The Wichitan

‘Green Book’ a simplistic, but enjoyable ride

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 30, 2019

During the Jim Crow era, African-American travelers in the South were unwelcome in many hotels, restaurants and even some towns after sunset. They were aided by a small, pamphlet called “The Green Book,” which published places where they could find friendly places to rest and eat. Director Peter Far...

Question of the Week: What is your passion and why?

Yerasly Duran and Alana Earle

January 29, 2019

The word passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Whether it be helping the community, learning languages or exploring their major students share what their passions are. WHAT IS YOUR PASSION AND WHY? "I am passionate about education, most importantly, about English la...

Question of the week: What is food insecurity? and how can MSU help?

Alana Earle and Yerasly Duran

January 23, 2019

Students body defines what they think food insecurity is, and discuss how they believe MSU can help. Alex Espy, education elementary teaching freshman| "I guess choosing between school and food shouldn't be an option. I feel like you should have both. You can't really have a proper education without food....

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

Stephan James and KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 23, 2019

In a competitive year at the Academy Awards, several movies seem to be a shoo-in for nominations. Barry Jenkins’s newest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” is sure to win some awards this spring. Jenkins, known for his award-winning film “Moonlight” (the same “Moonlight” that was at the center ...

Question of the week : Why is Stampede Week significant?

Yerasly Duran and Alana Earle

January 18, 2019

Esperanza Guzman, 4-8 social studies education, junior | "Stampede Week gives students a chance to interact and meet classmates as well as provide a free way to unwind from the stress of school beginning." Christian Oseguera, mass communication, junior | "I think for students who haven't been may be ...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Image from Vice

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 17, 2019

Audiences have always been drawn to stories of corrupt rulers. From Shakespeare’s classic power struggle in "Macbeth" to Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” there is great entertainment in watching corruption at work. Perhaps no story of corruption and scheming is more compelling than that of fo...

Searching for soul in the Falls

fried catfish, red beans and rice, fries, and fried okra with drinks on the side

Aquila Freeney, Business Manager

January 16, 2019

Being new to the Wichita Falls area, I was in dire need of some homestyle soul-food. After doing a quick Google search, a place caught my eye: Sam’s Southern Eatery. I headed there with a bit of skepticism because honestly, I did not think Wichita Falls was capable of producing any good soul-food....

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

Nic and Dave Scheff

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 13, 2018

Sometimes you can do everything right as a parent but still feel like a failure. That’s how David Scheff feels when is bright son Nic admits that he has a major problem with drug abuse. Director Felix Van Groeningen takes on the struggles of addiction and recovery in his new film“Beautiful Bo...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ succeeds despite flaws

Queen Performing

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 6, 2018

Boom-Boom-Clap, Boom-Boom-Clap! Queen’s iconic “We Will Rock You” is known by both the young and old with its catchy melody sung by the captivating voice of Freddie Mercury. Bryan Singer’s new film “Bohemian Rhapsody” starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)  tells the story of Mercury, Queen, a...

Venom is fun, but not well-written

Tom Hardy in Venom (2018).
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Jeri Moore, Reporter

October 31, 2018

The pace of Venom is fast, choppy, and a little hard to follow due to both the writing and editing of the storyline. The journey that Venom's nemesis, the symbiote Riot, makes to get to its final destination is one of the reasons that it becomes so confusing. The audience sees sporadic footage of the symbi...

‘First Man’ shoots for the moon and inspires

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 24, 2018

Everyone knows the story of the moon landing, and those old enough to remember it can tell you exactly where they were when they saw Neil Armstrong make those historic first steps onto the moon. Renowned filmmaker Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) takes on the inspiring story of Apollo 11 and t...

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018). Courtesy of IMDB

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 10, 2018

Nothing is more fascinating than watching a new a star on the rise. Tabloids, gossip columns, and award shows clamor for new details of a nascent celebrity. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born” illuminates audiences about the beginning and end of stardom, pulling no punches as it ch...

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