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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 20:10

Django action figures aren't so offensive

Django Unchained recently broke the record for Tarantino's most successful film, grossing over $130 million dollars, according to IGN. The movie has received much praise including an Oscar nomination for "Motion Picture of the Year." But with the praise has come considerable criticism as well.

Published in Opinions & Editorials
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:02

De-admiration of violence

Aside from gun laws, mental illness, and other potential reasons for what happened in Newtown, the admiration of violence in this country is another aspect of society that should be scrutinized.

Published in Opinions & Editorials
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 19:23

Argo is anything but a let down

Ben Affleck does not only amaze audiences with his awarding acting skills, but he also perfectly directs the new film Argo. He captures each moment from gripping suspense to witty humor.

The film was released on October 12, 2012 and has been a movie theater success since. With actors Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, and Clea DuVail, to name a few, the film is packed full of talent.

The movie is based off the 1979 Iran hostage crisis where 52 Americans were held captive for 444 days. And for once, it can be said that Hollywood does hold some truth behind all the deception.

Published in Arts & Entertainment
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 18:51

Redbox: The new Blockbuster

Want to watch a new movie but don't want to spend a lot of money? Why not stop by a Redbox?

Redbox is the newest, easiest, and cheapest way to rent a movie. It is an automated retail kiosk that allows for the rental of DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and video games. The kiosks are updated and new movies are put out weekly.

The kiosk is like a typical self-service vending machine. It has a touch screen operation to choose what you would like to rent. You choose the title – or multiple titles – and then you are brought to the payment screen. The customer can pay using either a debit or credit card and is charged approximately $1.49 per disk for every 24 hours.

Published in Arts & Entertainment
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 20:27

Cloud Atlas is a must see

In modern film, it is extremely rare that an idea with great creativity and ambition would receive recognition in major blockbuster movies. However, Cloud Atlas is a different story (or six different stories).

Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski, (the Wachowskis are known for the Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta while Tykwer is a famous German film maker) is easily one of the best movies of the year.

The film consists of six short stories which all span from different time periods and cultures. As the plot continues, each of the stories is connected and it creates a loose meta-story.

Published in Arts & Entertainment
Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:05

Future uncertain for Netflix

Last year, popular media-streaming service Netflix came into some subscriber backlash when the owners announced that the streaming service and the DVD rental service would begin to be charged separately as opposed to one all-included cost.

Numerous subscribers cancelled from the price hike of nearly 60 percent, and in turn set the company's stock down the tube.

Though Netflix has managed to stay afloat since, trouble still looms.

A report by analysts Tim Nollen and James Kopelman of Macquarie Securities suggest that the company's profit may never reach their pre-2011 highs again. Reason being that "TV and movie studios are demanding higher fees to license their content at a time when the company's subscriber growth has been growing."

Published in Campus News
Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:04

Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t wreck expectations

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph is a refreshing original family film, a movie for the young and young-at-heart, or for the college-aged gamer.

Wreck-It Ralph's Nov 2nd weekend debut grossed $49 million, a record, and bigger than Disney's Tangled. It follows the story of Ralph, a character from the fictional arcade game "Fix-It Felix," who's tired of being the bad guy. Ralph's job is to wreck buildings while Felix (controlled by the player) repairs them. Ralph just wants to win his own medal like Felix does so he can be celebrated as a good guy for once. It's a familiar story of materialism vs. what really matters.

Published in Arts & Entertainment

It's no question that the month of October calls for endless horror films and grotesque stories. With that being said it's no wonder that the classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown during the October holiday.

The warped characters and dramatic plot line and strong sexual references have become a subculture of its own. The Rocky Horror Picture Show first made its first big screen debut at the Westwood theater in Los Angeles in September of 1975. Ironically enough the film bombed and was considered a large failure.

Published in Opinions & Editorials
Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:49

Rocky Horror: The thrilling experience

Lights, camera, action? Well, there definitely was a lot of action going on in the Main Auditorium this past weekend with the production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This specific showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was put on by UMass Dartmouth's very own 20 Cent Fiction. This was their 19th annual production and it was not hackneyed, putting a new twist to a classic hit.

On October 31st, November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, everyone was invited by 20 Cent Fiction to go on a "strange journey" with them and attend the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Published in Arts & Entertainment
Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:31

Netflix sitcom spotlight

Netflix has hundreds of options for movies and shows that subscribers can watch instantly online. It is constantly being updated with new content, but sometimes it still seems like there is nothing to watch.

Many subscribers miss out on some of the best content Netflix has to offer. In fact, many users often ignore some of the best, under-the-radar sitcoms that have ever been on television.

First of all, almost everyone has heard of or seen NBC's hit show The Office before, but the original version from the United Kingdom has a much smaller audience. The show started off with low ratings that nearly caused it to be taken off air, but fortunately the BBC network signed it for a second season.

Published in Arts & Entertainment
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