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Women’s March

On Jan. 21, the Women’s March occurred, a historic protest that has not only gained the attention of Americans, but citizens from around the globe. Although dubbed the Women’s March, men and women, young and old, all came out to march in the major cities throughout the world in solidarity of the women’s rights. Many have been using this march as a protest for not just women’s rights, but also their political views. Being the day after President Trump’s inauguration, emotions were bound to be charged.

The Women’s March, also called The March on Washington, was organized originally via a Facebook event. According to The Washington Post, the first person credited for creating an event is Teresa Shook, a woman from Hawaii who was upset after the results of the election. It quickly spread, and eventually what started as a Facebook event had its own website. Although it started small, the event eventually grew into a worldwide march, and the numbers were staggering. Over 5 million people marched in protest on Jan. 21. At least 500,000 filled the streets in Washington D.C, and hundreds of thousands filled the streets in other major cities around the world. The event spanned from D.C, to Seattle, to even places like Sydney, Australia.

With an event this large, and this controversial, there were bound to be mixed feelings and opinions on what the march was intended to accomplish. Though called the Women’s March, it largely served as a protest against the new President. Many women around the world expressed their fear of their rights being stripped, while others stood in support of these women, and made promises of protection.

Jenna Greenfield, a freshman majoring in English, while in support of the march, had some issues with it.

“While it’s important to organize events like the women’s march, it’s also important to make the events open and welcoming for transgender people, people of color, and immigrants. The women’s march was really exclusionary.”

Others, felt as though the entire event was unnecessary in the first place. Many women across social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, have been writing posts about how they don’t feel unequal, and don’t see the need for the protest.

Regardless of the varying opinions on the Women’s March, both NBC News and Fox News have credited the Women’s March as one of the largest nonviolent protests in history, not just in America, but in tons of other countries. Fox News had some qualms with certain things, like vulgar signs, but nonetheless, at the end of day in D.C, no arrests had been made.

Several celebrities also spoke in Washington, like Scarlett Johansson and Madonna, preaching the integrity of nonviolence.

Protesting has been both supported and scorned by the general public, and within the last few years has had a negative connotation tagged onto it, due to the destruction that has often come along with it. Some have questioned its usefulness or its point.

The biggest goal of the Women’s March was to give those who participated, or supported it, a voice. The ability of these millions of people to voice their opinions, without violence, is something to celebrate.

What next for this movement? On the Women’s March website, they have ‘10 actions, 100 days’. Every ten days, they have a plan to do something about their beliefs. The first is to write to your senators about what matters to you.

Drones – From Warzone to Emergency Help

drones.jpgOn Oct. 6, Verizon announced that the company began testing drones as a mobile service delivery system that would serve as a secondary way of connection during emergency situations. Projects that involve the use of drones have already been launched in the past by other companies. These companies demonstrated that drones which were initially invented for military purposes, similarly to computers, might benefit the whole society by a variety of services that they can provide.

The CIA has been using unarmed drones since 2000. During that time, the machines were flying over Afghanistan. However, after the attacks that happened in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, CIA began to use armed drones. Using such machines would give the US army an advantage of being able to attack a target without risking the life of its soldiers as all the attacks could be performed remotely.

On Feb. 4, 2002, for the first time a drone named “Predator” was used by CIA to attack a target remotely. According to the CIA, the drone was supposed to strike the place in which a terrorists’ leader, Osama bin Laden, was hiding, according to thenation.com Even though the mission was not successful, because it turned out that bin Laden was not present in the place of attack, it started a new chapter in the history.

Since then, drones have been associated with machines that carry missiles, and their primary purpose is to attack distant targets, with the main purpose to kill people. Nevertheless, the most recent history of drones presents that even though they started as machines that take people’s lives away, drones can become devices that can be utilized to save people’s lives by helping those in emergency situations, in particular.

Today, not only do drones serve as tools for recording videos and taking pictures from the bird’s view, but they also help people overcome problems that few years ago could not be avoided. The trials held by Verizon in Cape May, NJ only prove that the sky is the limit if it comes to the ways in which drones might be used to benefit the society.

For Verizon, the drones would serve as emergency LTE-based antennas that could deliver temporary service in areas where the terrestrial cell towers cannot be used. Such a solution would be useful for incidents dealing with a natural disaster when the communication is one of the most important aspects in regards to saving people’s life.

“This latest trial demonstrated how emerging technology combined with wireless networks can improve safety and security,” said Mike Haberman, vice president of Network Operations at Verizon, according to foxnews.com.

The flying antennas could also be useful in situations when the primary network is overwhelmed with a number of users trying to connect. For example, the drones could improve the service for the customers by providing additional access points. Drones are supposed to replace portable mobile cell towers that are used in such situations.

The project launched by Verizon is not the only one that is currently on the market. In fact, on this field, Verizon is just the competitor to another large network and mobile services company, AT&T. The company has also been testing drones for the same purposes. Additionally, AT&T plans on using them to inspect the already existing cell towers.

Inspecting the cell towers from the bird’s eye view with the use of drones could greatly speed up the process as other machinery would not be necessary.

“By using drones to inspect a cell site, we’re able to conduct inspections more quickly and safely – and even access parts of a tower that a human simply could not.We anticipate this will allow us to improve our customers’ experience by enhancing our cell sites faster than ever before,” said, John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer, and Group President – AT&T Technology and Operations, according to about.att.com.

The company is researching how using drones could enhance the LTE network by sending large amounts of data in real time. AT&T indicates that if the project is successful and the solution works, drones might benefit many areas, such as facility and asset inspections or even farming.

Even though both Verizon and AT&T plan to use drones primarily in emergency situations, there are other companies that have much higher expectations in regards to the use of these machines. They do not only want the drones to fly for several hours when they are needed, but they expect them to fly for weeks or even months without being interrupted.

One of the companies that has such big aspirations is Facebook. On Jul. 21, 2016, Facebooks’ team of engineers along with the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, met in Yuma, AZ to test their newest invention, a solar-powered drone: “Aquila”, according to theverge.com

For the company, the drone’s main purpose is to deliver Internet connection to remote places that cannot be connected with a use of different technology. Even though Facebook is mostly known for running its social platform, the company has recently become highly involved in the project of making the world connected and drones are where the company sees the biggest potential to make it happen.

Theverge.com reports that Aquila is Facebook’s invention of which wingspan is greater that a Boeing 737’s. The 140 feet wide machine made of carbon fiber is designed in such way that it can stay in the air for three months in order to deliver high-speed internet connectivity. The signal is accessible within the range of 100 kilometers.

Delivering the internet to remote populations by using drones is supposed to be cheaper than other technologies. The drones do not require a lot of interaction with people as they use solar power and fly at more than 60,000 feet in altitude until their batteries have to be replaced eventually.

The batteries that the machines are equipped with allow them to stay in the air even when there is not enough solar power to let the engines work. The batteries capacity remains one the most important issue for the engineers. It is crucial for the machines to store enough energy, because only this way the project can be successful as the machines will not require constant interaction with people and they will be able to work independently.

Facebook announced that there are still many tests to be done before Aquila will be produced on a large scale. So far, the drone did not even reach the eventual altitude at which it will fly, according to Facebook. During the test, the machine reached the altitude of 2000 feet, and the flight lasted 96 minutes, which was an hour longer than what the company had eventually planned.

Nevertheless, the test was very important as it was Facebook’s huge step towards making the Internet accessible for people who are not connected yet. Allowing the people to be connected will most likely result in an increase in the popularity of Facebook. However, even though some people might think the development of the drones is just a marketing strategy with the purpose of increasing the amount of accounts on Facebook, this invention will truly help many enclosed communities to get access to the outside world.

There are about 4 billion people who exist without the internet, and about 1.6 billion of them reside in places where it would be very hard to create the connectivity, according to Forbes. If the project ran by Facebook turns out to be successful, people will get better access to educational resources, important information will be delivered to them faster than ever before, and they will be able to connect with the world so that more opportunities will become available for them.

“You know, if you told me when I was getting started with Facebook that one day we would build planes, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. But this is now an important thing for us to do to fulfill this mission of connecting everyone in the world. We’re bringing our ‘move fast’ culture to this problem, and I’m really impressed with our team’s work. We’re not a plane company, but within a little more than two years of having this idea and starting to build the team, we now have a plane which has flown for an hour and a half. [It’s] just a really big milestone on this path to connecting everyone,” said Zuckerberg in an interview for theverge.com

Even though it might already seem very impressive to use drones for connecting the world, it is very probable that there is much more to come. The machines have been already tested by many other companies to provide people with new services or to improve the ones already existing.

Companies, such as Amazon or UPS, plan to use drones to deliver packages. While Amazon is creating a whole new branch of their business named Amazon Prime Air that will be used for delivering packages to people’s houses, UPS plans to use drones to deliver medical supplies in emergency situations.

There are many more companies on the market that are currently experimenting with the machines; and if the massive companies, such as those mentioned before, are so close to starting using drones on a daily basis, it is possible that many smaller companies will follow. Thus, drones instead of being associated with carrying weapons might soon be perceived as machines bringing help, services, and convenience for people around the world.

Saint Leo Continues to Make a Difference

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Mattie Stepanek once said: “Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” This year’s Make a Difference Day on October 22nd proved that a collaborative effort can result in success.

Make a Difference Day featured for the first time an ongoing project conducted by the Residence Life Office called “Caps of Love.” The goal of Make a Difference Day is to bring volunteers and communities together with a single purpose of improving the lives of others in some way.  Caps of Love is a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public on how to correctly recycle, as well as, to provide wheelchairs to the physically- challenged under the age of 21 in the USA. By recycling three different grades of plastic caps and lids and selling them to a recycling company in the United States, the organization is able to raise money to purchase new, and refurbished wheelchairs. The project also helps to reduce the quantity of unwanted plastic put into landfills and incinerators each year. The recycling company use the caps to create recycled “post-consumer” plastic that can used to make new products such as composite decking, janitorial supplies, shipping pallets, park benches, paint cans, and automotive interiors.

Caps of Love, which is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, gave away the first four of many wheelchairs to children with disabilities in the Unites States in the fall of 2014. The project here at Saint Leo however started in August, 2015, and has continued to grow since then.

During the school year, members of the student body, faculty, and staff have been making a conscious effort to save their bottle caps and lids, in effort to donate them to the Caps of Love project. The caps could be dropped off at the many collection sites around campus. The collection bins were placed in offices and in the dormitory buildings. On Make a Difference Day, this project had its first sorting event, which is one of a few, as the project will continue for another five months. The shipment date is set for March, which is when all the caps will be shipped by truck to the Bluegrass recycling facility in Burlington, Kentucky with which the Caps of Love organization has a purchase agreement. According to Heidi D’Ambrosio, the senior coordinator of the Residence Life office, this year’s goal of collecting 9000 pounds of caps is close to being met.

One of the most important parts of the process is sorting the caps into the 3 types of plastic as they cannot be accepted if they are not. The grades include polypropylene #5 and polyethylene #2 and #4. Each can be identified by the number inside the recycling triangle symbol on the cap. Polypropylene #5 caps include translucent caps such as Arizona Tea, Smart Water, and Vitamin Water.  Polyethylene #2 caps include the tiny translucent water caps and green Dasani caps. Polyethylene #4 caps can be of any color or size. Some caps did not have recycling codes inside them. For these unidentified caps, the students had to perform the squeeze test to identify polypropylene #5s, which are very stiff and will not bend very easily at all, and polyethylene #2s, which are less rigid, but will hold their irregular shape and not go back to completely round.  Unwanted plastic caps included caps with the paper and foil liners and any cap containing any metal.

This project has not only allowed Saint Leo to make a tremendous impact on the Caps of Love organization, but has also helped to further establish a sense of community, a major core value, with the cap sorting event on campus.  Many student groups such as Greek life and the student government union, were present at Make a Difference Day to do community service while bonding with each other. The students were divided into groups and placed at different sorting tables. The instructions on how to sort the caps were given, and so the event began. The tent, which was set up on lawn in front of Kirk Hall, was filled with chatter, laughter, and music.

Savanna Vendik, a sophomore biology major, said, “It was a beautiful day out, and the event itself was fun. I enjoyed trying to “shoot” the caps into the sorting bins.”

Make a Difference Day had a good turn-out and much work was done.

“Make a Difference Day was a huge success. We were able to sort 23 huge garbage bags of caps which is about 1 ½ pallets,” said D’Ambrosio.

One student, Joseph Gilbert, a senior international tourism and hospitality major suggested that more sorting tables should be used next time to reduce the number of people at each table. However, overall, students had a great time.

“I really enjoyed working with everyone to do something great for the community. I believe if we continue to keep this momentum, we will be able to donate even more caps than last time,” said Martina Mckoy, a sophomore psychology major.

Since last semester, many students were looking forward to the continuation of this project. D’Ambrosio plans to spread the word about the project more around the Saint Leo community to better get staff and faculty involved. So, continue to collect caps, and look out for the next sorting event if you want to participate. For personal stories on who these wheelchairs go to, you can visit the Caps of Love website.

Aja Monet at Literature for Lunch

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On Feb. 3, the up-and-coming poet Aja Monet visited the University for the Literature for Lunch presentation. She shared some of her work and talked with students who enjoy literature as well as aspire to become poets themselves.

Monet is a graduate of the Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and later earned her MFA in Creative Writing form the Art Institute of Chicago. She became the youngest poet to ever win the “Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion” award at the age of 19 in 2007, and was the last woman to win the award ever since. Monet has established an international reputation for her performance in Paris as well as her interview with TVBrussel in 2013. Monet’s work often reflects her passions as a professed human rights activist, educator, songwriter, and singer, as well as her personal experiences in life.

Monet’s work often conveys strong passions and complex messages, such as her poems about human rights and love, where she often uses her observations and real life experiences to tell a story. Such a story is one she told the crowd at Saint Leo, where she recalls a time where her little brother was being harassed by a white police officer. It is these stories that she tells through her poetry that has earned her fame and a growing reputation.

Monet stated at the event that, “The white, euro-centric, patriarchal poetry that we hear… has the ability [for us] to not think about other people. They can write and talk about flowers and roses and geese and… all these other ethereal things of nature. And sometimes when you’re in the real midst of growing up in a social community… where people are really close together, poor, trying to understand and make sense of life, that your writing and inspiration comes out of the need to process, the need to get through, the need to liberate, the need to work through the things that are holding you hostage in your own mind and your own emotional reality, and I feel like that’s part of where my work came out of.”

Monet also states, “A lot of the work that I’m sharing with you is really old and it’s not where I am now.”

This suggests her work that she has chosen not to share has elements currently unknown to the public and might add more to her character and perhaps help propel her further into literary fame.

Into the Insanity of the Asylum

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Classic jump scares and human monstrosities are a great way to start off October, especially with games like “Outlast,” a game that can brighten any horror fan’s night on the PC. The game is made by the independent company Red Barrels, a gaming studio that focuses on “single-player, downloadable games.”

“Outlast” revolves around the mysterious Mount Massive Asylum and the strange happenings going on in this so-called abandoned facility. Mile Upshur is a freelance journalist who players control to investigate leads on inhume experimentations. Armed with a video camcorder, the players must find their way through the game, collecting confidential files that document the nefarious activities of Murkoff Corporation.

“Outlast” is an adrenaline filled environment where escape is the only option in a place overrun with disfigured inmates, cannibalistic twins, the monstrous giant known as Walker, crazy doctors who cut off various body parts in the name of science, and a supernatural entity kept deep in the bowels of the asylum, the Walrider.

The game has great appeal to the classical horror settings of an asylum. “Outlast” is divided into four areas within the building so players do not grow bored of the simple indoor gameplay. The lobby, the asylum, the sewers, and the high tech labs take the player through four different horror gaming experiences.

The Mount Massive Lobby takes the generic setting of an office and flips it to reflect the gruesome game with blood splatters, long hallways, flickering lights, and barred-up doors. The second level brings the players into the inner workings of the asylum where it is overflowing with grotesque inmates, mountains of bodies, bloody floors, and unsanitary structures.

The two next floors are more action-packed and deal with a lot of fast-paced running. The third level goes into the bowels, more specifically, the sewers, which are flooded with questionable substances. The final level takes the players to the high-tech, gleaming walls of Murkoff Corporation’s experimentation facilities.

The gameplay is focused on a single-player, first person perspective where the player can do nothing but use the power of sneaking to bypass the usually violent inmates. Instead of a health bar, the player gets one chance to get caught before being killed in a variety of ways depending on which character is the fatal second hit. The game is very simplistic in its storyline.

Those who have not experienced the horror genre of games have to take into consideration that there are scenes that could be considered offensive. It is a gory game and there are an abundance of nude characters throughout the gameplay. Just as a forewarning as well, there are some scenes where it deals with, though not graphic, sexual content. “Outlast” is a memorable gaming experience for those who are in the holiday cheer of fear and nightmares. The seasonal game is great with the right amount of scares and suspense. I would rate “Outlast” as a 4/5 because, while it is a good game, “Outlast” is only fun as a one-time play through.

Winter Break: Time for Fun, Sleep and ANIME

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The holiday season has brought about a new wave of anime for all types of fans, ranging from comedy to horror.

And with the holiday breaks coming around, there is a lot of time to catch up on what’s new or binge watch the entire series.

Tokyo Ghoul revolves around modern-day Tokyo where the city is filled with humans, ghouls, and ghoul hunters. Ghouls are humanistic monsters who are cannibalistic and unable to eat human food. The ghoul hunters – known as CCG/Dove members – exterminate any-and-all ghouls, with the help of wanted posters and in-depth databases.

Kaneki Ken, a shy male character, is the protagonist who encounters a ghoul first-hand after being tricked into a date. When he fails to die, scientists experiment on him and replace his organs, making him become a half-ghoul/half-human. Reality shifts for Kaneki and he must figure out his new self-identity before getting lost in the chaos of ghouls and ghoul hunters.

This anime is an emotional train wreck that is filled with horror, blood, and tragedy. There are a lot of psychological struggles with trying to define humanity and who the real monsters are. The first season has made its debut, and there seems to be another season coming out in Jan. 2015. The corresponding manga is already on the sequel, so those who can’t wait for the next season can go and read the comics online.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji takes place in a Japanese school where the main female, Erika, lies about having a boyfriend. Instead of fessing up to her lie, she tells all of her friends that she is dating a guy who she quickly took a picture of. The day after, “picture guy” becomes a student at her school, and she must strike a deal with him to keep her façade up. Unfortunately, Kyouya is a “black prince” with a two-faced personality.

As a romantic-comedy, this anime is very upbeat most of the time with Erika being a wholehearted believer of romance and true love, and Kyouya believing that love is a farce. Anime watchers who don’t like star-struck heroines have nothing to worry about because Erika is a character who gets aggressive and fights back. Just like with the corresponding name for Kyouya, Erika is a “wolf girl” – a puppy most of the time, but when irritated, gets her retribution.

The anime has just started while the manga is pretty far in the series. Both are great to read or watch, and the anime stays consistent with its counterpart. For the dedicated anime watchers, “Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji” follows the basic guidelines of Japanese romantic-comedy. Such polar opposite characters make this anime a good start for the fall season mashup.

Barakamon begins with the main character, Seishuu, punching an important figurehead because of the judgment placed on him for his calligraphy. As a punishment, Seishuu is sent to live on a small island, where he must repent and try to find his own unique form of calligraphy. The island is old fashioned – compared to the cities of Japan that Seishuu is accustomed too – and a lot of misadventures happen with him and the locals throughout the show.

Two words sum up this entire anime: ridiculously hilarious. Every episode is filled with hilarious situations for even the most mundane tasks around the island. All of the characters are quirky and a bit insane. Seishuu goes slightly crazy when he gets inspiration for calligraphy and becomes insanely depressed when his work fails to impress. Naru is an eccentric island child who always brings other children or villagers over to Seishuu’s house, no matter the time or other people’s convenience.

The plot is very comedic in nature, but it also brings out a lot of character development. The lighthearted tone of the show can be a way to bring to light the reality of the world. People must grow up to progress, but also stay young and joyful to have a full and refreshing life. Each character sees that the city embodies adulthood and a career as the island embodies the simplistic and happy lifestyle. Balancing both brings out Seishuu’s own talents for calligraphy.

To have an anime to laugh at as well as hold onto the characters, “Barakamon” is the perfect story to watch unfold. One unfortunate factor about the show is that it only has one season and doesn’t seem to have another planned.

Magic Kaito starts off with a fun protagonist, Kuroba Kaito, a high school magician who is a master of pranks, illusions, and disguises. He has two personas he goes by: Kuroba Kaito during the day and Kaito Kid during the night. After the mysterious murder of his father – the original Kid – Kaito follows his father’s footsteps in trying to find Pandora, a jewel said to bring immortality.

Kid is a gentlemanly thief, stealing jewels in the most elaborate and magical ways possible, and always returning them when he sees that they are not Pandora. He has a large fan-base that watches his performances. To keep his identity secret, Kaito always has multiple back-up plans to make sure his father’s legacy stays alive, especially when dealing with the high school detective in his class, Hakuba.

This anime is a blast from the past since it debuted as a manga in 1987. Its popularity wasn’t that great and was dwarfed considerably from the creator’s other work, “Case Closed.” While “Case Closed” may have stunted “Magic Kaito,” it also brought it back from obscurity with multiple appearances and movie cameos. With a brand new anime premiere, it may be right up with the creator’s other works.

Sailor Moon Crystal is the remake of the 90’s anime, “Sailor Moon”. With magical girls, talking cats, a mysterious masked man, and the forces of evil, “Sailor Moon” was one of the first popular animes featuring magical transformation.

The story follows Usagi, a cute girl who loves to eat and has a romantic soul. She meets a talking black cat, Luna, and finds out that she is destined to be a Sailor Scout. As Sailor Moon, she must also find Sailor Scouts: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus to help defend Earth from evil and find the “Legendary Silver Crystal.”

While the art and drawing style is beautiful, old time watchers will find that there are a lot of changes with the remake. One of the pluses to the remake is that the series isn’t filled with filler episodes, and instead goes straight to the point with the plot. The downsides to the remake are that the characters, though ascetically pleasing, do not have the funny and exaggerated faces that give characters like Usagi a rounded personality.

Those who have or haven’t watched the original “Sailor Moon” should still give the remake a try and see what the pros and the cons are for future remakes of anime shows.

An Unfortunate End For This 007

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The latest installment in the James Bond franchise, and the final Bond film starring Daniel Craig, did not live up to its predecessor, “Skyfall.” Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was filled with signature Bond action scenes and of course a beautiful love interest, but everything else was completely forgettable. “Spectre’s” plot was hard to follow, and it felt like the acting was subdued.

The movie begins with James Bond investigating a criminal organization in Mexico City during the Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Because a massive explosion destroys one city block, Bond is ordered by the new M (Ralph Fiennes), the head of the Double O program, to stay in London. However, the previous M (Judy Dench) told Bond in a posthumous video to kill a man named Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), and though Bond accomplishes that, he has to discover what organization Sciarra worked for.

Bond later learns that this organization is called Spectre. It is orchestrating terror attacks to convince developed countries to adopt a global security system that would make the Double O program obsolete. Together with this installment’s “Bond girl” Dr. Madeline Swann (Lea Seydoux), Bond must find the head of Spectre and stop him from taking over the developed world.

The plot for this movie was not clearly articulated, which made it very difficult to follow. Because of this, almost none of the expository scenes are memorable. The action scenes were typical 007 fair with explosions, car chases, and a fight inside a helicopter. They were adrenaline filled, but not very original.

Besides a lackluster plot, another issue with the movie is how the usual monster-like-henchman found in each Bond film is picked off very quickly. Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) and his metal thumbnails made an impressive entrance into the movie, but Bond disposes of him long before the end of the movie. It feels like a real waste to cast a six time WWE World Heavyweight Champion for what turned out to be a minor role.

While Bond films are obviously not supposed to be realistic, a major problem in the film is how Bond seems to come out of all his fights almost completely unscathed. There are several scenes in which Bond is seriously beaten, but he never gets a black eye, broken bone, or seemingly any other injuries except some scratches. Considering in the last film Bond was shot and was nearly too old to do his job, he seems to be nearly invincible in this film.

Like “Skyfall,” “Spectre” pays homage to previous Bond films. Fans of the franchise will recognize the evil Spectre organization, a certain white, fluffy cat, a scarred villain with an Eastern European accent, and Bond’s signature grey Aston Martin. However, unlike in “Skyfall,” these references feel a bit forced as opposed to light-hearted nods to the previous movies.

The cinematography was the high point of the film. Nearly every scene was beautifully shot. All of the scenes from the Dia de Los Muertos festival were full of extras in spot-on costuming. Most scenes where the characters were walking outside made them feel very small, which fit the theme of how a small spy organization is about to be swallowed up by a global threat.

“Spectre” simply did not live up to other James Bond films in the franchise. The lackluster plot and other issues should be attributed to the director, as the returning actors have proven that they can do better than this when given more to work with. Unfortunately, Daniel Craig’s last Bond film gets a 2.5/5, but in his previous films, Craig has proven himself to be one of the best Bonds in the franchise.