Author Archives: Brendan Jacques

Indie Game Spotlight: ‘Celeste’ review

Indie Game Spotlight: ‘Celeste’ review

“Celeste” was nominated for “Original Light Mix Score, New IP” at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards. (Photo courtesy of Matt Makes Games) Brendan Jacques Connector Staff “Celeste” is a single-player 2-D platformer created by Matt Makes Games Inc., an indie developer best known for the competitive 2-D brawler “TowerFall.” Players take

‘Jessica Jones’ season two starts slow but ends strong

The second season was first ordered in January of 2016 (Photo courtesy of Netflix). Brendan Jacques Connector Staff Out of the six full seasons of television that ultimately made up phase one of Netflix’s lucrative Marvel TV universe, the first season of “Jessica Jones” was undoubtedly the standout. With its choice to embrace the trappings

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is a waste of time

“The Cloverfield Paradox” was originally titled “God Particle.” (Photo courtesy of Netflix) Brendan Jacques Connector Staff “The Cloverfield” series may just be one of the most perplexing film franchises to ever hit the mainstream. Beginning back in 2008 with a found-footage spin on classic kaiju films such as “Godzilla,” the property has since then expanded

Kodak Black locked up again

Kodak Black’s most recent album, “Project Baby 2,” was released last August. (Photo courtesy of Rap-Up) Kelly Skelton Connector Editor Dieuson Octave, better recognized for his stage name, Kodak Black, has never been able to separate himself from the street life. Despite amassing millions of dollars and hit songs, the Florida rapper has always maintained

Stranger Things: Season 2 Review

“Stranger Things” season 1 was nominated for 18 awards during 2016’s Primetime Emmy Awards. (Courtesy of Netflix) Brendan Jacques Connector Editor The first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was one of the best TV shows to premiere last year. With an intriguing mystery, an eclectic and immediately endearing cast of characters, and an 80s sensibility

‘Rick and Morty’ new season is too ambitious for its own good

Dan Harmon credited the long time it took for the third season to be written on his perfectinonism. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television Distribution) Brendan Jacques Connector Editor “Rick and Morty” is a show that always appeared to have no boundaries. Since its debut in 2013, the series has made a name for itself tackling

Field Hockey earns 2-1 victory against Georgetown in sudden death penalty shootout

Freshman midfielder Sophie Gehrels scored the winning shot for UMass Lowell against Georgetown Friday night. (Courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics) Brendan Jacques  Connector Editor The UMass Lowell women’s field hockey team faced off against the Georgetown University Hoyas Friday evening, barely eking out a 2-1 victory after a long-fought match. With both teams playing neck-and-neck

‘Battlegrounds’ raises the bar for competitive shooters

“PUBG” was developed by Bluehole Studios with Brendan Greene, otherwise known as PlayerUnknown, as the lead director. (Courtesy of Bluehole Studios) Brendan Jacques Connector Editor First, some context: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is a multiplayer third-person shooter that takes inspiration from “battle-royale”-style fiction such as “The Hunger Games.” At the beginning of each match, 100 players are

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