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In an Instagram post about the release of The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift said, This period of the authors life is now over, the chapter is closed and boarded up. Graphic by: Isabella Fieros

Cougar Critique: Welcome to the opening of “The Tortured Poets Department”

Isabella Fierros and Christian Montecino May 30, 2024

Taylor Swift ushers in a new era with her new album On April 19, Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” Swift announced the album on Feb. 4 at the 66th Annual...

 Theres a new Mean Girls movie after 20 years. Photo by: Alize Hernandez

Mean girls movie review and comparison

Alize Hernandez April 23, 2024

Which “Mean Girls” movie is the best? I am sure everyone has heard of the new “Mean Girls” musical which was released on Jan. 12, 2024. I was very excited when I learned about it, as “Mean Girls”...

The Bell Jar has sold more than three million copies worldwide. Photo by: Ava Mohror

Cougar Critique: “The Bell Jar”

Ava Mohror March 15, 2024

Sylvia Plath writes a chilling novel that closely resembles her reality Trigger warning: novel and article discuss disturbing topics, including suicide.  “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath was originally...

Carpenter released her six-track EP Fruitcake, on Nov. 17, featuring five original Christmas songs — and a classic Chrismas song with a twist. Graphic by: Journey Quan

Cougar Critique: “fruitcake” by Sabrina Carpenter

Journey Quan December 17, 2023

Sabrina Carpenter starts the holidays in November with Christmas EP, “fruitcake” Sabrina Carpenter rose to fame in 2017 when she starred in the Disney Channel show “Girl Meets World” alongside...

Khaled Hosseinis first two novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns have sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and over 38 million copies worlwide. Photo provided by:

Cougar Critique: Khaled Hosseini’s writing collection

Ava Mohror December 13, 2023

Author Khaled Hosseini spreads awareness of crisis in Afghanistan through his writing Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist, known for his three novels, “The Kite Runner,” “A Thousand...

The movie Priscilla had a box office gross of $19,602,138 dollars. Graphic by: Brody Daw

Cougar Critique: “Priscilla”

Brody Daw and Sophia Denzler December 3, 2023

Our thoughts and opinions on the movie “Priscilla” Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the A24 film “Priscilla” released on Oct. 27 following Priscilla Presley and world famous singer Elvis...

The Five Nights at Freddys movie is now available on Peacock, a streaming platform. Photo by: Sawyer Cameron

Cougar Critique: Five Nights at Freddy’s

Sawyer Cameron November 17, 2023

Why is the Five Nights at Freddy's movie nothing like the game I recently watched “Five Nights at Freddy's” by Jason Blum and Scott Cawthon and was disappointed that it was nothing like the game....

Taylor Swift announced 1989 (Taylors Version) on Aug. 9, 2023 on stage at Sofi Stadium during the last of her six Los Angeles shows during her Eras Tour. Swift followed up the on-stage announcement with one on her official Instagram account, @taylorswift. Swift said, The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways, and it fills me with such excitement to announce that my version of it will be out [Oct. 27]. To be perfectly honest, this is my most FAVORITE re-record I’ve ever done because the [five] From The Vault tracks are so insane. Graphic by: Isabella Fierros

Cougar Critique: “1989” never goes out of style

Isabella Fierros November 16, 2023

Almost a decade later, Taylor Swift reclaims her album, "1989" On Oct. 27, 2023, Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated album, "1989 (Taylor’s Version).” Following the sale of her masters to...

The original voice of Ariel in the cartoon The Little Mermaid film, Jodi Benson, appeared in the new film as a seller at the town market. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Cougar critique: “The Little Mermaid”

Ava Mohror June 12, 2023

The new live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid” made a splash in theaters   Disney’s cartoon film “The Little Mermaid” was originally released in November of 1989. Over 30 years...

Just Kids by Patti Smith is an autobiography of her early life before fame and her complicated relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Photo by: Jane Armstrong

Cougar critique: “Just Kids”

Jane Armstrong June 9, 2023

This coming-of-age autobiography depicts Patti Smith's rise to fame and how success can be achieved through unconventional ways Patti Smith's autobiography, “Just Kids,” documents her early life before...

Loop 83s second album Petrichor was released on May 27. Art by: Charles Dwyer

Cougar critique: “Petrichor”

Jane Armstrong June 8, 2023

The local band’s indie rock album defines and expands the group’s sound On May 27, student band Loop 83 released their seven-track album “Petrichor” across multiple streaming platforms. The...

Anton Chigurh, one of the characters in No Country for Old Men, looks completely devoid of human emotion, and incapable of feeling any remorse for his victims. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

Cougar critique: “No Country for Old Men”

Christian Montecino May 11, 2023

How the Coen brothers crafted one of the most iconic villains to date Ethan and Joel Coen are no strangers to making movies with incredible antagonists. Tom Chaney from “True Grit,” Marge from “Fargo”...

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