New on Netflix for October

by Hunter Trzeciak, features editor

Every month Netflix adds new films and TV shows to its streaming service.  Here is the full list of new additions for the month of October.

  • 88 Minutes
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • Before Midnight
  • Blood Diamond
  • Boogie Nights
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cleverman: Season 2
  • Death Sentence
  • Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Generation Iron 2
  • Ghost Patrol
  • I Love You, Man
  • Ice Guardians
  • Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1
  • Made of Honor
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Never Let Me Go
  • No Reservations
  • Penelope
  • PJ Masks: Season 1
  • Set Up
  • The Reaping
  • Tokyo Idols
  • Tommy Boy
  • Vanished
  • Veronica
  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
  • Sleeping with Other People
  • 13 Demons
  • Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth (Netflix Original)
  • Cult of Chucky
  • The Survivalist
  • Raw
  • Bonus Family: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Schitt’s Creek: Season 3
  • The Fosters: Season 5
  • ID-0: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Skylanders Academy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Suburra: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix Original)
  • Word Party: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
  • Middle Man
  • Christina P: Mother Inferior (Netflix Original)
  • The Skyjacker’s Tale
  • Donnie Darko
  • Fe de etarras (Netflix Original Film)
  • El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial (Netflix Original)
  • Kingdom of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Mindhunter: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Super Monsters: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • The Babysitter (Netflix Original Film)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix Original Film)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • LEGO: City: Season 1
  • Money
  • OtherLife
  • She Makes Comics
  • West Coast Customs: Season 6
  • Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (Netflix Original)
  • Slasher: Guilty Party (Netflix Original)
  • Wedding Unplanned
  • 1922 (Netflix Original)
  • Haters Back Off: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • One of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (Netflix Original)
  • Wheelman (Netflix Original Film)
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • While We’re Young
  • Wanted: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Wanted: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Mist: Season 1
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Final Master
  • La Querida del Centauro: Season 2
  • Strange Weather
  • Stranger Things 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Original)
  • Pup Star: Better 2Gether
  • Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States (Netflix Original)
  • Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into the superhero genre

by Dustin Steiger, broadcast director

2017 has been full of amazing films, especially in the superhero genre. While Marvel threw in some heavy hitters, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy; Volume 2” and “Logan,” DC Comics made an extraordinary comeback with their movie “Wonder Woman,” the first modern-age female superhero movie in years, not to mention their first live-action film since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy” to be “Certified Fresh” (a reward given to only the most deserving and “best reviewed” movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes).

With Saegertown’s Homecoming scheduled for October 13, it seems like an opportune time to review one of Marvel’s most recent successes, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” For those unfamiliar with this successful blockbuster, it follows the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), better known to the audience as Spider-Man, as he attempts to balance his superhuman “activities” with the humdrum routine of high school bullies, homework, and a crush that seems to have no clue he even exists.

The story takes place after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) mentoring Peter and telling him to “Stay close to the ground,” that he should let the more powerful heroes take on the jobs that they don’t think he can do… advice that a young and anxious Peter Parker is not happy about. Determined to prove himself worthy of the Avenger’s approval, Spider-Man suits up to take on the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and to show the world exactly what he’s got.

Many critics and viewers were skeptical going in to see it, as “Homecoming” marks the third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise since 2002, some of which didn’t do so well (specifically “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with sites like IndieWire calling it “wildly overstuffed,” and “Spider-Man 3,” with reviewers like Chris Hewitt from Empire claiming that it didn’t live up to its promised “greatness.”). However, fans weren’t disappointed. With beautiful graphics and a balanced and well-developed story, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” brings this amazing comic book character to life in a relatable and fun way that everyone can enjoy.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is available on Digital and iTunes and will be available on DVD on October 17.

Jageacks performs in local jazz jam

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor 

On Sunday June 4, junior Francis Jageacks was showcased in the Cootie Harris Jazz Jam. Jageacks was part of a 10 week Youth Jazz Initiative program instructed by Mikel Prester at the Markethouse in Meadville. The Jazz Jam was a 4 hour long performance of local jazz musicians playing improvisational music at the end of the 10 week program in which Jageacks played along with her clarinet.

By the end of the Jazz Initiative, Jageacks was prepared for the Jazz Jam after learning all of the scales and chords in her weekly lessons. “It felt great. It felt like I actually accomplished something in my playing, but I felt like I found my own culture of music. Jazz just really speaks to me, there’s so much freedom in it and it takes quite a knowledge of music theory in order to play it,” Jageacks said.

 

Oogey gooey egg yolk gaining popularity

By JT Sloan Staff Writer

Everyone loves a little bit of ooey and a little bit of gooey, right? Well, even if you don’t, egg yolk is a projected 2017 food trend, according to EAT THIS, NOT THAT. “Once word got out that egg yolks do not, in fact, increase cholesterol levels, people started going crazy with the stuff!”’ said Dana Leigh Smith who wrote the article “17 Food Trends You’ll See in 2017.”

With that knowledge, EAT THIS, NOT THAT predicts egg yolk popularity will only increase in 2017 and honestly I don’t see why not because egg yolk goodness should be part of everyone’s diet in some way or another.

“I like it [egg yolk] because you can put it on burgers and sandwiches, and it still tastes awesome,” said senior Marc Kightlinger. Kightlinger likes his yolks ‘dippy and oozey and yummy’ and he loves putting them on hamburgers because they get “oozey and juicy.”

There are many delicious recipes for egg yolk, but my favorite is the Best Loaded Breakfast Skillet, courtesy of Delish, a well-known recipe website. It’s my favorite because you have chunky crunchy bacon, then soft russet potatoes. Then it hits you. The flavor train of egg yolk hits you. It is a pleasant surprise to know runny yolk goes with bacon and potatoes. Look for more tasty recipes with or without egg yolk at delish.com. And if you have a favorite recipe that incorporates egg yolk, tweet a picture and recipe @PantherPressSHS.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 russet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed clean
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop potatoes into small cubes, about 3/4″-thick.
  2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and fry until crispy. Turn off heat and transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Keep most of bacon fat in skillet, removing any black pieces from the bacon.
  3. Turn the heat back to medium and add onion to the skillet. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften. Add potatoes and toss until evenly coated in bacon fat. Pour in water and cover skillet with a large lid. (This helps speed up the cooking and prevent burning.) Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes, checking the potatoes occasionally. If they start to brown too quickly, remove the lid and add more water.
  4. When the potatoes are tender, remove lid and stir in garlic, green onions, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon, make four holes in the potatoes to reveal bottom of skillet. Crack an egg into each hole and season each egg with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese and cooked bacon bits over the entire skillet. Replace lid and cook until eggs are cooked to your liking, about 5 minutes for a just runny egg. Serve warm.

Thirteen Reasons Why sparks controversy among teenagers

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor

The latest fascination of teenagers from all over the world is the Netflix-original series Thirteen Reasons Why. The 13 episode show, based on the 2007 novel under the same title by Jay Asher, follows the life of the late Hannah Baker, a high school student who was driven to the point of suicide due to the influence of some of her classmates. Before ending her life, Hannah made 13 cassette tapes, each dedicated to a person in her school that affected her life in a negative way.

The series, which aired on March 31, has been controversial. Many people argue that it romanticizes mental illness and self harm and that it is not healthy for teenagers to watch. Executive producer Selena Gomez responded to the controversy in an interview with E! News. “I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused — in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time,” Gomez said.

This article by Psychology Today highlights the psychological effects of Thirteen Reasons Why.

Others are angered by viewers not taking the show seriously. Some have even gone so far as to turn the plot line into a social media game, making facebook or instagram posts asking friends and followers to comment their name so that the poster can reply with “tape” or “no tape.” “Tape” implies that the commenter wronged the poster at some point while “no tape” means that they’ve never offended them. There have also been several promposals with tapes labeled “Thirteen Reasons Why you should go to prom with me,” turning the show’s unsettling message into a way to get a date.

Saegertown students have mixed reviews about Thirteen Reasons Why. Junior Laura Monico saw the meaning of the show to be significant, but also saw flaws in the production of it. “I think everyone, even adults, should watch it. I do think that some of Hannah’s depression in the show is glorified and not completely accurately displayed, but again I think the message was clear and very important,” Monico said. “Even if people don’t agree with it or find it morally okay, everyone should be aware of how harsh and life changing their words can be.”

Sophomore Sheena Byham enjoyed the show but did not think it was appropriate for all audiences. “It was a really explicit show, and it was a dramatic vision on how high school can be. It was a good show overall, but some scenes aren’t meant for kids,” Byham said.

If you have strong opinions on Thirteen Reasons Why, email them to Scout Van Cise at livancise@psdmail.org.

The true YouTube experience

By Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

It’s a boring Saturday night. All of your friends are out doing stuff without you, and you don’t want to sleep the night away. What do you do? You turn to the internet. YouTube, to be specific. You probably know of some YouTube channels that are already pretty popular, such as PewDiePie or Jenna Marbles. But there are a few that you may not know about, and they’re just as entertaining.

Zefrank1  is one of my personal favorites. He makes videos called ‘True Facts,’ which showcase animals that people might not know much about such as the Anglerfish or the Sea Pig. His monotonous voice is very interesting, and makes learning fun for those of you who would rather poke your eye out than learn anything new.

BigCatDerek is another favorite of mine. Derek Krahn, an Operations Director for a non-profit big cat sanctuary in Texas, makes vlogs of the cats that are in his care. You can get up close and personal with Solano, the one-eyed white tiger, or Cassie the mountain lion. It’s an experience that you may not get to have in real life, but the Internet is the next best bet.

Arf is a popular internet obscurity, perfect for when you have nothing to do and don’t want to do anything of substance. The entire channel is nothing but popular songs remixed with the yappy barking of Gabe the Dog. Popular videos include Bork Busters, Jurassic Bork, and Careless Bork.  

Whatever you decide to watch, I hope this miniature guide will point you in a good direction. Happy internet travels Saegertown.

Birds with the Brooks: Anything Toucan do, I can do better!

By Payton Brooks and Tyler Brooks, social media editor and senior ornithologist

From cereal boxes to the rainforests in Central and South America, toucans can be easily identified. However, beyond the beak lies diversity among the birds themselves.

The most commonly known species is the Toco toucan (Ramphastos toco). Tocos have sleek black feathers covering their bodies and bright orange bills. They are the largest of the toucans, with males weighing in at an average of 1.594 pounds and females 1.270 pounds. They can be as long as 26 inches, which puts a massive difference between themselves and their smaller relatives, toucanets and aracaris, at almost half the size.

The beaks of toucans are made of the substance in human hair and nails: keratin. It attaches to the skull in an upper and a lower mandible and works much like one on a human. The lower jaw unhinges at the base while the upper portion cannot move, making it useful to grab food and chew.

A question bouncing around the brains of researchers, ornithologists, and common folk alike is, “Why do they have beaks like that anyway?”. There is no definite answer, but many theories exist.

One explanation may be that it is to gather fruit and other foods from trees, but that still does not explain the vibrant colors that are clearly not for suitable camouflage. It has been ruled out, however, that it is for courtship rituals as it does not differentiate between sexes. Their Old World counterparts, hornbills, also possess gaudy bills, so clearly it serves some unknown purpose.

The toucans with green bills are keel-billed toucans (Ramphastos sulfuratus), are the other well-known species of toucan, possessing a green and orange beak with a large red apex. Both Tocos and keel-bills, as well as smaller variants such as aracaris, can be owned as a pet; however, they are some of the messiest and most expensive pets out there, with most investments for a good owner being near $10,000 per toucan. These pets are still wild animals, can’t be trained easily, and have serrated bills, so it’s my highest recommendation you don’t even consider one.

While toucans are one of the most recognizable bird, they are poorly understood birds. They have a beauty and mystery smack-dab on their face, and are just overall beautiful and elegant creatures. Think about that next time you’re eating your Fruit Loops, Sam.

“Going in Style” renews interest in heist genre

By Ben Haylett, broadcast director

The heist movies of yesteryear have given way to the action packed and CGI laden superhero blockbusters that block all other movies out of recent memory. Keeping this in mind, it makes total sense to employ a cast of older gentlemen in “Going in Style”, a half-comedy, half-heist film that walks the line beautifully.

“Going in Style” follows Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine in the wake of losing their pensions. Desperate for the money they need to live in this modern world, they decide that the best course of action is to rob the bank that took their money away from them.

This seemingly serious premise is downplayed because all three men are above 75. Not only do they have to concern themselves with the logistics of actually robbing a bank, they have to deal with aching hips, hearing loss, and blurry vision. Hilarity ensues as they try to make their way through the process of both robbing the bank and evading the law enforcement trying to bust them.

All three of the leading men gave dynamic performances to the silver screen, but Morgan Freeman’s performance as a man in need of a kidney particularly hits home and plucks at the heart strings. As it is a major comedic point of the movie, the actors’ old ages lends itself well to the overall story. They all seem to be totally in their element and comfortable within their roles.

Overall, “Going in Style” is a great movie, perfectly suitable for family movie night, or even date night, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, maybe take your grandparents.