Category: Opinion

Columns and opinions from Illinois.

Movie Review- ‘The Watch’ has babes, aliens, and beer and that’s about it

April Barkley  WCB Movie Writer Studio-21 Laps ProductionsDirector-Akiva SchafferStarring-Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn,Jonah Hill, Richard AyoadeRating-2 out of 4 stars  I was very much looking forward to watching Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Jonah Hill run around on screen killing aliens. I fulfilled my curiosity and my verdict is that it was a love/hate relationship between…

Movie Review- As the final film of the trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ delivers

April Barkley  WCB Movie Writer Studio-Legendary PicturesDirector-Christopher NolanStarring-Christian Bale, Michael Caine,Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway,Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard,Joseph Gordon-Levitt,Morgan FreemanRating-3 out of 4 stars The Dark Knight Rises has been a long awaited film. As the concluding movie to the trilogy, it rises to that challenge. At times though, the film falls with its slow growing…

Album Review – Maroon 5, “Hands All Over”

Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer   Maroon 5 Hands All Over   Released – August 18, 2010 Producers – Robert John “Mutt” Lange,Shellback, Benny BlancoLabel –  A&M/Octone Something that is never at question is how successful a Maroon 5 album release will be. Since the debut album Songs about Jane was released in 2002, the pop-rock band had immediate and…

Movie Review- ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the only spider I wouldn’t mind having crawl around

April Barkley  WCB Movie Writer Studio-Marvel EntertainmentDirector-Marc WebbStarring-Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone,Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott,Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally FieldRating- 3.5 out of 4 stars  This film stays true to its title. I have seen all the spider-man films and wasn’t always that impressed which is why I did not have high hopes for…

Album Review – Kimbra, “Vows”

Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer                                           Kimbra“Vows” Released – May 22, 2012Label – Forum 5, Warner Bros. Records Kimbra – a young artist fresh from New Zealand who has already made a music changing appearance on the popular tune Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to Know.” Naturally it worked well to release her debut album Vows…

Album Review – Linkin Park, “Living Things”

Megan Purazrang WCB Music Writer Linkin Park “Living Things” Released – June 26, 2012 Producers – Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda Label – Warner Bros. Living Things is the fifth album for the six member band Linkin Park. It was introduced with the single “Burn It Down,” a song lead with vibrantly exhilarating percussion and a…

Movie Review- Aliens Attack in ‘Prometheus’

April Barkley  WCB Movie Writer   Studio- Scott Free ProductionsDirector- Ridley ScottStarring- Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender,Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-GreenRating- 2 out of 4 stars Love slimy creatures breaking through people’s stomachs? Of course you do! So go see Prometheus. I was excited for this film because of Alien. It was a…

Hoobastank Concert Review

Megan Purazrang WCB Music Writer  Hoobstank Arcadia Place, Kalamazoo Greek Festival June 2, 2012 Photo Credit: Seth Messer On Saturday June 2, 2012 the Los Angeles based band Hoobastank took the stage at the Arcadia Creek place’s 36th annual Greek Festival stage in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. The festival ran from May 31-June 2. (It was…