Charli XCX’s new album ‘Sucker’ wild mix of punk & pop

Although Charli XCX may not have been a household name until recently, she has been making waves in the music scene for well over a year. The 22 year-old Brit’s journey began in 2012 burst onto the pop scene via a guest spot on Icona Pop’s chart-topping hit “I Love It,” which she also co-wrote. … Continue reading Charli XCX’s new album ‘Sucker’ wild mix of punk & pop

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Matt & Ben’ premieres at First Floor Theater

First Floor Theater encouraged patrons to party like it was 1996 on Sunday, Nov. 16 as it premiered the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck homage, “Matt & Ben.” The play, co-written by “The Office” and “The Mindy Project” actress Mindy Kaling, follows Affleck and Damon as they attempt to write a script based on the … Continue reading Mindy Kaling’s ‘Matt & Ben’ premieres at First Floor Theater

‘Nightcrawler’ challenges future of journalistic integrity

It is said that credibility is a journalist’s greatest asset. However, an exception can be made for network news stations. “Nightcrawler,” directed by Dan Gilroy, is a film that explores the world of freelance crime journalism. The main character Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, draws the audience into his intelligent, devious mind from the … Continue reading ‘Nightcrawler’ challenges future of journalistic integrity

Offbeat comedy “Frank” takes unsettling turn

  “Frank” is an offbeat British comedy that follows a character based off of 80s musician Chris Sievey who donned a papier-mâché head and performed as “Frank Sidebottom.” Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who seizes an opening for a keyboardist with Frank’s eccentric pop band The Soronprfbs. The original music is exceptionally memorable … Continue reading Offbeat comedy “Frank” takes unsettling turn

Coming of Age Film “Boyhood” Claims Summer Spotlight

            The best movie released this summer was not big budget blockbusters like “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Lucy” but a film that was over 12 years in the making. “Boyhood” directed by Richard Linklater portrays the life of a young boy, Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, from ages 5 … Continue reading Coming of Age Film “Boyhood” Claims Summer Spotlight

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is Anderson’s Best Film Yet

Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel trails the adventures of Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, a concierge and a lobby boy, respectively at a famous European hotel. The backdrop of the story is the 1930s with the hotel located between fictional countries at war, reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s overtaking of Europe. The plot … Continue reading ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is Anderson’s Best Film Yet

Schoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ doesn’t live up to hype

Schoolboy Q released his newest album “Oxymoron” on Feb. 25, making it the newest album to be released from any member of the group Black Hippy, also composed of members Ab-soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Although he proves he is an extremely dynamic rapper, it is a disappointing follow-up to his previous album “Habits … Continue reading Schoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ doesn’t live up to hype

Ventra’s website boasts convenience, efficiency, but do students agree?

Ventra’s website boasts “With Ventra, travel throughout the Chicago area is more convenient and efficient than ever before,” but do students agree? Ventra is a fairly new payment system for the CTA that also has an optional Prepaid debit account so you can also pay bills online or get cash from an ATM for a … Continue reading Ventra’s website boasts convenience, efficiency, but do students agree?

‘Her’ explores technology-obsessed future through heartfelt romance

Imagine a world where society is so infatuated with advanced technology that computers begin to take on human traits. Such is the backdrop for Spike Jonze’s new film “Her.” Set in future Los Angeles, “Her” is a sci-fi romantic comedy with an original idea and unique vision. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore Twombley, a man … Continue reading ‘Her’ explores technology-obsessed future through heartfelt romance