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The Mind of Matt

This section of the Paper Lion will catalog all of the ideas that spring forth from my mind. To many, the things written here may not seem to be the most, but in reality, they are of the utmost significance … at least that’s what I think. Welcome to the mind of Matt.

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A Senior’s Perspective on Homework

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

When it comes to stress from high school, behind tests, the first obvious answer is homework, the bane of many students’ existence. I would struggle to find  many students who say that they enjoy doing homework. Now let me be clear, this isn’t a knock to anyone who does enjoy homework, more power to you,  but I’m sure even they know it isn’t very popular. The main purpose of this article is...

The Hidden World of 80s Horror Movies

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

Spasms, directed by William Fruet and released in 1983, follows the story of ESP researcher Tom Brasilian and millionaire philanthropist Jason Kincaid as they both try to track down and capture a massive snake that is loose in a city. Jason happens to have a psychic link with the snake after it bit him, allowing them to know its location, all while a satanic cult tries to track down the snake, believi...

Spoiler Alert! Spoilers and When to Discuss Them

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

Warning! This article, ironically about not discussing spoilers, will contain spoilers for the following: The Empire Strikes Back, The Titanic, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Halloween (1978) and Avengers Endgame. Spoiler alert! Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. I’m pretty confident that at least 90% of the people reading this already knew that little fact. I mean, the quote “Luke, I am yo...

Netflix’s Cancellation Crisis

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

Glow, Daredevil, Teenage Bounty Hunters, Dark, American Vandal. These are just five shows with an audience and critic score of over 85% that have been cancelled by Netflix. Not ended, cancelled. These shows were textbook definitions of a success, but why did they get canned by the streaming juggernaut? It’s becoming a more noticed issue as the cancellations pile up. Netflix will greenlight a show, it may do we...

Hollywood’s Voice Actor Problem

Off of the top of your head right now, I want you to think of an actor. Any actor, any movie, any decade. Now that’s a pretty easy question to answer. Right now, I can think of people like Ryan Reynolds, Angelina Jolie, Adam Sandler … the list goes on. Now take that same question and put a spin on it. Off the top of your head, think of any prominent voice actor in movies. Not video games, not TV...

The Consequences of Child Fame

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

Samaira Thapa is just like any other four year old girl in Nepal. She has playdates, she goes out to dinner with her family and tries her best to make everyone around her happy. She also happens to be a viral TikTok sensation. Currently, Samaira has over 786,000 followers on TikTok, over 100,000 followers on Instagram and over 150,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. She first gained recogniti...

Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe too Much of a Connected Universe?

Matthew Agnetti, Staff Writer

The Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of pop culture’s biggest juggernauts. It is a spectacle of the cinematic world. It truly is the first of its kind. A shared universe of movies spanning nearly 15 years, over 20 movies and now TV shows. There’s an obvious reason that it has become as popular as it is today. It’s fun to see a character from another movie pop up, or a reference to a past event....

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