Entries by Tomás Mier

The Afterword: While discomforting, ‘Joker’ is worth watching

Monday night, I went to see the highly-anticipated origin story of everyone’s favorite criminal mastermind — Joker. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as failed Gotham City comedian Arthur Fleck — a mentally ill man isolated, ostracized and rejected by society — “Joker” follows Fleck’s descent into madness. The movie, which sold $93.5 million in ticket sales its […]

A chocolate a day keeps the semester scaries at bay

Zac Coughlin, a junior majoring in communication, has launched a new business with a sugary twist.  Zac’s Sweet Shop is the latest online venture that delivers unique and custom-made treats at your doorstep. Featuring a wide array of cookies, truffles and cookie pizzas, customers can customize their dessert experience by selecting items that go into […]

To Be Blunt: Vaping epidemic exposes need for regulation even with weed

The way we consume cannabis has drastically evolved over the past couple decades. As the industry grows, CEOs, entrepreneurs and startup moguls are increasingly tapping into the innovative and technologically motivated market of weed.  With features like temperature control, ways to track how much you smoke and an app complete with games, the PAX Era […]

REVIEW: ‘Joker’ reveals classic character’s dark backstory

Arthur Fleck twirls, twirls and twirls a sign, enclothed in full clown attire — he dances and smiles without a worry in the world. Everyone walks by him, creeped out more than anything.  But that doesn’t matter to Fleck, who is enjoying himself as he forgets how he’s perceived by the world. When a group […]

Judd Apatow receives Oakie Award at SCA

“I guess Judd Apatow is one of the funniest people that ever walked through this school,” Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth Daley announced as she introduced this year’s honoree at the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series. On Friday, the renowned comedy writer, producer, director and stand-up […]

Everything but the Song: Black choir music is pimped out by artists

Kirk Franklin and God’s Property’s “Stomp,” and Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam” are two sides of the same coin. Elements of Black American gospel music have long been used outside of the church’s four walls and have infiltrated into mainstream pop culture.  Kanye’s “Jesus Walks,” a song about grappling faith with fame, might be the first instance […]

Sketch comedy group Fourth Quarter All-Stars debuts new show

Student-run sketch comedy group Fourth Quarter All-Stars had audiences laughing throughout the entirety of its show “16 in the Middle of Miami” at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute Thursday night. The hour-long show featured a host of witty sketches that showcased the group’s masterful comedy-writing skills and ability to craft relatable content for its […]