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The Student News Site of Vel Phillips Memorial

A Review of Scream 6 (Minor Spoilers)

Max Knight March 31, 2023

The Scream franchise, from its inception, has always been an outlier among its slasher film franchise contemporaries. With the first film coming out not long after the 6th Halloween entry and the 9th Friday...

A 95th Academy Rewards Review: An (Occasional) Success

Max Knight March 31, 2023

The 2023 Oscars started out strong--if you choose to block out the overlong and unfunny introduction by third-time host Jimmy Kimmel. Awards ceremonies, especially the Academy Awards themselves, are always...

Review of Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania: Too Big for Its Own Good

Review of Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania: Too Big for Its Own Good

Max Knight February 27, 2023

*Minor Spoilers* The first of Marvel’s Phase 5 movies has arrived, and its title is more of a mouthful than ever; Ant Man and The Wasp: Quantumania entered theaters this last weekend. However, the...

My *Correct* Ranking of SZA’s SOS

Alexandra Saffman February 27, 2023

In classic Wisconsin fashion, an ice storm hit the roads the day I was supposed to go to a SZA concert in Chicago. I love my friends, and they all have pretty impeccable driving records–only having owned...

Review of Avatar: The Way of Water

Max Knight February 3, 2023

It’s no controversial statement to say that Avatar is a strange franchise. Despite its massive budget and even larger box office revenue, the reception of the first film was mostly lackluster, aside...

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever--a Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever–a Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Eva Eckel November 23, 2022

Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was one of the most anticipated movies of this year, starring Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda,...

Fran Lebowitz probably thought my friend was stupid…A Review of “An Evening with Fran Lebowitz” at the Overture Center.

Alexandra Saffman November 22, 2022

Fran Lebowitz. Writer, Comedian, Occasional Actor, Public Speaker…Thinker. A woman who has been praised for her wit and sardonic social commentary. I saw Fran at the Overture Center–the hub of activity...

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2022 Wisconsin Triennial failed to meet its mission

Alexandra Saffman October 9, 2022

The 2022 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA) Triennial, Ain’t I A Woman, featured the works of Black women and gender non-conforming artists, and was intended to give space to historically underrepresented...

Emmy’s Highlights

Alexandra Saffman October 9, 2022

In September of 2022, the Emmys awarded in drama, Zendaya for “Euphoria” (for the second year in a row) and Lee Jung-jae for “Squid Game,” (the first person from a foreign-language show to win...

GLEAM at Olbrich Gardens

Emily Cai and Morgan Blackmore October 9, 2022

You may know Olbrich Gardens for its lush 16-acre gardens and stunning indoor conservatory, but from August to October, Olbrich’s most impressive experience happens after twilight. GLEAM, an annual exhibit...

Editors Note: Hello from Your Arts & Entertainment Editors!

Editor’s Note: Hello from Your Arts & Entertainment Editors!

Alexandra Saffman and Ava Kenney October 9, 2022

Hi everyone!  To introduce ourselves: we’re Ava and Alexandra, and we’re your Arts & Entertainment editors for VPM’s Sword & Shield this year! We’ve all officially made it through one...



Alexandra Saffman October 9, 2022

On November 12th and 13th, come see Memorial’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (exact time and location to be determined). Don’t let the older language worry you—Macbeth is full of murder,...

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