Reviews

  • A Review and Analysis of Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul” That Literally Nobody Asked For (5/10/2017) - By: Alyssa Murphree, May 9, 2017 I’ll cut to the chase. This is a completely unwarranted review and analysis of a song that was released in 2010. You may be wondering how or why I’m going to write a review of a just one single song. But this is no ordinary tune. This is the […]
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass: A Movie Review (4/21/2017) - By: Rachel Lyle, April 21st, 2017 My two  favorite books have always been Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. So when I found out that Tim Burton was making Alice Through The Looking Glass I freaked out. I loved Tim Burton’s Version of Alice in […]
  • The Giver: A Review (4/21/2017) - By Taylor Blasko Lois Lowry’s young adult novel The Giver is one worth taking a look at again. Apparently, for people of my generation this was a common book that was both assigned in school or read for entertainment alike when we were all in middle school. I am actually one of the few that […]
  • Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ The Fillmore, Philadelphia (4/19/2017) - By: Alyssa Murphree, April 19, 2017 On Friday April 7, I had the pleasure of seeing Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness perform at The Fillmore on the Philadelphia stop of their Zombies in America tour. Having purchased my ticket in November, and writing a review of their latest album, you could say this was a […]
  • Soul Surfer, a Movie Worth the Watch (3/31/2017) - by: Alyssa Ruffolo *WARNING: INCLUDES SPOILERS!* The movie Soul Surfer (2011),directed by Sean McNamara, is based on a true story about a young surfer named Bethany Hamilton whose arm was completely bitten off by a shark when she was only thirteen years old. Having already began to make a name for herself in the surfing […]
  • Movie Review: Get Out (*SPOILERS*) (3/26/2017) - by: Alyssa Ruffolo Get Out was not only makes-you-jump scary, it was truly haunting and left thoughts lingering in my mind all night after I left the theatre. The incorporation of racial issues in the movie is a huge part in what moves the viewer. In the opening scenes we see the main characters Chris (a […]
  • Cinderella and Ash: a book review (3/25/2017) - By: Rachel Lyle, March 24th, 2017 I have always loved the story of Cinderella and it has always been at the top of my list of favorite fairy tales. My favorite parts were always when Cinderella got to get dressed up in the beautiful gown or gowns, when she got to go to the ball […]
  • This One Summer: A Review (3/24/2017) - By Taylor Blasko I never thought a graphic novel that I read for Young Adult Literature class would stick with me and be so constantly relevant to my life. Every. single. day. of my life. Okay, that sounds drastic, but we read it in class a solid month ago probably and have moved on to […]
  • Flight Rising Review (3/18/2017) - by Brandon Eckerd All my childhood friends had, at some point in their life, a Neopets account. While it wasn’t the first of the digital pets game, undoubtedly Neopets became the most well-known of the online variants and helped cultivate the scene for online pet games. Many of the modern digital pet games follow a […]
  • Review of Lady Gaga’s Album – Joanne (2/26/2017) - By: Johanna Marano February 26, 2017 I have been a Lady Gaga fan since the very beginning. She is highly talented and well acclaimed in the music industry. At the end of 2016 she released her fifth studio album, which I plan to take a look at right now. But before we get into her […]
  • Review: PWR BTTM at PhilaMOCA (2/22/2017) - By: Alyssa Murphree, February 22, 2017 On Friday, February 17, the queercore, garage punk duo PWR BTTM blessed the City of Brotherly Love with their presence once again before a sold-out crowd at PhilaMOCA. This being my second time seeing them live, I had a general idea of what to expect, but nonetheless, they never […]
  • The Tale of Despereaux: A Review (2/18/2017) - By Taylor Blasko Kate DiCamillo’s young adult novel The Tale of Despereaux is a story told as a modern day fairytale. It draws the reader in like a fairytale would, but rather than saying, “Once upon a time…” the book gets even more explicit, “Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling […]
  • Album Review: Zombies on Broadway (2/15/2017) - By: Alyssa Murphree, February 15, 2017 From his early 2000’s punk bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin to his synth heavy, and then ambient solo project, new music from the piano-pounding, pop rock wildcard Andrew McMahon is always a treat. Released February 10, this is McMahon’s second full length album under the moniker Andrew McMahon […]
  • Review: Darkest Dungeon (2/12/2017) - by Brandon Eckerd There are many games with a phenomenal story that weaves itself seamlessly into gameplay, but very few games that write the story for the player as they play. Darkest Dungeon fits firmly into the latter category. A roguelike survival RPG that draws heavy influence from the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Darkest […]
  • My Brother, My Brother And Me: A Podcast for the Modern Listener (2/4/2017) - By Molly K. Lichtner, 2/4/17 Advice shows are not a new concept.  Arguably, advice shows are over done;  they are found in newspapers, on television and radio, and since about 2006, on the internet in the form of podcasts.  Most of the advice-givers are experts in their field.  Their expertise gives them the authority to […]
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12/5/2016) - Harry Potter has become a huge franchise, with all of the books, movies and merchandise.  I absolutely love the Harry Potter universe!  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on a book that the main character wrote which is basically a textbook for students to learn about the different beasts of the world.  […]
  • The End of Dirty Laundry (11/30/2016) - A few years ago, in 2014, I was recruited to be part of a new project at the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT). The Director,  Steve Kleinedler, was putting together a show unlike any other. The idea was to form a family onstage with a multi generational conceit, but luckily due to the actual age ranges […]
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: how fantastic is it? (11/27/2016) - I have seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them twice since it has made its debut two weeks ago, if that says anything at all about the film. It follows the story of Newt Scamander, an English magizoologist, as he stops in New York City while trying to make it to Arizona to return […]
  • Soap Lady Blues (11/21/2016) - I turned 50 on my birthday, as did my sister… (ok, side note, step sister for those of who are math majors, or just really count well) and we had a party on November 5th (not either of our actual birthday days, a great split down the middle of the time between the two of […]
  • The Loveable Serial Killer (11/17/2016) - I know this show has been out and finished for a while now (2006-2013), but I’ve just gotten around to watch the series following the loveable serial killer, Dexter. “A loveable serial killer?” I thought to myself as I heard periodic chatter about the show, “How can a serial killer be loveable?” I cannot speak […]
  • A Walk To Remember (11/16/2016) - Although I have seen the Titanic, romantic genre has never been my first choice. But after meeting the girl of my dreams a half year ago and now being engaged and planning to get married, I figured why not watch “A Walk To Remember” with her. That movie rocked my world so much I decided […]
  • Boo! A Madea Halloween (11/9/2016) - Tyler Perry has been at it again with creating another uniquely, funny and unusual film for his series of ‘Madea Movies’, this time releasing one called “Boo! A Madea Halloween”. Tyler Perry plays three characters in these films: Madea, Joe, and Brian, but casts previously seen actors/actresses such as Aunt Bam, the chronically high, and […]
  • Pros and Cons of the first few seasons of The Office (the U.S. versio (11/8/2016) - As someone who recently got into the U.S. version of the hit show, The Office, I can’t give pros and cons of the entire series. I can however tell some highlights and lowlights of the first four-ish seasons (I’m halfway through the 5th) and tell you why I think this show is addicting.   Pros: […]
  • I Got a Rock (11/1/2016) - Everyone has a difference in opinion over which Halloween movie is the best. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and The Nightmare Before Christmas tend to be the top three that people my age fight between. However, I prefer a simpler, classic movie. Two words: Charlie Brown. My family has always sat down for every holiday and watched […]
  • The Walking Dead (10/23/2016) - I absolutely hate scary movies/tv shows because I don’t like being scared.  It is not something that I enjoy watching.  I prefer a romantic comedy or an action movie/ tv show.  And yet, I love The Walking Dead.  I never saw myself liking a tv show with so much gore and jump scares.  My obsession […]
  • Wynonna Earp (10/17/2016) - Wynonna Earp is a television show that is based on a comic book and aired on the Syfy channel.  It is all about Wynonna who is the great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp.  Wyatt Earp was a sheriff deputy that worked in the town Purgatory and killed 77 outlaws.  There was a curse that was put […]
  • Should you go see The Girl on the Train? (10/17/2016) - I read The Girl on the Train, written by New York Times Best Selling author Paula Hawkins, when it was at the top of its hype last year. A psychological thriller reminiscent of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, it kept me relatively on edge for most of the novel, wanting to know what happened to each […]
  • Reaching for the Mirror Ball (10/10/2016) - Dancing with the Stars is a TV show that is a competition between different favorite celebrities.  Each celebrity is paired with a pro dancer and they are taught different types of dancing styles trying to win the Mirror Ball trophy.   PROS Gives everyone (no matter their race, sexuality, disability, etc) the chance to dance. […]
  • “You don’t throw a whole life away just ‘cause it’s banged up a little” (10/3/2016) - My favorite movie in the entire world is Seabiscuit. A story of love and loss, and making the best of the cards that you are dealt. And it also is heavily centered around horses, which makes it all the more interesting for me. It is not the best equestrian movie in the world, but it […]
  • E.l.f. (9/28/2016) - I am not a makeup artist, or know what I am talking about when it comes to comparing and contrasting makeup, heck, I can barely get my act together to run a brush through my hair everyday never mind mascara on the lashes or foundation to cover a blemish, so I beg of you that […]
  • Criminal Minds (9/20/2016) - Criminal Minds is the most disturbing crime show I’ve ever seen and yet I love it. People always ask how I can love such a dark show and I’m not going to lie, I can’t sleep home alone at night, I hate walking in the woods in groups smaller than 3-4, and when I get […]
  • “…a scorching case of herpes!” (9/14/2016) - Critics cover any new movie that is in theaters, but there are some (older) classics that are itching to have a 2016 review done about them. This week, we are looking at none other than “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller”- that’s right 1986 masterpiece Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There are so many different ways to review this movie such […]
  • Marvelling at the Captains (9/14/2016) - When I was a kid, I loved super-heroes. Would you have been able to get me to admit that out loud to anyone? Unh, unh, no way. Cool kids didn’t like super-heroes, or at least if they did, they had enough sense to not tell anyone they did out loud. At that time, if you […]
  • Ugly is Right (9/12/2016) -   Last night I watched the romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. It started off as all Heigl movies do, a beautiful, OCD woman named Abby with a good job is looking for the perfect man. Heigl has definitely mastered the art of being that character. Go watch 27 Dresses […]
  • The world according to post-Hamilton (9/6/2016) - It was almost a full year ago. It certainly feels like a year ago – actually, it feels like even longer than a year ago – since my wife got us tickets to see Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway. Let me paint the scene: I had opened all of her Christmas gifts to me, […]
  • Why you should watch Game of Thrones (9/6/2016) - Let me just start this off by saying that Game of Thrones is easily one of the most amazing television series I have ever watched. That is why you should watch it. The end. Just kidding. I’ll give you some more dirty details. In this past year, I have had so many friends that have […]
  • Thir13en Ghosts (5/4/2016) - This movie released in 2001 is a remake of William Castle’s classic horror film about a family that inherits an old house from an eccentric uncle. Unfortunately for Tony Shalhoub’s character and his family, their new home seems to have an agenda of its own. This story takes the viewer on a hair raising and suspense […]
  • Ink Master (5/4/2016) - This TV series hosted on Spike TV began in 2012 and is currently in it’s 7th season. Like the title states the show is all about ink and tattooing. in this show 15 tattoo artists gather from across the country to show case their skills and compete against their peers for a chance at the […]
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (5/3/2016) - This anime has been out since 2014 and honestly each time I came across it I just skipped over it, something about it just didn’t seem very interesting or original. However a few days ago a friend of mine suggested I give it a shot and so I started to watch the series. Despite my […]
  • Ajin: Demi-Human (5/2/2016) - For full disclosure I have not finished the first season of series as of yet, however only four episodes in and i have plenty of things to say about the Anime. First of all I think that it covers a lot of issues that everyday people grapple with, especially teenagers like the main character is […]
  • A Review with Some Lemonade (5/2/2016) - “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” – Malcolm X Let me start off by saying I’ve never been apart of the beehive so please don’t hold me to their standards. I’ve […]
  • All Kinds of Kinds (4/28/2016) - With conversation pouring out from all corners of social media and the news about gender, race, and politics I feel it makes perfect sense to review Miranda Lambert’s song All Kinds of Kinds. All Kinds of Kinds was a track off her album For The Record, which was released in 2011. The song received a […]
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns: Book Review (4/25/2016) - A Thousand Splendid Suns is a narrative of two women, Mariam and Laila. The narratives parallel and highlight the struggles they faced as women in Afghanistan. Author, Khaled Hosseini makes the tragedies of war we hear about relatable as he personalizes the story and highlights how war and poverty affect innocent people. His novel paints […]
  • Review: The Invisible War (4/21/2016) -   The documentary focuses on the stories and experiences of a few women who joined in the lawsuit that led to the verdict that their experiences were an “occupational hazard.” Their accusations were ignored or often not investigated, rarely led to prosecution and almost never led to conviction. Those few who were convicted were usually […]
  • Attack on Titan (4/11/2016) - (Before I begin reviewing the Anime I would like to point out that the Anime is subbed so for those of you who hate on any series that isn’t dubbed… this is not for you! ) I binge watched every one of the 25 episodes over my last break. Seriously once you start watching it […]
  • Brilliant App (4/3/2016) - One of my all time favorite apps to use is SnapChat. Snap Chat is a video messaging app that was created by Evan Spiegal, Bobby Murphy and Frank Reginald. One of the most interesting things about SnapChat is that it is constantly evolving. The app started pretty basic, allowing the users to send (what i […]
  • 1408 (4/3/2016) - This 2007 psychological/ horror film directed by  Mikael Håfström is well worth the time spent watching it. The film itself is 1:44 minutes long, but it is constantly keeping the viewers on their toes and invested in the plot. The movie is about a character by the name of Mike Enslin (John Cusack) who is […]
  • Review Of Jeff Marshall’s Presentation (4/2/2016) - Yesterday afternoon, Jeff Marshall, who is an executive with the OMNICOM group that was co-founded  by Del Val alumni Tom Watson, gave one of the most impressive speeches I’ve ever attended. Speeches that are mainly geared to attract students can easily become dull and dry, leaving the audience blankly staring in a PowerPoint presentation wondering when […]
  • Review: Pinterest (3/25/2016) -   Ever since I found out about this website/app I use it all the time. As with anything there are pros and cons to using Pinterest. The thought behind Pinterest is you create “pinboards,” which are nothing more than categories, to which you can then “pin” images that you find online or via other Pinterest users. […]
  • If I could only Kill A Word… (3/21/2016) - For those of you that know me, it doesn’t come as a surprise when I say that I love Eric Church. I find his music original, relatable, and, c’mon, have you heard his voice?! So it’s no surprise that when his latest album, Mr. Misunderstood, came out in late 2015, I was thrilled. When you […]
  • Phone App of the Week (3/16/2016) - Game of Dice is a game developed by JoyCity Corps and is the only game that I have played that successfully had brought the childhood joy and frustration that I felt while playing Monopoly and turned it into a forum that is complex enough to hold my interest as an adult. The game is filled […]
  • Prehistoric Fiction: A Review of The Clan of the Cave Bear (3/6/2016) - As an avid historical fiction fan with a particular interest in prehistoric times, my discovery of Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series was followed by a quick visit to Amazon and a cart full of books. The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first in Auel’s six-book series set in prehistoric Europe during the […]
  • I Gotta Make This Song Cry (2/29/2016) -       Since high school Jodi Picoult has been one of my favorite writers. I have read every book she’s had published. I also revisit them. One of her first novels Songs of a Humpback Whale has always been particularly special to me. This year I chose to revisit it and found that I […]
  • Minecraft (2/29/2016) - I have to say that I absolutely love this game. Not only does it give me a platform in video gaming that allows me to play on equal footing with my son who is almost 9, but it also allows for growth in the creative engineering of every gamer. Playing the version for X-Box 360 […]
  • American Horror Story Hotel (2/28/2016) - One of my favorite things about the American Horror Story series is that each season stands on its own rather than building off of it’s previous seasons. Unfortunately for most American Horror Story fans, season 5 was nothing short of a disappointment. In fact the only thing that was done well was the costuming. It […]
  • 4 Adult Fantasy Series Worth Reading (2/15/2016) - My hope in posting this is to introduce you to a series, and in effect a world that is all together new. So often I over hear other students referencing fantasy novels or a series like Game of Thrones (great series) or The Magicians (not a fan) and I wonder how masterpieces such as these […]
  • Book Review- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (2/7/2016) -     When I started to read Think and Grow Rich, I had little to no expectations as to how it would benefit me. Around that time, I had recently tried to define what success meant to me. Success is a broad term and it means something different to everybody. It can mean obtaining your […]

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