read More »

Rotten Bananas: Disney Delays 2022 Marvel Slate

This past week, the Disney corporation announced that their slate of Marvel Studios films originally set for release in 2022 will all be moving up a slot. “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” originally releasing in March, is now taking “Thor: Love and Thunder’s” May 6 date. “Thor” is …

Read More »

History class in public schools: a safe zone for white supremacy

You’ve no doubt seen the story circulating about the Texas administrator who told teachers who present on the horrors of the Holocaust that they need an “opposing view.” You might stop and think, “That’s an outlier. History classes, as a rule, are fair and neutral.” They absolutely are not. It’s …

Read More »

Smooth Bananas: Netflix’s ‘Diana’

Content related to the late Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, has had something of a resurgence in recent years with a feature film featuring Kristen Stewart in the title role. However, I don’t think anyone had a Hamilton-style history musical in mind. The musical, with music by David Bryan and …

Read More »

Rotten Bananas: ‘VHS 94’

“VHS 94” is a step backwards, metaphorically speaking, in the found footage genre, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The anthology film, directed by multiple directors and creative teams, is the fourth installment in the found footage horror series, “VHS.” Rather than embrace its sequential nature, this film takes …

Read More »