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11 May 2014 | 4 Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
With the movie adaptations split into three parts, I decided to re-read “The Hobbit” to refresh my memory. The novel itself is short and fun, unlike the movie that pulls from all the extras to add to the original story. I recommend reading the book as the focus is on the adventure of Bilbo and the dwarves, with minimal derivation from that story and incorporation of side characters. The prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit,” describes how Bilbo Baggins acquires the Ring of Power. It is a standalone story, and the Ring of Power is almost a side story to the overall arc. […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | One Comment | By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer
When Quentin Tarantino was asked “Did you go to film school?” he answered, “No, I went to films.” Now, for the writer of a film column to compare herself to Quentin Tarantino, I’d need the ego of, well… Quentin Tarantino. But, there’s something about that quote I’ve always related to. I might not know the ins and outs of film school, but I know movies. After this much time with this column, I’d better. I’m not a film major. I’ve lived with several Electronic Media and Film majors and have been to massive parties filled with them. I’ve helped them with projects and even acted or done […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | One Comment | By Ellen Back, Columnist
My four-day trip to Thailand went by so fast, the entire experience felt like some kind of dream. As soon as my friend Kerry and I landed at the airport, her family member Reina greeted us with hugs and an excited smile. From the moment we arrived, our adventure began. Reina introduced us to her close friend, Jun Kim, who she met while interning at the Korean embassy. Moments after our brief introduction, Jun quickly helped us with our luggage and we were told to get ready to go out. It was 1 a.m. Without a second to think, we changed in the airport bathroom and we […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | 3 Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
With summer comes superhero movies, and this is the summer of sequels. Captain America came back in April, and now the famous web-slinger returns with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is trying to balance his responsibilities to his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), as well as helping those in need as Spider-Man. Things get complicated when his childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns to take over his father’s company, Oscorp. Electrical engineer Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is unwittingly transformed into Electro and tries to drain all the power from the city. The stakes are raised when Electro, the Green Goblin and Rhino (Paul […] Read the full story »

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7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
Just east of the harbor in Baltimore, Little Italy is filled with some of the best Italian restaurants this town has to offer.  At the top of my list is Chiapparelli’s, the ‘Italian Stallion’ I have chosen for this week’s GoodEats. Located smack dab in the middle of Little Italy on High Street, the simple blue awning and stone-front of the restaurant blends right in with the rustic atmosphere of the area. Once inside, the brick walls and friendly wait staff create a pleasant atmosphere. I consider myself quite the Italian food connoisseur, and Chiapparelli’s surpassed all expectations. I went with a small party of guys who […] Read the full story »

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7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Associate Art Director
Not only is the school year coming to a close, but the spring TV season is now pretty much over, too. I’m happy and sad all at the same time. To delay the post finale depression, I’m taking a look back at favorite moments from “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “and “The Mindy Project” if only because living vicariously through my favorite characters is what I do best. Warning: If you’re not up to speed with these shows, it’s best to proceed with caution. “Parenthood” – This entire show is full of heart wrenching, well-written, relatable storylines. But I think one of the most prominent moments of the […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
This one is for all you art majors, people in art history or those who just want a book with pictures. Sometimes you need a break from reading all of those tiny letters and endless pages, and want to look at something else. “Vincent Van Gogh” by Isabel Kuhl is, as the title suggests, all about Van Gogh. Yes, it has writing in it, but the tiny letters don’t actually start until after 33 wonderful pages of large-print quotes and reproductions of Van Gogh’s most famous works. The Impressionist Movement is my favorite art aesthetic after Art Deco, and Van Gogh is tied for first place with […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Ellen Back, Columnist
This week was filled with a ton of exciting events. First and foremost, I finally got hired as an English tutor! I met my student at a café in Sinchon, where we spent a couple hours getting to know each other as we talked about her goals in terms of wanting to learn English. Twice a week for two-hour sessions, I will be tutoring Hee-Jung, a college student who plans to move to the United States this fall, in order to attend a university in California. She hopes to improve her speaking, reading and writing skills before she leaves. So far, we’ve had two sessions and she […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer
Many books and movies tell the story of someone who grew up in poverty, only to learn they were the heir to a throne or an aristocrat all along. But what happens when the opposite is true — you’ve lived a life of luxury only to discover you’re a peasant? This is what happens to Hwang Jin-yi in the movie of the same title. Jin-Yi is the only daughter of a baron, and has grown up protected and pampered inside the walls of her estate. She’s engaged to a man from another wealthy family, and life appears to be perfect. But when her fiancé suddenly cuts off […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Ashley Beall, Assistant Video Producer
This week, the Astrolo-holic is going to celebrate something that all the young kids call, “#TBT.” Every Zodiac sign should have their own decade in which they belong, and for simplicity’s sake, we’re keeping to western culture’s stereotypes. Read on to discover which era you were meant to live in. Aries is lively and energetic, and is extremely interested in finding new ways to do something. They’d love to live during the Renaissance, where everything is new and artsy and fun. It was the time of many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, who was also an Aries. Taurus would best be suited to live in the Medieval […] Read the full story »