Articles by Lolia Briggs
May. 27, 2016
Midway through Season Six, GOT ‘holds the door’ open for major conflict
The fifth episode of season six “Game of Thrones” aired on Sunday, May 22, marking the midseason on the wildly popular series. Now that we are at the halfway point, let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen so far in Westeros (we’ll save Daenerys and Arya for another time) and what it means for the future of the show and the wars to come. Beware: Spoilers Ahead.
Apr. 29, 2016
Beyonce makes millions crave a tall glass of ‘Lemonade’
Beyonce’s newest album emerged shrouded in mystery. Fans had nothing to go off of other than an HBO promo and the promise seen in the “Formation” music video and announced tour. Nobody knew what to expect from “Lemonade,” but they certainly did not anticipate the most revolutionary artistic performance given by Beyonce to date. “Formation” was just a glimpse of a much bigger picture presented in “Lemonade.”
Apr. 22, 2016
Season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’ set to premiere April 24
Settle in everyone, for this article is dark and full of spoilers. “Game of Thrones” season six premieres on HBO April 24 at 9 p.m. and if you think you’re hyped, think again because no one is as ready, or as “GoT” crazy, as I am. Sure, I was ridiculed during this long wait. “You’ve got to stop saying ‘…and now his watch is ended’ at funerals,” they said. “You have got to stop attending random funerals,” they said. Well, now the time has come for answers, the most important being: is his watch truly ended?
Mar. 11, 2016
HBO’s ‘Vinyl’ captures feel of era but needs to improve
Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, murder, Ray Romano, DEBRA? (No, no Debra.) HBO’s new drama “Vinyl” premiered Feb. 14 and takes a look into the 1970s music scene in New York City. Music executive Richard Finestra, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale, must decide how to manage American Century, his struggling label. The show leads viewers through the dirty, underground of the music industry, from dive bars and dance halls to board rooms and business meetings, all the while being introduced to a host of characters and their plethora of personal baggage.
Feb. 5, 2016
Voters too white lead to Oscars too white
In 1929, the Oscars were put in place to celebrate the best in the film industry both front of and behind the camera. The film industry has been changing rapidly thanks to technology like computer-generated imagery and motion capture. The internet has changed the face of film distribution and advertisement, so that films are now more universal and accessible than ever. Despite all these major advancements, one aspect of the film industry has been slow to change: racial inclusion.
Jan. 15, 2016
Gervais back as host at Globes
The 2016 Golden Globes were packed full of the pageantry, esteem and Oscar hopefuls that has come to be expected of the show that marks the start of the film awards season. On board to help tone down the formality of it all was now four-time Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais. Gervais led the show back-to-back-to-back from 2010 to 2012, and returned to the Beverly Hills Hotel after a four-year-break Jan. 10.
Dec. 4, 2015
Hutcherson anchors final entry of long-winded ‘Hunger Games’ series
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the end of an era. Yes, once again, another young adult fiction series has come and gone. “Mockingjay Part 2,” or as I like to call it, “Hunger Games 4: The Streets,” continues where the last movie left off, as Katniss must take her place as the face of the rebellion against the Capitol. She and a group of trained professionals (plus Peeta) battle through the Capitol, which is now riddled with booby traps. Her goal is to take down President Snow and end the chaos once and for all. This fourth installment of The Hunger Games series was released Nov. 20, coming in first for the weekend with over $100 million in the United States, as expected for a franchise with such a loyal following.
Oct. 23, 2015
Fassbender brings ‘Steve Jobs’ to life
I know what you are thinking: isn’t it too soon to be making yet another Steve Jobs movie? Well, I can tell you now that this film is nothing like what can only be referred to now as “That Other Steve Jobs Movie.” Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” fulfilled all the expectations of a successful biopic, or rather, biodrama. The film is split into three well-structured acts, covering the three most impactful product releases of Steve Jobs’ career.