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Kennedy Center Honors showcases true talent

By Greer Smith, Staff Writer

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

For the past 35 years, CBS has broadcasted the underappreciated awards show, the Kennedy Center Honors, in which the Kennedy Center and the White House honor numerous highly achieved artists with performances and speeches by other artists. The honorees range from Bill T. Jones to Bruce Springsteen, Eliza...

‘Life of Pi’ successfully brings book to life

‘Life of Pi’ successfully brings book to life

By Danielle Kiefer, Circulation Manager

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Most people roll their eyes when they hear that yet another book is being turned into a movie. But Life of Pi is not just a boring movie that movie producers made because they were out of ideas. It exceeds expectations and proves to be a truly heartwarming and thought-provoking film. The film is based on the 2001 ...

Students worry about ‘Boy Meets World’ return

Students worry about ‘Boy Meets World’ return

By Julia Reagan, Public Relations

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Boy meets girl.  Boy falls in love with girl.  Girl falls in love with boy.  The 1993 television show Boy Meets World was based on this classic love story, and when it stopped airing in 2000, fans of the show begged for more.  Well, Boy Meets World fanatics, cry no more, because your television screens w...

Despite predictable plot, ‘Pitch Perfect’ delivers

Despite predictable plot, ‘Pitch Perfect’ delivers

By Lara Fu, News Editor

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Glee. High School Musical. Raise Your Voice. Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly stomach another TV show or movie about singing, the witty and hilarious Pitch Perfect hit theaters Oct. 5 and won audiences over. The movie focuses on Beca (Anna Kendrick, 50/50), a Barden University freshman...

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

By Catherine Goohs, Archive Manager

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

 When I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I expected the typical high school coming-of-age film. The movie did have many qualities relating to that genre—a quirky main character, disastrous relationships and awkward teenage encounters. But despite expectations, Wallflower proves to carry more me...

The Observer’s top 5 (Oct. 2012)

October 2, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television, Music

'Gangam Style'- PSY’s new song, "Gangnam Style" has caused a massive rise in the popularity of Korean pop music (K-pop). Due to the song’s catchy tune and entertaining music video, "Gangnam Style" has gone completely viral, with over 100 million views on YouTube. Alana Thompson-TLC has introdu...

‘How I Met Your Mother’ is legen, wait for it, dary

By Julia Gray, Staff Writer

October 1, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) sets the sitcom bar high with its hilarious cast and mysterious plot as protagonist Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor, Not Another Teen Movie) tells his children the epic story of how he met his wife through a series of drawn-out flashbacks. The bar continues to rise with the eighth s...

‘Avengers’ delivers action-packed entertainment

By Sonia Shekar, Staff Writer

May 25, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Combine a comic book fanatic’s greatest fantasy with an all-star cast and expert execution, and you get The Avengers. This action-packed film pulls the fantastic pop-art world of comic books out of the page and flawlessly brings it to life on the big screen. Wasting none of its two hours and 22 minutes...

‘Bully’ sheds light on growing problem

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

April 30, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

According to an April 19 Statesman Journal article, more than 13 million kids will be bullied this year. In 2010, the federal government attempted to address this problem by holding its first annual bullying summit. That same year, a group of "bullysides," suicides by teenagers as a result of peer bull...

‘Act of Valor’ showcases Navy SEALs’ bravery

‘Act of Valor’ showcases Navy SEALs’ bravery

By By: Sushen Thiyagarajan, Online Features Editor

March 27, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

 Act of Valor , a "War on terror" action thriller, captures and conveys the skills, dedication and bravery of the Navy SEALS. The movie was still impressive and inspiring while simultaneously maintaining its "big blockbuster" appearance. Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, the film is a product of McCoy’s documentary backgro...

Syfy show puts a spin on traditional reality TV

Syfy show puts a spin on traditional reality TV

By By: Hanna Taft, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

The first episode of Syfy’s reality series Face Off proves that reality television is more than scripted dialogue and fake drama, but has expanded to transforming humans into mythical and unknown creatures. Face Off’s first series brought in huge ratings for Syfy, so continuing with a second season...

Unique combination of styles bring ‘Chronicle’ to life

Unique combination of styles bring ‘Chronicle’ to life

By By: Angad Kanwal, Arts Production Editor

February 23, 2012


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

The new sci-fi drama Chronicle provides viewers with a fresh take on the “found footage” genre, leaving them satisfied with the change of pace. Blending the over-the-shoulder, personal camera style with the always interesting superhero storyline provides an impressive outcome that fully encompasses...

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