reviews

Music to my ears– Kendrick Lamar

  Kendrick Lamar is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. He first gained major attention after the release of his fourth mixtape,…


Skyfall Brought Down the Roof

With a legacy of classic James Bond movies setting a high standard, the latest 007 film seemed promising. With the trailer for Skyfall packed full…


Beasley’s Chicken and Honey

I recently heard about a restaurant in downtown Raleigh famous for their southern eats. The entree that stuck out the most was chicken and waffles….





An Eyre of excitement

Long before girls swooned over Jacob and Edward in Twilight, they dreamed about Charlotte Bronte’s hero Mr. Rochester. The brooding and misunderstood Rochester was brought…


Argo will go far

  Ben Affleck’s most recent film, Argo, is a thriller from start to finish. Affleck, director and lead actor, portrays the Iranian hostage situation in…



Deep-fried deliciousness

Following the tantalizing scent of fried dough and other delicacies at the North Carolina State Fair, I wind up at the end of a never-ending…


Pitch Perfect is the perfect comedy

Pitch Perfect  is a genuinely funny movie that breaks the mold of melodramatic teen singing competitions. Directed by Jason Moore, the hilarious a capella movie…


Taken 2 takes over theaters

Taken 2 was the highly anticipated sequel to Taken, a movie released in 2008 about a man who rescues his daughter after she is kidnapped…





Music to my ears– Frank Ocean

Christopher Francis Ocean, better known as Frank Ocean, is a neo-soul singer-songwriter who was born in New Orleans. He has released one major album, channel…





Babel: Actually not a new language

Babel, Mumford & Sons sophomore album, will please the band’s existing fans, but may not broaden its base audience beyond that of alternative folk radio….




Brad Paisley charms Churchwell

Being a regular attendee of country music concerts at Walnut Creek, I was thrilled when Brad Paisley returned to Raleigh. I expected a similar lineup…


Duets doesn’t quite do-it

After months of hype and anticipation, the time finally came. It was time. Time to do-it. When Thursday night rolled around, I found myself reclining…


NPR not just for old people

Since the invention of the iPod, car radios have gradually been becoming obsolete, due to the availability of more preferable music without advertisements. However, one…






Edgar Allen Poe in a new light

“The Raven” was one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poems and arguably one of his best. It was also the inspiration for parts of…


Born to Die proves reviews wrong

Elizabeth Grant, known as her stage name Lana del Rey, is a new and upcoming American pop artist. The artist appeared on Saturday Night Live…


The Avengers save the day

After endless hours of updating myself on all things Marvel Comics related, the time finally came. At 12:01 on Friday, May 4, The Avengers finally…


No Picture

Gone: a book worth reading

Throughout the years, many fads have come and go in teen fiction. The  Harry Potter series made fantasy a big seller in bookstores. Then the…






Silent House: dark and confusing

A woman is trapped in her family’s supposedly haunted lake house (hence the title, Silent House) with no one there to protect her. The windows…



Awake keeps Stephenson awake

NBC’s new show, Awake, aired its pilot episode on Thursday, March 1. The series’ main character, Michael Britten, is a veteran Los Angeles homicide detective….


Project X marks the spot

Rarely can a movie tweak as many of my hormone induced adolescent funny bones than the new documentary-esque Project X, which hit theatres March 12,…



Safe House a safe bet

Car chases, gun fire, explosions, violence, Denzel Washington – all are the earmarks of a great Saturday night movie. In the case of my night,…




This Means War hardly a bore

Date night is always a tricky issue as movies that appeal to girls generally don’t appeal to boys. Girls like chick flicks, boys like action….


The Vow doesn’t wow

The Vow seemed to have all the components to make a successful chic flic: a hunky leading man Leo (Channing Tatum), a wide-eyed female Paige…




Redbox round-up of recent releases

As going to the movies becomes more and more expensive, many Americans are opting for the $1 alternative known as Redbox. One dollar can rent…