Patriots’ ‘Deflate-gate’ a non-issue

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship victory over the Colts. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS)

By Kyle Arensdorf Controversy swirled around the New England Patriots’ 45-7 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when some Colts complained about a number of footballs being underinflated. To the casual fan, an underinflated ball doesn’t raise too many red flags. Many probably don’t even know that there are two different kinds of […]

Pope wrong about Hebdo


Back in October, I wrote an opinion column praising Pope Francis as a convener of all people, including the non-religious like myself. Up until this point my praise and support for Pope Francis has been nearly unwavering–until he gave his thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo office shooting in Paris. On his way to the Philippines, […]

Oscars should diversify


This year’s Oscar nominations brought many disappointments, most noticeably the lack of racial diversity in the actors and actresses nominated for awards. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Foreign Language Film category, I would be surprised if any of the directors, actors or actresses who will walk away with awards are not Caucasian. Much […]

Top 10 movies of 2014

Kyle Arensdorf
Opinions editor

  Editor’s note: Kyle Arensdorf reviews movies for the Kernel. Here are the first five of the Top 10 movies of 2014. Check tomorrow’s paper for the rest of the list. 10. “Beyond the Lights” (Gina Prince-Bythewood) Due to a completely misguided marketing campaign, “Beyond the Lights” was dealt an unfairly poor hand and had […]

Review: Agent Carter


Marvel’s latest shows room for improvement Marvel’s Agent Carter blessed the comic book world with the extremely rare concept of a TV series with a lead female character when it premiered on ABC Jan. 6. Hayley Atwell is a godsend. In the two-hour premiere, she managed to make Carter come off as fun, capable and […]

Top 10 movies of the 2000s

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The end of 2014 brings us 15 years into the 2000s, 15 years of great, diverse films and filmmakers. There were gripping period pieces, traditional love stories presented in new and exciting ways and more than a few films that made us question what we traditionally call good cinema.