Movie Review: Saviors in the Night
"Saviors in the Night" is truly a film about isolation and the vigilance of the human spirit that just happens to be set in Germany during World War II.
Movie Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Film adaptations of novels are always difficult because a simplified plot is the only thing that can really transfer easily. Everything else, including the language, syntax and character development is usually lost.
Despite Positive Reviews, Lone Star Canceled
The cancellation season has started early this year. Fox's "Lone Star," critically praised but troubled with a small audience, was cancelled after just its second episode. It's unknown whether Fox will air three other finished episodes.
Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
From the opening Universal logo, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" is simply a different type of film. It takes its source material, a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and dutifully attempts to replicate the experience.
Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right
"The Kids Are All Right" is about the institution of marriage, yet it is also about a same-sex couple. One of the things the film does best is make the gender of the leads secondary yet essential.
Discover Local Culture at Due South BBQ in Christiansburg
Blacksburg and the New River Valley MallÂ were crammed full of Hokie fans before Saturday's game against East Carolina. It was Friday night and I was eager for a culinary adventure, so I ventured over to Christiansburg with a friend to find an out of the way dining experience.Â I wanted to find a place to eat that was undiscovered, yet full of character and close to town.
Opinion: Lolopolis Comedy Group Generates Laughs
Lolopolis, born from the visionary genius of junior and theatre arts major Alex Beard, has a unique chemistry that makes one imagine what we did for comedy before it came along.
The Temptations, Four Tops Bring Back Motown Magic
As I sat down in the second row to seeThe Temptations and The Four Tops, the man next to me was checking his phone. He had a Lamb of God wallpaper, which made me question his motives for coming. Was he dragged here? My question was answered only halfway through The Four Tops' section of the concert when we were both singing along joyously to "Baby I Need Your Loving."
Mighty AMC has finally struck out.
They cancelled the stylish, slow burn thriller "Rubicon," the first of their critically acclaimed shows to be cancelled.
TV Review: Mike and Molly
To me, CBS has two types of shows: Crime shows and character driven comedies. The comedies are all very similar and the material itself might not be that funny. The humor often relies on lazy stereotyping. Despite these drawbacks, the characters are enjoyable enough for 30 minutes a week. That's why "Mike and Molly" ultimately shows promise.
Dispelling the Roma Myth
Of course not all Roma are criminals. The Roma, or Gypsies, as they would prefer not to be called, are a nomadic people moving freely throughout Western Europe and elsewhere. Unfortunately, their criminal stereotype well precedes them, and that is making several European nations nervous.
TV Review: Outlaw
"Outlaw" is your basic procedural: A lawyer show with a big name TV star and a notable guest star as a defendant. However, it shoves too many other ideas into one episode, and each idea is handled poorly or not at all.
Wrapping Up the Summer TV Shows and Films
It was a tough summer for TV and movies alike. Theaters were filled with silly comedies, mindless thrillers and unemotional dramas. TV dredged through spurless reality shows and repeats of procedurals. The Writer's Strike of 2008 is partly to blame, as projects often take years to enter into development.
Movie Review: Winter's Bone
A winner of two awards at Sundance, "Winter's Bone" is a chilling, hopeful story about community, family, and the goodness of human beings.
The setting is a world we hope we never have to inhabit. Still, this version of the Missouri Ozarks is unmistakably real. Society has abandoned this community. However, the opposite could be true as well as in that the characters don't seem to care about the outside world. The town and atmosphere becomes a character of its own, and no character has a black or white morality.
Tech Food, How Healthy Is It?
America is fat. There is no denying that, as a nation, we are getting increasingly larger.
Game shows such as “The Biggest Loser,” documentaries like “Super Size Me” and commercials advertising the easiest new way to lose weight all bombard the public with one single message: Eat healthier to lose weight.
Obviously this is easier said than done.
Blacksburg Book Review: Firing God?
In his book “Should We Fire God?” Jim Pace aims to answer the very question he asks in the title. Spoiler alert: Pace’s answer is “No.”
However, it takes Pace 230 pages of thorough theological discussion to arrive at this conclusion.
Pace is a pastor at the New Life Christian Fellowship church in Blacksburg, Va., and a Virginia Tech graduate. Because of this background, one main goal of his book is to begin to dissect the shootings that occurred on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus and attempt to answer some of the questions that this date and other tragedies have created for so many people.