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Lauren Hernandez, TAMUK alum was Unikitty from The Lego Movie and made her entire costume out of cardboard boxes.
Lauren Hernandez, TAMUK alum was Unikitty from The Lego Movie and made her entire costume out of cardboard boxes.

Photo by Tracey Hernandez Students, dressed in outlandish costumes to express the love of their interests, felt right at home at the annual GATO Con (Games, Art, Trade and Otaku convention) on Feb. 7-8 at the Student Union Building on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.

Cory Scarborough, GATO Con chairman, began the tradition five years ago, in Spring 2010, to bring something new to Kingsville.

“I felt like Kingsville didn’t really have that much to do so I wanted to bring something here that everyone might enjoy. I hope to even make it a tradition,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough organized the event from the bottom up with the help of vendors from all surrounding areas and organizations.

“I called vendors, artists, and guests who might want to come and participate as well as organizations on campus and they did and that’s how it was able to come together,” Scarborough said.

GATO Con is a small convention compared to many throughout the country. However, even with the small venue, the guests feel it has potential to keep growing.

“The con was amazing, and although the con is small, the spirit of it is huge. It has been consistent and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere and that makes me happy,” said Michael Mendez, a comedian for the event.

The convention brought many students and the Kingsville community together. Many attendees dressed up in costumes, an activity known as cosplay, where they signed up for the cosplay costume contest.

Alexandria Baldwin, art major, dressed as a Legend of Zelda character. She created her costume from scratch with a printer box, fabric, and painted it with nail polish.

“I really liked the game growing up, so it was awesome to put it all together,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin won Best Performance in the Cosplay Contest performing her own piece with music from the video game, Legend of Zelda.

“It was really a nice moment. I worked really hard on this outfit so it was great to perform at the event. It was a good feeling, and getting an award for it was even better,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin is no stranger to the event, as she has participated in it for three years. She lead two panels in the past where she showed her art work and taught GATO Con attendees how to create them.

“Everyone is really nice, the staff is very helpful and they always have everything on schedule,” Baldwin said. “It’s a nice experience and it’s affordable compared to other conventions.”

GATO Con schedules many speakers to host a variety of panels throughout the convention weekend.

“I had wanted to do a panel because I am new to YouTube and I knew that GATO Con is a great place to start for aspiring entertainers such as myself. I had a feeling that it would be good for The Mega Mike Show and I had a feeling The Mega Mike Show would be good for Gato Con,” Mendez said.

  The convention’s proceeds go towards improving the event for next year. They also help fund the Otaku Gamer’s Society and Gamerz Elite, which are the campus organizations that play a large part in putting the event together, Scarborough said.

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The TAMUK Concert Choir will have other performances for the spring semester.
The TAMUK Concert Choir will have other performances for the spring semester.

The Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) Concert Choir and the Kingsville Chorale are preparing to perform the Johannes Brahms’ Requiem on April 29th  and May 3rd.

“I was looking for a masterwork that would be accessible to our audience and be a interesting challenge for the students and the community choir,” said Kenneth Williams, professor of music and director of choral activities.

The Brahms’ Requiem stands with the many choral iconic pieces of music in history. The Kingsville Chorale and the TAMUK Choir joined forces in December 2013 to present Handel’s Messiah.

“The Brahms’ Requiem is one of the pinnacles of choral music that every choral musician should be familiar with,” Williams said. “In addition, students will learn about the composition and style practices of the Romantic period.”

The Kingsville Chorale is made out of my people throughout the community with a passion to sing, while the TAMUK Choir is formed by students at the university.

“It is important for all people in all areas of study to be educated in things higher than what they will be teaching to better understand the material,” said Zachary Harwell, music education major. “I believe this high quality work will help me understand music better.”

The Kingsville Choral rehearses every Monday from six to eight, while the TAMUK Concert Choir rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to noon at the Bellamah Music Building.

The performance will be on April 29th and May 3rd later this spring semester.

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nightcrawler5. Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is, without a doubt, one of 2014’s most hauntingly provocative films. Every layer of the film slowly unfolds with ominous and grippingly dark events, never losing its sinister and macabre ambiance. Nightcrawler follows the pale, long-haired Louis Bloom, played with chilling exquisiteness by Jake Gyllenhaal, as he struggles to live without a stable job. He is a highly intelligent yet morally depraved man, who can sell his positive demeanor along with the best business plans to anyone in under five minutes but could care less about anything but his own interests. One night, he happens upon a car crash, where he discovers a camera crew headed straight toward the accident to retrieve footage of the burning car and a severely injured individual. Louis is immediately drawn to this prospect, and after a brief discussion with a video journalist, Louis learns he can sell footage to the news—something he sees could potentially solve his monetary issues. He soon gets a hold of a camcorder and a police radio scanner and begins his journey into “nightcrawling,” the act of catching the best and most gruesome footage of the nighttime for the local morning news channels. Louis evolves from an amateur to a professional videographer before our eyes, always doing his work with precision and committing immoral acts to further his career. He represents a part of the social scale where dollar signs mean more than friendships and graphic deaths equate the value of television ratings. Nightcrawler is a film that forces one to contemplate the boundaries of morality, social media, and the fine line between sociability and manipulation.

Whiplash4. Whiplash

Few films about musicians have ever been as intensely electrifying as Whiplash. It is a film about the quest for greatness and the relentlessness that true success entails. Whiplash follows Andrew Neyman, played with marvelous ferocity by Miles Teller, who dreams of becoming a jazz drummer. Andrew attends Shaffer Conservatory to achieve his goal, which is known to be one of the most prestigious music universities in the entire nation. It is here that Andrew is pushed to his limits, both emotionally and physically, in an attempt to stretch his talent to its full potential. Andrew’s instructor, Terence Fletcher, pushes him to ferocious breaking points, creating a palpable tension that becomes psychologically tormenting as the film progresses. Whiplash is a feverous and brutally thrilling experience, delineating the severe pressures one must endure to achieve their goals and the extremities to which they are willing to be pushed.

gone girl3. Gone Girl

Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling suspense novel, Gone Girl is a film sealed with dramatic intensity and highly intellectual storytelling. It is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you glued from the start and also manages to make a statement on gender roles, marriage, and psychological instability, all underlying the complexity and psychopathy of the tale. We begin by meeting Nick Dunne on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary. After leaving his home to spend time with his sister, Nick receives a phone call from a neighbor, warning him of an occurrence at Nick’s home. He rushes home to find the door open and enters cautiously, calling out for his wife, Amy. She is nowhere to be found. Nick enters the living room in which a glass table is overturned and broken, alarming him as he immediately calls the cops. He cooperates with them as they arrive and is truthful about his morning and the events leading up to Amy’s disappearance. It is not long before the media becomes engrossed in the case, with one female news anchor in particular bashing Nick for his apathetic looks during vigils and interviews, implying he is careless about Amy’s disappearance and may have well murdered her. At the end of it all, Gone Girl is a dementedly dark yet effective film as a social commentary on commitment and how far we are willing to stretch our morals in the name of love.

birdman2. Birdman

In what is perhaps one of the most metaphorically mind-consuming and cinematically astounding films of the year, Birdman excels in its unique storytelling and symbolic undertones on the current state of cinema. Michael Keaton’s talent and wit are unmatched as Riggan Thompson, a man struggling with his inner demons as he attempts to make his comeback in a Broadway production. However, it seems Riggan will always live in his former shadow for having played the infamous role of “Birdman,” a blockbuster comic book adaptation he starred in twenty years prior to this. The film is presented in one long, continuous shot, giving it a dizzying, maze-like effect akin to Keaton’s state of mind as he constantly doubts himself and his mental stability. Every scene in the film is filled with thematic meaning, from its surreal imagery to its unnerving score. The film is also a fascinating character study on vanity, self-doubt, and fame, along with numerous other thoughts that buzz through Riggan’s head—portrayed with comical perfection in voiceover form. Ultimately, Birdman is a gorgeously stylistic and dense piece of cinema that demands to be analyzed and interpreted upon viewing.

boyhood 1. Boyhood

Filmed over the span of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is entirely unlike any film we have ever seen before or are likely to ever see recreated anytime soon. The film chronicles the life of Mason and his family from childhood to his freshman year of college. Every actor returned for filming every summer for 12 consecutive years, and the result is a wholly unremarkable feat and a spectacular commentary on the human experience. Boyhood is poignantly moving, artistically stunning, and philosophically thought-provoking in terms of how we view our lives and experiences over the span of time. Boyhood is not interested in explosively dramatic events, but rather the small and seemingly insignificant moments of one’s life, eventually showing that these experiences are what define human existence as a whole. It is truly an unprecedented piece of cinema and its ambitious grandeur is without measure. Calling it the masterpiece of 2014 almost feels like an understatement.

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mockingjayIt is always difficult to approach the first part of a two-part film, particularly when it is essentially a set-up for the climactic finale (I’m looking at you, “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” and “The Hobbit” franchises). Yes, this is undoubtedly a Hollywood cash-grab scheme, but that is not to say these first-part films should be given any leeway in terms of mediocrity. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. I,” along with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” have been solid proof that “the end is near!” films can be both highly entertaining and successful.

I am pleased to announce that the same can be said about “Mockingjay Pt. I.”

Mockingjay is, without a doubt, my favorite film in “The Hunger Games” series so far. I suppose this came as no surprise to me, considering the final book is my favorite of the trilogy, and its bleak, despairing mood is captured impeccably in the film.

The Hunger Games franchise is no longer about panicked children in an arena fighting to the death. The Games are over and the Rebellion against the Capitol has begun, with Katniss Everdeen (played with ravishing ferocity, once again, by the ever-lovable Jennifer Lawrence) as the Rebellion’s poster girl—their “Mockingjay.”

The film makes profound statements about human injustices and the morality of governmental power rather than bloodshed and death, and therein lies the film’s success. It has transcended from a violent tale of oppression to a deeply moving and masterful portrayal of fighting for what you believe in, despite the inevitably dire consequences.

Mockingjay is melancholic and nerve-wrecking from its first shot to its final one, and is therefore an incredibly difficult watch for those expecting a happy or satisfying ending. It becomes clear in “Mockingjay Pt. 1” that this is an unlikely outcome, and yet, this by no means makes the film and the statements it is making any less important.

It is a tale of anarchism for the sake of rebuilding democracy, which is a fascinating juxtaposition with the utilitarianism of the Capitol. While Mockingjay may not be as action-packed as its predecessors, it makes a much more crucial and relevant assertion through its powerful dialog and somber depictions of the aftermath of a civil war.

Fear not, Mockingjay has enough heart-pounding action segments to keep you at the edge of your seat, yet this is notably not the point of the film. From the beginning of the series, The Hunger Games has focused on the sorrow and desperation of government brutality in a dystopian future. As we near the conclusion, Mockingjay delivers the perfect set-up for a satisfying ending.

In many ways, “Mockingjay Pt. I” is simply just that: a set-up for the grand finale. However, it does so without ever losing touch with its vitality as a part of the story and is equally as (if not more than) immersive as all the previous Hunger Games films.

You may have noticed I have keenly avoided discussing the plot of “Mockingjay Pt. I.” This is with good reason. The plot of this film is very keenly laid out and progresses with the perfect amount of subtlety and suspense.

Every word spoken and every measure taken is of massive importance to the series as a whole, and giving anything away would feel like desecration.

Yes, I have provided you with the basics: The Rebellion is in full swing, Katniss is as vivacious and unrelenting as ever, and the Capitol has initiated a murderous civil war. In all honesty, this is all one needs to know when entering Mockingjay Pt. I because there is nothing as satisfying as experiencing the film and contemplating its political and moral viewpoints afterwards.

Many that have flooded (and will continue to flood) theaters to watch this film are avid fans of the previous films or the novels, and therefore know exactly what they are in for. I will admit that the film feels incomplete, but I believe that it should, because the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) is yet to come.

“Mockingjay Pt. I” is undoubtedly the most profound film of “The Hunger Games” films as of yet, and I have no doubt Pt. II will surpass it next November—even if it does shred my heart into thousands of pieces. Stock up on your Kleenex, folks.

This review is dedicated to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was astounding in this film as he was in every role he ever played. May he rest in peace.

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Coats are the cherry on top of your winter outfit. Plus that is what keeps you warm even in this Texas winter.
Coats are the cherry on top of your winter outfit. Plus that is what keeps you warm even in this Texas winter.

The Texas weather has officially hit us, with our crazy winter changes what should you wear?

Even with the freezing cold weather you can still look fashionable bundled up. Layers are your best friend.

Like the photo to the far right you can wear simple outfits such as a solid colored sweater, a pair of jeans, knee high boots, and a patterned scarf to tie it all together.

My favorite outfits for winter weather are skirts and tights. Your warm and still cute not all bundled up. I’d recommend these outfits for the light chilly day.

Definitely not an outfit for a concert outside. You can wear a solid colored sweater with a collared long sleeve button down underneath, a simple solid colored or patterned skirt, a pair of black tights, and solid colored pumps or for a relaxing day a pair of flats.

Last but not least coats, they are everyone’s best friend in winter. Coats not only keep you warm but tie an outfit all together. If you’re a one coat gal like me and don’t own a new coat for everyday of the week then I recommend a color that will go with anything and everything.

The basic colors like black, white, gray, or  brown. If you’re bold enough get a statement color like red.

Happy outfit making ladies and stay warm.

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WarlordsofDraenorLogo_ShadowThe new World of Warcraft was rumored to mark a return to the Burning Crusade era, the “good ol’ days” that everyone likes to reminisce about.

Once I was finally able to log on – launch day was a mess – I got to see for myself whether this was true.

The introduction quests to the new expansion were incredible, so much so that I ignored the fact that there was massive server lag and constant disconnects because of it. I almost forgot I was playing World of Warcraft, that old game from 2004.

Warlords of Draenor feels more like WoW 2.0, a sequel that improves upon everything lacking in the old game. Graphics are enhanced, dialogue is voiced, the story focuses on you, and gameplay feels more streamlined.

And yet, despite this, the game isn’t as easy as Mists of Pandaria was. Dungeons actually require a bit more thought than killing something until it dies, or “spank and tank.”

Even quests are a bit more difficult, in that group questing makes a return and solo questing requires you to pay more attention to what the enemy is doing.

It’s the little things, like watching for certain spells are having to kite an enemy for a bit. And yet, it does more to make the game feel active, which is something it hasn’t felt like in a long time.

You have to understand that we were coming to this from a year of dead content. There was nothing to do except level your battle pets or farm that boss for your favorite mount.

It was well worth the wait. The new areas, which are the alternate past forms of Outland (the story is complicated, okay?), are absolutely gorgeous and huge.

The developers have done a good job. I actually don’t mind that we’re limited to ground mounts right now. If you were to fly everywhere, you wouldn’t actually take anything in.

And that is the message they wanted to send. Blizzard wants you to take everything in and explore. You’re finally rewarded for doing so.

Bonus objectives (hidden quests) exist on each map, rewarding you with an extensive amount of experience if you complete them. Treasure chests and rare spawns litter the world, giving you cool loot to equip or play around with.

So do yourself a favor. Don’t race to 100. Experience everything you can, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself at the max level anyway.

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Serial was launched as an offshoot from US radio show This American Life, as an experiment in “audio storytelling” based on reporter Sarah Koenig’s investigation into the real-life murder mystery.
Serial was launched as an offshoot from US radio show This American Life, as an experiment in “audio storytelling” based on reporter Sarah Koenig’s investigation into the real-life murder mystery.

If you’re in any way like me—any by that, I mean glued to the internet and social media sites on a daily basis—it has been virtually impossible (no pun intended) to avoid Serial, a new non-fiction podcast that has taken the nation by storm over the past few weeks. iPhone users need only to open their purple Podcast app, click on Top Charts, and at #1 lies Serial. Android users, worry not, there are other ways to listen to Serial, as it is free on the official Serial website for all to listen to at their own pace and enjoyment.

What makes Serial so uniquely different from anything I have ever discussed before is the fact that is an entirely auditory experience—as stated previously, it is a verbal podcast. There is no cinematography to glorify, no actors to praise or criticize, and no script to scrutinize in detail. Serial is a wholly unprecedented entertainment experience that demands your attention as every detail is presented before you in a skillfully meticulous manner.

Let’s get to the basics. Serial is a non-fiction crime drama series with new episodes premiering on the podcast list every Thursday morning. It is hosted—or, to get technical, investigated—by Sarah Koenig, a staff producer for another highly popular news podcast, This American Life. Due to her background in political reporting, Koenig caught the attention of a woman who believes her friend was wrongfully convicted of murder in February of 1999. After looking into the case, Koenig became immediately hooked and investigated the case for a year before beginning the podcast. She presents the details of the case in a manner that not only allows us to envision the real-life horrors that occurred, but also enables us to contemplate and attempt to solve the mystery of this murder and who exactly is telling the truth and who is lying.

It all began in January of 1999 in Baltimore, when a young Korean high-schooler by the name of Hae Min Lee went missing after a normal day at school. A month later, her body is discovered in a muddy ditch in a park, and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed, is arrested for her murder. The problem is, however, that there is no physical evidence for which to convict Adnan. There are speculations about his behavior after their break-up, but nothing concrete enough to put him in prison. Nevertheless, he is convicted of the murder and continues to serve life in prison to this day.

Koenig is incredibly articulate and almost manipulative when it comes to presenting the facts surrounding the case. There have been eight episodes of Serial so far, with each one delving deeper and deeper into the mystery, and moreover, the inconsistencies of the murder. We learn that Jay, an acquaintance of Adnan, testified to assisting Adnan in the murder and disposing of Hae’s body. Adnan, however, claims that none of this is true and cannot fathom why Jay would lie about this. It is something that has itched at him for the 15 years that he has been imprisoned.

Serial presents us with both concrete facts and personal opinions, with one underlying factor in the entirety of the retelling: Who is lying? This raises questions concerning motive, because at times, it appears there is none. Hae Min Lee, by all accounts, was a grade-A student who did not deserve to die and held no grudges with anyone. Sarah Koenig does a spectacular job of forcing listeners to contemplate the many sides of this sinister story, and it is one with many sides. It is quite unclear whether Koenig herself knows where this journey will take her or whether she will ever get to the bottom of the truth. The journey, however, is thoroughly dark and intellectual, unlike anything we have experienced before in an auditory manner. It is tumultuous and extremely frustrating, and therein lies its success. Serial by no means attempts to sensationalize murder, but rather looks at the elements of a murder and how this particular case was handled both in court and by the local community. I, for one, will remain glued to my phone every Thursday morning awaiting a new installment in this series, attempting to decipher reality from deceit in this horrific homicide. It is, without a doubt, one of the most corrupt and ominous description of events I have ever heard, undoubtedly due to its non-fictitious nature. Whether the truth may ever be uncovered lies both on Koenig and ourselves as listeners, and as I’ve said, there is simply nothing like experiencing it week by week.

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"Bug" will open the curtain Thursday Nov. 13 at 7pm.
“Bug” will open the curtain Thursday Nov. 13 at 7pm.

Creepy, crawling creatures will tingle up the audiences’ spine with Alpha Psi Omega’s next production, “Bug”.

Every year, Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society presents a play for the semester with their members and all of their ideas.

This year the director, Vanessa Valdez, chose the drama “Bug” written by Tracy Letts.

“I was looking through some different scripts and I had seen the movie for this play. So I picked up the script and I thought it was a really fun show,” Letts said. “In the past we have done a lot of comedies so I felt like it was time for a drama.”

“Bug” is set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room and the meeting of Agnes and Peter. Agnes is a divorced waitress who is avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband and Peter is a soft-spoken Gulf War veteran.

They learn of a hidden bug infestation problem that has both of them dealing with scathing welts and festering sores. However, their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

“It’s a dark play that really takes you on a psycho thriller journey. It’s a very intimate play so the audience should feel how the actors feel on stage. They should leave wanting to see it again,” Valdez said.

Valdez had many goals for this play and chose her cast according to the image she saw for the play.

“My goal was to get actors that could portray the roles and really get to the audience. The characters really start to go crazy and I really needed actors to be able to let go,” Valdez said.

“Bug” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will be presented through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in The Little Theatre. The play has an R rating and admission is $5.

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Plus size models vs. Calvin Klein plus size model size 10.
Plus size models vs. Calvin Klein plus size model size 10.

For years fashion designers and models alike have been ridiculed for not representing the “real woman” because of the size that most fashion models are so I would think that with Calvin Klein adding size 10 to their selection in women’s underwear, there would be some relief. I was wrong. Instead of being optimistic and understanding about the addition, consumers are being judgmental and harsh to the fashion house, saying “they don’t represent the everyday woman.”

I think that this is all a load of cow dung because I don’t know who wants to see someone who is a size 24 on an ad for underwear and I’m sure you don’t either. There is a thin line between what is acceptable and what isn’t and over time that line has gotten thicker and thicker.

There is nothing wrong with size, the issue is with health and there are many health risks that can come from being too big or small.

Another point to take into consideration is that Calvin Klein is a world renowned fashion house and while size 10 may not represent the average woman in America, in Europe it is in fact plus sized.

Fashion is an art form for designers and that needs to be respected. Ni one went to Vincent Vangough and said “hey, stop using yellow because it doesn’t represent everyone”  so there is nothing wrong with an artist being who they are.

Having a woman who is a size 10 in a campaign for CK is actually a more positive thing because it can now give that girl who is 15 years old and a size 16 something more reasonable to reach for if body image is an issue. Instead of  trying to be like Coco Rocha, who is size 4, that size 10 model is the real “it” girl with the curves and all that bass that Meghan Trainer keeps singing about.

Booty is back.

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The much-anticipated Interstellar arrived and immediately created massive explosions, both on film and in the film’s response. Many, like myself, found it to be an unprecedented masterpiece. Others have called the film too outlandish or ridiculous, due to its fictitious scientific perspectives.

This, of course, also happened with last year’s space thriller Gravity—and please take note, Interstellar is not Gravity. It is undeniable that both are true spectacles to watch, but Interstellar is a much more philosophical and emotional film. It is a surreal journey out of our galaxy and feels vividly alive, all while making you contemplate the realities of humanity and the spectrum of emotions we experience, such as love and how its manner of existence cannot be measured in scientific terms.

That being said, Interstellar is a very scientific film, yet it is one that brilliantly manages to balance out with emotional character development and astounding space cinematography. It can feel stark or it can feel mind-bending, and its transitions are superbly executed. Spectacular cinematography and original storytelling come as no surprise when watching a film directed by Christopher Nolan, best known for Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy. His entire filmography is astounding and highly recommended (by me, of course), so those hyped for the film due to his involvement flocked to the theater—along with Matthew McConaughey’s huge fan-base since what has been labeled the McConaissance. A ridiculous term, yes, but let’s be thankful he’s gone from bad rom-coms to the dramatic roles he’s thrived in, from Mud to Dallas Buyers Club.

The fact of the matter is, as a piece of cinema, Interstellar stands out. It has many odes to 2001: A Space Odyssey and even Star Wars, due to Nolan’s love for sci-fi. However, much unlike these films, Interstellar remains grounded outside of alien life. Whether Interstellar dabbles into the supernatural is cause for debate, due to the film’s scientific presentation mixed with fiction. This is precisely why Interstellar is an unprecedented experience. It presents real scientific facts and asks tough philosophical questions, yet remains a grippingly lucid sci-fi film.

Discussing Interstellar feels much like presenting someone with a gift and not wanting to give any hints as to what it is. The film’s layers are cleverly peeled off and its progression is so beautifully carried out that there is truly nothing like experiencing it and absorbing its concepts and theories after it is over. I suppose I’ve delayed discussing Interstellar’s plot because it is a film in which every plot point is important and imaginative, and giving anything away would feel like giving away a meaningful piece. I will, nevertheless, present you with an introduction and very minor synopsis of the film.

Interstellar follows Cooper, played by McConaughey, living with his father-in-law, son, and daughter, in a desolate Earth filled with extreme dust storms. Homes and human lungs are filled with dust as people struggle to survive with limited resources in a deteriorating, and depleting Earth. Cooper is a farmer who once flew for NASA before the Earth’s descent, and his crops—along with crops around the entire globe—are dying due to the earth’s excessive drought and dust plagues. Upon making entirely unexpected discoveries, Cooper is faced with making the difficult decision of leaving his family for the exploration of planets sustainable of human life in a galaxy outside of our own. With the spectacular Anne Hathaway at his side, not to mention a sarcastic clunky robot, Interstellar becomes a humorous experience as much as it is intellectually stimulating and incredibly moving. This is a film that simply cannot be missed due to its intricacy, beauty, and manner of evoking a response from all those who experience it.

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