by Eric Paolini
The NFL season is just around the corner. Football teams are currently in training camp and getting ready for their first pre-season game. Players are participating in two-a-days, rookies are being hazed, and fans everywhere are preparing for fantasy drafts.
Football has many more layers than just watching games on Sunday afternoons. There are Thursday night games, Monday night games, and an occasional Saturday night game to watch. But there is even more than that. Pre-game shows, post-game shows, analysis of Sunday's games on Monday, analysis of Monday's game on Tuesday, articles, podcasts, radio shows, etc.
by Viki Papadakis
Christmas Eve for Apple fans this year landed on Thursday, September 20th. Like hopeful children waiting wide-eyed by their bedroom doors hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa, loyal Apple customers formed long lines outside the doors of Apple stores throughout the country in an effort to get the #1 item on their wishlist--the iPhone 5. However, this event was not entirely like Christmas in the sense that many creatures were stirring, probably even a few tech-enthused mice. Rumors of the release of the iPhone had been whirring around for over a year. When the newest addition to the iPhone family was finally announced on September 12th, the general consensus amongst Apple users was pure ecstasy--no one could wait to get their hands on one of these slightly elongated versions of their old phones. On the day of the pre-sale, over two million iPhone 5’s sold out in about an hour. When the weekend of Apple “Christmas” finally arrived, over 5 million more iPhone 5’s were sold--how’s that for ironic?
by Raquel Nelson
For many of you, this November will mean more to you than just another bustling, windy fall. This will be your first time voting, and for many more, this will be your first time voting in a presidential election. And while the presidential candidates are campaigning, they are running plenty of ads and getting plenty of face time on TV. But you will also be voting for a lot of important propositions here in California that may impact you directly or indirectly, most people don’t know about these initiatives. Some are the center of heated debate and controversy such as the end to the death penalty or labeling of genetically modified foods. Here is a rundown of the propositions we will be voting on this November.
by Eric Poalini
It's a special thing when you realize you're watching a great movie. That realization doesn't hit for most movies until after it's over and you've had a change to sit with it for a while. At least for me. Two thirds of the way through Looper I realized not only am I watching one of the best films of the year, but a great, great movie. I enjoyed Looper so much I went back for seconds two days later. It was just as great the second time.
Rian Johnson is on the way to becoming one my favorite directors. Tween novel adaptations, comic book adaptations, and reboots/remakes are dominating Hollywood. It's a nice change when a movie with an original idea comes along. The three films Johnson has written and directed are all original ideas. The two I have seen, Brick and Looper, have really interesting premises. Looper's idea of mob controlled time travel is one of the most inventive things I've seen at the theaters this year.
One of the most creative things in the movie was a death scene near the end. The way the character died is so original it garnered an audible "ooooh" of amazement from the half-filled crowd I was in.
by Eric Paolini
David Ayer is back with an L.A. cop movie after writing Training Day eleven years ago. While End of Watch will always be linked to Training Day in my mind due to the similarities of setting. No dirty cops, and more slick than gritty, End of Watch is completely separate to Training Day.
The film follows Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) through their daily lives in the roughest parts of Los Angeles. Eventually, these officers get in a little over their head when dealing with a Mexican gang. End of Watch is more about the characters then what they are doing. I was attached to these guys as well as their lady friends. Taylor and Zavala aren't on a mission to take down this gang. They have a job and they do it. The film feels extraordinarily real.
by Eric Paolini
Fall is quickly approaching. Pretty soon the 100 degree days will give way to cool breezes and earlier evenings. There are many reasons to love fall, but it's tough to beat the fall movie season. The action-packed blockbusters of the summer step aside for the Oscar hopefuls. The films I get excited to see and enjoy the most are usually released near the end of the year. To get ready for the final four months of the 2012 movie season, here is my fall preview. This will cover fifteen or so films from three categories: very excited, somewhat excited, and not excited.
Before we get to the list, let me provide a little information about the movies I like. Just to give everything a little context. I focus on characters and storyline instead of visuals. I will always pick Reservoir Dogs over Avatar.
I love the directing styles of Darren Aronofsky, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and many more. Requiem for a Dream, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Blue Velvet, and A Clockwork Orange are among my favorite films. Hopefully I have painted an adequate picture so you won't be shocked when I am not looking forward to the new Twilight movie. Also, no documentaries will be on the list. I'm interested in almost every documentary. To narrow the choices down this will focus on the scripted films being released. Now on to the list...
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