April Barkley WCB Movie WriterStudio-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 this film. But, it blew me away and all I can say is, thank you Tobey Maguire for retiring. Many of you may disagree but I thought Andrew Garfield was amazing as just a regular high schooler and as a hero. What kind of stunk was the story since there wasn’t anything new.
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 to the States early this year. Focusing on the vocal aspect, Kimbra as a powerful voice and with more experimentation there is no doubt that her potential will prove to be colossal. Throughout the record it seems that her talent has not been pushed. It falls short with the inkling that growth will faithfully shine over the 22-year olds direction.
Megan Purazrang WCB Music WriterLinkin 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 powerful articulated style from main vocalist Chester Bennington. The song was just enough to show that the musical progression of the band still matches the overture appeal. Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory album released in 2000, has always remained one of my favorite albums. The songs spun a fusion of music genres and became the embodiment of the edgy collaboration of grunge, hip hop, heavy metal and rap with the end result of nu metal.
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 starsLove 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 good science-fictiony movie but I wasn’t all that impressed by the end.
Megan Purazrang WCB Music WriterImagine Dragons “Continued Silence” Released – February 14, 2012 Producer – Alex Da Kid Label – Interscope RecordsImagine Dragons EP Continued Silence is an awe-struck way of entering the music world. The six song record is only a preview of what the band is capable of achieving. The Las Vegas native members are uncannily the contemporary version of The Killers. The introduction song called “Radioactive” begins with simplistic guitar strums and evolves into a powerful full-anthem epiphany. “Demons” is a strong vocal run with enduring and poetic lyrics flirting with dark spiritual concepts. On par with the recognizable sounds of Train, Imagine Dragons is infusing the stylistic trademarks of genres from reggae to rock settling with an overall Indie-rock alternative core. The concluding song “My Fault” is a ballad with a constant thump petal heart-beat-pulse driving its reflective path. It’s rare to find an album that embraces so many essences and births a sound that is unique and yet comparable.
Megan PurazrangWCB 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 a two night rock event featuring San Francisco rock band Night Crawler on Friday evening). Lead vocalist Doug Robb began by giving a short, but effectively thankful spiel on being asked last minute to play at the Kalamazoo Greek Festival and obliging instantly. Upon admitting that this show was the first time playing Kalamazoo, he also added the specialty of saying that it was the first outdoor show that they have ever played.
April Barkley WCB Movie Writer Studio- Roth FilmsDirector- Rupert SandersStarring- Kristen Stewart, Charlize TheronChris Hemsworth, Sam ClaflinRating- 3 out of 4 stars Modern-day takes on classic fairytales have been done to death. But for the newly released Snow White and the Huntsman, the fairytale has only just begun. The new eerie take on Snow White is a film that nobody should miss this summer.It follows the usual tale of Snow White (Kristen Stewart) who is fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to retrieve her beating heart and destroy poor Snow White. But, while on the run in the dark forest (which is the darkest damn forest I’ve ever seen in any Snow White movie by the way) she meets the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). She also meets her new clan of seven buddies.
Megan PurazrangWCB Music WriterThe Head and the Heart is without a doubt a spitting image of Mumford and Sons. The band native to Seattle, Washington originally was formed by Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell in 2009, now consists of six members total. The indie rock genre tends to carry with it a double-edged sword. The music can carry immense lyrical matter, but with the negative condition of sounding the same as every other of their band peers. The Head And The Heart The Head And The Heart Released – April 19, 2011Label – Sub Pop The debut self-titled album The Head and the Heart is a happily noted folk-rock record.
April Barkley WCB Movie Writer Immersing a vampire from the 1700s into the 1970s seems that it would be a pretty hilarious thing to watch and purely entertaining. For the new Johnny Depp and Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, it really wasn’t.Studio- Village Roadshow Pictures Director- Tim BurtonStarring- Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle HaleyRating- 1.5 out of 4 starsI must admit, I have not seen the television show that this movie was based off of but the movie did not dazzle me at all. Barnabas Collins (Depp) is cursed into a vampire by an evil woman, who is also a witch (Eva Green) and imprisoned for a hundred years. He is set free and returns to his family home, where he meets his new distant relatives and tries to adjust to life in the 70s. He becomes closer with his new relatives, who later are in need of his protection from the witch.