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Marching Southerners perform at Contest of Champions

Breanna HillArts & Entertainment Editor

The annual Contest of Champions hosted by Jacksonville State University was held this past Saturday, October 12 at Burgess-Snow Stadium. The event is a marching band competition for high school bands where they are judged and given scores along with trophies at the end of the competition. 

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Homecoming candidates announced

Breanna HillArts & Entertainment Editor

The 2019-20 homecoming meet and greet was held in the TMB auditorium this past Tuesday, giving the chance for any JSU students to gain a bit more insight about the top ten candidates running for homecoming king and queen. Here are the top 15 candidates and a little bit about their philanthropies:

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The best horror movies for this spooky season

Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor

It is officially spooky season, and with that in mind, I have decided to rate my top three horror films based on my own personal checklist. I highly recommend each film because they are all incredibly well directed and have everything you need for a terrifying night in. 

This first one is definitely one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. The reason I find it so terrifying is because of the different horrific aspects it was able to layout through the entire film. It didn’t just focus on jump scares. It didn’t use that cringy horror music that easily shows you something scary is about to happen. It genuinely brought in different aspects that make horror movies worthy of watching and combined them with seemingly no effort at all. 

The movie I’m talking about is called “Hereditary” that was released in June of 2018. The film tells a tale of an abnormal family that just recently lost their grandmother. The family falls apart after the death and the tension is quite thick. The grandmother was a bit on the spooky side, even having books about death and all things gory and spooky. The granddaughter was much like the grandmother, eerie and all around weird which caused her to isolate herself from the family and come off as shy. Later on, the girl ends up dying because of an incident her big brother had while driving. She died a pretty horrific death. Her head was chopped off which caused me to shift uncomfortably in my seat.

Tension grows higher between the mother of the family and the son because of the whole incident that ended her youngest child’s life. The husband tried to keep the peace, but was unsuccessful in every attempt he made. She continued to grieve but eventually found a way to contact her daughter, wanting to feel her presence if at all possible. This causes paranormal stuff to happen throughout the majority of the film. Towards the end, the mother becomes possessed by her dead daughter, kills her husband and her son. The dead daughter then takes over her brother’s body as a host body, and that’s how it ends. It creeped me out immensely. This is definitely a must watch. 

The second film that really messed me up and caused me to sleep with the lights on for a couple days would have to be “The Possession of Hannah Grace”. I was a bit hesitant to watch this movie in the first place when it came out in 2018 just because of the simple fact that movies dealing with possession freak me out almost as much as horror movies with incredible jump scares. I find the whole aspect of possession terrifying. I happened to be a huge “Pretty Little Liars’’ fan so I couldn’t help but to watch to support the actress Shay Mitchell. The film centers around Shay’s character, Megan who ends up getting a new job at the hospital as an overnight morgue worker. She works the shift all alone around dead bodies. I could not imagine having that job. Megan ends up taking in a dead body on one of her first nights on the new job. The body is in terrible shape, and you can barely make out that the deceased is a girl. The girl is Hannah Grace who the movie opens up on. It shows Hannah having an exorcism done to her, but it clearly fails and kills her and the priest. The scene where that takes place genuinely scared me to death. 

The movie continues with the corpse causing certain things to happen, basically starting to haunt the morgue portion of the hospital which in turn makes Megan realize what’s going on. The jump scares are pretty phenomenal and the acting is incredible as well. Here’s another movie to add to your watch list.

The final movie that I urge any horror film fan to watch is “Mother” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. This film was released in 2017 and I knew I had to watch it because of my love for Jennifer Lawrence. I think she is an incredible actress and I highly doubt that the role could have been filled and portrayed as perfectly as it was had there been a different actress portraying the character Veronica. The film is the most unique film that I have watched in quite some time. It has the possibility to be interpreted in different ways, and to be quite honest, I was a bit confused the first time I watched it. I did a bit of research on the film and it turns out that I’m not the only one that was confused with how the film ended. There are various videos online with different perspectives on the ending and several explanations. The complexity of the film was definitely talked about for a while after the film was released. 

The film revolves around a married couple who live in a beautiful Victorian home in the middle of nowhere. It starts off seemingly peaceful. The woman is spending all of her free time renovating and decorating their new home, while taking care of her husband and being the best wife she can be. The husband is a widely known author and is currently working on a book of his when a knock can be heard from the door. Curious as to who it could be, the couple opens it up to find a man that they have never met before. The husband offers him a place to stay in their home after hearing of this stranger’s misfortune. His family shows up, becoming guests as well and causing the couple’s serene isolation to disappear. It is an insane film that causes your brain to wonder what actually happens. What part of the film is a fantasy and what part of it is reality. Watch and interpret. 

 

Hot Take: Post Malone’s new album gets a 9 out of 10

Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Post Malone has risen to the top of the charts on numerous occasions and continues to make musical history. He recently just dropped a new album on September 6 of this year titled ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. It features collaborations with Ozzy Osbourne, Future, Halsey and a few others. 

Post Malone has been one of my favorite artists since he emerged not too long ago. I found his music to be quite refreshing, not just because of the beats and the rhythms he used but because of the truth he shares within his lyrics. He has always been quite open about his past relationships, which are described time and time again within several of his number one hits. He makes himself vulnerable to the world in order to release music that everybody is able to relate to at some point. 

As soon as this album was released, I took the time to listen to each and every one of the songs. I was shocked by some of the collaborations that were within the album. I mean, honestly, who saw the whole Ozzy Osbourne thing coming? Definitely not me. I believe that this album is definitely some of his best work. I always love when artists collaborate on projects with other artists, but I love it even more when it’s something totally unexpected. 

The quality of the music is phenomenal. Post again makes himself vulnerable with most of the songs. I find myself realizing that his comfort zone is speaking out about relationships, love and heartbreak in general because most of his songs are related to those subjects. I know others can find the repetition of certain subjects in an artist’s journey to be quite boring and predictable, but I don’t believe that to be the case in this situation at all. He was also able to create other songs that had to do about his views on certain issues that the world is facing and dealing with today, like the Internet which is the title of one of his songs on the new album. 

Though I find myself jamming out to most of the album, there are a couple of songs that I stray away from just because of personal interest and my individuality which is okay. Everybody interprets music differently and not everybody likes the same thing. I definitely have my favorites from the album that are on constant repeat. The one I find myself playing first every single time I open the album on Spotify is “Take What You Want” featuring Ozzy and Travis Scott (shocker, huh?). Another favorite of mine is “Circles” because of the beat. It gives me hippie vibes and it genuinely makes me happy, despite the not-so-easy message the song conveys. If you’re a big fan of the times that Post Malone shows off his rapping skills in his songs, I definitely recommend listening to “On The Road” featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby. They all show off their talent in this fast paced tune.

The album has something for everybody. It has various subjects littered throughout the songs. It has upbeat tempos and slower tempos and it shows off Post Malone’s ability to change things up a bit. I highly recommend listening to the entire album because of the good quality music it produces. I rate it a 9/10. Let me know what you guys think.