The Orion

The Netflix original that’s breaking the internet doesn’t have much to offer

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 15, 2020

“Cuties” (or its native French title, “Mignonnes”) is a film that does not quite live up to its infamous reputation as an exploitative coming-of-age flick, while at the same time does not do much to make a name for itself in the indie film collective consciousness. The film tells the story of 1...

Dirty Projectors’ “Super João”: Longstreth and Co. continue their EP hotstreak

The cover art for Super João EP

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 10, 2020

On “Super João”, Dirty Projectors’ eclectic style of songwriting and composition goes bossa nova while continuing their stellar 5EPs project.  The indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn has had, to put it modestly, a prolific year. Starting with their EP “Windows Open” from March, the...

Charlie Kaufman delivers an eerie romance in “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Charlie Kaufman's

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 9, 2020

The recent Netflix film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” directed by Charlie Kaufman is an adaptation of the book by Iain Reed and stars Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons.  The psychological thriller starts with a young couple on a road trip to Jake’s (Plemons) childhood home to meet ...

Angel Olsen’s “Whole New Mess”: Distress, Recontextualized

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 4, 2020

A little over a year since the artist's last album release, American indie rockstar Angel Olsen returns with a pleasant, if not fairly stagnant reimagining of her most grandiose album to date. What was originally a lavish, dramatic expression of emotions is now presented as a vulnerable and raw show...

‘The Half of It’ isn’t a typical teen movie

Still image from The Half of It, a Netflix original film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Over the years Netflix has built a reputation for producing teen romances and coming-of-age films — some that I love, and some that make me feel a little less than inspired, like Noah Centineo’s entire filmography. Among the new releases for May is “The Half of It,” a refreshing and sweet pe...

Parks and Recreation reunion lifts spirits amongst quarantine

A still from the Parks and Recreation reunion special

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

The original cast of the hit series Parks and Recreation made a special comeback on April 30 to create the first new episode since its last season in 2015.  The 30 minute episode featured a unique storyline where the characters are stuck in quarantine. The audience follows the main protagonist Leslie...

“Love Never Dies” is a poor addition to the otherwise celebrated broadway livestreams

Still image from the Broadway play,

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

The arts have suffered greatly during the COVID-19 shutdown, but renowned impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has found a way to bring state-of-the-art performances to the people. Webber is one of the most well-known composers in the world, with works like “School of Rock,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and...

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple, untethered

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple released her first album, “Tidal” in 1996 when she was only 19, earning the award for Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. After a controversial acceptance speech, in which she referred to the music industry as “bullshit,” Apple made herself the ...

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

The late April weekend of Indio, California’s famed music festival was graced with the buzz band of the decade. The Strokes had just released their debut album, “Is This It.” They were set to play Coachella’s main stage on Sunday. Beside bands like Oasis, The Strokes got their first taste o...

Don’t be scared of scary movies

Don’t be scared of scary movies

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

It's midnight, but you’re still wide awake, eyes glued to the screen as eerie music from the movie fills the room. Looking over your shoulder, you have to remind yourself that you’re safe in your home. As the music gets louder, signifying something is about to happen, your sweaty palms grab t...

‘Onward’ is the movie we deserve right now

Left to right: Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as elf brothers Ian and Barley, respectively in Pixar's Onward.  
Courtesy of Disney

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

In light of current events, a lot of recently released movies are becoming available through streaming platforms. It’s during this particularly unmotivated time, that film can become a fun escape where “magic” exists, and that’s exactly what Disney Pixar’s “Onward” intends to teach us. ...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Left to right: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star as Héloïse and Marianne in

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot, like Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” for example. Others, however, are ca...

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