Review: Netflix’s Death Note disappoints with whitewashed adaptation

“The human whose name is written in this note shall die.” It’s a pretty straightforward concept with a wealth of storytelling potential. It’s also the basis of the Death Note series of manga, anime, and films. The most popular story to come out of this series is that of Light Yagami—spelled with the Japanese kanji for “Moon Night God” if you’re feeling pretentious. After a Shinigami (death god) Ryuk drops his ‘death note’—which grants the user the ability to kill any human by simply writing their name in it, in the human world—high schooler Light Yagami decides to use the notebook to reshape the world in his vision by becoming the widely-beloved god of justice Kira, killing criminals and those […]

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Review: Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

I was seven years old when I had my first encounter with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (ASOUE). At that time the latest release in the series was the ninth book, The Carnivorous Carnival, and rumors of a film adaptation had just begun to spread. When Paramount released their take on the series two years later, I was so enthralled with the books that I was well-equipped to be disappointed by the film. It is for this reason that, my response to Netflix’s plan to adapt the first four books in the series into an eight-part television season was, for a while, invariably one of cautious optimism. But I can now say with certainty that Netflix’s adaptation has […]

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Assuming lack of diversity in Sock ‘n’ Buskin plays was wrong

RE: Sock ‘n’ Buskin should strive for more diversity, Nov. 19-25. I’d like to begin by thanking The Charlatan for beginning this conversation through its editorial about the suggested lack of diversity at Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company. As a member of the board of directors, a director of a forthcoming production, and a fan of the work Sock ’n’ Buskin produces, I understand personal attachments can make it difficult to see things from an outside perspective. All of our shows this year were written by white males. I can say without reservation this is entirely a coincidence and not symptomatic of any conscious biases. I say that realizing it doesn’t change anything, and from the outside looking in, our […]

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Opinion: Students must know how to vote

The new school year is here, which means October’s federal election isn’t far ahead. For many students, myself included, this election will be the first of its kind we’re eligible to vote in. While people across the country wrestle with important political questions, students outside their ridings are left with a very simple question, one that Elections Canada has done precious little to clarify: how do I vote? An answer to this question should be readily available, especially in the nation’s capital. It’s very simple, as it turns out. Forty universities across Canada will have offices set up by Elections Canada, wherein electors unable to vote at their designated voting location can cast their votes for their appropriate riding. There […]

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