Why is “Eighth Grade” rated R?

Eighth Grade, a movie that accurately depicts the lives of middle school students, is rated R, meaning that actual middle school-aged teenagers need to have accompanied by an accompanying parent or adult guardian to see it. I saw Eighth Grade with my little brother who just graduated from eighth grade. At the local theater where we saw it, they had a new sign reiterating the establishment’s prohibition policy, obviously a result of teenagers wanting to see the movie. Interest among teenagers across the country led the studio behind the film to offer special free all-ages screenings in all fifty states, which had so many young attendees that some theaters had to quickly add second screenings to accommodate them. The movie has gone from being shown in four theaters nationwide a few weeks ago to over a thousand theaters this week.

Tales From a World of Warcraft Veteran

The term “safe space”, is often thrown around by both liberals and conservatives in their political diatribes. Safe spaces are often pictured as areas were people can escape our harsh political climate, or where whiny college students go to complain. In this case, a safe space is quite apt to describe my experience playing Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game for you non nerds), “World of Warcraft”, or WoW, for short.

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” Goes Bigger and Loses Nuance

Like most sequels, Sicario: Day of the Soldado expands the original’s scope and is also not as good as the original. The sequel no longer has Emily Blunt as its lead, nor does it have Denis Villeneuve as its director, each loss to the detriment of the film. In the sequel, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles and make an effective and entertaining duo, but without Blunt there is something missing. Her character was the first film’s moral compass, knowing right from wrong and caring about the distinction. Brolin and del Toro’s characters don’t have a similar sense of morality, or at least not ones that align with legality.

Anthony Kennedy Just Retired From the Supreme Court (FYI: That’s a Really Big Deal)

At the end of the Supreme Court’s current session, longtime Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the nation’s highest court. Kennedy was appointed during the Reagan administration. The magnitude of this retirement cannot be understated. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tweeted out after the announcement that “abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months.”

How The Office Lost its Funny Bone

As someone who wanted to start their summer off productively, I decided to binge-watch all nine seasons of The Office (slightly less if you consider the fact that seasons 1 and 4 were less than 20 episodes long). For those of you somehow not familiar with the show (in which case, stop reading and start watching),was a show on NBC that aired from 2005 to 2013, spanning 201 episodes in all. It stars such comedians as Steve Carrell, Ed Helms, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer and takes on the gutsy task of creating comedy out of the mundane and soulless office environment that most middle-class Americans are familiar with.