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Review: Netflix releases new movie ‘Holiday in the Wild’

Alyxxis JonesA&E Correspondent

Out with the horror of October and in with the romance of November. The beginning of November marks the official start of, what college students like to call, “cuffing season.” What would be a better way of celebrating the cold weather than sitting in your room binge watching a holiday romance movie? One film that viewers should watch this season is the Netflix original “Holiday in the Wild.” Directed by Ernie Barbarash, the movie was set to be released the 1st of November 2019. “Holiday in the Wild” relates to most Hallmark style films. It’s upbeat, and always pushing the cast in a positive way.

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Review: Top Netflix crime documentaries to binge

Breanna HillArts & Entertainment Editor

Netflix may be a bit slow when releasing new seasons for their most popular shows, including Netflix Originals, but they have managed to bring about an extensive, high quality crime documentary section that I have currently been obsessing over for months. Here are the top four crime documentaries that had me hooked from the very beginning:

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Review of the mysterious drama “In The Tall Grass”

Alyxxis Jones, Arts & Entertainment Correspondent

Released the October 4, 2019, “In the Tall Grass” is a popular Netflix original film. It is based on previous work done by Stephen King and Joe Hill. This mysterious drama was directed by Vincenzo Natali. Similar to the title of the film, the movie is about people that go into tall grass. When one thinks of grass, the thought of the fresh smell and summer air come to mind. However, this movie takes that thought and turns it around with a terrifying twist.

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Hot Take: Top 5 Netflix original series

Breanna HillA&E Editor

Netflix is usually hit or miss, really. Sometimes they offer incredible selections, and sometimes they manage to do the exact opposite. As someone who logs onto Netflix quite religiously, I have seen numerous Netflix originals. I’ve decided to rank my top five Netflix originals series. 

First comes “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. This Netflix original follows the life of Sabrina the teenage witch. I grew up with Sabrina in a separate series on television called “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that came out in 1996. This spin-off series that Netflix produced follows the same principles of that television show, but adds a bit more drama. Sabrina ends up having to leave her mortal life and her friends to attend a school filled with other witches and warlocks. The entire series is about her trying to navigate through this new part of her life while simultaneously trying to hold on to her previous mortal life. I believe the series is very well done. Netflix has already released two seasons and they’re currently filming the third season. I highly recommend watching it if you’re getting hyped up about spooky season. 

Taking the second spot is “You” which was released in September of 2018. This series blew up almost immediately. This show is about a young woman named Beck living in New York City, attempting to live out her dream to become a writer. She runs into a seemingly nice bookstore clerk named Joe. His exterior is absolutely charming, but on the inside he’s an obsessive, compulsive liar who ends up stalking her, gaining her trust and even killing a few of her friends and loved ones along the way. This is a prime example of a psychological thriller-filled TV show. The viewers loved it so much that despite how the series ended (no spoilers, I promise) they have renewed it for another season set to debut in December of this year. 

Third on the list is “The Haunting of Hill House” which made its first appearance on Netflix in October of 2018. In the 10 episodes that were released this past year, the incredibly talented actors and actresses were able to give what any horror series/movie enthusiast craves the most: pure terror. The popular series followed the story of an unusual family and their past memories of their horrific childhood spent in a haunted house. All throughout the show there are a number of flashbacks showing what they endured while living in an unholy environment. There have been a number of confirmations that there will be a season 2 and though the audience might not be able to handle it at times, it’s supposed to be even scarier than the first season. It is set to be released sometime in the upcoming year. 

Next on our list is “13 Reasons Why”. This show was first released on the platform in March of 2017. The first season of the show follows a new student named Hannah Baker at Liberty High. She deals with serious issues such as bullying, depression, sexual violence and suicide. After Hannah commits suicide, she leaves tapes to all of those who wronged her in some way. The next two seasons that follow are filled with more questions about the Hannah story, and even involves more Liberty High students dying. I feel like this series is incredibly important because it deals with such hard-to-swallow issues that most of society tries to cover up and avoid talking about. This show not only talks about it, but expresses why it needs to be uncovered and dealt with. The show recently released their third season. Check it out. 

Finally we have “Atypical”, which first flashed across the screen in August of 2017. So far the show has released two seasons, both having ten episodes each. “Atypical” is about an autistic high school boy named Sam dealing with the daily structures that people on the spectrum face. Throughout the series, viewers are able to learn about what autistic people really deal with while also being humored every now and again. The series does an incredible job of educating others while tugging at the heartstrings as well. Immediately right after the second season was released, Netflix gave the thumbs-up for season three. There is still no exact release date for season three, but typically the seasons come out during the fall season, so make sure to stay tuned. 

Each of these series have been a staple in my binge-watching at some point or another. I believe them to be the best that Netflix has to offer, ya know, in their Netflix original series department. I highly recommend if you’re in a slump, or between shows which we all tend to be in from time to time, to check these shows out. They are all incredibly done.

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Mercy Black, more like mercy whack

Breihan Dryden, A&E Writer

Thousands of years ago into the future, the year was 2014 and two pre-teens thought it was a cool idea to lure their friend into the woods and stab her to appease a fictional creepypasta known as “Slenderman” (or as I like to call him, SlenDaddy Long Arms). Why do I bring this up? Well, my dear reader, this is basically the plot of the 2019 horror film Mercy Black. Obviously, this might come across as being in poor taste to some people. I find it a bit odd that this movie could be considered far more offensive to the OG victim’s family, yet the actual Slenderman movie (that shares surprisingly little to do with actual crime) was subject to a crap ton of controversy when it was finally crapped out by Sony, but I digress. My point? “Is this in poor taste” isn’t something I generally consider when reviewing a film. No, “Mercy Black” isn’t a bad movie because of what it’s based on, it’s bad because it just kind of sucks.

Seriously, I was actually interested in this movie when it popped up on Netflix outta nowhere a couple of weeks ago. It looked like the Slenderman movie that I always wanted. Sure it wasn’t *actually Slenderman, but the title character of the film, the aforementioned Mercy Black, looked cool and it didn’t look like your average “is the monster real or is the crazy person jUsT cRaZy?” horror movie. It’s kind of disappointing to watch it and find out that, yeah, it’s just a bland, milk toast, and cliché-ridden direct to video (VOD, actually) horror movie, complete with creepy kids, lame jump scares, exposition dumps, and every adult acting like an actual, literal baby. Now excuse me while I re-use the same review format from my Us review, because I’m tired and I wanna go to bed.

So what did you like?” Well, something I thoroughly dig is the look and use of color in this movie. Reds and blues permeate throughout and the whole film has a really solid look. Lots of cool shots are scattered about the film and there was only one CGI shot that I could see. Yes, that means that “Mercy Black” is chock full of some pretty decent practical effects. Mercy herself is a real, physical presence in the film….kind of. More on that in a second. Some other things that are decent: the editing….uh, the soundtrack? Maybe? It’s a pretty decent soundtrack.

Sooooo what didn’t you like?” Pretty much everything else. The acting is dodgy, the story makes no sense, the film doesn’t follow its own rules, and what is perhaps the most egregious problem this movie has, it’s just sooooooooooooooo boorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring. Forreals though, homie. The pacing of this film constantly chugs back and forth between breezing through what seem to be important moments, just to spend fifteen minutes with people we don’t care about, doing things we don’t care about, in places that don’t matter. Plot convenience? This movie has loads of that, too. Since when does the creepy son of the sister of the crazy lady have a fat best friend? From the earlier scenes of him at school, it implies that if he isn’t bullied, he at least stays away from other kids. So why is he hanging out with someone now? Oh yeahhhhh, it’s because we need fatty to be in this (admittedly cool torture scene). Also, don’t get mad because I’m calling him fatty; a good number of people in this movie (including lard lad and Dwight from The Walking Dead) are straight up Dicks, like my good friend Richard.

Is Mercy Black a good movie? Oh god no. Didn’t you read the last paragraph? No, Mercy Black is a couple of steps above bottom of the barrel Netflix trash like American Poltergeist II, 13/14 Cameras, The Hatred, or Cam. At least it has those few steps, though. Besides, it’s still leagues better than the actual Slenderman movie. Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to turn Slenderman into a f——- tree??!

Mercy Black gets 4 Golden Taylors out of 10