75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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”...

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Kendall Garcia May 10, 2023

This non-fiction No. 1 New York Times bestseller leaves readers questioning things about their own lives “Untamed” is a memoir by Glennon Doyle published in March of 2020 by The Dial Press. The book...

Barry has the makings of a modern classic, a black comedy exploring deeper themes of morality, growth, trauma and the cyclical nature of violence. All actors involved are on their A game, making the comedic moments irresistibly funny and and emotional scenes devastating. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Cougar critique: “Barry”

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy April 28, 2023

HBO Max hit series, “Barry,” is entering its final season as one of the best shows on television “Barry,” the widely acclaimed series on HBO Max, has started its fourth and final season. HBO...

Tyler Williams and his girlfriend, Alexis Lopez. The quote below came from the Williams father. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Movie review: “Waves”

Soraya Stegall and Julian Martinez February 24, 2023

 A journey of forgiveness and coming together in the wake of loss The 2019 film “Waves,” starring Taylor Russell and Alexa Demie, is the work of the independent film company A24. The company has...

The Banshees of Inisherin tackles many heavy topics including depression, grief, self-doubt and abuse. Luke Hansen 23 said, The theme of grief resonated with me because of how well and accurately it was displayed in this movie. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Opinion: “The Banshees of Inisherin” explores the human condition through a dark and twisted sense of humor

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy February 24, 2023

Martin McDonagh’s magnum opus glistens from the performances of its two stars “The Banshees of Inisherin” was released on Oct. 21, 2022. The film has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including...

The film Bones and All was released in 2022 and has been nominated for numerous awards at indie film festivals around the world. Graphic by: Avery Cameron

Book review: “Bones and All”

Avery Cameron February 17, 2023

 Is the book always better? Yes Luca Guadagnino's 2022 film “Bones and All,” starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet, is a coming-of-age story that follows Russell’s character, Maren Yearly,...

Book review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a hot mess

Book review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a hot mess

Kendall Garcia February 17, 2023

This suspenseful thriller may have the most unreliable narrator of all time “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was published in 2015 as a psychological thriller. The book revolves around Rachel...

SZAs SOS cover was inspired by Princess Dianas famous paparazzi photo of her on a yacht diving board in 1992 while in India. Graphic by: Sophia Denzler

Music review: SZA has returned with breakthrough album “SOS”

Sophia Denzler February 1, 2023

 Five years since her last album, SZA has delivered “SOS” to her fans  On Dec. 11, R&B singer SZA came out with a 23-track-long album “SOS,” featuring artists Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers,...

Taylor Swift announced Midnights and her next stadium tour just two and a half weeks apart, giving fans lots of excitement in just a few weeks. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Music review: “The Great War” caused by Taylor Swift’s new album and tour

Savanna Nustad-Franzen and Ava Mohror November 29, 2022

World-famous pop star Taylor Swift released her 10th studio album and announced a stadium tour, but how are her fans doing? Taylor Swift, 11-time Grammy award-winning pop star, released her tenth studio...

Smile gained the attention of the world with its unique marketing tactics and since its release has received positive reviews. Allie Nichols 23 said, I literally screamed out loud in the movie theater. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Movie review: “Smile”

Hugh Murphy and Annika Lange November 5, 2022

An electrifying scare-fest that lacks substance “Smile” intrigued prospective audiences with a cheesy yet eerie trailer that would play in front of many during its big release. Though a bit imitative...

The movie Clueless is filled with funny and relatable quotes such as, I know it sounds mental, but sometimes I have more fun vegging out than when I go partying. Maybe because my party clothes are so binding. This quote is said by the movies character Cher (center-right). Graphic by: Kendall Garcia

Movie review: “Clueless” is a must watch movie

Kendall Garcia November 2, 2022

Clueless is a relatable teenage file that deserves more screen time “Clueless,” a cult-classic film from the 1990s that stars icon Alicia Silverstone as the main character, Cher. Cher is a ditzy high...

Book review: The Virgin Suicides

Book review: The Virgin Suicides

Ella Montano November 1, 2022

“The Virgin Suicides” is a novel by Jeffrey Euginides about five adolescent sisters who all kill themselves over the course of a year. The book is set in a suburban neighborhood in the 1970s. It is...

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