Kirby Davis

Saying goodbye to HBO’s ‘Girls’

The airing of “Girls’” final episode on April 16 seemed to be an equal source of relief and distress for the American public — maybe more relief. “Girls” pushed even HBO’s boundaries, and the controversy it riled up in viewers and mere observers alike too often undermined its merit as a TV show. Whether people were incensed by Lena Dunham’s casual, ubiquitous nudity, or Allison Williams’ lack thereof, or Adam Driver’s sleazy, greasy-haired presence or his deeply felt absence, the show couldn’t win. It still, however, met showrunner Dunham’s goal of representing real young women, each sure they wanted to...

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‘Can’t-miss’ summer blockbusters (that you can definitely miss)

“Snatched.” Do I think this will be as good as “Trainwreck?” Do I think it will even come close? Absolutely not. Will I still go to see it because I want to keep Goldie Hawn working? Absolutely. Say what you will about Amy Schumer, but at least she’s finally representing a disadvantaged group onscreen (moderately attractive blonde women). That being said, this was produced by the same people who made “The Heat” and “Spy,” so it will likely be the third installment in the “Perfect Movie to Fall Asleep During While Sitting on your Couch” series. “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Does every movie coming out this summer require a colon in the title? Based on the trailer, this Guy Ritchie-directed epic looks like a pretty dense episode of “Game of Thrones” set to a groovy Led Zeppelin soundtrack. Style aside, the movie seems to star Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law as medieval warriors with present-day haircuts, fighting to rule England? I’m not completely sure, though, because the trailer was so predictable, I zoned out twice during its two-minute runtime. “Baywatch.” Where do I even begin? How about with Zac Efron’s awful highlights and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s speech about how Baywatch is some elite special ops force that works exclusively from a California beach? I am thoroughly confused about this reboot and its plot points. An attractive...

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RedHawk Snaps highlights MU students’ party culture

Miami has two popular Snapchat accounts. One is controlled by the university and spotlights on-campus events and study abroad trips. The other tends to depict things the university does not endorse — chiefly, nudity, illegal drug use and illegal alcohol use amongst students. Redhawk Snaps, run anonymously, was likely inspired by the University of Cincinnati-area Bearcat Snaps. The latter’s account boasts over 30,000 views a day, and its owner (an anonymous UC student) said that Redhawk Snaps reached out to them for advice on starting their own account. In addition to nudes and cocaine, the Snapchat also chronicles day parties...

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‘13 Reasons Why’ handles suicide irresponsibly

The trailer for “13 Reasons Why” seemed preposterous, and I’m a staunch proponent of young adult-targeted TV campiness; “Bunheads” and “Make It or Break it” rank among my favorite shows, and full disclosure, I still record “Teen Mom 2” to binge over breaks. But the premise of the Netflix series, released March 31, was too much even for me — Hannah, a teenager who killed herself, leaves tapes behind for a handful of classmates who happen to be the 13 titular driving forces in her suicide. She’s not the main character, though; that’s Clay, one of the tape-receivers who happened to like (and allegedly even love) Hannah. Having watched half of the show plus the final episode, it reinforced my idea that most media has no clue how to properly handle teen suicide. At one point in the last year, suicide was on my mind. I didn’t want to kill myself, per se; that seemed messy and inconvenient and my pain tolerance is low. But the thought — death — was equal parts unnerving and inviting. It fluttered around my mind for a while before it took root there, spreading its ugly, unwanted companionship until it pervaded almost every thought I had. I’d been miserable in the past, but I’d always been able to conjure up fantasies of my potential future to make me feel better — an apartment overrun by...

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Controversial Pepsi ad misses the mark

Love or hate them, keep up with or renounce them, the Kardashian-Jenner clan and its affiliates (most recently: sugar-coated hair vitamins, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Blac Chyna) are almost comically inescapable. And the family members themselves do, undeniably, wield a lot of power in this nation, especially amongst millennials — which is why Kendall Jenner’s recently released ad campaign for Pepsi is so upsetting. Jenner is the eleventh-most-followed Instagram user in the world, boasting a fanbase of around 77 million on the app. Over 21 million follow her on Twitter, and while this may seem perilously low compared to the former figure, mirrored with some of her peers (Gigi Hadid’s four million, Hailey Baldwin’s almost one and Karlie Kloss’s mere two million), Jenner reigns far superior. So, it makes sense that Pepsi tapped her for their latest ad campaign. In the commercial released April 4, Skip Marley’s “Lions” pulsates in the background while Jenner rips off a blonde wig during a photoshoot and bounds into a crowd of protesters — after grabbing an icy can of Pepsi, of course, which she later hands to a police officer. The “protesters,” all sheathed in aesthetically cohesive shades of blue, are thrilled to be in the street and even more thrilled to be hoisting signs in the air that implore people to “join the conversation” and “love.” Which conversation? Love what? The protester/police...

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