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OPINION: Top 10 movies of the decade

OPINION: Top 10 movies of the decade

Jonah Salazar and Derek Catron

December 10, 2019

The 2010s were a landmark time for cinema. State Hornet opinion staffers Jonah Salazar and Derek Catron sat down to discuss their favorite movies of the decade, by year. Derek’s Top Movies of the Decade 2010 – Shutter Island (IMDb: 8.1/10, My Score: 9/10) “Shutter Island” is one of the greate...

REVIEW: ‘The Irishman’ paints Frank Sheeran’s side of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

REVIEW: ‘The Irishman’ paints Frank Sheeran’s side of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

Jonah Salazar

December 9, 2019

This review contains spoilers for Netflix’s “The Irishman.” My go-to grading scale for mafia movies relies heavily on a single factor: how badly I wanted to join the mob after I finished watching it. Best said by Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill in ”Goodfellas,” “As far back as I can remember, ...

REVIEW: Iliza Shlesinger’s fifth comedy special is more than ‘amAAAzing’

REVIEW: Iliza Shlesinger’s fifth comedy special is more than ‘amAAAzing’

Derek Catron

November 27, 2019

Iliza Shlesinger returned to familiar topics in her amazing new comedy special, “Unveiled.” It was amazing, not “amAAAzing.” “When a woman says ‘amAAAzing’ what she actually means is ‘Oh my god, this is not about me and I don't care and I’m a little insecure about it, but I want...

REVIEW: ‘The Mandalorian’ is an instant cult classic for ‘Star Wars’ veterans

REVIEW: ‘The Mandalorian’ is an instant cult classic for ‘Star Wars’ veterans

Cory Jaynes, Managing Editor

November 18, 2019

This review contains spoilers for the first two episodes of “The Mandalorian.” "The Mandalorian" strips “Star Wars” down to its spaghetti western roots and provides quick-paced action series veterans are sure to enjoy, however, much like the titular character, the series provides little explana...

REVIEW: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shows that sometimes a bad idea works

REVIEW: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shows that sometimes a bad idea works

Will Coburn, Podcast editor

November 17, 2019

The film “Doctor Sleep” is a mixed bag, more interesting than good, with a rough opening act, a middle that finds its footing, and a final act that honestly pushes into something really good. However, if you’re a fan of Stephen King adaptations or director Mike Flanagan’s previous work, ...

REVIEW: Culver Creek is just as you remember it in the Hulu adaptation of ‘Looking for Alaska’

REVIEW: Culver Creek is just as you remember it in the Hulu adaptation of ‘Looking for Alaska’

Kayla Brown

November 8, 2019

The highly anticipated Hulu series “Looking for Alaska,” based on John Green’s first published novel, was released in full Oct. 18 and has proven to be a great example of a screen adaption that accurately depicts its source material.  But this series made me realize something I didn’t when I firs...

REVIEW: Robert Eggers cements his place in horror hall of fame with ‘The Lighthouse’

REVIEW: Robert Eggers cements his place in horror hall of fame with ‘The Lighthouse’

Jonah Salazar

October 28, 2019

Directed, co-produced and co-written by Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse” is a full-blown sensory assault that will leave you confused and desperate for answers as the final credits roll. I don’t think I have ever seen a film that felt so “artsy” but so unpretentious at the same time. While ...

REVIEW: Hulu delivers the ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ of the crop with ‘An American Saga’

REVIEW: Hulu delivers the ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ of the crop with ‘An American Saga’

Victor Corral Martinez

October 17, 2019

Hulu series “Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga” works hard to recreate the mythology of the Wu-Tang Clan, but fails to deliver a compelling biopic.  The series is the work of Wu-Tang Clan founding member Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, and “Watchmen” film screenwriter Alex Tse.  Stor...

REVIEW: ‘Untitled Goose Game’: Live out your fantasy of being a goose

REVIEW: ‘Untitled Goose Game’: Live out your fantasy of being a goose

Jonah Salazar

October 10, 2019

Arguably the most feared and despised avian creature in the western world, the modern goose has made a recent surprise appearance in a medium in which it has been historically underrepresented — video games. Released on Sept. 20, the “Untitled Goose Game” has taken the internet by storm, bei...

REVIEW: ‘Ad Astra’ a new contender for best picture come Oscar season

REVIEW: ‘Ad Astra’ a new contender for best picture come Oscar season

Jonah Salazar

October 2, 2019

This review contains spoilers for “Ad Astra.” “Ad Astra” might just be one of my favorite films of the year. The story was gripping, with a layer of social commentary that was subdued but effective. The world-building was very apparent while not beating the audience over the head with ex...

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