Author: nicolas-nagaoka

Baking treats in a college dormitory? Not as hard as you might think

March 2, 2017

I never thought I would be any good at anything related to what the kids call “adulting.” But recently, I have become known around Rollins College as the provider of baked goods,  including cookies, gluten free goods, and cakes. How did I pick up this unexpected hobby? You need only be a bored, unemployed undergraduate […]

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Movies so bad…they’re good

February 23, 2017

We have heard this statement many times before when talking about people’s favorite films. “It’s just so bad that it’s fun.” With the release of Fifty Shades: Darker, this statement stands the test of time. I remember sitting at Sandspur Article Assignment meeting and having an overwhelming amount of people planning to go see this […]

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Valentine’s Day woes

February 16, 2017

The rose petals have been swept, the chocolates devoured,  the candlelit dinner stacked in Tupperware. Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone and what have we gained from it? A pretty sizeable hole in our wallets. I have never been a fan of this holiday. From the youthful days of middle school on, I have […]

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Tales from Tokyo and Lancaster

September 1, 2016

Sandspur staff share their tales from abroad. Tokyo, Japan Nicolas Nagaoka, Writer Never fly during typhoon season. I never thought that statement would have been the first lesson of my time spent studying abroad. I did not know what to expect from study abroad, but I was nervous and tired when I began my journey. […]

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The Nicks review smattering of summer flicks

August 29, 2016

Suicide Squad Reviewed by Nicolas Nagaoka As the summer comes to a close, it is time to look back on what was expected to be DC Comics triumphant return to the big screen: Suicide Squad. Too bad that Suicide Squad was a good film that shot itself in the foot… several times. Directed by David […]

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Columnist rounds up the year’s film releases

April 20, 2016

I am not going to lie: being a film critic does not make you friends. It took a while for me to internalize that fact. People have come up to me just to tell me how wrong my opinion of a film is. People have asked me if I still enjoy films or if there […]

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Hardcore Henry: A first-person trainwreck

April 13, 2016

Sex, drugs, violence, and rock and roll are words that accurately describe Hardcore Henry’s theme. Hardcore Henry, directed by Ilya Naishuller and starring Sharito Copley, Hayley Bennett, Tim Roth, and Danila Kozlovsky, is a psychedelic and violent ride through the eyes of a determined cyborg trying to save his wife from an evil warlord. Along […]

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Rollins Film Society now open for business

April 6, 2016

Two years ago, I tried to start up my own film club at Rollins. Here, year after year, film clubs come and go. While I tried to stop my idea from becoming one of the many “has beens,” it turned out that the freshman me had no intention of putting an end to this tradition, […]

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Early arrival of the Fox

April 6, 2016

Eric Hilton This year’s Fox Day was quite a pleasant respite. Since it arrived much earlier than last year, I was able to enjoy Fox Day without having to stress over upcoming final exams. I awakened on Fox Day to blow horns blasting down the hall, signaling that Rollins’ favorite four-legged mammal had been spotted […]

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In Batman V Superman, nobody wins

March 31, 2016

Terrible. Lazy. Incoherent. Effortless. Heartless. Generic. These are the words that came to mind when I saw Zack Snyder’s crap opus Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film takes place in Snyder’s head where Batman and Superman are terrible characters, who all speak in lazily-written dialogue and are constantly assaulted by poorly-executed dream sequences. […]

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