The Renegade Rip

‘300’ takes you back to the days of gore

Steven Martin

March 20, 2007

The movie "300" is a film filled with violence, political infighting and images of vivid sexuality. In other words, it's a film you'll probably love. One of the great things about this film is that its plot is easy to follow and not convoluted; it's simple without feeling simplistic. "300" is based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name. Let's face it, most movies...

Willie had a sad sound in his mind

Chris Garza

March 20, 2007

Shadowed by the popularity of the 1976 album "Wanted! Outlaws: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Coulter and Tompall Glaser" was Willie Nelson's other album released that same year "The Sound in Your Mind", which went by as subtle as the music that is etched onto the vinyl. Released on Columbia records, the front cover depicts Nelson with a downward glance and a slight...

John Coltrane paints a picture with his sax

Chris Garza

March 6, 2007

One aspect that is quite admirable about jazz is that it is a form of music that does not tell the listener what to feel or think, but paints a picture of what the musicians were thinking and allows the listener to hear whatever it is they want to inside of that picture. John Coltrane released "Blue Train" on Blue Note Records in 1957. It is an up-tempo hard-bop jazz album...

Reno deputies sizzle in Miami heat in their new movie debut

Donny Van Sloten

March 6, 2007

Reno 911: Miami packs bullets of stupid humor, which for the most part serves and delivers laughter. Much like the Comedy Central show, it's so ridiculous you can't help but laugh. The Reno sheriff's deputies go to Miami to join in a police convention, but they aren't on the list and get turned away. A terrorist attack at the convention has the Miami Beach police and all visiting...

La Colonia: watery beans

Crystal Roberts

March 6, 2007

Dim lights, traditional Mexican music, and watery beans are what you can expect when eating at La Colonia restaurant on Potomac Ave., west of Mt. Vernon. When I first entered the restaurant, one of the hostesses greeted me without looking up from what she was doing, no eye contact or anything. I figured that she was really busy and didn't have time to look up at me. A different...

Lost Planet fun, not perfect

Steven Martin

March 6, 2007

"Lost Planet: Extreme Condition," a game for the XBOX 360, is an adequate third person shooter filled with ho-hum game play and some "holy crap" moments. "Lost Planet: EC" involves two of my favorite things, big giant insects and the weapons with which to make them go boom. In the game, players take on the role of Wayne, a soldier charged with ridding a Hoth-like planet of...

High school movie with a twist: ‘Saved!’ disappoints

Maria Johnson, Valley Oaks Charter School

June 23, 2004

With the potential to be either a really good movie or a sacrilegiously horrible one, "Saved!" with Mandy Moore, Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin and Patrick Fugit, merely presents problems and ignores solutions. While presenting controversial issues such as homosexuality and pre-marital sex, the entire movie played in the "grayish" area instead of taking either a liberal or conservative...

‘Shrek 2’: Wait to rent it

Emily Davis, Liberty High School

June 23, 2004

When you think of Mike Myers, you think of a hilarious actor. That's why I was surprised during "Shrek 2," because all of the comedy depended on the supporting characters like Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas). Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) played more serious roles this time, as their main focus was dealing with marital disagreements and struggling...

‘Stepford Wives’ a step above the rest

Kirsten Wirth, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

Supported by a star-studded cast, the remake of "The Stepford Wives" breaks the mold of its 1975 version, complete with new twists and fresh faces. Nicole Kidman stars as Joanna, president of a very feminist television station. After an aggressive firing, Joanna suffers a breakdown. Her husband Walter (brought to life with the skilled acting of Matthew Broderick) decides a...

‘Raising Helen’ raises rave reviews

Nikki Byrd, South High School

June 23, 2004

The phone rings, and just like any other time, you answer it. Boom. Your sister and brother-in-law are dead. The world around you freezes as the news hits home. It's unbelievable. Within a week, your carefree lifestyle has come to a screeching halt. Your sister left her three children in your care. Three kids with a woman who can hardly baby-sit? What was she thinking? This...

‘Around the World’ displays the typical Disney package

Valerie Urso, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

It's the little things in life. Like when you're thinking about a specific song you love and suddenly it comes on the car radio. Or when you're shopping and every single aisle is packed, but then a store clerk opens up a new one just as you walk up and you're in and out in two minutes. These little things may not make life great, but they make it bearable. The same principle...

BEST OF THE BLAZE: From hot dogs to churros

Sabrina De La Cruz, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

At the June 18 baseball game at Sam Lynn Ball Park, my focus was not on if the Bakersfield Blaze were winning or not, but what was blazing on the grill. That's right, I had the fortunate (later unfortunate) privilege to gobble down as much food as humanly possible. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. My first casualty of the evening was a thick, juicy hot dog....

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