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...

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 ...

‘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...

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

Noah Centineo holding Lana Condor

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), deepens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) relationship, but doesn’t add much else.  This time around, Director Michael Fimognari takes the story of th...

Is nostalgia, price of Disney Plus worth it?

Danielle Kessler

December 13, 2019

It’s been almost a month since Disney launched their newest platform, Disney+, a streaming service similar to Netflix and Hulu but with all of the company’s owned content. As it’s been out, I’ve tried to get a better sense of what this platform really is, and more importantly, if it is ...

‘Daybreak’ an excellent appeal to Generation Z

Emily Neria

November 26, 2019

Netflix's latest post-apocalyptic teen drama-comedy is a heart-warming roller coaster of subverted expectations and sincere parody. Beyond that, "Daybreak" Season 1, released on Oct. 24, is a great model of where television may be headed, in a world increasingly populated by Generation Z.The show follows a...

‘Eli’: great idea, flawed execution

Eli (Charlie Shotwell) has a condition where he gets allergic conditions from the outdoors. Dr. Isabella Horn (Lili Taylor) claims she can cure him.

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera

November 13, 2019

What could have been a great horror film in “Eli”, was regressed by poor writing and mundane performances. Directed by Ciarán Foy, “Eli” is about a boy named Eli (Charlie Shotwell) who suffers from a rare disease that causes him to have severe allergic reactions to the outdoors. To...

‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ is unnecessary but fine

The poster for Netflix's Breaking bad movie

Ricardo Tovar

October 24, 2019

It’s been seven years since the tale of the rise and fall of meth kingpin, Walter White had concluded. “Breaking Bad,” arguably the best television show that has ever been made, left us with a satisfying ending. The last episode tied together all possible loose ends and left the oth...

Big Mouth gets bisexuality all wrong – here’s why it matters

Big Mouth promotional image from Netflix

Kati Morris

October 15, 2019

In the wake of a recent controversy surrounding Netflix series "Big Mouth," co-creator Andrew Goldberg came out and apologized for an episode the show aired regarding bisexuality. Until now, the series had garnered a positive reputation for its honest portrayal of topics regarding sex and teenage a...

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a refreshing and hilarious comedy

Zach Galifianakis plays as himself in

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera

October 14, 2019

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a hilarious film that reflects Zach Galifianakis’ exceptional comedic style. “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a fictious spin-off of Galifianakis’ web series of the same name, where Galifianakis, host of a public access talk show...

A tall girl’s criticism of Netflix’s ‘Tall Girl’

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Rayanne Painter

September 18, 2019

Let’s set the scene for Netflix’s new original film, “Tall Girl”:Jodi (Ava Michelle) is a white, cisgender, straight, thin, able-bodied, middle-class, blond-haired, blue-eyed woman - Oh, and she happens to be 6’1” and her life is hard.“You think your life is hard...

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

Image from IMDB

Angel Ortega

January 22, 2019

“Roma” is one of the most emotionally intense films of the year with its minimalistic artistic style and strong female lead.“Roma," directed by Alfonso Cuarón, centers around the life of a middle-class family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) who live in the Colonia Roma neig...

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