Author: Sam Mwakasisi

The game’s not over: Saw Legacy and the sequelitis problem

One of the worst things that can happen to a good, original film is for its potential to be exploited and run completely thin through an unholy amount of sequels only made for turning profits in a dreaded phenomenon known as “sequelitis”. It’s a problem that’s been plaguing films for a long time, and one of its textbook examples, the Saw horror film series, has announced that an eighth installment will be released later this year. This leads us to consider a question: How many is too many? Sequelitis is a dire issue that keeps on reappearing despite many an outcry...

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Boys’ swimming and diving makes a splash with titles and broken records

Niles North is no stranger to success in a multitude of fields, and athletics is certainly one of the most prominent. A huge reminder of this emerged recently as our school’s boys’ swimming and diving team rode an impressive wave of success. Through sports, our school has managed to hold our own and make a name for itself within the Central Suburban League, and it’s no little league; it’s been described by the school’s official athletic site as “one of the most prestigious and competitive interscholastic high school athletic leagues in the state of Illinois”, so it’s no joke and truly...

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2017 Coming Together in Skokie: The fascinating facets of Chinese culture

Diversity: it’s what makes the world go round, what makes the world so interesting, and what helps bring different parts of the human race together through the multitude of cultures encompassing it. Even without addressing this in a broad manner, Skokie stands as one of the most diverse places in all of Chicagoland. To honor this, it hosts an annual celebration of a different culture to help celebrate, kindle understanding for, and appreciate the melting pot that exists in the Skokie/Niles Township area, and this year’s celebrations are just around the corner. “Coming Together seeks to build knowledge of and...

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The Emoji Movie: Is it really a bad apple?

There’s no denying that technology and the culture it has fostered are a cornerstone of modern society, a society that runs on constant connection and communication. Companies can use this to their advantage by advertising through these societal facets to appeal to a young target audience; sometimes it works well, and other times it comes across as petty and cringe-worthy. However, in the most extreme of cases, there can be the moment where they just go too far, and The Emoji Movie seems to have stemmed from that moment. This film seemed to face trouble from the public right out of...

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A globe more golden: Meryl Streep’s political statement

With the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards occurring this past Sunday, as well as this year’s Grammy and Oscar ceremonies just around the corner, the award season seems to be in full swing for this new year. It was a night of celebrating achievements and artistic expression in both film and television. However, it ultimately ended up making news headlines and even gaining controversy for another memorable expression from an award recipient. 2016 was a year that contained one of the most intense and emotionally charged presidential elections in American history, and the post-election fallout has more than carried into 2017....

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