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Orange is the New Black is No Longer About Piper – and It’S Great

15 hours ago

As season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black winds down (meaning most people have finally binge watched it by now) one thing is abundantly apparent. It is becoming less and less about Piper and more about the ladies of Litchfield and it is pretty great. Season 3 of OitNB starts to tackle some hard topics in our society like rape, hate crimes, depression, and religion.

:::: Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t finished season 3! ::::

In season 3, we finally get a glimpse into Pennsatucky and the horrible life that she lived. While we didn’t  get a look at the events that led to her getting into Litchfield, we do get to a look at what made her, her. She was taught that sex was something that just happened and to let it get over with. Then she was repeatedly taken advantage of by boys in her town, »

- Sarah Sommer

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Adventures in Couples Co-op: Lego Jurassic World

2 July 2015 4:36 AM, PDT

I may be a seasoned gamer but I am not ashamed to admit that I love the Lego games. I have played them all, however, my significant other, Liam Koopa, pretty much only plays them when I play them. It isn’t that he doesn’t like them, it is more that they are a bit beneath his skill level so why take time out of his day? But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. The great thing about the Lego games is that they are perfect for checking out for a couple of hours for gaming bliss.

Most of the games we play are high intensity with these plots that are amazing but mentally exhausting but Lego games are pretty much the opposite. They are usually based on a popular movie/comic series so the plot is already known. You are already playing something you know so »

- Sarah Sommer

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The Wake: Chapter Two | Sandman Meditations

30 June 2015 4:06 AM, PDT

Three years have passed. Not in The Sandman, but here between these meditations. Within only a few installments of finishing the central series, I couldn’t go on. I read chapter two of The Wake and could think of nothing to say. Characters from all the books were coming back, congregating, ready to pay respects. I wasn’t ready.

What has changed? Everything. Nothing. Years have passed. Can I think of something to say now? Perhaps. Is it worth saying? I don’t know. (But then, I never know.)

The second chapter of The Wake is transitional. It assembles the cast and crew. (It’s good that I’m returning with it and not with a more eventful chapter, because I should probably say some words before we resume, and a more ostentatiously complicated narrative would tempt me to tangle with its knots.)

For all their many flaws, the first »

- Matthew Cheney

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Pixar’s Turning Me Inside Out – Girl Navigating the World Review

29 June 2015 4:54 AM, PDT

The summer animation season is in full swing. Early trailers for Inside Out had gotten me curious, but, I’ll admit, the draw was mostly in the strength of Pixar as a name. The concept seemed cute enough but I wanted to see how they were going to get a story out of the idea. The studio has created characters that reasonate with human audiences out of some of the most unlikely subjects, from a cute little desk lamp to fish. Why not personify emotions and make them the next thing to capture our hearts.

As with previous features, an animated short kicks off the big screen spectacle. This year, it’s about a lonely volcano singing his hopes to the sky. The entire thing is set to a gentle ukulele song performed by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig. I don’t think I’ve ever felt emotionally connected to an island before, »

- Patricia

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