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On Saturday, Oct. 20, actress Megan Hilty visited Stony Brook University to perform some of her classic songs as well as those by her fellow musical theatre composers. Best known for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway production of “Wicked” (2005-2006), Hilty also starred in the Broadway productions of “9 to 5: The Musical” in 2009 and “Noises Off” in 2016.

*SPOILERS AHEAD. BEWARE* There is a scene near the end of “Isle of Dogs” where Atari Kobayashi, a dog-loving orphan, addresses an angry crowd of dog-haters. As the crowd watches in awe, Atari clears his throat and asks them, “Whatever happened to man’s best friend?” “Isle of Dogs” is more than just a film about canines. It’s an illustration of loyalty and the risks humans and dogs take to protect each other from being shut out of society. “Isle of Dogs” is the latest film from director Wes Anderson. Some of his well-known films include “Rushmore” (1998), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014). “Isle of Dogs” also marks Anderson’s second stop-motion animated film following “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009. The film follows Atari (Koyu Rankin) and his quest to find his dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber), after the two are forced to separate due to his uncle Mayor…

In 2014, Netflix introduced “Bojack Horseman,” a show that takes a satirical look at Hollywood  while also commenting on contemporary celebrity culture. The show follows the character of Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), an anthropomorphic horse who works as anactor in Hollywood. After the recent announcement of Season 5, a few questions entered my mind about the future of Bojack. Will Bojack be able to continue delivering more funny jokes and punchlines? Will he let his old nihilistic ways get the best of him? Or willhe continue to be the caring and compassionate individual that he is at the end of Season 4? When I first started watching “Bojack Horseman,” I thought it was going to be a typical comedy, like “Family Guy” or “South Park,” where punchlines repeat themselves and eventually get old. Once I really got into it, however, I found it hard to stop laughing because the series…

During the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead,” fans were shocked and heartbroken when one of the show’s most consequential character, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), revealed that he had been bitten by a walker. The episode ended with a cliffhanger because Carl’s death was not officially confirmed. With the season returning this February, fans will have to wait it out to find out the fate of young Carl. The fact that Carl might face death in the next episode angers me because he is such a critical character that if he is killed off, the show will never be the same way again. Some fan theorists have claimed that he could be immune to the zombie virus. But I highly doubt it because no one else in the show has survived a walker bite. Hershel is the one exception, but he had to get his leg amputated in order to…

Suffolk Community College Theatre Arts Department’s latest production is emotionally captivating. “Mill Fire” is one of the best productions put on by the department in a while. It is through the combined efforts of the entire company that audiences understand the powerful message of the play: being able to move forward even when it seems impossible. Playwright Sally Nemeth’s play is set in contemporary Birmingham, Alabama and follows a widower named Marlene (Heather Legnosky) who struggles to come to terms with the death of her mill-worker husband named Champ (Jesse Lewis). Additionally, the audience witnesses the hardships that her brother Bo (Joseph Winchell) faces and how the cause of Champ’s death affects his ability to be a good husband to his wife Sunny (Moriah Ritchie), as well as the conflicts he battles within himself. “Mill Fire” is directed by Steven Lantz-Gefroh, a renowned professor of the Theatre Arts Department. He…

Warner Brothers’ latest film is an earth-shattering experience. “Kong: Skull Island” soars because of its special effects and by the incredible acting of the cast. The film focuses on the origins of Kong (Terry Notary) and his homeland known as Skull Island. In the 1970s, William Randa (John Goodman) leads a team of researchers and soldiers onto Skull Island to prove that Kong does, in fact, exist. Aided by hunter-tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), their journey leads them far beyond what they expected to find. However, not everyone considers Kong a remarkable beast. Following an intense first encounter, Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) vows to bring him down for killing some of his soldiers. “Skull Island” takes the legend of Kong in a new direction. It is preceded by the original 1933 “King Kong,” the 1976 adaption and the 2005 remake. In my…

As the Oscars drew to a close on Sunday night, viewers witnessed something that has never occurred at an Academy Awards ceremony. When actor Warren Beatty and actress Faye Dunaway came on stage to announce the much-anticipated Academy Award for Best Picture, Beatty hesitated after looking inside the envelope. Thinking that he was joking, Dunaway announced that the winner was “La La Land” and the hugs and emotion began for the entire company of the film. However, in the midst of the producers’ speeches, Oscar crew members interrupted them to inform them that they did not, in fact, win Best Picture.“We lost, by the way,” said “La La Land” producer Fred Berger as the confusion grew within the crowd of actors and actresses. It was “Moonlight” that was supposed to win the battle for the gold. At first, the producers and director Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) did not believe them. That…

2017, with all of the nominations, looks like it’s shaping up to be a great end to the Academy’s eighth decade of awarding Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers. In the past 89 years, the Academy has done more than just award those famous golden-figured Oscar trophies. The Academy has given people the courage to achieve their dreams no matter where they live or what they hope to accomplish in life. They make filmmakers want to get up and do what they do everyday, which is to entertain and inspire people all across the world. Remember, if it wasn’t for audiences, then what would be the point of making films? After making some hard decisions, I have managed to pick who I think should win in each of the major categories. However, it is fair game for all of the nominees and each one has an equal opportunity to win gold. BEST…