John Szieff

Digital Issue

Beyond Awards Season: Underrated media from 2020

Most people measure a year with a calendar, but for movie and music buffs, a year is defined by its films and albums. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a ripple... Read more

Halftime Leisure

Trailer Takes: The French Dispatch, The Green Knight, Stranger Things 4

Trailer 1 — The French Dispatch (2020) Roman: One of my favorite directors of all time (Wes Anderson) making a movie about one of my greatest passions (journalism)? I can... Read more

Halftime Leisure

Bad Bunny’s Third-Annual Valentine’s Day Video Proves His Artistic Growth

“Ignorantes” marks the third single by Bad Bunny—the stage name of the highly eclectic and popular Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton star, Benito Martinez—for his upcoming album, and his first... Read more

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Savage X Fenty: Rihanna is the Only Girl (in the World) Who Could Pull Something Like This Off

As the world lingers on Rihanna’s every move, begging for new music so incessantly that it has become a meme, Rihanna has once again blessed us with something we didn’t... Read more

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Halftime’s Game of Thrones Recap: Season 7

Halftime continues with our Game of Thrones recaps in preparation for the release of season eight on Sunday, April 14. Here is our recap of season seven. Warning: This post... Read more


Greta Flops Between Psycho and Silly

There are two types of horror movies worth seeing: those that are done so well that they genuinely terrify you, and those that are done so poorly that you cannot... Read more

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Trailer Takes: Someone Great, Game of Thrones Season 8, and Ma

Someone Great:   John S: Let me start by saying the best part of this trailer was definitely the song “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo playing in the background. This... Read more

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The Tea About Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza

Well, Shane Dawson’s done it again. If you’re not familiar with the 30-year-old YouTuber, Dawson gained popularity in the late 2000s on the video-sharing site doing pop culture-related, highly click... Read more

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Trailer Takes: Frozen II, Long Shot,and Yesterday

Frozen II: Juliana: OK, I can’t be the only one who saw Elsa (Idina Menzel) running towards the ocean and was like, “Ah, great, we’re getting a Frozen/Moana crossover.”... Read more