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‘No time’ to be pretentious
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‘No time’ to be pretentious

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post “No Time to Die”Directed by: Cary Joji FukunagaRating: PG-13Run time: 2 hours, 43 minutes "No Time to Die '' is a great installment in the James Bond franchise and an awesome action movie — worth watching in theaters — but will make a great viewing when it hits a streaming service. It didn't redefine the franchise like "Casino Royale," and it's not as ambitious or stylish as "Skyfall." But it is wildly entertaining and is elevated to a more elegant popcorn movie because of the amazing directing, acting and score. Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for directing the first season of "True Detective" — the dark HBO miniseries — gave this lighter screenplay a twist. His timing on when to inject comedic and cheesy moments gives the movie a blockbust...
Point Shaver: Week 6
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Point Shaver: Week 6

By JOSHUA SHAVERPima Post If you are struggling with a gambling addiction, call 1-800-522-4700. Week 6 is upon us and I guarantee a 60% win rate this week.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) Don’t think too deeply into the Eagles beating the Panthers last week without Christian Mccaffrey. Overall sloppy game by the Eagles while the Bucs scored a season high 45 points against a good defense in Miami. The Bucs have the better offensive weapons, have the better quarterback, have the better pass rush, etc. Bucs easily cover and win, 34-20. Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Chargers +2.5) Both teams are coming off tremendous comebacks and great quarterback play. The only difference is the Chargers did it against a good Browns defense, and the Rav...
Pre-season NBA power rankings
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Pre-season NBA power rankings

By ALEX JIMENEZPima Post The NBA 2021-2022 season is set to start when the Nets and Lakers tip-off on Tuesday. Although these two teams would be considered favorites to most, the NBA is seeing much more parity across the league. For example, the Milwaukee Bucks are coming off an NBA championship -- having beat the Suns in the finals and the Nets, who didn’t have James Harden, in the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Phoenix Suns, who came short to the Bucks in the NBA Finals, have kept the core group of players who helped them reach high levels of success last season and have added a veteran in JaVale McGee. With the dynamic guard partnership of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the Suns have one of the elite backcourts in the NBA. The Nets now have a unique situation to dea...
‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’: This is why Netflix exists
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‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’: This is why Netflix exists

Story and image by JAVIER DOSAMANTES “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”Directed by: Michael ShowalterRating: PG-13Run time: 2 hours, 6 minutesShowing at The Loft Cinema Making a good biopic is one of the hardest things to pull off in filmmaking because you're trying to fit a person's whole life into a two-hour format. And at the same time, you want to approach the subject with a creative angle instead of just making a glamoured-up reenactment. Without getting too technical, biopics are structured in two different ways: in chronological order (following life's events from beginning to end) or concentrating on a landmark event or time of a person's life, then using flashbacks to add context and backstory. "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" opens with a scene in 1994, then jumps back to Faye's c...
An electric experience: driving my first Tesla
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An electric experience: driving my first Tesla

Story and photo by JOSHUA BAILEY The electric car smoothly accelerated onto the road.  The Tesla Model 3’s acceleration had an ease to it that gas-operated cars don’t, and it required much less effort to drive efficiently.  Dave Gebert, the owner of said Tesla Model 3 and organizer of October’s National Drive Electric Week in Tucson, tapped the dashboard screen. It almost resembled a tablet, but the feats it could perform were far more advanced. A chime sounded, and Gebert gestured at the green microphone pictured.  “Turn on cruise control,” Gebert said.  In shock, I took my foot off the pedal, which seemed to have depressurized into a relaxed position. The gears moving beneath it reminded one of the way a self-playing piano works.  The Tesla...
A waiting game of fate
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A waiting game of fate

Story and image by JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post “The Card Counter”Directed by: Paul SchraderRating: RRun time: 1 hour, 51 minutesShowing at The Loft Cinema Redemption and fate have a unique relationship, although the latter is not always reciprocal to anyone or anything.  Paul Schrader continues to explore this in his new film "The Card Counter," a movie about a mysterious and disciplined lonely gambler who thinks he can outlast his fate by walking in circles. Leonardo da Vinci is best known for the Mona Lisa, the Detroit Lions for being proverbial losers and Schrader for writing about morally flawed and darkly complex antiheroes. William Tell (Oscar Isaac) is the latest Schrader protagonist. He continues a famed lineage of characters that includes Travis Bickle from...
‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’: a masterclass on how not to direct movies
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‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’: a masterclass on how not to direct movies

Story and image by Javier Dosamantes 'Prisoners of the Ghostland'Directed by: Sion SonoRating: NRRun time: 1 hour, 53 minutesShowing at The Loft Cinema Back in 2010, chicken franchise KFC launched the Double Down. It was a chicken sandwich that instead of having two pieces of bread to hold together the meat and fixings ... had two fried chicken fillets. The anatomy of the sandwich looked like this: a fried chicken fillet on the bottom, cheese, bacon and cheese in the middle, and topped off with another fried chicken fillet. It was a deliciously over-the-top and decadent idea. But without the bread to tie up the ingredients, the Double Down was incredibly messy and the flavors were too intense and chaotic instead of complementing each other.  It feels like good-tast...
Is STU 100 worth it?
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Is STU 100 worth it?

By TROY HUTCHISONPima Post   Most Pima Community College students looking to earn their associate degrees must take a one-credit class called “College Success/Career Planning," better known as STU 100. What is STU 100? It is a class that prepares new incoming students for what to expect during their college experience and helps them understand how to prepare for their classes and get help in those classes if needed. Depending on several factors, the class could be a valuable experience or a waste of time. From my experience, it is a good class for new students going to college. It makes the transition from high school to college a smoother one and will provide the student a better understanding of the expectations and what is needed to succeed at Pima.  “This clas...
Newest ‘Spider-Man’ will be 2021’s biggest movie
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Newest ‘Spider-Man’ will be 2021’s biggest movie

Wikimedia Commons: Gamer16 (License) By Carlos Miranda “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is bringing back old villains from previous Spider-Man movies.  All of the Spider-Man/Marvel fans have been waiting a long time for this trailer to drop. The trailer dropped on Aug. 22, and this trailer has shocked fans all over the world.  With more than 355.5 million views, this movie trailer was the most-watched movie trailer in a 24-hour period. The previous record was “Avengers: Endgame,” which had gotten 289 million views. The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” movie trailer was an awesome, crazy, mind-blowing, insane trailer to watch. This was the trailer people have been waiting all year to see. This preview showed us what to expect for this new movie, which will be released in ...
‘Donda’: Was the wait worth it?
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‘Donda’: Was the wait worth it?

By Nate Martinez It had felt like ages since Kanye West had released another big studio album.  That’s probably because his last release was 2016’s “The Life of Pablo.”  To be fair, West had dropped some albums, but not the long, complex and structured albums that fans expected. In 2018, West released a seven-song EP called “Ye,” which totaled 23 minutes of play. He then went on to drop “Jesus Is King” that same year.  Now, after three years, a couple of presidential tries, some album fakeouts, a very public split with Kim Kardashian and a handful of live breakdowns on national television, West himself managed to drop the long-awaited “Donda” Aug. 29.  This album, named after his late mother who died in 2007, wouldn't be a Kanye album without its shar...