The Renegade Rip

‘Jumper’ a lackadaisical foray into mediocre moviemaking

Omar Ramirez

February 20, 2008

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I attended the first "Jumper" screening at Edwards Cinema on Feb. 14. This movie can be labeled as an abomination, a desperate cry for help or a way to rebel against your parents. The plot line is stereotypical. Young hero with special powers is being targeted by an organization bent on destroying him and those like him. Somehow, the hero's special someone is captured and is...

Come in or drive through Maui Pho

Crystal Roberts

February 6, 2008

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Maui Pho Fusion Barbecue Grill is a new "fastaurant" that catches your attention as you drive on busy Ming Avenue. I call it a "fastaurant" because the food can be purchased at the drive-thru like a fast-food restaurant, or eaten inside a nice interior. The food is cooked to order similar to a sit-down restaurant. The restaurant featured a very modern look, complete with a...

Supersize your awareness

Marcinda Coil

February 6, 2008

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Though it has existed for seven years, Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" remains unforgettable by those who have read it and shocking for those who have yet to read it. In fact, "Fast Food Nation" and "Chew On This," both written by Schlosser, are the chosen books by the "One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern" program to be read and critically...

‘Cloverfield’ one big gimmick

Amber Troupe

February 6, 2008

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When I first started to watch the movie "Cloverfield," I thought to myself, am I in the right theater? It did start off slow. If you like science fiction movies, stay tuned. It took about 15 minutes for the action to start. The storyline was hard to understand and gave no tools to interpret it. The whole movie was a recording of the events leading up to Cloverfield, where aliens...

Blues guitarist Robben Ford gets picking at Doubletree Jan. 25

Nicholas Sparling

February 6, 2008

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The mood was audible from the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom on California Avenue Jan. 25, when it played host to Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Robben Ford and his band. The performance marked the 90th show put on by local music store World Records. Pat Evans, owner of World Records, was excited at the chance to bring Robben Ford back in Bakersfield. Evans said,"If you ever see...

Rock Rev. Horton Heat gets lucky

Chris Garza

December 4, 2007

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A bit devilish yet angelic at times, the seventh level of excellence is achieved on Reverend Horton Heat's album "Lucky 7." Jim Heath's chicken picking opens up the album with "Loco Gringo's Like to Party." It's a comical song about crazy men of the young and old age variance that like to drink and frolic about in trash cans, looking for a good time when they get that crazy...

New ‘Guitar Hero’ installment lets you slash it up with Slash

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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The obsession started almost a year ago at my best friend's sister's house on New Year's Eve. What began as a way to spend time with friends, shortly became a full-fledged addiction, one that was passed on to even more friends. I'm speaking, of course, about Guitar Hero, and I know I'm not alone. The addiction lives on with the game's third full installment, "Guitar Hero III:...

Two brothers struggle to survive in BC production

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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Bakersfield College's play "Topdog/Underdog," put on by the school's Performing Arts students, tells the story of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, played by Stefan Lambert and Dashawn Anton Robert Clark. When their parents left them as children, they had to struggle to make a living. At the start of the play, Booth is practicing "throwing cards," a skill that...

Wine tasting may lead to porcelain worship

Joel R. Paramo

December 4, 2007

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It was Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year, something retail workers call Black Friday, and I was turning 21. Indeed, my birthday landed yet again on Thanksgiving. Most people who turn 21 look forward to going bar hopping and eventually meeting that white porcelain god, which they will kneel before with open arms. Or even worse, you could get stuck in a gutter...

Come in or drive through Maui Pho BBQ Grill

G Vega

December 4, 2007

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Maui Pho Fusion Barbecue Grill is a new "fastaurant" that catches your attention as you drive on busy Ming Avenue. I call it a "fastaurant" because the food can be purchased at the drive-thru like a fast-food restaurant, or eaten inside a nice interior. The food is cooked to order similar to a sit-down restaurant. The restaurant featured a very modern look, complete with a...

Supersize your awareness

Marcinda Coil

December 4, 2007

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Though it has existed for seven years, Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" remains unforgettable by those who have read it and shocking for those who have yet to read it. In fact, "Fast Food Nation" and "Chew On This," both written by Schlosser, are the chosen books by the "One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern" program to be read and critically...

‘Cloverfield’ just one big gimmick

Amber Troupe

December 4, 2007

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When I first started to watch the movie "Cloverfield," I thought to myself, am I in the right theater? It did start off slow. If you like science fiction movies, stay tuned. It took about 15 minutes for the action to start. The storyline was hard to understand and gave no tools to interpret it. The whole movie was a recording of the events leading up to Cloverfield, where aliens...

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