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Avatar 2: Under Water Motion Capture

Written by Logan Welliver; Media by Zach Bonner.When it was announced that the top-earning movie of all time was getting a sequel I was less than surprised. What production company wouldn’t produce a sequel, and trilogy, out of a movie that earn over 2 billion dollars worldwide? ...

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What “The Next Day” holds for David Bowie

Written by Kevin Dunne. Media by Mikey Trieb. Davy Jones. Ziggy Stardust. The Space Oddity. The Thin White Duke. Halloween Jack. The Goblin King. Call him whatever you like, David Bowie, the Man from Mars, is back with a down-to-earth album. A secret two-year project, it was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday that the album would be released, and The Next Day dropped mid-March. ...

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A Conversation with Crowns

Written by Austin Schumacher; Media by Michael Trieb. Although I enjoy the music scene, having grown up somewhat of a musician, many times, my dedication to other things on campus has prevented me from being too involved, much to my chagrin.  However, I had heard the name of Crowns tossed around campus quite a bit.  Though I didn't know too much about them, when they released an EP as well as qualified to p ...

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Review of “The 20/20 Experience”

Written by Kelsey McConnell; Media by Zach Bonner Justin Timberlake’s newest album, The 20/20 Experience, introduces a new style to the listeners. Timberlake brings in different beats for each song that aren't really heard of. He doesn't copy his beats from other artists. Justin has tribal beats along with a jazz beat and pop beat. The songs that have the pop beat seem to be more club-like and hold the list ...

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Theban Trilogy Comes to Factory Theatre

Written by Kyle Smith; Media by Austin Schumacher In their latest production, Three from Thebes, the Factory Theater Players have undertaken an extremely ambitious project. Three from Thebes is an adaptation of three of the oldest plays in the history of theater, the Greek tragedies of Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. This project is ambitious for a number of reasons: First, this production takes three separate plays which are each approximately an hour and a half in length and condenses them into one, three-act play with a run time of about two to two and a half hours, give or take. Second, this production attempts to resurrect some of the Greek style of theater, primarily through the use of masks and a “chorus.” Greek actors wore masks to cover their faces as part of their costumes as a way to take on the role of their characters. The Factory Theater Players have adapted this tradition for Three from Thebes and use masks to symbolize their characters, meaning that they are robbed of communication with the audience through facial expressions. The “chorus” is usually a group of minor characters who speak in unison as a way to narrate and convey plot movement, much like a chorus in a musical but with speaking instead of singing parts. Both of these aspects of the show speak to the ambition of the project because they demonstrate how foreign certain elements of this production will be to the audience. Because the audience is probably unfamiliar with forms of theater that include elements like masks and choruses, the actors will need extra effort to connect with the audience. ...

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From Text to Screen: Reception of “The Bible” Series

Written by Austin Schumacher; Media by Michael Trieb. One of the most-hyped programs to air on television in the last few years, The Bible series on the History channel has once again brought the study of Judeo-Christianity into the limelight.  As some have said, “Not since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has a production concerning religious content received such a positive reception from the curiou ...

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Left Behind

Written and DM by Jake Cannon. If you have ever wandered the grimy and germ-infested aisles of a Goodwill, you’re bound to see three very common things in each store: A couch that smells like someone just blew smoke on it all day, stuffed animals covered in lice and Christian eschatology books; namely the infamous Left Behind series. You can find the entire series neatly stacked next to every Tom Clancy book known to man and an unknown romance novel. I myself am a fan of the Left Behind series and not because it’s comprised of sixteen books. Whoever had the idea to turn it into a film series had a lot of work to do. So in 2000 Cloud Ten Productions hired Kirk Cameron and released a god-awful film trilogy based on the series. You would think that Kirk Cameron would be able to bump up the credibility of any Christian film but unfortunately it takes something called good writing/directing/editing/special-effects to make a film worthy of our short attention spans. So twelve years later, the same production company thought it would be in their best interest to remake their mistake. So in order to right their wrongs they hired Nicolas Cage, Ashley Tisdale and Chad Michael Murray to star in their remake. ...

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Bioshock Infinite Review

Written by Matthew Harper, Media by Michael Trieb. [Disclaimer: This review discusses a game that is rated “M for Mature,” meaning that it contains strong violence and some strong language. The game is not intended to be played by anyone under the age of 17, nor should parents let their children play it. The game deals with issues younger people would struggle to understand, anyway (if they got them at all) ...

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The Spotify Revolution

Written by Austin Schumacher; Media by Zach Bonner. So by now, I’m granting it as almost assured that everyone who might possibly be reading this has at least heard of this new giant that’s trying to take over your music-listening life.  Having said that, I must admit that it seems to be doing quite an effective job and this author has personally succumbed to its promising whispers.  If you have not heard o ...

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Pros of the Con

Written By Tyler Lamb Media by Zach Bonner. Lately I had been hearing a lot of hearsay about these “nerds” and some sort of secret gathering they were going to uphold right under our noses. The rumor was that it would go by the code name of “Wizard World Comic Con” and would be held in the America’s Center in Saint Louis. I decided to go out on a scouting mission and see what all the hubbub was about. Was t ...

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