The Renegade Rip

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...

Blues guitarist Robben Ford gets picking at Doubletree Jan. 25

Nicholas Sparling

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...

Eek-A-Mouse album was a pioneer

Chris Garza

November 20, 2007

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Eek-A-Mouse is a fantastical reggae artist and has released over 16 albums in a career that continues to this day. But the album that solidified his early position in roots royalty was the 1982 release of "Wa-Do-Dem." "Wa-Do-Dem" features a style of melodic word release that Eek-A-Mouse himself is the pioneer of, a style called Sing-Jay. Sing-Jay is a type of vocal process...

Annoying crowd, good show

Kelly Ardis

November 20, 2007

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A lot has changed since eighth grade: Different friends, different personality and different style. One thing that hasn't changed is my love for The Starting Line, which came to the Golden State Mall Monday Nov. 12, along with The Almost and 18 other bands for the Rockin' Winterfest. I hadn't been to a concert like this in years, as I had mostly grown out of my pop-punk phase....

Johnny Rocket’s is good, clean food

Rigo Villalobos

November 20, 2007

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Perhaps finding a good hamburger place where guests have to wait a little long to eat their burgers is easy to find because it is in town. Guests really have to wait a while to eat their food after being served, not because of the fact that it takes long for them to serve the food, they actually do it within a couple of minutes of arrival after ordering, but because the food...

‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’ not that wonderful

Anna Robledo

November 20, 2007

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"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" had a whole lot of nothing going on, mixed with chaos. Yes, this movie made that possible. Mr. Magorium's is a magical toy store where toys come alive, paper airplanes fly forever, a magical door opens up to trains, hoops, and bouncing balls, and a magic inventory book that toys pop out of. The store is always packed with kids laughing and playing. Mr....

Marvel Comics’ superheroes unmasked during colossal Civil War

Gabino Vega

November 6, 2007

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900 casualties, the unmasking of Spider-Man and the death of Goliath were all part of the Marvel Comics event: Civil War. This comic book style story had magnificent detail, interesting storyline, and constant surprises, written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven. In the Marvel Universe, a tragedy occurs, which causes Congress to pass the Superhero Registration...

Revel and ride with rap duo Atmosphere

Chris Garza

November 6, 2007

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The third full-length album by Minnesota duo Atmosphere is filled with many lyrical metaphors and snare-based beats. Often cynical at times, lyricist Slug meticulously crafts his words so the structure allows them to relate to his listeners. They are complex in a subtle way, but he does not use a thousand obnoxiously huge words that keep you steady with a dictionary. "And the...

Quick, cheap and tasty

Rigo Villalobos

November 6, 2007

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Finding a good pizza place to eat close to Bakersfield College was not very difficult. L.A. Pizza Veloz is around three to five minutes away from campus located on 3605 Mt. Vernon Ave. and has specialties in Italian food since 1997 starting in Los Angeles and currently in Bakersfield as well. At first, I was not very sure of what to expect from, according to them, a place famous...

Vampires suck Alaskan blood

Donny Van Sloten

November 6, 2007

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"30 Days of Night" is the best vampire movie I've seen in a long time. Action, suspense, horror, it's all there. I would give it four stars out of five, but there was only one thing in the movie that I didn't care for. They could have given a back-story to the vampires. Where did they come from? Why did they choose to suck the life out of the town then? "30 Days of Night,"...

‘Night’ has good cast and plot but bad direction

Anna Robledo

October 23, 2007

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The only thing that could have possibly saved this movie is by deciding to save it as a sequel to a much better movie. Writer and director James Gray failed to impress me with "We Own the Night." Gray had so much greatness at the tip of his fingers, and he didn't seem to know quite what to do with it. He had brilliant actors in Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Duvall and Mark Wahlberg....

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