Category: Opinion

Mort Garson’s last masterpiece ­— exploring “Plantasia”

By Louie Sharp/For the Muleskinner One of the most unlikely success stories in music history is that of Mort Garson’s 1976 Moog masterpiece “Mother Earth’s Plantasia.” “Plantasia” was the last release by Garson, and it followed an eclectic stream of ambient synthesizer experiments based on such wildly different ideas as sensuality, the Zodiac, the musical… Read more »

‘Aquaman’: A good movie from the DCEU film franchise

“Aquaman” marks one of the most recent entries into the DC Extended Universe film series, which seems to have improved in recent years with “Wonder Woman.” Its early films were very flawed and only divided audience members on their quality, such as “Man of Steel” and “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.” This film follows… Read more »

“Widows:” More than a crime movie

Sometimes filmmakers try to use a safe, or at least commercial, film genre to tell a story with a deeper meaning. Take for instance the Netflix film “Triple Frontier.” It’s about a group of ex-special forces operatives who, motivated by their personal debts, to steal a cash fortune from a drug lord. On one hand,… Read more »

Why it’s crucial to bring free press back into schools

In 1988, a monumental Supreme Court case was decided that would change student journalists’ first amendment rights. Today, Missouri House Bill 743 — commonly known as the Cronkite New Voices Act after longtime TV journalist Walter Cronkite — is seeking to override the Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier to give the right… Read more »

The DC Extended Universe: Marvel’s less successful cousin

With the release of “Aquaman” at the end of 2018 and “Shazam” scheduled to release April 5, the DC Extended Universe is still moving forward despite heavy competition from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The franchise began as a response to the success of the Marvel film franchise under Disney. So DC, owned by Disney’s… Read more »