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‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a remake worth watching

September 28, 2016

Greedy, ruthless, slimy, industrialist Bartholomew Bogue and his hired guns take control of small town called Rose Creek looking to mine their gold. Desperate for help, the town seeks out some men who have the skill to drive out these men once and for all. They find a man named Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) who agrees to take on this impossible mission. His first recruit is a gunfighter named Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt). Together they round up five more talented fighters who form the Magnificent Seven.

‘Drive’ is a spectacular crime drama which suffered false advertising

September 28, 2016

“Drive” is a film that, upon its release, garnered much praise from critics and won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, the audience reaction was like that of seeing a second rate “Fast and Furious” movie, which is the fault of misleading marketing. Essentially, “Drive” is a perfectly paced, incredibly well-acted and beautifully shot film about a story we’ve all seen before.

‘Sully’ proves anyone can be a hero

September 28, 2016

On Jan. 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) makes an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after Flight 1549 strikes a flock of birds. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the ordeal. Sully becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. However, the airline starts an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. Did he actually make the right decision by landing on the Hudson or not?

Top five movies of the summer

September 21, 2016

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great summer filled with great movies! In case you missed some over the summer, here are the five best films that came out. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but these were the films that I enjoyed the most.

‘Don’t Breathe’ brings suspense back to horror

September 21, 2016

Three teenagers have done several small robberies before but aren’t really making enough to make a difference. When they learn that there is an old man who is sitting on pile of cash around six figures, they think that it will be an easy target, one last job so that they will be able to start over and get out of their awful lives at home.

Lauren in Ireland

April 29, 2016

Since the time I last wrote about my experiences in Berlin, I have traveled to four more cities in Germany, all over Northern Ireland, Dublin, and Nice, France. And now,with four days left in Europe, I plan to see as much of Amsterdam as I am able before I board a plane for a final flight back the to United States.

‘The Machete Season’ book review

April 28, 2016

The book “The Machete Season” by Jean Hatzfeld is an account of not the victims of this genocide, but the perpetrators. The author interviewed a group of men who were convicted of murdering countless Tutsi people. The novel is a chilling account of how one day a group of average people can turn into mass murderers.

Remake of ‘The Jungle Book’ brings back beloved childhood memories

April 20, 2016

Disney makes another foray into its past to bring about an adaption that for once adds to its original work rather than takes, as The Jungle Book manages to be enjoyable, simple, but true to its source material.

‘The Jungle Book’ does original story justice with great cast

April 20, 2016

Everyone knows about the Jungle Book. This was a movie that I grew up watching as a little kid and it was one of my favorites (the 1967 animated movie). When I heard that they were making another remake of the movie, I was both excited and nervous because not all remakes are worthy of the original. This is NOT the case when it comes to this movie. This adaption of The Jungle Book not only did the original justice, but it improved on it.

‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ offers unique insight into ancient history

April 14, 2016

Having been written roughly in 1800 B.C., “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is the oldest surviving piece of literature, at nearly 4000 years old. Written by the Sumerians in the city state of Ur, in the Dhi Qar province of modern Iraq, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is a tale of the eponymous god king.

Lauren in Berlin: A city caught between two worlds

April 14, 2016

Berlin is a shining glass mecca of modern buildings with colorful graffiti carefully applied to any surface paint can get to. Along with the buildings, the people of Berlin even match their city, their loud and colorful clothes with plenty of metal glint in the city’s warm April weather.

The novel ‘Gulag Archipelago’ offers a frightening look at the Soviet Union

April 7, 2016

“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.” Not a quote one might expect to be written by a prisoner in one of the Soviet prison camps known as a gulag, but Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the author of the quote and a former prisoner of several infamous gulags.

Bar Review: Maverick’s has delicious food, okay service

April 7, 2016

This week I decided to check out a bar that doesn’t get much attention from UWRF students. I’m not really sure why Maverick’s isn’t more popular because I sure liked it. The service and drinks were good, and the fries were delicious.

Lauren in the Netherlands: The influence of the United States on countries around the world

April 6, 2016

Another week, another new country to explore with new sights, new sounds, and language. The new sights are usually the first things I notice. I look up and all I see are voluminous scarves in varying shades of plaid with perfectly windswept hair being blown in the breeze. The people of Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands that you have probably never heard of, are tall, perfectly fit, and can usually be found riding bicycles. It is also the first European city where I feel I do not stick out as much as I have in other European cities because I am within the same height zone as the people of Utrecht!

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ doesn’t live up to super expectations

March 30, 2016

The man of steel and the caped crusader meet face to face in this sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero film, and much like the first of Snyder’s Superman films it is rife with weird representations and a significant lack of humanity.