Film Review: Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph" (2012, Disney/Buena Vista)

‘Ralph’ not a wreck: Great gamer movie provides laughs for all ages, 5/5 stars Todd Miller | Collegio Writer As someone who enjoys video games and gaming culture, I understood “Wreck-It Ralph” had the potential to be entertaining or depressingly disappointing. I can say that “Wreck-It Ralph” exceeded my expectations, and built itself on such strong storytelling, visual and entertaining foundation, that even Ralph could not tear it down. Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the villain in the arcade platforming game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” Although his game has been plugged-in for 30 years, Ralph has been losing his steam as the game’s bad guy, becoming jealous of the game’s protagonist, “Fix-It” Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer)….

Album Review: Brandy – Two Eleven (2012)

"Two Eleven" by Brandy (2012).

3.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer It’s easy to say, without exaggeration, that Brandy Norwood was hot stuff in the ‘90s. She was a multiplatinum-selling recording artist, with hits like “I Wanna Be Down” and “Top of the order cheap cialis online World.” She even had her own television sitcom. Unfortunately, her trademark mix of hip-hop and ‘90s teeny-bopper pop wasn’t able to survive the pop and R&B surge of the early 2000s; not to say she didn’t try. After a couple of lukewarm comeback efforts, Norwood returns with her sixth studio effort, “Two Eleven.” One has to commend Brandy for remaining committed to her own sound and not conforming to the current…

Great music in the village

Tony Lucca, from The Voice, performed at the Gorilla Village on Tuesday, Oct. 9th.

Chandra Morris | Collegio Reporter From the TV set to real life, PSU students got a close view of Tony Lucca, a singer from “The Voice.” Students and community members gathered at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the gazebo in Gorilla Village to buy viagra online without prescription enjoy Lucca’s musical style and his opening act, Gabe Dixon. Dixon played for the first hour, though many students had not heard of him. Danny Davis, however, says he was still entertained by Dixon. “I’ve never heard of him,” said Davis, junior in exercise science. “Though I did really enjoy the sound of his music.” The Student Activities Council sponsored this event. Jessica Leone, SAC executive…

Film Review: Pitch Perfect (2012)

Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Aubrey (Anna Camp) in "Pitch Perfect" (2012, Universal).

Cast helps “Perfect” stay on pitch, 4/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer As the proverb goes, there is nothing new under the sun. Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” is an obvious example. We’ve seen the story before: mediocre team flubs a big competition, too-cool-for-school prodigy shakes things up, there’s conflict and so on and so forth. “Perfect,” however, is one of those rare movies, like 2010’s “Easy A,” that couldn’t have succeeded without a stellar cast and impeccable comedic timing. The film stars Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air,” “Twilight”) as Beca, a charmingly sardonic female character who has become popular in recent years. This time around, she’s an aspiring DJ with dreams of making…

Film Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

Victor Frankenstien and Sparky in Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" (2012, Disney).

Burton’s latest is good, not great, 3.5/5 Todd Miller | Collegio Writer Monster movies returned last week with the release of “Frankenweenie,” an animated remake of an older Tim Burton movie by the same name. The non-animated version was released in 1984, but Disney felt the movie was too scary for children and it was aired only in the UK. After Burton’s other successful films, however, Disney finally released “Frankenweenie” on home video in 1994. Burton gets further retribution in this new animated release, which he also directed. The 2012 “Frankenweenie” is also a feature-length movie, unlike the 30-minute original. Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a young, shy boy who is attached to his dog,…

Pittsburg style

Wyatt Smith, freshman in music education, performs the song "Oppan Gangnam Style" during half time at the game against University of Central Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Gorilla Village.

Val Vita | Managing Editor Every once in a while, a song becomes a smashing success overnight and seems to be played ubiquitously. It doesn’t matter if you love it or hate it, you are going to hear it sometime. The 2012 viral hit “Gangnam Style” is in Korean. Even though you probably don’t have the ability to sing all the lyrics, you have probably already caught yourself singing the only English part of the song: “Eeeeeeh, sexy lady.” You know you have already heard the hit “Gangnam Style;” you may be one of the 410 million viewers who have seen the clip on YouTube, which is performed by Psy, a Korean singer. The song…

Film Review: Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula (Adam Sandler) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) in Genndy Tartokofsky's "Hotel Transylvania (2012, Sony Pictures Animation).

Fun for young and old Todd Miller | Collegio Writer If you took the charm and whimsy of Dr. Seuss and combined it with the eeriness and “gothicism” of Tim Burton, you would get something like “Hotel Transylvania.” It’s always great when a movie reaches my high expectations, and “Hotel Transylvania” did just that. It didn’t excel beyond my hopes, but it certainly was as good as I had hoped. “Hotel Transylvania” was built by Dracula (Adam Sandler) as a safe haven for monsters around the world to get away from the threat of persecution by humans. It was also built to protect his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), from the world he believed too dangerous…

Video Game Review: Tokyo Jungle (2012)

Tokyo Jungle (2012, Sony)

‘Jungle’ is absurd, yet fun Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer I stalked my prey from the high grass. Just me and a pack of five fierce Pomeranians. With the six of us against one animal, I had no fear. I believed my pack would succeed no matter what the cost, but that was my first groan-inducing mistake. I jumped from the grass and watched in horror as I found myself attacking a full grown panther. I imagined my teeth must have felt like a raindrop to such a massive creature. Within seconds I was dead and the panther feasted on my fluffy Pomeranians’ remains. Moments like this are not rare in “Tokyo Jungle,” and…

Album Review: Muse – The 2nd Law (2012)

"The 2nd Law," Muse (Warner Bros.)

Heavily influenced and subtle like an A-bomb, 4/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer The word “epic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but after Muse’s sixth studio effort, there is no denying that the British alternative rockers’ LP is just that. The new album, “The 2nd Law,” might not be as straightforward thematically as their last release, “The Resistance” in 2006, but it is a similar, yet broader beast, with influences ranging from Queen to Bachman Turner Overdrive to Skrillex. The album is enormously filmic and large in scale. The first track, “Supremacy,” opens with a loud, floor-shaking percussion that slowly morphs into tightly wound militaristic drums that back frontman Matthew Bellamy’s…

Album Review: Green Day – ¡Uno! (2012)

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‘Poppy as hell, profane for no reason,’ 2.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer Loud, angry and laced with pseudo-political commentary, Green Day has been a staple of modern punk since its breakthrough album, “Dookie,” in 1994. “¡Uno!,” the band’s ninth studio effort, manages to touch all of the familiar bases but miss the mark with each track. Gone is the fun of 2000’s “Warning” and the rock opera antics of “21st Century Breakdown” and the listener is left with a forced, empty-sounding collection of songs that leave so much to be desired that you have to wonder why they even bothered. The album opens with “Nuclear Family,” a raucous yet disposable track that…