Reviews

‘Dead Island’ has a strong pulse

September 29, 2011

By D.J. ARIZMENDI Over the years I have looked at video games more as art than games, critiquing flaws and praising subtleties. “Dead Island” is the shallowest video game experience I have played in some time…and I am enjoying the hell out of it. The setup is so simple, even a zombie can understand it. […]

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‘Moneyball’ not quite a home run

September 29, 2011

By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL “Moneyball” is the baseball-tinged version of a modern day Cinderella story. The film is an adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book about Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), who helped change the way baseball teams evaluate talent. Beane knows his low-budget team can’t compete with the deep pocketbooks of […]

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Cult 35: ‘Rubber’ metafictional mess

September 29, 2011

By D.J. ARIZMENDI Is it still cool to be meta? “Rubber” answers that question in about two minutes with an emphatic “no.” The basic premise is a simple and silly one. A worn tire in the middle of the desert becomes sentient and decides to kill people using kinetic powers. Don’t worry though, it’s an […]

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ON THE TOWN: Mei-Hon food tasty, inexpensive

September 15, 2011

By CELESTE ORENDAIN  There are many restaurants in Tucson, some good and some not. But wherever you go, the experience is just as important as the food. Mei-Hon Chinese restaurant offers tasty food, good atmosphere and kindness. Service: We went on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant was almost full, but we were seated almost immediately. […]

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GAME REVIEW: The ‘Human Revolution’ will be televised

September 15, 2011

By D.J. ARIZMENDI Like the name implies, “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is about progress. Not only on a technical level, but also a surprisingly deep philosophical one that many forms of media fail to reach. Players assume the role of ex-SWAT officer Adam Jensen in the not-so-distant future of 2027 where the world is now […]

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Music review: Pistol Annies ‘Hell on Heels’

September 15, 2011

By APRIL GEORGE Country superstar Miranda Lambert has been busy recently. Between her wedding to fellow artist Blake Shelton and recording her fourth studio album, Lambert somehow managed to find time to form a new country girl supergroup, Pistol Annies. The group consists of three female country stars: Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, known […]

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TOP 10: Best video games you never played

September 15, 2011

By D.J. ARIZMENDI If you’re tired of playing “Call Of Duty” but don’t know where to look for a fresh gaming XP, look no further. The following list delivers 10 fantastic games that few people have ever played. The best part? None require a pre-order. 1. “Killer7”(PS2, GameCube) Before its release in 2005, there wasn’t […]

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Explosions in the Sky delivers quality show

September 8, 2011

  By KYLE WASSON Austin-based post-rock geniuses Explosions in the Sky have returned roughly four years after their latest release to debut the fifth full-length album, “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.” “Take Care” was released in April 2011 and has slowly gained notoriety for its simplistically spacey guitar riffs and heart pounding drums. The […]

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Music review: Sun Araw’s ‘Ancient Romans’

September 1, 2011

By KYLE WASSON As vast as the Roman Empire, Sun Araw front-man Cameron Stallones has recruited a series of syrupy psychedelic trances, a melodic afro beat and a tribal warped dub sound that’s growing into a force to be reckoned with. In just five years, the L.A. based artist with a passion for filmmaking has […]

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Unsung 35mm Heroes: ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’

May 5, 2011

BY DARCY ARIZMENDI     Since the dawn of film, movies have had a hero. In recent years, a variety of classes, creeds and races were represented. What about the homeless, though? They never had someone to look up to. Until now. “Hobo with a Shotgun” starts with a glorious title card intro that looks […]

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‘Portal 2’ review: Stayin’ Alive

May 5, 2011

BY DARCY ARIZMENDI aztecpress@pima.edu       Instead of simply rehashing the same jokes, aesthetic and minimalist narrative, “Portal 2” throws away the cake and cooks up a new recipe. Players return to Aperture Science, once again assuming the heroine Chell. She still remains silent and dons her iconic orange jumpsuit. Even though Chell has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MSI stays true to its name

May 5, 2011

By MIKI JENNINGS aztecpress@pima.edu Mindless Self Indulgence released their debut album “Tight” in 1999. Most songs fall under the 2-minute mark and contain computerized distortion and video game-esque sound effects. I’m going to be up-front here: this album sucks, but it sucks in the best possible way. The songs are repetitive, chaotic and obscene. The […]

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‘Your Highness’ a funny medieval farce

April 21, 2011

  By APRIL GEORGE aztecpress@pima.edu Looking for a movie to tickle your funny bone? Add “Your Highness” to your list of must-see films. The dark adult comedy, from the creators of “Pineapple Express,” will have you laughing from the opening scene all the way through the end. The film tells the story of Thadeous (Danny […]

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TASTE-OFF: Barbecue braggin’ rights

April 7, 2011

Brushfire BBQ Co. By DAVID MENDEZ aztecpress@pima.edu Service: It was dinnertime when we made our way to Brushfire’s, centrally located at Campbell and Glenn. After a moment perusing the wall menu, we ordered at the counter. As busy as it was, it took little longer than five minutes for our sandwiches. My only complaint: not […]

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MUSIC REVIEW “King of Limbs” Radiohead

April 7, 2011

  By KYLE WASSON Just when you thought Radiohead was done making music, they’ve stepped out of yet another box with their eighth studio album, “King of Limbs.” Roughly 18 years after their first album was released (“Pablo Honey,” 1993) the boys from Abingdon, Oxfordshire have re-evaluated their approach. “King of Limbs” is the album […]

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