Highlights from the Event: Conversation On Movies

Students discuss film at the first monthly Conversation Event for October in the Restaurant in Building 4, Hawk’s Nest.

The first Conversation Event for the month of October, sponsored by the Christian Conversation Club, included loads of interesting discussion about students’ favorite movies and why they appreciate them. One topic was whether the students attending prefered movies with a lot of action or movies that are more dramatic, with a heavy focus on character, or those with a little of each. In addition, there were some great conversations about how the films discussed (and films in general) make an impact on our lives.  Continue reading “Highlights from the Event: Conversation On Movies”

Calling All Movie Fans! Conversation Event at BHC QC Campus on October 11

Do you enjoy watching and discussing movies? Interested in how cinema affects us? All Black Hawk College students are invited to the October 11th Conversation Event On Movies, sponsored by the Christian Conversation Club of Black Hawk College.

“We plan to discuss many different viewpoints on movies, including genre, personal preferences regarding content and viewing, and cinema’s impact in our lives,” says CCC’s  Vice-President Ashley Hanson.  Continue reading “Calling All Movie Fans! Conversation Event at BHC QC Campus on October 11”

The Emoji Movie: Sell-Out of The Century



That’s right. It really happened. Sony pictures made an animated movie about emojis. If you’ve been scrounging the internet in search of saucy reviews, odds are you know by now that The Emoji Movie is bad. Really bad. In fact, so bad that it’s one of the lowest rated movies on sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, despite its 50-some million-dollar budget. I mean, for crying out loud, it’s a movie about emojis. How good can it be? Despite the negative criticism, the movie actually made a decent profit. It’s hard to believe that a movie about emojis could manage to round up hundreds of millions of dollars, but it did. After watching the movie myself, I can honestly say that it deserves the ⅕ stars, 2/10 stars, and measly 5% and 12%’s it’s been getting from critics around the world. Let’s take a minute to analyze the awfulness that is The Emoji Movie, as well as its undeniable success. Continue reading “The Emoji Movie: Sell-Out of The Century”

please let your babies grow up to be cowboys

the ranch

If you’ve been browsing on Netflix lately, chances are you’ve seen a show that incorporates top-grade country music, an iconic mustache, and an unfortunate pair of Ugg boots.

The Ranch is a sitcom unlike anything else Netflix has produced to date; filmed with only a handful of different sets in the studio, its essence is a throwback to other classics like Cheers or Full House.

Ten episodes of the first season were released on April 1st of this year; with each show only being half an hour long, a binge-watcher could do some serious damage in just one day.

Everyone in my household actually came together to watch history unfold: Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher, the infamous Steven Hyde and Michael Kelso, teamed up again as the Bennett brothers.

Colt Bennett, played by Kutcher, is the hometown football hero, who has arrived home with his tail between his legs after falling short on his dream of becoming a big-time professional football player.

Jameson ‘Rooster’ Bennett, played by Masterson, has continued to help out his daddy on the ranch for the last 15 years while Colt has been away. With a lot of the same quirks and mannerisms as his character “Hyde” from That 70s Show, this beer-guzzling redneck has the best “horse walks into a bar” jokes on television.

Sam Elliott portrays their father, Beau Bennett, who’s the living definition of a stubborn old ox. Thankfully his voice is enough to cause any woman to swoon to the floor in a puddle of mush — my mother included.

While the story unfolds, we see the screenwriters taking full advantage of the fact that the show is not on cable; there are multiple instances where characters drop the F-bomb, or some other forgivable four lettered words. You will also see a hiney — I’m not gonna say who’s — but the ladies will not be disappointed.

And if you’re a George Jones fan, there’s a scene that is pure GOLD.

Some of the haters/critics alike argue that the show is nothing that we haven’t seen before. Colt is just another son who is seeking the approval of his father. Beau is just another cranky, hard-headed old man who can’t even stand the fact that there is almond milk in his fridge: “What the *bleep* is almond milk…show me the tit on an almond.”

However, the show’s charm emulates a family many viewers either relate to, or enjoy learning more about. It takes a character that would otherwise be made into a cliche and manages to poke fun at it in a loving-family way.

The Bennett men win the medal for quick-wit sarcasm and stubbornness; without a doubt, Colt and Rooster have learned from the best. Sam Elliot’s lines in this show are a mix between the ideals of your grandfather and the comedic wisdom of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.

Just some examples include: “What kind of *bleep* spends 85 dollars on a pair of jeans?”, “Sushi is fish for men who don’t know how to build a fire”, and “A man doesn’t grow a mustache, the mustache grows the man.”

Many of Beau’s ideals may seem old fashioned, but there’s enough modern-day turmoil occurring between his marriage and the state of the ranch for the character to be relatable to the generations after him as well.

The Ranch is one of those shows that can perk you up regardless of the mood you’re in. My family would sit down and watch it at the end of the day for the same reason we’d turn on Jimmy Fallon after the news — it makes you smile.

More episodes are set to debut later this year, but the release date is still pending. Hopefully they air sooner rather than later; I miss seeing me some Rooster!

Deadpool: Crimson Deviant Vessel


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When I walked into the theatre to watch Dead Pool, I thought I would be watching another Marvel Comic book turned movie film.  However, what I got was anything but a normal superhero movie.  Deadpool is unlike any normal hero.  He is sarcastic and deviant.  Every five minutes he seemed to be doing something that caused the audience to laugh.

What surprised me was the way his mutant gene was activated.  Considering most of the X-men universe was born with their powers.  Seeing the process to active Deadpool’s powers was a very gruesome scene.  Watching Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) suffocate in a tube without much oxygen to later look scared because of his powers is something not easily forgotten.

Having an R rating was the best choice for this movie.  It’s not a full on family super hero movie; it’s  geared more toward an older audience, giving Deadpool a different edge than what has come out for heros in recent years.

I actually can say I went into the film thinking that I was going to hate it because the previews of it looked like something I wouldn’t watch.  

By the time I left the theatre, I was laughing harder than I thought I ever would.  Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job.  His sense of humor alone reinforces the comedy that I did not expect to find in an R rated film.

In the end, Deadpool may not be what everyone thought it would be, but if you’re a Ryan Reynolds fan, it’s worth the watch.

Gabbing with grunt: Is there a perfect time to be single?


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Life in your twenties is magical; you can be studying for your Masters while drinking chocolate milk out of a Superman cup. People make excuses for you if you were out all night because obviously you don’t know any better. And all around you, your high school classmates are getting married and having babies, not necessarily in that order. Continue reading “Gabbing with grunt: Is there a perfect time to be single?”

‘The Intern’ delights with knowledge for new generations

intern from joejcom dot files dot wordpress dot comTo open the door for her or not open the door, that is the question. Robert De Niro is Ben Whittaker, an over-eager senior intern at an online fashion company. Jules Ostin, portrayed by Anne Hathaway, is the founder of the company and Whittaker’s new boss, but Whittaker is more like the male equivalent of a fairy god-mother than just a new intern. Continue reading “‘The Intern’ delights with knowledge for new generations”

Psychotic thriller turns “perfectly” boring

perfect guy from pmchollywoodlifeYou’ve seen it a thousand times before. A guy falls for the wrong girl. A girl falls for the wrong guy, but before that, there’s some serious stalking going on and bunnies are being boiled. Substitute a cat for the bunny and you have the ironically titled, generic thriller “The Perfect Guy” that somehow wound up on the big screen instead of being on Lifetime. Continue reading “Psychotic thriller turns “perfectly” boring”