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Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

This year’s Gold Reel Student Film Festival gave way to an evening of unpredictable brilliance and audacious filmmaking as students from across the globe offered up their best work in front of and behind the camera. From visual journeys across the stars of an animated world to a puppet-human romance, the fourth annual Gold Reel […]

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MTV Reality Round Up

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MTV Reality Round Up

How often would you like to relive high school drama in the embodiment of hot twenty-somethings?  For me, it’s guilty pleasure that I drown myself in at least three times a week. Thanks to MTV, I can immerse myself in the dramatic trials and tribulations of money hungry, attention seeking assholes. For the next few […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

Last semester, I was tasked on writing a 10-page paper on the New French Extremity, a movement of French filmmakers in the ’90s and 2000s that focused on pushing the boundaries of all genres, though it was primarily based in the horror genre. Films like “Irreversible,” “Enter the Void,” “High Tension,” “Martyrs” and “Frontier(s)” shocked […]

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Celebrating 99 Episodes: Top 25 Moments of ‘The Walking Dead’

| April 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
Celebrating 99 Episodes: Top 25 Moments of ‘The Walking Dead’

Major Spoiler Warning for all seven seasons of “The Walking Dead.” On Halloween night in 2010, AMC debuted their zombie apocalypse drama that would go on to become one of the biggest shows on television, garnering critical acclaim and swarms of fans. The Season 7 Finale marked 99 episodes for the series and this October’s Season […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

| April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

I try my best to review as much indie film as I can, but typically that stops at the edge of one of the three Regal art-house theaters in Charlotte. Unfortunately, I simply don’t find the time to sit down and watch as many VOD releases as I used to back before I was appointed […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Land of Mine (Under sandet)’ is brutally tense and surprisingly moving

| April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Land of Mine (Under sandet)’ is brutally tense and surprisingly moving

WWII movies are a bit of cliché now in Hollywood, with each studio putting in a stake of their own in this massive sub-genre of films that have fallen on both spectrums of quality. On one end, you have films like “Saving Private Ryan” that redefine the genre in an epic, brutal, heartbreaking adventure with […]

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Gaming Roundup: April 2017

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Gaming Roundup: April 2017

“Lego City Undercover” – April 4 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC Lego’s take on the “GTA” series, “Lego City Undercover” gives an open city to explore with surprising depth for a “Lego” game. The game originally launched as a “Wii U” exclusive, though this new version will release for all current-gen consoles and […]

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TV REVIEW: ’24: Legacy’ – ‘9:00 PM – 10:00 PM’

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ’24: Legacy’ – ‘9:00 PM – 10:00 PM’

Spoiler Warning for the tenth hour of “24: Legacy,” as well as all previous seasons of the original series. THE FOLLOWING TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 9:00 P.M. AND 10:00 P.M. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Since the first episode, “24: Legacy” has made several strides to separate itself from the original series, while still keeping the […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Five Came Back’ – Hollywood and the Art of War

| April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Five Came Back’ – Hollywood and the Art of War

I’m always fascinated with stories of the unbelievable, and even more, the unpredictable. When I stumbled upon the captivating tale of five Hollywood directors who left their decadent lives in favor of pointing a camera at one of the deadliest wars ever, you could say my interest was more than piqued. An avid fan of […]

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GAMING REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’ – ‘Above The Law’

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
GAMING REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’ – ‘Above The Law’

Warning: Spoilers for previous episodes of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” follow. Picking up right after the huge cliff hanger of the last episode, Telltale keeps the ball rolling with even more revelations and character building. The episode was largely story driven with the majority of it spent making dialogue choices as Javier, leaving only a […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life’

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life’

Major Spoiler Warning for the Season 7 Finale of “The Walking Dead.” The first shot has been fired and there is no going back. All Out War has officially begun and the stakes are higher than ever. With a mix of betrayal and heartbreaking sacrifice, plus the full-scale unification of the communities, this Season Finale […]

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“Ok Computer” is Born Again

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
“Ok Computer” is Born Again

Twenty years later, the success and impact of “Ok Computer,” the third album by British band Radiohead, seems to be an anomaly. Despite limited expectations from the label that distributed it, the record instantly became a pop-culture phenomenon back in 1997, as well as a work of art that critics couldn’t seem to get enough of. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hauntingly effective thriller, despite its controversy

| March 31, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hauntingly effective thriller, despite its controversy

Let’s get the elephant out of the room right now, so I can focus on the film at hand and its effectiveness without bringing the politics of its production into account. “Ghost in the Shell,” an adaption of the über-popular 1995 anime film of the same name (which in turn was based on the 1989 […]

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Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

Somehow, in my whole first year writing for the Niner Times, I had managed not to see a single show in the Rowe Recital Hall. I finally made the trip on Mar. 27 for the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Concert. This concert was a part of the Faculty & Friends Concert Series. It featured […]

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TV REVIEW: ’24: Legacy’ – ‘8:00 PM – 9:00 PM’

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ’24: Legacy’ – ‘8:00 PM – 9:00 PM’

Spoiler Warning for the ninth hour of “24: Legacy,” as well as all previous seasons of the original series. THE FOLLOWING TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 8:00 P.M. AND 9:00 P.M. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. As the first day of “24: Legacy” nears its final few hours, the realness of the terrorism threat is heightened and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Song to Song’ is an almost laughable jab at Terrence Malick

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Song to Song’ is an almost laughable jab at Terrence Malick

I love Terrence Malick, his movies are the perfect mixture of weird, etherial, poetic, unique, beautiful, poignant and effective that no other filmmaker of this era has been able to emulate even slightly successfully. I wholeheartedly believe that “The Thin Red Line” is one of the greatest films about war ever made, as well as […]

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February isn’t just Valentines Day

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
February isn’t just Valentines Day

There are some holidays that dominate, there’s no denying them. What is an American calendar without Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and all the rest that define each month? Somehow they overshadow the smaller holidays, but that doesn’t make those smaller any less important. That being said, February isn’t only Valentine’s Day, but there are only […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ – ‘Zero Hour’

| March 28, 2017 | 1 Comment
TV REVIEW: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ – ‘Zero Hour’

Spoiler Warning: The following review contains spoilers for “Zero Hour” and for previous episodes of “Star Wars Rebels.” In tradition with the finales being hour long events, “Zero Hour” brings all the stops for Thrawn’s big invasion of Phoenix Squadron’s base. The episode begins with the Rebels preparing for their attack on Lothal, which they have […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Sense of an Ending’ is a lovely mystery that makes the mundane wondrous

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Sense of an Ending’ is a lovely mystery that makes the mundane wondrous

For the first time in such a long time that I can’t even recall whether or not I’ve done it before at all, I sat down in a movie theater, let the lights go down and began to watch a film I had not seen the trailer for. Every single time I sit down for […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – ‘Something They Need’

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – ‘Something They Need’

Spoiler Warning for Season 7, Episode 15 of “The Walking Dead.” In this penultimate episode of Season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” it becomes absolutely clear that the upcoming war is being set up to be one of the most epic story arcs ever featured in the series. The current set of storylines has been […]

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