Katy Barnes

Harley Quinn and the Fantabulous world she’s created

In 2016, DC released “Suicide Squad” in hopes that it would be the start they needed to help kickstart their own cinematic universe. Unfortunately, it was received poorly in the box office, and the spinoffs planned for it were all quickly shelved. Cited by many as being problematic and grim, it was a surprise when DC announced they were releasing a sequel focused on Margot Robbie’s character in the film, Harley Quinn.  “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” released on Feb. 7 of this year, and unlike its predecessor it seems to understand a healthy mix of serious and seriously fun.   The story focuses on the titular Harley Quinn’s struggle of discovering who she is outside of the Joker’s influence.   Through a handful of very large coincidences she meets the other stars of the film, the Birds of Prey. This team is made up of Renee Montoya, Helena Bertinelli and Dinah Lance, whose paths all cross when they set out to save a young pickpocket from being killed by a villain known as the Black Mask.   Starting with the very first scene, “Birds of Prey” shows that despite its R rating it’s inspired more so from Shazam’s imagery versus the dark and grim style of “Suicide Squad.” DC has discovered fun films sell much better, and so “Birds of Prey” isn’t afraid to allude to its comic book past, using color schemes that invoke comic book...

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What makes Christmas specials so special?

Traditions are the cornerstone of the December holidays, and without them, getting into the mood of the season would be much harder. From religious tradition, such as lighting the Menorah during Hanukah, to personal traditions, such as opening one present on Christmas Eve, they all have a special part in how we observe our holidays. For many, a crucial tradition in their household is watching holiday specials.  Between Freeform’s annual 25 Days of Christmas celebration and the various holiday specials you find within your favorite television show, it seems like there is an abundance of television to watch every December. From Ranken-Bass...

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Disney+ or minus?

Graphic by DeAndra Hodge and Kat Bell Recently streaming services have been in the rise, due to the ever-rising distain for standard cable. Even individual companies have noticed the trend and, as they do, they have been capitalizing on it in any way possible. The newest little site to join the ranks of Netflix and Hulu is Disney +. Immediately upon launch the internet went wild with excitement, but does the site deserve the praise it’s getting? I’m not sure.  First of all, despite being one of the largest companies in the world, it seemed even Disney was surprised...

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Should Sean Spicer even be on DWTS?

Graphic by DeAndra Hodge Sometimes famous people make mistakes, or sometimes they begin to fall into obscurity. Sometimes they want to have fun, and sometimes they are just the most recent star of “The Bachelor.” If a celebrity falls into any of these categories, more often than not they will find themselves on “Dancing with the Stars.”  “Dancing with the Stars” is a spin-off of the British television show “Simply Come Dancing” that airs on ABC at 8 p.m. on Monday nights. Led by hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, it focuses on lesser known celebrities learning to dance. It also serves...

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Moths: The Bees of The Night

Hannah Irlan observing the exhibit. Photo by Katy Barnes Science can be a difficult thing to talk about. Many don’t understand it, and many more are scared of it. This is what artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki call Science Friction. With their clever satire and unique way of looking at science through the lens of art, they’ve found many ways to combat this sense of science friction. One such way is through their creation of the Moth Garden.  The Moth Garden came about as a way to educate the world about the importance and beauty of pollinating species. Species like bees are suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder, which stems...

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