Labyrinth puzzles viewers, music carries plot

Some musicals have pretty cheesy story lines but a strong soundtrack can make the movie bearable. The Labyrinth is an 80s movie that fits that description. It’s a great example of how the music can overshadow the story line.

“We can be heroes, just for one day”

No matter who you are and no matter what kind of situation you’re in, there are always those certain moments in life when you feel like nothing can bring you down simply because you’re with the people you love the most and feeling alive.

The Dark Knight Ends: Casting, story line collide to create epic finale

The Batman trilogy has been one of the few movie series this year that has kept fans desperate for the next installment. The final one goes above and beyond what’s expected from a movie, mixing intrigue, suspense, and many, many explosions, that resulted in an astonishingly good conclusion to the saga.

Warped musical appreciation creates memories

Vans Warped Tour, an event that makes its way around North America for two short months each year, returned again this summer. Being that it was my first year attending Warped Tour, I was a mess of excitement, nervousness and anxiousness. I came in that day not expecting the revitalization of my love for music and the emotional experiences that would come with it.

Two steps back, no leaps forward

In season one of Lifetime’s hit reality series, Dance Moms, I was invited to get a front row seat in my living room to watch the most talented dance students compete all across the nation. With prestigious awards and once in a lifetime auditions that the cast of Dance Moms in Pittsburgh received, I was expected Dance Moms: Miami, the newest addition of the show, to be the same. To my surprise, my assumption was wrong.

ParentalStalkingBook violates privacy

As teenagers still living under our parents’ roof, finding a place to extend your social life online has become more and more difficult. One place where many of us decide to express our social lives is Facebook. With the accessibility of Facebook, we’re able to post statuses about our crazy weekend out with friends and pictures of us having a grand ‘ole time.

As Facebook’s popularity is sprouting and more people are creating accounts though, our privacy is going down, down, down. One specific group of people who ruins that for us. Who am I talking about? Well of course, the people we’re closest to -our very own parents.

Band sings directly to the hearts of teens

One Direction is a British-Irish boy band from London, England that is made up of five guys: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson.

Beautiful things makes other artists Green with envy

Anthony Green’s music career kick-started with the formation of his post hardcore band Saosin. Popular for their lyrical and musical composition, Saosin quickly rose to fame. The increasing fame and rising conflict over the direction the band was headed led to Green’s departure in 2004.
Green later formed his current band Circa Survive. Alongside his work with Circa Survive, Green embarked on a solo project. His first solo album Avalon was released in 2008 and peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200.

DJ Diversity: Singing to the wrong beat

Dubstep; One of yet another teenage trend that goes from being the hottest thing on the block to “those songs with weird beats”. Don’t get me wrong, dubstep is one of the greatest contemporary music genres of our time, but by incorporating it into practically every song that is released, its sacredness has gone to waste.

Radcliffe’s new horror flick has no magic

After seeing the previews for Daniel Radcliffe’s newest film, I was anticipating how scary it would be. As a horror movie fanatic, I was excited and ready to be scared.

Hunger Games leaves fans craving more

It seems like you run into something about The Hunger Games everywhere, whether you’re on Pinterest, Facebook, or any other media site.

Holiday Feature: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Fine Arts puts on a wicked rendition of classic musical

The Wizard of Oz, a classic American cultural entity, is cherished by children and adults across the country–and messing with something so treasured is always a risk.

Still, the risk paid off for the Fine Arts department over the weekend as they performed their interpretation of The Wizard of Oz to an audience that was left both delighted and fulfilled.

Potter spellbinds Cullen’s bite

The Twilight Saga has become one of the most well-known phenomenons among pre-teens since it’s big-screen premiere on November 21, 2008. Since then, it’s been difficult to go a day without hearing the names Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black. Yet, these people are insane to believe that Twilight is on the same level as one of the greatest book/movie adaptions of all time – Harry Potter.

Between the Lines: Never Let Me Go

You’d think these kids were just like anyone else in the world. They learn. They play. They engage in intimate conversations. They grow up and share feelings and emotions with each other.

Twilight fades into darkness with fourth movie

I walked into a field of beautiful flowers waiting for him to appear. I had seen him before. He was tall and had gorgeous hair that was at least three feet high…and he sparkled. Maybe that’s what made him look so greasy and in need of a shower.

Band pierces through veiled emotions

In 2006, after several failed attempts at a band, Pierce the Veil was formed by brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes along with Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry. Over the last few years, the band has gained a lot of positive attention by being featured in Warped Tour and countless articles and interviews. They are known […]

People need a NEW years resolution

The start of a new year brings many new things and making new years resolutions is one of those new things that excites people.

Read Between the Lines: The Bell Jar

In high school, teenagers frequently feel as though it’s impossible to uphold a perfect life. They look at each other and wonder how some teens can have it all together, considering how tough high school is. What they may not realize is that things aren’t always perfect beneath the surface.

Video game creates world of escape, adventure

The Elder Scrolls franchise has been around for years, but only in recent years has it gained national acclaim and a larger base of players. The last two installments of the series were somewhat popular, but Skyrim represents the birth of a new generation of players who are ready to enjoy one of the best games created in the last decade.

Movie portrays unique vantage point to French hierarchy

These are the famous words the frequently criticized last queen of France, Marie Antoinette. In history classes, we are simply taught that she was an ignorant and wasteful ruler with a poor understanding of the lives of commoners in France. What about her side of the story?

DJ Diversity: Old radio with a contemporary twist

As teenagers, our mind is a constant whirlwind of what to do and how to entertain ourselves. One thing that always seems to be the solution to this frequent problem is music. If you have not already noticed, most of the time you are hanging out with your usual clan, chances are you guys will be listening to the new “hot jam” or a legendary classic.

Though many of us find music as an ordinary enjoyment, I feel that we don’t have a variety to listen to. For most people, their music source is normally the radio. As for the radio, there are more ‘cons’ than ‘pros’ when you listen to it.

Coldplay energizes new album

Think about one of the greatest bands in the world coming out with a new album after three years. A band with fifty million albums sold worldwide changing the way the world views alternative music and millions of fans having no idea what to expect other than pure greatness.

Star Wars continues to shine for new generations

Star Wars: some people love it, some hate it. There usually is no middle ground. I am one of those people who is madly in love with it, which is why, when I heard that the complete saga was going to be released on blu ray with 40 hours of unseen footage, I freaked out.

Read between the lines: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Walking down a hallway filled with strangers, figuring out who to sit with at lunch, trying to fit in with the right crowd. Sound familiar?

Paranormal Activity scares up big audience

Paranormal Activity 3 hit theaters October 21st as the third and last installment of the Paranormal Activity Series that debuted back in 2007.

Preparation for choir’s annual performance underway

As the holiday season approaches, so does the annual Feast of Carols performance by the choir. In its 28th year, the show remains popular and continues to sell out performances.

Dancing their daughters to corruption

“Relevé! Plié! Jeté!” If these commands sound the least bit familiar, consider tuning into Lifetime’s new hit TV series, Dance Moms. On the show, hysterical mother’s live their lives to watch their extremely talented daughters practice and compete in dances of all genres throughout the nation.

DJ Diversity: Taking the throne

As the clock struck midnight on August 8th, I found myself rushing to iTunes to purchase the most glorious album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I am speaking of Watch the Throne, of course. Two of the most talented hip hop artist of our generation are compiled into a single album to produce the most powerful music my ears have ever heard.

High hopes for Breaking Dawn

Like the majority of books with film adaptations, Twilight doesn’t convey the same meaning in film form.

MTV brings Awkward series to teens

MTV’s new series Awkward, is uncomfortable for any one, but for the star of the show, Jenna Hamilton, this is a part of her everyday life at high school.

The Lying Game, ABC Family’s latest teen hit

The Lying Game, ABC Family’s newest show airs Tuesday at 7:00 P.M., is a hit. Though the show is very popular, after watching the first 5 episodes of ABC family’s latest teen drama, I’ve found that it seems to be just like another hit series: Pretty Little Liars.

Don’t Be Afraid, it wasn’t that scary

Being a fan of horror movies, I was very excited to see the movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. I had seen many previews to the movie, and I was patiently waiting until the premiere, yet after seeing it, I was a little disappointed.

Dresden Files captures readers imagination

In the world of fantasy books, the Dresden Files stand above the rest for a plethora of reasons. The Dresden Files are based in Chicago around the wizard Harry Dresden.

Femme Fatale still reigns supreme

For years, Britney Spears has had an incredible impact on pop music and culture. She has managed to sell over 100 million albums during her career, and is a pop legend who has been on top of the world for over her entire career.

Rip Tide washes over awaiting fans

It’s August 30th and Beirut fans all over the world are rushing to their local record store to purchase the small brown Indie album with “The Rip Tide” written on the middle of it.

MTV without music has no rhythm

When is the last time you saw a music video on MTV?

No, I’m not talking about those 20 second clips of songs in between endless reality shows; I’m talking about a real music video.

Glee movie off key: storyline detracts from music

Despite my love of the popular T.V. show, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie left me disappointed and yearning for the elements that make the sitcom great. As one of the biggest “gleeks” I know, I was pumped to hear Glee was coming to the big screen. I’ve been watching the show from the beginning, and […]

Deathly Hallows makes magic at the theatre

While some people were jumping into bed at 10PM, many others across the world were in their seats at a local theatre awaiting the end of an era. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise, was released at midnight on July 15, 2011. The long awaited finale was expected to be big and thanks to many adoring fans it lived up to that prediction.

Adjusting to reality, Bureau reveals romance

When 2011 began, there was an expectation that new and better entertainment would come out. One of this year’s new releases, The Adjustment Bureau is a movie that can easily confuse, though it still has good features.

Modern twist on classic fairytale falls flat

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the tale of a girl in a red cloak who was to take a basket to her grandmother, but ended up being a nice snack for a hungry wolf. This year, a new and slightly twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood came out in theatres.

Beastly scares up positive reviews

This spring, one of Alex Flinn’s best-selling novels, Beastly, made its way to the big screen.

Dolled-up toddlers crowned as focus of TLC show

Fake hair, airbrushed make-up, spray tans, and glitter. Beautiful girls cross the stage with hopes of taking home a huge crown. These girls are pageant queens, only, they’re not your average Miss America—they’re toddlers.

On the TV show Toddlers & Tiaras, TLC gives America an inside look at the cutthroat adolescent pageant world. Girls and boys as young as six months old participate in the competitions and prepare with unimaginable measures.

Mystical series brings magic to reading world

Frequently on the New York Times Best-Sellers list, the Witch and Wizard series, by James Patterson is a great read for your down time, while not caught up in the heavy school work demanded by the spring semester.

The book is a tale of two ordinary teenagers, Whisty and Whit Allgood, who are kidnapped by members of the world’s new government, the New Order, to find out they are considered very “dangerous”, and are witches and wizards.

No Ordinary Family breeds extraordinary show

ABC’s newest show, No Ordinary Family, the Powell family is transformed into a family with extraordinary capabilities when an unexpected turn of events occurs.

Green hornet stings box office with action thriller

The Green Hornet, one of the first blockbuster movies of 2011, arrived in theaters January 14 starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.

Soviet Spektor strays from the mainstream

Are you in the mood for music different from what’s playing on the radio? Try Regina Spektor. Not only does Spektor go against the mainstream of music, but she sounds good doing so.

Grown Up: Music

Boy bands like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys have been replaced with the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. While both artists have appeal, the music industry, as a whole, has lost its taste for high quality music.

Miami show shines sun on murders

CSI: Miami is now in its ninth season, after it originally premiered in 2002 as a spin-off from the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Compared to other spin-offs, this has been the most popular with viewers and is my personal favorite.

New star launches from hip hop household

MTV viewers will know Diggy Simmons as the son of RUN-DMC superstar Joseph Simmons, but these days, the fifteen year old is making a name for himself as a rapping, internet superstar.

Latest Potter movie awes audience

The long-awaited final installment of the Harry Potter series hit theaters on Nov. 19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I continues to tell the story of the three young wizards our generation has come to know and love.

Crash course on best DVDs to buy this season

As more and more movies come out each week, I’ve noticed that they don’t compare to movies from the past. There are some movies that are really good, but most of them are a waste of time and money.

Paranormal Activity, for example, was a movie that got a lot of hype, but it just put me to sleep. If you want to go see a good movie, just rent one, because there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good ones in the theaters.

Classic cartoon captures Christmas spirit

Christmas is almost here, and that means presents, putting up the lovely Christmas tree, eating, and of course spending time with your family and friends. As Christmas comes closer and closer, the time for those classic Christmas movies to come on television is just around the corner.

MTV sheds light on truth, troubles of teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancy is on the rise, but a show first played in 2009 showed America the lives of girls who were 16 and Pregnant.

By watching the show, viewers are exposed to the difficulties and obstacles that teen mothers face. The show ended its 2nd season in April, and season three began on October 21.

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

Ever since May 2009, people across America have gotten to know the members of the show-choir “New Directions”. With star bound Rachel Berry, mean-spirited cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, handicapped Artie Abrams, and many others, the award-winning television show Glee, is full of surprises.

Pretty Little Liars embody some Big Ugly Secrets

Pretty Little Liars, a best selling book by Sara Shepards, jumped to the small screen this year when it turned into a popular television series on ABC Family.

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife: zombies are coming

If you’re a big gamer, or just a nerd like me, chances are you’ve heard about “that one zombie movie” that came out in September. Yes, Resident Evil, the infamous video game turned movie hit the big screen with Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Changing images: New series helps boost self-esteem

Teenagers face pressures to fit in, and whether they like it or not, they are labeled by the way they dress, the way they act and who they hang out with.

MTVs hit new show, If you Really Knew Me, focuses on bringing different people from diverse cliques together through a program known as “Challenge Day”.

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

Ever since May 2009, people across America have gotten to know the members of the show-choir “New Directions”. With star bound Rachel Berry, mean-spirited cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, handicapped Artie Abrams, and many others, the award-winning television show Glee, is full of surprises.

At William McKinley High School, fitting in is hard for anyone who isn’t a football player or cheerleader. Mr. Will Schuester, a musically talented Spanish teacher, makes it easier for some kids to find their place by starting a Glee Club. As more members join, the group becomes stronger as a whole, and drama ensues.

Pretty Little Liars; Big Ugly Secrets

Pretty Little Liars, a best selling book by Sara Shepards, jumped to the small screen this year when it turned into a popular television series on ABC Family.

Pretty Little Liars tells the story of four girls who deal with life after their best friend Ali dies. Emily, a swimmer, Hanna, a bad girl, Spencer, a scholar, and Aria, an artist, all start to become harassed by an anonymous source haunting them about their past secrets that only Ali knew. This source becomes known as “A”.