Emmy-winning “Modern Family” begins a sucessful third season

Emmy-winning “Modern Family” begins a sucessful third season

Aaron Newman

October 1, 2011


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When I first saw an episode of ABC’s “Modern Family,” I was pleasantly surprised by the show’s candid and spot-on humor. It was gratifying to see a sitcom that could so accurately pick apart family relationships, especially with characters that on the surface seem like caricatures, but prove ...

Bon Iver’s follow-up album appropriately titled “Bon Iver”

Bon Iver’s follow-up album appropriately titled “Bon Iver”

Zoe Goldberg

September 27, 2011


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There is something almost intoxicating about Bon Iver’s music. I can’t tell if it’s the completely incomprehensible lyrics, or maybe the husky, yet lilting tone of Justin Vernon’s voice. It could even be the sweet soiree of instruments and noise machines that willingly consume the background, but ...

Dark cancer comedy “50/50” balances funny and dramatic elements effectively

Dark cancer comedy “50/50” balances funny and dramatic elements effectively

Wesley Emblidge

September 26, 2011


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Here are two words that probably shouldn’t go in the same sentence: cancer and comedy. However, those are the two best words to sum up the new film by Jonathan Levine, “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon- Levitt as Adam, a man diagnosed with cancer at just 27. Instead of taking the typical dramatic route, screenwriter Will Reiser (who drew from his real life experien...

“I’m With You” brings back the Red Hot Chili Peppers

“I’m With You” brings back the Red Hot Chili Peppers

William Choulos

September 26, 2011


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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have returned with a new album, “I’m With You,” and a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. Having already sold over 65 million albums world wide, won seven Grammys and boasted numerous chart-topping singles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had an extremely successful career. Read More...

“Batman” TV series full of unintentional laughs

“Batman” TV series full of unintentional laughs

Cassie Jeong

September 26, 2011


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A muscled man in a tight gray-and-black suit races to a fireman’s pole hidden behind a bookcase, the pointed ears of his mask flapping as he descends. Close behind is a blur in a red vest, gold cape, and green speedo, who slides down with excessive enthusiasm. This is no ordinary matchup of two camp, tackily dressed weirdos. This is th...

“Our Idiot Brother” Delivers an Empty Belly of Laughs

“Our Idiot Brother” Delivers an Empty Belly of Laughs

Made Sandrolini

September 10, 2011


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Embarassingly enough, I am primarily drawn to romantic comedies, and feel that a comical movie without the slightest touch of "boy meets girl," is missing something. However, “Our Idiot Brother”, a comedy directed by Jesse Peretz, and appropriately written by his sister Evgenia Peretz, is complet...

Foster the People debut with “Torches”

Foster the People debut with “Torches”

Chris Henn

September 5, 2011


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Foster the People released "Torches" in May, their first full length album. On first listen it's instantly reminiscent of MGMT or Peter Bjorn and John with catchy lyrics, whistling, and straight danceable beats. They're even on the same label as MGMT, Sony/Columbia. Read More »...

Ultra-violent “13 Assassins” satisfies samurai film needs

Ultra-violent “13 Assassins” satisfies samurai film needs

Hank Brown

May 26, 2011


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Before “13 Assassins” I could honestly say that I hadn’t seen another movie that opened with a guy making filet mignon out of his own entrails. While you don’t actually see any of the action in the scene, you are forced to view the man’s pained facial expressions while the pleasant sounds of fle...

“Portal 2” surpasses predecessor and gratifies gamers

“Portal 2” surpasses predecessor and gratifies gamers

Aaron Newman

May 26, 2011


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Post-apocalyptic stories are quite common in entertainment media these days. In this regard, the video game “Portal 2,” set in the fictional, isolated Aperture Science laboratories long after a hinted-at collapse of society, could be called unoriginal. But this overlap with pop-culture cliché is slight, and it...

“Turtleneck and Chain” marks another hit for The Lonely Island

“Turtleneck and Chain” marks another hit for The Lonely Island

Chris Long

May 26, 2011


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I like to believe that I’m funny, so I think I know when I’m in the presence of good comedy. When I encounter comedy gold I get a thizzing feeling in my lower gut--think of it like a comedy radar. The new Lonely Island album “Turtleneck and Chain” put that feeling in overdrive. Based on the beats and lyrics, I can happily report that this album is just as good as the first album, “...

Early Review: “Attack the Block” mixes comedy, action and sci-fi seamlessly

Early Review: “Attack the Block” mixes comedy, action and sci-fi seamlessly

Wesley Emblidge

May 26, 2011


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“That’s an alien bruv, believe it!” shouts Pest (Alex Esmail), one of the five kids from a gang in South London. The rest of the kids laugh him off, and turn back to the destroyed car next to them. Some animal has fallen from the sky, and landed inside the car. The kids chase the thing into ...

“Fast Five” lags, but packs a punch in the end

“Fast Five” lags, but packs a punch in the end

Wesley Emblidge

May 17, 2011


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“This just went from mission impossible to mission in-freakin’-sanity.” That line, from “The Fast and the Furious” sums up the franchise as a whole: dumb, cheesy “car porn” movies that have no real heart or characters, but do contain entertaining action to make the films somewhat watcha...

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