Reviews

‘A Christmas Story 2’

It was a dark and stormy night and not a creature was stirring, except for my cat.

Well, actually it wasn’t dark and stormy, but if I recall correctly, it was drizzling a bit. You know, what we call a storm here in Sacramento.

Anyway, I was looking through Target’s weekly advertisement in search of a new video game to purchase when I came across the biggest monstrosity I’ve ever seen: “A Christmas Story 2”.

My jaw dropped to the floor, my eyes lowered in


Nintendo visits Sacramento

Nintendo launched its new Wii U system on Nov. 18, and with it, came the beginning of a new generation in gaming.

The Wii U is Nintendo’s first high-definition console. It is fully backward-compatible with the Wii and has improved online functionality, including a social hub called the Miiverse (a fusion of Mii and universe) which allows players to communicate with others using the Mii avatar characters.


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“Alice in the Wonderland: A British Panto”

On Nov. 16 the City College theater featured “Alice in Wonderland: A British Panto,” a production that took the audience completely by surprise with its wonderful satire and absurdity, and hilarious dialogue. Director Luther Hanson and writer Christine Nicholson create a British panto production that is anything but an ordinary play.
The British panto style in “Alice in Wonderland” encourages audience-interaction either through clever scenes that require audience participation, or simply shouting out a command during key points of the play.


‘Skyfall’ review

As the first James Bond film since 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall”, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, enthralls throughout its running time, and succeeds as a meatier-than-average action movie, but falters on characterizations.

After an intense opening scene that kick starts the story, Bond goes into hiding like he’s Jason Bourne, but eventually returns to Mi6


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‘Lawless’ is illegally predictable

The Prohibition-era bootlegging Bondurant brothers run afoul of corrupt lawmen and are almost torn apart by family turmoil in “Lawless”, the new film from director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave.

Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke play Jack, Forrest, and Howard Bondurant, respectively, and Guy Pearce plays a sadistic lawman


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Music to my ears

I spent the first weekend of May as an AmBASSador on tour with Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton), a dubstep artist who fuses elements of other genres…


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Spectacular Second Saturday blog

After the conclusion of Beer Week and Bikefest last week, Sacramento needs a break…correct? Wrong. With Second Saturday only a couple days away, it’s a…


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Finding comfort in the blues

In the music industry today, there are a lot of music genres that have come full circle over their incarnations of the past. Country music…



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High fashion at Bows and Arrows

Bows and Arrows hosted a hooded cape fashion show Feb. 17, where the designers showcased polished styles similar to high fashion runways. In the heat…