Arts and Entertainment

‘Final Fantasy VII’ Demo Promises Fun and Memorable Experience

The “Final Fantasy” franchise is a cornerstone of videogame history. It is one of the most recognizable names in gaming and its innovations have continued to impact many role-playing games that have followed. Many entries of this renowned franchise have stood out to players, but perhaps none more so than “Final Fantasy VII”. It’s epic story, diverse cast, and technical aspects were first class in 1997, the year of its release. Since then, the game and its protagonist, the ever-brooding Cloud Strife, have been cemented as one of the most memorable experiences in video game history. The game has been remastered on numerous platforms, but now, for the first time, it is being completely remade.

Justin Bieber Returns With ‘Changes’

After a 4-year hiatus, the Biebs returns as Mr. Bieber with a new R&B album called “Changes.” Justin recorded “Changes” mostly with his main writing collaborator Poo Bear and Josh Gudwin, his trusted producer and audio engineer. Without the presence of someone like Skrillex (who helmed six songs on 2015’s “Purpose”), “Changes” settles into a chill, stream-friendly vibe. Its 16 songs (plus a remix) are all very different from the “Purpose” singles.

‘Parasite’ Becomes First Foreign Language Film to Win Best Picture

“Once you overcome the 1-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” That is what director, Bong Joon-ho, said when he addressed the audience at the Golden Globes. “Parasite” started gaining notoriety and nominations at an unforeseen rate and for good measure. It is very inspiring to see an international film acquire so many accolades and hopefully pave the way for more to come. As of Sunday Feb. 9, it has officially been declared by the academy to be the best picture, as well as having taken home 4 out of 5 possible Oscars. It is a film that refuses to be contained within anybody’s realm of expectations. Genre? Never heard of it. Currently categorized as a drama/comedy/thriller, it is hard to say which of these terms, if any, can even hope to define the essence of the story in the best way possible. What it truly is, however, is a movie that keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat the entire time.

‘1917’ Brings Uniqueness to War Film Genre

Every once in a while, there comes a unique war film that pushes the boundaries of the genre, and filmmaking itself. A recent example of this would be 2017’s “Dunkirk,” which was based on the 1940 British evacuation. The film was immensely praised, and was recognized as one of the greatest war films. Not only that, but it was much different from other famous war movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Black Hawk Down,” and “The Deer Hunter.”