“Warm Bodies” warrants a new take on zombies

In zombie movies the dead come back to life. It’s a rule of the zombie genre. In order to have flesh eaters roaming the streets, the dead need to rise from their graves with an appetite for human flesh. But what if the dead, after rising with a need to feed, could experience a second awakening? What if they could reclaim their human side once again? This question is presented as the focal point of Warm Bodies, a film that looks into the issue of undead redemption, and has a lot of fun with it, too. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Kishi Bashi with Plume Giant sell out the Triple Rock Social Club

Damn I’m tired. It’s hard being Hannah Montana; I go to high school all day, go to concerts all night, and then have quiz bowl at seven the next day. Okay maybe Hannah Montana never went to quiz bowl, but you get the idea. Friday’s concert choice was the sold-out Triple Rock show featuring K Ishibashi (or his artist name Kishi Bashi) with New Yorkers, Plume Giant. A quick trip over to Plume Giant’s website, and you might assume they’re a little but pretentiously hip, describing their perfume scents in their bio and THEY EVEN HAVE TRIANGLES IN IT, but they turned out to be far from it. Continue Reading

“Gangster Squad”: Worth the wait for a history buff

Los Angeles has a highly documented history of gang violence and organized crime.  After World War Two there was a well-known criminal that was “wrapping the West Coast up in a pretty little bow,” to quote Sean Penn’s dangerous character, Mickey Cohen. Mickey Cohen had the reigns of Los Angeles and was directing it towards a path of violence, danger, murder, and a whole lot of money in the pockets of the wrong people.  Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | The Growlers warm up the 7th Street Entry

I was up at 4:45 on the morning of this show. Long story short I partake in a nerd fest called Knowledge Bowl which had me up at an ungodly hour and riding to Little Falls in a bus whose interior was not more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just my transition. Plus I thought you should pity me.Anyhow, my mother and I departed from our quiet suburban home and arrived at the 7th Street Entry just in time for Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas’ set to start. Jessica is the lead singer of a six-piece (at least in their live shows) outfit that consists of, roll call: Benjamin Sturley on bass, Gordon Smith on guitar, Taylor Pierson on keys (I think), Steve Stetson on drums (I’m pretty sure), and Jake Shadik on trombone. Continue Reading