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‘True Grit’ comes in light and darker versions

True Grit is one of the most well-known western stories for a good reason.

There are two different films: the original made in 1969 (directed by Henry Hathaway) and the remake made in 2010 (directed by Ethan and Joel Coen).

Both films are based on a novel by the same name written by Charles Portis in 1968. The Coen brothers’ version is the most faithful to the book.

Lupin III offers animated action and adventure

Lupin III: The First (2019) feels like a person combined James Bond and Indiana Jones and made it into a 3D animation.

The film is based on the now 50-year-running anime (japanese animation) series Lupin III, which started in 1971.

The series is broken up into parts, similar to Bond films. There’s no big overarching story, it’s just the characters in different eras.

Cornetto trilogy offers some tasty viewing

The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy are prime examples of great British wit, action, and passion for the craft of filmmaking.

The trilogy is an anthology, composed of films that don’t connect storywise, but instead were made and starred the same people. The Cornetto reference is to an Italian ice cream cone (much like a Drumstick) that makes a cameo in each of the films.

The people involved include director Edgar Wright, who also wrote all three films along with Simon Pegg. Pegg also starred in all three features, along with co-star Nick Frost. The final person to have the same job throughout all these films was producer Nira Park.

Program connection builds harmonic bridges for Highline students

A link between two local music programs is striking a chord with some Highline students.

The iBuildBridges Program, in collaboration with Highline College’s 25 Music 101 (Creating Your Own Music) and 103 (Intro to Music Technology) students, have found a new way to stay connected musically without being in the same room.

The collaboration between the two programs started a little over a year ago, right before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. Ben Thomas, a music professor at Highline.

Arcturus literary magazine shines again this spring

Highline’s literary journal Arcturus will be hosting a launch party for the 2021 edition.

The online Zoom party will be held on June 10 from 3-4 p.m. for anyone to join. Attendees will be given a free copy from the limited supply of Arcturus 2021.

“Attendees are encouraged to dress up in a costume, hat, or mask,” said Jenn Ngeth, an editor for Arcturus. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy.

Original Spider-Man films still spin some good story webs.

The original Spider-Man Trilogy did something no comic book movie has done since: They feel like comics that have jumped onto the big screen, for better or worse.

All three films were directed by Sam Raimi (most well known for making and directing the Evil Dead films, all of whom starred Bruce Campbell, who makes a cameo in all of these films) and starred Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson (Peter’s crush since elementary school), and James Franco as Harry Osborn (Peter’s uber-wealthy best friend since childhood).

Federal Way Symphony plans live concert

The Federal Way Symphony returns to perform live months after their last concert.

Some 16 months since their last in-person concert, the Federal Way Symphony will return to perform live with their newly-appointed music director, Adam Stern.

“Reconnections: A Return to the Stage” will be held at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center on June 13 at 3 p.m.

Highline alum aims higher in the music business after accident

A brush with danger compelled Taylar Elizz Beth to take the plunge.

Taylar, a Highline graduate, is intending to move into the music business full time. The 28-year-old rapper and singer said that when her current job runs out, she will do nothing but make music.

Poetry contest winners share their inspirations

Winners of Highline’s recent poetry contest say they have used writing to move themselves through sometimes challenging periods in their lives.

The poetry contest was part of Highline’s celebration of the National Poetry Month in April.

Patheresa Wells took first place with her winning poem, Decasia.

'Half Life’ radiates strong acting, talky script

The Half Life of Marie Curie is a good play. However, it spends most of its time talking about interesting events instead of showing them.

The play was written by Lauren Gunderson. Burien Actors Theatre’s production is directed by Andrew Coopman. The play is about Marie Curie (Jane Martin Lynch) and Hertha Ayrton’s (Brynne Garman) friendship and personal struggles of being women of science in 1911; especially Curie, who has recently been caught up in a scandal.