Hottest from Hollis: November 2019

Jack Hollis, Focus Editor

Amazon Original Jack Ryan, Season 2

The second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan was released onto Amazon Prime Video, and it’s amazing. 

I love a good government conspiracy movie or show, so this is right up my alley. 

In short, the show follows a CIA agent, Jack Ryan, played by John Krasinski (Jim from The Office), who in this season is attempting to take down the corrupt President of Venezuela, who is not only destroying Venezuela but is also working with corrupt U.S. government officials. 

This season is almost entirely separate from the previous season regarding the main conflict, but there are a few of the conflicts between the main characters that were left unresolved from the previous season that develop in an interesting way.

The only part that I did not like about this season was that it was made unnecessarily complicated at some points. There were too many connections to different people and organizations from different countries that at some points it was difficult to remember who was working with who. 

Some of the complications were necessary for the plot development, but a bit more clarity or explanation for somethings would have been helpful.

Overall the show was great. There was a lot of stuff going on all the time so it wasn’t ever boring. I would give it an 8/10 for the over complications of certain aspects, but nonetheless, I would love to see another season of the show in the future. 


Kanye West’s New Album: Jesus is King

Recently, after many setbacks and delays, Kanye West dropped his new album JESUS IS KING. This album is quite different from albums that he has released in the past, because this album is Kanye’s unprecedented take on gospel music. 

Like most albums, there were songs that I liked, and of course, songs that I didn’t. 

My two favorite songs on the album where “Every Hour” and “Selah” because of the use of a gospel choir. It brings a unique sound to the album, and makes it stand out from not only the rest of the album, but most other rap music.

Now for the negatives. 

No matter how many times I listen to it, I just can’t get myself to like “Closed on Sunday.” In short, the song is about Chick-Fil-A, which firstly, is weird to listen to and secondly, defeats any seriousness that Kanye is trying to articulate through the album.

Thirdly, during an interview with Beat’s 1 Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Kanye explained how he requested on several occasions that the people that were working on the album abstain from premarital sex, which comes off as incredibly hypocritical as he has a history of doing the exact thing that he advised against. 

Even if he is considering himself as a “born again Christian,” I believe that you “shouldn’t throw stones from a glass house.”

Other than that, the album wasn’t horrible, and the few songs that I enjoyed will make it onto a playlist or two, however, I hope to never have to hear another song about Chick-Fil-A again.