Archive for the ‘A&E’ Category


‘Medora’ is a satisfying sports documentary

The story of a sports team rising from below the ranks to victory is a cliché audiences have seen time and time again, even in documentaries. So what makes “Medora” so special in a sea of other films just like it? It’s the community. Medora is a small town in Indiana that has severely fallen […]

‘The Day the Sky Exploded’ is just boring

Before Italian science fiction lost its collective mind with madcap creations like “Super Argo and the Faceless Giants” and “King of Kong Island,” there was “The Day the Sky Exploded.” “Sky” is Italy’s humble first entry into the science fiction movie genre. And it’s boring. Trading the insane for the sane, the film follows a […]


‘Brave New Alaskan Voices’ is safe space for Alaska youth

In 2008, youth poet mentor Trey “Freethought” Josey attended the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis., with the Alaska slam team. He and fellow poet Kima Hamilton returned determined to bring Alaskan voices to the national stage. “I literally woke up and was like, ‘I’m taking a team to nationals,’” Josey said. “There was no […]


Iron & Wine

UAA’s Concert Board hosted nationally acclaimed folksinger Sam Beam, the artist of Iron & Wine, on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 P.M. at the Egan Center. Many of his albums have made it on the Billboard top 200 charts including “The Shepherd’s Dog” peaking at 24,”Kiss Each Other Clean,” which peaked out at no. 2 […]

‘Half-Life 3′ is sublime perfection

After almost seven years since the last “Half-Life” game, “Half-Life 3” is finally here, and it has blown away every single expectation ever made about it. This game is the pinnacle of everything that is video gaming. Everything from the story, to the gameplay, to the controls, to the characters, to … just everything, really. […]

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‘House of Lies’ soundtrack only works for TV show

Everyone gets the blues every once and awhile, and no music is a better cure for the blues than the blues itself. The “House of Lies Original Soundtrack” has such a bluesy sensibility. From hard-hitting rock like Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights” to the less exciting pop tunes like Kim Cesarion’s “Brains Out,” “House of […]

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TNL talks with Ryan Merchant from Capital Cities

Sebu Simonian in 2010 posted an ad on craigslist advertising his music production services. Ryan Merchant responded to the ad and the two started working on TV commercial jingles. Soon after their friendship blossomed into the two forming the band Capital Cities. The group has since become known worldwide with their song “Safe and Sound,” […]

Women in Hollywood: The gender gap

Both in front of and behind the camera, women are underrepresented. Like the “glass ceiling” that keeps women and minorities from advancing in the corporate world, the “celluloid ceiling” keeps them from advancing in the cinematic world. That term comes from a yearly report of the same name by the Center for the Study of […]

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Capital Cities to play at Humpy’s Big Spawn summer concert series

On June 6 Humpy’s is bringing up indie pop band Capital Cities with guest Youngblood Hawke. The concert is the first of Humpy’s Big Spawn summer concert series to celebrate their 20th summer anniversary.

Capital Cities are known for their international multi-platinum hit “Safe and Sound.” The song hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. alternative songs chart.

The music video for “Safe and Sound” was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video and won in the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Visual Effects

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Advanced art students’ works at the 2-D and 3-D Invitational

UAA Student Union gallery presents the 2-D and 3-D Invitational on March 20. The show features works from upper-division art students selected by UAA art faculty. The pieces are made from a variety of mediums, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

Students’ works come from the following classes a variety of upper division printmaking, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing classes.

Gillian Brinnand-Nannestad, a Bachelor of Fine Arts major focusing on sculpture, has a piece from his advanced sculpture class in the show.

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‘Thief’ can’t keep up

Title: “Thief” Developer: Eidos Montreal Platform: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO, PC Genre: Stealth Rating: 2 The original “Thief” was a landmark in stealth titles when it was released in 1998. First-person games tended to focus on brutal, direct combat, and to see a game focus on non-violent stealth was unheard of in those days. Even […]


Stand by for ‘Titanfall’

Title: “Titanfall” Developer: Respawn Entertainment Platform: XBO, 360, PC Genre: First-person shooter Rating: 4 Almost four years ago, the two lead developers at Infinity Ward, the studio behind the gargantuan “Call of Duty” franchise, left the studio along with more than half of their employees to form their own studio: Respawn Entertainment. “Titanfall” is their […]

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‘Rise of an Empire’ fails and falls

Film: “300: Rise of an Empire” Release Date: March 7, 2014 Director: NoamMurro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green Rating: 2 The original “300” film was a very stylish adaptation of Frank Miller’s very stylish graphic novel, which in turn was based (loosely) on the true tale of the 300 Spartans who fought at the Battle […]

Art as Catharsis: Why make art?

Aristotle famously said that the purpose of art is catharsis. If looking at or making a piece of art leads to some outburst of emotions, it’s done its job. “Painting was a big therapeutic exercise for me,” said junior Accounting major Jacob Paiz, “I could transfer emotions onto canvas and detach them from myself.” Paiz […]

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