Post Malone’s New Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding

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Post Malone is undoubtedly one of the most popular and successful musicians of our generation. His music has topped the Billboard charts the past three years with hit singles playing consistently on the radio and streaming services. On September 6th, 2019, Post dropped his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. The collection features 17 songs, comparable to his other records.

Arguably, Hollywood’s Bleeding is his best work thus far. On this album, we get a “softer” version of his music. Post’s vocals range from his traditional raspy tone, a softer pitch, and a smoky howling voice. With the diversity in his vocals, changing from song to song makes the form of the album more attractive to fans. Post also has begun to use a soprano in a few tracks like “Allergic” and “A Thousand Bad Times.” “Allergic” features some alternative rock influences, similar to songs written and produced in the early 2000s, helping it to stand out from traditional-sounding Posty creations.

The album opens with the title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” The song discusses how rough the Hollywood lifestyle can be and offers us an insight into how Post feels about his lifestyle and the world around us. Other tracks like “Internet” provide us with insight into how Post thinks about how the internet has impacted our daily lives.

Other tracks like “Circles,” “Goodbyes (Feat. Young Thug), and “A Thousand Bad Times” discuss everyday challenges. The chill vibes of the tracks, from Hollywood’s Bleeding, are expected to be fan favorites.
Hollywood’s Bleeding also features an astronomical number of celebrity features including SZA, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Halsey, DaBaby, Travis Scott and even Ozzy Osbourne. Coming as a shock to most fans, Ozzy Osbourne is by far the most unique of the collaborations. Osbourne was Black Sabbath’s lead singer in the ’70s.

Osbourne and Scott are both features on “Take What You Want.” This track discusses wanting to be released by a toxic relationship. The mixture of artists on this track makes it one of Post’s most unique and different sounding songs.

The range of his vocals, diversity in the album’s features, and range of beats and influences make it stand out from his other work.

Students can listen to Post’s new album online using Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes, or most streaming services.

Post also has a specialty line of Crocs and runs a music festival, PostyFest.

Written by: Hailey Krawczyk

Balto Wolf Quest: A Throwback Film Review

People tend to look negatively upon sequels, especially animated sequels as being
inferior to the original product. This isn’t without reason, as sequels are often pushed out the
door with far less thought and effort then the movies that spawned them, with executives
attempting to milk as much viewership out of the product’s reputation as they can. The reason I
believe this is so often been a problem with animated films is because of how animation is
believed to be for children, and children make for such a rich demographic who are seen as
willing to eat anything up without questioning its quality.

Even though I disagree with this viewpoint, whenever I think of an animated movie I
liked growing up, I have to question my own judgement about whether it was really as good as I
remember or if it will fail to stand the test of time. One such movie I remember very fondly,
which happens to also be a sequel, is Balto: Wolf Quest. I actually grew up with the sequel movie
rather than the original, which I didn’t see until I was an adult. I decided to do a bit of a
throwback review this week for a sequel I still believe, even after watching it earlier this week,
gets far less credit then it deserves.

Balto, the original movie, deals with a straight-forward but heavily fictionalized version
of the historical wolf-dog and his heroic efforts to lead a sled team bringing medicine to the
people of Nome, Alaska. If I could compare it to anything, I’d have to draw a parallel between
this movie and Don Bluth’s Anastasia. Both movies feature historical figures and events that are
heavily distorted from how they actually happened, but still manage to thrill and entertain and
most importantly, tell a good story. That said, the first animated Balto movie is fairly par for the
course for what it is, and it might be hard to imagine that such a movie could lead to any quality
sequels without stretching its source material.

Balto: Wolf Quest almost certainly does stretch the material beyond belief, to the point
where the fabric gives way and the contents spill out in a completely original, unexpected
direction. The sequel movie stars the fictional daughter of Balto, Aleu, as she and her father
embark on the titular vision quest to discover her destiny. What makes this sequel unique is the
complete change in atmospherics from the original. Rather than being a colorful but down to
earth adaptation of a historical event, this movie plunges us straight into a mystical world of
ghostly creatures, strange dreams and even apparent magic. Eventually, Balto and Aleu find
themselves placed in charge of deciding the fate of a starving wolf pack, which will in turn help
decide Aleu’s true destiny.

This radical departure from the original story is ironically what saves this movie from
being just another lazy sequel. A description of all this may seem a bit strange for those only
familiar with the first film, but in motion it makes for a graceful, deeply spiritual adventure that’s
as much a journey of the heart as of the body. I was bizarrely transfixed by this movie as a child,
and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it still holds up even today. If you’re looking for a new
but old animated movie to watch with your children or even just for the sheer sake of watching
it, I highly recommend Balto: Wolf Quest as an example of an animated sequel done right.

Visuals

3.5/5. There’s some conspicuous CG here and there that hasn’t aged as well as the rest of
the movie, but at the same time there are parts of this movie where the animation is still stunning,
even eerie.

Story

5/5. The bold new direction that this sequel takes from its predecessor only does it favors,
as it manages to be compelling and atmospheric at the same time.

Voice Acting

3.5/5. Kevin Bacon does not reprise his original role as Balto here, his voice instead
being filled by career voice actor Maurice LaMarche, although the difference is hardly
noticeable! I was surprised that Aleu’s voice acting was much more grating then I remember as a
child, which is what prevents this from having a higher score.

Final Score: 4/5

Written by Alisa Pescosolido

Film Review– Sully

Written by Alisa Pescosolido

 

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart       

Directed By: Clint Eastwood

This drama/documentary starring Tom Hanks (IMDB, 2016) as the titular character covers the real-life story of commercial airplane pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Based on the widely reported incident in 2009 where the pilot saved an entire plane full of passengers by choosing to land in the Hudson Bay, the film covers both the incident itself as well as the aftermath, showing how the media frenzy causes the pilot extreme emotional turmoil, and his struggles to prove that he made the right decision. While naturally slow-paced and perhaps not for everyone, this thoughtful biopic does well what it sets out to do and is immensely bolstered by the combined acting talent of Hanks & Eckhart.

While not visually groundbreaking, the movie does manage to incorporate a few brief but breathtaking CGI sequences which recreate the crash as well as a few alternate scenarios imagined by Hanks’ character. Great care was taken in establishing the realism of certain sets and locations around New York city, with some scenes of the plane crash being lifted directly from footage of the event itself. Due to the slower pacing, viewers may find themselves looking around the sets and picking out the carefully constructed details in the backgrounds.

The story of this movie is by far its strongest element. The film opts to only delve into the recreation of the event after first setting up Sully’s emotions during the aftermath. Graceful, reverent and down to earth with the topic its discussing, the movie’s story centers on a message about how human beings struggle and survive under pressure, but also how we can use our flexibility and ingenuity in order to overcome immense difficulties. Chesley Sullenburger struggles to deal with the media circus that erupts after he saves all of his passengers by landing a plane in the Hudson Bay after a bird strike. On top of this he suddenly finds himself risk of losing his license for possible misconduct with the way he handled the emergency. Ultimately, he must prove that it was his human element that allowed him to make the right decision in order to save his family, reputation and career.

Sully is certainly a very niche movie, even with two stellar actors as the main characters. While a dignified tribute to the source story that delivers on what it promises, the pacing can be tiringly slow with a few humorous or dramatic moments to break up what can feel like a movie much longer than it actually is. At the same time, I was impressed with the depths that the movie went to in order to ground itself firmly in the real of the events that it discussed, and how well a single message about human ability was carried throughout the entire movie. Instead of opting to pad out what could have been a full-length action movie focused completely on landing the plane safely, the filmmakers chose a more human perspective that dealt well with the consequences of suddenly being thrust from a regular life into fame and controversy. If anything, this is the factor that sets this movie apart from others like it, making it an honest look into a side of a story we’ve never heard.

Visuals: 3/5

Story: 4/5

Acting: 4/5

Final Rating: 4/5

Taylor’s Talk: A College Advice Column

-Taylor Haydinger (Defiance, OH)

Classes have started and things have finally begun to settle down, right? This may be the period where you find yourself having extra time between practices, class, and the occasional Netflix binge.

Initially, looking at the campus on the weekdays you might assume there is not much going on considering Defiance College is not a huge academic institution. If you do not pay attention to your DC email, you may not hear much of anything.

As a DC returner, I can say that is flat wrong.

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Faculty Guest Contribution: Embracing the Confederate Flag Battle

-Dr. Tim Rickabaugh

Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs

Photo courtesy of wisegeek.com

Photo courtesy of wisegeek.com

Flags are enduring symbols of our history and should never be utilized without recognizing what they truly represent.  The US flag clearly represents the growth of our united states from the original thirteen colonies due to the bloody sacrifices made to establish and maintain “the union”.  My own namesake came to the American colonies from Switzerland in 1740 and his eldest son (Adam) fought (as a lowly private) throughout the Revolutionary war. Adam Rickabaugh risked his life, and my future existence, to create our nation and to reject the tyranny of a colonial power.

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Whisper, What’s Your Secret?

-Marissa Bramble

(Defiance, Oh) Whisper is the latest, greatest app to make its way onto the Defiance College campus. Something about being able to appear anonymous to peers has really spiked the interest in many of the students on this campus!

What has got Defiance College students going crazy over this app? It could be the fact that it is a great place to share secrets with the world, or more specifically, with the people around you.

Maybe it’s the thrill of having a juicy enough secret that it could end up on the popular page for millions to see. Even better yet, it could be the fact that you can finally get whatever you want off your chest and not feel vulnerable because your name isn’t attached to a possibly embarrassing secret.

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Stratford, Canada Trip to See King Lear

Picture by: MC Harper

Picture by: MC Harper

-Amanda Fooce

 

(Defiance, Oh) On the weekend of September 13th, three students and a group of faculty members travelled to Stratford, Canada to experience the Stratford Festival and watch a performance of King Lear, a Shakespeare tragedy about royal families, deception, and love. The show starred Colm Feore, who has had numerous roles in movies including Thor, as King Laufey.

The group was taken on a backstage tour of the Festival Theatre and learned about everything that goes into making productions, from costumes, to set changes and props. A show of this magnitude is expected to cost over one million dollars!

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