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‘Binding of Isaac’ remake overdone

‘Binding of Isaac’ remake overdone

  By: Matt Hotaling From the mind of game designer Edmund McMillen, comes the definitive version of his blasphemous and grotesque “The Binding of Isaac” (Isaac). “The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth” (Rebirth), released digitally last November, is a remake of the original “Binding of Isaac” which was released in September of 2011. McMillen originally intended the game to be a […]

by · February 12, 2015 · A&E
Kyla Lacey expresses herself through a spoken word piece.

Slam Poetry Night reveals great talents

  By Matthew Aceto Some call it poetry, others call it therapy. Through performing her compositions live, Kyla Lacey is able to turn her personal struggles into narratives that all can relate to. As a professional spoken word artist, Lacey travels the nation performing poems that are both heartfelt and humorous. On Saturday, students from MCLA and Williams College crowded […]

by · February 12, 2015 · A&E
Dark comedy ‘Better Call Saul’ returns to Albuquerque, N.M.

Dark comedy ‘Better Call Saul’ returns to Albuquerque, N.M.

  By: Matt Hotaling This past weekend AMC premiered the much anticipated “Breaking Bad” spin-off prequel “Better Call Saul”. “Better Call Saul” focuses on the titular crooked lawyer Saul Goodman six years before the events of “Breaking Bad”. Comedian and actor Bob Odenkirk reprises the role of Saul Goodman, real name James McGill. In “Breaking Bad” it is established that […]

by · February 12, 2015 · A&E
Tenth Annual Blues and Funk Festival tomorrow with food, activism, inspiration

Tenth Annual Blues and Funk Festival tomorrow with food, activism, inspiration

  By: Shirin Hijab Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Venable Gym MCLA Presents!’s Tenth Annual Blues and Funk Festival will begin with the reMINDers and Maya Azucena, and on Saturday, Arthur Holmes Blues Band, Misty Blues Band, and Albert Cummings Band will play. The event is free for students. This year is a “rewind year” where all the artists […]

by · February 5, 2015 · A&E
Screenshot courtesy of Rory Young of Neoseeker.com 2014

‘Monster Hunter’ demo exceeds expectations

  By:Matt Hotaling Gamers at MCLA huddled together over their Nintendo 3DSs as they geared up for the latest installment in the Monster Hunter franchise coming out next week. The Monster Hunter franchise, developed and published by Capcom, stretches back 11 years with its first title released on the Playstation 2. The franchise is immensely popular in Japan and has […]

by · February 5, 2015 · A&E
‘Selma’ and ‘American Sniper’ provoke debate, accuracy, heroism

‘Selma’ and ‘American Sniper’ provoke debate, accuracy, heroism

  By: Mitchell Chapman “American Sniper” and “Selma,” while both critical and financial hits, have sparked controversy over their portrayals of real-life people. American Sniper follows the story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the “deadliest sniper in American history” through his four tours of duty in Iraq. According to chriskyleamericansniper.info, Kyle is credited with 160 kills. Kyle in the movie is […]

by · February 5, 2015 · A&E, Features, News
Photo by Shirin Hijab/The Beacon

Nomadic Massive gives energetic set

  By: Shirin Hijab Nomadic Massive delivered a great, positive, and interactive concert experience at Mass MOCA on Saturday night. Their involvement with the audience, and their movement around the stage gave a special verve to their music. Most notable and beautiful was when they switched through several different languages including English, French, Creole, and Spanish. The four vocalists of […]

by · February 4, 2015 · A&E
Photo by Jay Tocoo/The Beacon

Wonder of science, art combine at Gallery 51

  By: Matthew Aceto Paintbrushes and phytoplankton, stencils and seafloors. Though they seem like polar opposites, art and science naturally coexist in a world full of imagery. Open now through March 22, Gallery 51’s new exhibit “Winter Green” brings these illustrations to life in a way that is both fascinating and informative. On Thursday, Jan. 29, Gallery 51 welcomed the […]

by · February 4, 2015 · A&E
Clark Exhibit Features Monet

Clark Exhibit Features Monet

By Rachel Fitterman The Clark Art Institute presents an unusual pairing of two fine art mediums in “Monet | Kelly,” a new exhibit that compares the work of French impressionist Claude Monet with that of modern artist Ellsworth Kelly. Both artists visited the island of Belle-Île, as well as the south provinces of France, and “Monet | Kelly” couples the […]

by · December 10, 2014 · A&E
Netflix and the Lost Art of Film

Netflix and the Lost Art of Film

By Christopher Johnson Netflix serves about 50 million viewers worldwide in 50 different countries, according to its own overview statement. For $7.99, a person can stream what is available. But, as Timothy Stenovec in The Huffington Post notes, what is available is dictated by how much Netflix is willing to pay for a specific movie and so they do not […]

by · December 10, 2014 · A&E, Opinion
Photo by Alex Butfilowski.

Dance Company Goes Strong

By Christopher Johnson The selection of songs for the dances in Dance Company’s show over the weekend flowed in such a way that not one song clashed with another. The verve during many of the dances and in the tonal transitions in between almost never dulled, so the intermission almost seemed unnecessary. It was refreshing to see both the energy […]

by · December 10, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
SPIRES Hosts Night of Featured Readers

SPIRES Hosts Night of Featured Readers

By Nicole L’Etoile SPIRES Literary Arts Magazine’s Featured Artist Night was filled with poetry, prose, short stories, and other readings by aspiring authors from the campus along with guest readers.  The pieces read ranged from silly to serious, sometimes bordering on bone chilling seriousness. The night featured readers who had prepared all types of pieces to perform in front of […]

by · December 10, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
Photo by Agnella Gross.

Strong Emphasis on Humor in ‘The Liar’

By Christopher Johnson The recent production of David Ives’s “The Liar” by MCLA’s Fine and Performing Arts Department was involved and intense, and made what could have been a boring story very intricate. The production relied heavily on the great talents of the actors and the strong writing by Ives adapted from 17th century French playwright Pierre Corneille, who was […]

by · December 3, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
Dance Co. Premieres Fall Show

Dance Co. Premieres Fall Show

By Nicole L’Etoile Dance Company will be presenting their fall show starting tonight and continuing through Saturday.  There are ten choreographers who have worked hard with their dancers to produce pieces for the performance. There are a number of changes that have not been present for the past couple of years, bringing a new feel to the show as a […]

by · December 3, 2014 · A&E
‘Alice’ is Dark, Gritty, Unusual

‘Alice’ is Dark, Gritty, Unusual

By Rachel Fitterman For those looking for a break from the usual, the 1988 Czech film “Alice” delivers. It’s a reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” but deviates from the cutesy norm into something much more nightmarish. There is nothing explicitly graphic or gory in director Jan Švankmajer’s Wonderland, but the low-tech stop motion and underlying violent themes […]

by · December 3, 2014 · A&E