Hit & Run (2012) review

Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in "Hit & Run."

‘Hit’ a smash Todd Miller | Collegio Writer When I think about action movies, explosive, angry cinematography and an angst-ridden, angry, desperate or antihero protagonist comes to mind. “Hit and Run,” however, gave me a nice reminder that action movies don’t need to be essentially visual noise. It presents the audience with a sympathetic and slightly non-traditional main character, in a romantic movie coated with an action movie shell. “Hit and Run” is focused on Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard), who has been in the witness protection program for four years, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Annie Bean (Kristen Bell), a college instructor who teaches non-violent conflict resolution. Annie gets a job opportunity at a…

Premium Rush (2012) review

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises") is "Wilee" in Sony/Columbia Pictures' "Premium Rush."

“A fast-paced, high-octane ‘Rush,’” 3.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Sports cars are usually the vehicle of choice for action films, so there’s plenty of skepticism to throw at David Koepp’s bicycle-theme summer offering, “Premium Rush.” I can’t speak for anyone else, but an action movie on bikes seems like a bit of a stretch. Surprisingly enough, the film moves quickly and is chockfull of admirable performances. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) is Wilee, a fearless New York City bike messenger tasked with getting a package from point A to point B in an hour (note: premium rush). Soon after he receives the envelope, he finds himself being hunted by Bobby…

“I got hypnotized and now I’m confused”

Student participants show off their moves under hypnosis on stage in the Crimson and Gold ballroon of the Overman Student center on Wednesday August 29th.

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Students were mesmerized Wednesday night by the four-time college entertainer of the year, Tom DeLuca. DeLuca took around 15 volunteers from the audience to participate in the hypnotizing experience. One of the volunteers, Addie Fahrlander, says the experience was relaxing. “I don’t know if it worked on me,” said Fahrlander, freshman in early childhood education. Unlike Fahrlander, Diana Laflin says that it may have worked too well on her. “I got hypnotized and now I’m confused,” said Laflin, freshman in pre-med. After the show, Laflin and her friends started talking and Laflin says she realized she didn’t remember most of what she did. Laflin’s friends told her that she did…

Video Game: ‘Slender’ (2012) review

The Slenderman in "Slender" (Parsec Productions, 2012).

‘Slender’ is simply superb, 4/5 stars Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief Today’s video game market is saturated with finely polished, action-packed adventures with long, complex stories. However, simplicity can sometimes do so much more. Enter “Slender,” an incredibly short and simple horror game for Mac and PC that was born from an Internet meme. Parsec Productions took the online joke that started in 2009 and turned it into something truly terrifying, yet surprisingly basic. The premise is simple. You’re placed in a densely wooded park in the middle of the night. Your only objective is to find eight manuscript pages while exploring the pitch-black area with a flashlight, all while avoiding the “slenderman.” Upon first setting…

Pitt-bred band rocks out

Meg McCoy, bassist and singer of Dead Eye begins a song at the Student Activities Council Concert at Lindburg Plaza at the Pittsburg State University campus on Monday, August 20th, 2012.

SAC sponsors welcome back concert Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter The atmosphere was fun and inviting Monday evening at the Opening Night Concert, hosted by the Student Activities Council (SAC). The concert featured the music of Deadeye, an all-female band composed of Pitt State graduates. The event is held annually as a way to welcome students to the Jungle. “The concert was awesome. I was kind of nervous at first, but everything turned out great,” said Mattie Parrigon, freshman in art education. “The band is really great and it’s all right here on campus. I come from a really small town, so it’s been great to meet all these new people.” Kimberly Fields says…

Video Game: Darksiders II (2012) review

Players take control of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in THQ's "Darksiders II."

Darksiders II trailer An impressive combination Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Columnist The original “Darksiders” came out in 2010 and was a surprising hit. The game allowed you to play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. War was wrongly accused in the game of bringing about the End War. It was not an original game and borrowed heavily from video games such as “Legend of Zelda,” “Devil May Cry,” and “God of War,” but it was extremely fun. “Darksiders II” takes all of the concepts present in its predecessor and expands them to give us the epic journey of Death, the deadliest of the four horsemen. Death’s story in “Darksiders II”…

ParaNorman (2012) review

Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) talks to the dead in "ParaNorman" (Laika, 2012).

Performing beyond the ‘Norm’ Todd Miller | Collegio Reporter “ParaNorman” comes out with a great stride at a time of year when most family-movie consumers are starting to become too busy to visit the theaters. Instead of pandering to audiences who are less busy this time of year, the creators of “ParaNorman” set their sights on a wider audience, and they certainly earned it. Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an 11-year-old who has the unusual ability to speak to the dead. However, Norman’s ability is believed to be made up by nearly everyone around him except his new best friend, Neil Downe (Tucker Albrizzi). This means he is constantly ill favored by his father (Jeff Garlin)….