By: Kaylen Fuentez

*Warning, contains small spoilers*

The film ‘Nope’ directed, written and produced by Jordan Peele, came out in theaters the 22nd of July, 2022. Its running time is 130 minutes and it is the 3rd horror film Peele has directed in the past 5 years.

Within the past 5 years, Jordan Peele has created his own signature style with the movies ‘Us’, ‘Get out’, and now ‘Nope’. But what is different with ‘Nope’ is that it takes some unpacking to understand the symbolism of this film. This is a movie you may need to watch 1 or 2 times to fully understand the meaning behind this story.

At first glance, ‘Nope’ is viewed as a sci-fi movie. And although it does have themes of sci-fi and is seemingly not as scary as Peele’s other films, it is definitely dark.

The most intriguing (yet terrifying) scene was Gordy’s birthday party. During the opening scene of ‘Nope’ it had you thinking, what does this have to do with a movie about UFOs? But the foreshadowing of Gordy’s character had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The unfolding of Gordy’s entire storyline was done perfectly.

One thing about Peele’s work is the symbols represented come to life in insane ways, which may be confusing, and quite a ride, but in the end it makes sense, and is revealed to be great.

Another thing I found interesting was the themes of fame. Towards the end of the movie, OJ, Em, Angel, and the director all made a plan to capture the UFO on camera. That scene showed how far people will really go for fame; for example there was a guy on a motorcycle who heard they were doing this and worked for TMZ. He was willing to go all the way out to where OJ and Em were staying to capture something on camera that would make him rich and famous.

Another example is that the whole movie Em was the one who was pushing OJ to get the cameras to film the UFO because she wanted the money and fame so badly, but in the end she realizes that family always has been and always will be more important.

I’ve seen many controversial opinions regarding ‘Nope’, but in my opinion it was smart of Peele to not stick to his particular style. I think it may have given other directors and filmmakers the push they needed to think outside the box when it comes to the sci-fi genre. In the future, I hope to see more sci-fi films like ‘Nope’ and am excited to see what Peele brings to the table next.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars. You can still see ‘Nope’ in theaters, and it is now streaming on multiple platforms.

Minnesota United fights for the postseason, but results dwindle as of late

By: Aeden Evenson-McDermott

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On the road in Portland the Loons addressed a few injury and suspension blips by testing out a new formation. United is known for their 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations. This time the new changes consisted of a 3-5-2 formation. They came out strong and looked like they would be on the front foot but unfortunately they didn’t come away with any points.

They maintained dominant possession and held Portland for the main course of the first 45 minutes. Having crosses and plenty of shots, and with 13 shots just in the first half, it left the Loons asking for more. Newly arrived Colombian striker Ménder García had some good quality chances but none could hit the back of the net.

On the backside of the field, the trio of Lawrence, Kallman, and Boxall allowed for a tight collective defense which prevented Portland from getting shots on goal. With the momentum in this game, it would be important to capitalize on your own chances and it was especially critical since the Loons had maintained more of a dominant presence against Portland. It’s fair to say that United’s coach Adrian Heath would be more pleased with their performance than Portland’s coach Giovanni Savarese at the halftime break.

Following halftime, Portland came out stronger than the first half but never posed much of a threat to the Loons’s shape and positioning. Anything can happen in a game, and when the 61st minute rolled around, disaster struck for the Loons.

Portland received a corner and on the kick, a high whipped in ball fell right to Portland’s Dairon Asprilla and was put through the Loon’s back line and into the net. 1-0 to Portland.

As the game went on, the Loons had trouble recovering their shape and found themselves a bit lackluster and tired out. With around 30 minutes left in regulation, the Loons had a few glorious chances but none that they were able to fully capitalize on.

Overall, the new formation worked fairly well as García and Amarilla posed threats up top in the attacking third. The midfield composition worked hard and helped with creating space. There were definitely many positives to take away from an overall good game but hard to accept defeat for the third time in 3 games straight.

The Loons went down to 6th place in the playoff race but will have plenty of work to do with the remaining four games of the season.

Vikings vs. Eagles week 2 recap

By: Abby Altman

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In week 1 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings began the game with a first possession touchdown, and built comfortably on their lead for the remainder of the game, leaving with a relaxing 23-7 victory. 

Week 1 gave Vikings fans all over, a new confidence in the team, as well as the new front office and coaching scheme. This confidence carried over with many fans into week 2, as the Vikings traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. 

In week 1, the Eagles beat the Detroit Lions by just 3 points, giving up 35 points to Detroit’s growing offense. 

Week 2’s matchup felt like a complete turnaround, for both teams. 

The Eagles took a 24-7 victory over Minnesota, leaving the Vikings looking lost and confused all over the field. 

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts threw for 333 yards, completing 26/33 pass attempts. Hurts had 3 touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 passing. The Vikings zone coverages left the Eagles plenty of room to convert short and quick passes into 10+ yard gains. Philadelphia had 25 first downs to the Vikings 20. 

It wasn’t just the first downs, however, that kicked Minnesota in the butt. Kirk Cousins threw for 3 interceptions, 2 of which were caught by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Slay had a career game, tying his game record for interceptions, and setting a new game record, with 5 passses defended. 

The Vikings offense looked erratic, dropping passes placed perfectly by Cousins and mixing up routes, causing interceptions. 

Both of Slay’s interceptions came off of star WR Justin Jefferson. Slay allowed just 1 catch when covering Jefferson. 

When asked about Jefferson, Slay said “He’s one of the best in the world, but I’m one of the best in the world too.” 

Justin Jefferson was one of the most shocking pieces missing in the Vikings week 2 loss.  Jefferson had just 6 catches for a grand total of 48 yards. Compared to his week 1 performance, where Jefferson made 9 catches for 184 yards, Jefferson seriously struggled this week. 

The Vikings performance in the 1st half was almost shockingly bad. The Vikings went 3 and out on their first 2 drives and only connected for a touchdown on 1 drive. In the second half, the connections looked better between Cousins and his offense, but nobody was able to complete a drive to begin a comeback. 

In the 2nd half, the Vikings found themselves in the red zone on 4 different drives, but were unable to score on any of them. Cousins was picked in the endzone several times, despite the valiant efforts of the offense. 

“When I look back on tonight, ultimately I put this one on me,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I don’t think I did enough for our team in-game.” 

While it was apparent that a number of factors contributed to the loss of this game, the Vikings and O’Connell seem to hold some confidence heading into week 3. 

The Vikings head back home for week 3 to take on the Detroit Lions for another divisional matchup. Both teams head into the week 1-1.

Update: The Vikings beat Detroit 28-24.