May 23, 2017

‘The Hobbit’ best film of year

by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter Whether  or not you have read the book, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” is easily one of the best movies of the year. The movie is the first installment of  a trilogy that tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving hobbit from the Shire going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and Gandolf the Grey, a wizard, to restore the lost city of the dwarves, Erebor. Right from the beginning, you will notice how captivating the scenery and characters are. You feel like you’re in the scenes, not just viewing them. What was really well…

Hakuya Sushi thrives despite competitive market

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor With the struggling economy, new businesses are hard to come by and hard to keep afloat, especially young resturants looking to survive the economic world. On March 26, a sushi restaurant called Hakuya Sushi opened on Dundee Road. The newly found resturant stood out from all other sushi bars in the area due to its rich family background and passion to make sushi. As a young boy, Chuck Yong, restaurant owner, began to take interest in making sushi and the Japanese culture due to his grandfather. Although Yong’s family was of South Korean descent, Yong’s…

AC3 sets high gaming standard

by Keira Skenandore, Staff Artist Ubisoft sets the bar with the newly released video game, “Assassin’s Creed 3,” which has proven to be one of the best releases of 2012. “AC3” redefines the beauty of video games with its magnificent settings, thoughtful characters and excellent cinematics. The storyline follows Connor Kenway, a part-British, part-Native  American man who trains to become an assassin to ensure the safety of his tribe and to avenge the death of his mother. The timeline parallels colonial American history, and along the way, Kenway assists in liberating the USA from British tyranny. The game’s writers did…

October’s underrated treats: Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores combination of new wave, pop

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s…

McCarley returns with sophomore album, features appealing tracks

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Alternative pop star Erin McCarley returns with a follow up to her debut album, “Love, Save the Empty.” Without much promotion, Mccarley’s sophomore effort, “My Stadium Electric,” has failed to crack the top 20 on the iTunes album chart. Despite an expected low debut for “My Stadium Love” on the U.S. Billboard 200, which calculates the top 200 albums based on weekly sales, the album manages to surpass expectations after the release of the lead single, “Elevator.” “Elevator” was neither good nor bad, but it failed to leave an impression among critics and fans alike….

Reinhart releases first album: ‘Listen Up’ to local idol’s sultry debut

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor   Rating: 4 stars out of 5   Haley Reinhart does more than enough to prove herself as an up-and-coming jazz/soul singer on her debut album, “Listen Up.”  The debut record follows her third place finish on the 10th season of American Idol. The 10 track album features sultry riffs and poetic verses that combine to establish an incredible debut from Reinhart. The opening track and rumored second single, “Oh My!,” features rapper B.O.B. and is the most radio friendly track on the album. It contains influences of pop, hip-hop and jazz. Other standout tracks…