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Review: Luke Cage on Netflix

Review: Luke Cage on Netflix

October 26, 2016

Marvel has really stepped up their game in the last few years. Aside from movies, Marvel has been ta...

Review: American Horror Story

Review: American Horror Story

October 21, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, FX premiered the fourth series in the “American Horror Story” anthology....

Review: ‘Take One and Pass it Back’

Review: ‘Take One and Pass it Back’

September 23, 2014

Last September, David Montalvo and Victor Collaso were eating tacos at Sergio’s restaurant when inspiration struck. The idea was to create a sitcom...

Mid-Season recommendations: ABC’s The Quest

Mid-Season recommendations: ABC’s The Quest

September 9, 2014

For a long time, audiences of reality TV have known that the shows they have been watching are just the...

Review: Louis C.K. “Oh My God”

Matthew Greenberg, Sports Editor

April 23, 2013

Filed under Television Review

  4.0 out of 5 Stars Louis C.K. is back in all of his self-depreciating glory in his newest stand-up special Oh My God, which aired exclusively on HBO on Saturday, April 13. As one of the foremost comedians on the stage today, Louis C.K. has grown to magnificent fame from past stand-up specials such as Hilarious (2010)...

MTVU For You, NEIU?

Matt Hansen, Contributing Writer

March 5, 2012

Filed under Television Review

MTVU is a channel that Viacom created to extend the reach of its artists and advertisers into the hearts and minds of college students. It is the Student Union's one and only choice for entertainment on four different 42" flat screen TVs in the downstairs cafeteria. It broadcasts throughout the day, offering a mix of music videos,...

Review: Jersey Shore

Jacklyn Nowotnik, Arts and Life Editor

January 24, 2012

Filed under Television Review

  I think it may be safe to say that I am a Jersey Shore-aholic. Ok…well maybe that is a bit extreme, but I do get excited for Jersdays (Jersey Shore and Thursday)! I started watching Jersey Shore when they were in their 2nd season in Miami. Like others, I swore I would never fall into the "shore craze"; however thanks to MTV's marathon of Jersey Shore a couple years ago, I am now a fan. I have quite a few friends who will refuse and to this day still question why I watch such a show and as bad as this sound, I'm going to say it anyway. I love to watch Jersey Shore because during the middle of the week when things are crazy busy and I feel like the weekend can't come fast enough; I can come home every Thursday night to find that my DVR just recently recorded my weekly fix of Guidettes and juice-head problems. It sounds really dumb I know, but I just feel a lot better knowing that there are some people out there that not even Wikipedia can help. At this point of the show, our pale cast of Jersey Shore roommates comes straight from Florence, Italy to Seaside Heights, New Jersey. After being in Seaside for while, the cast has enjoyed getting their haircuts/ nails done, tanning and going to the gym. Of course there's still some tension between Snooki and the Situation over a "hook up" that may or may not have happened earlier this year…a hook up that Snooki's boyfriend (Jionni) may not know about. Aside from that drama, the youngest guido in the house, Vinny, is suffering from anxiety. At this point he's not sure why he's in this funk, but the whole house can feel it and it throws everyone's mood off. Luckily Pauly D is here to save the day and their bromance by taking Vinny out for a manicure and pedicure. Vinny seems to feel better after, so the whole house goes to a night club called Karma. Every one brings home some one to take to bed except Vinny and Jwoww. Unfortunately the girl Pauly D brings home pulls a robbery (takes) on his gold chain and goes home with it. The next day is spent with Pauly looking for his chain (which the girl eventually brings back later), and Ronnie tries to talk to Vinny about how he's feeling. At this point it's pretty clear that the way Vinny's feeling isn't something that's just going to go away. Later that night, everyone decides they want to go out but it's best if Pauly stays with Vinny to talk some sense back into him. Little does Pauly know that Vinny is already ready to call a cab and go back home! The end of the show definitely leaves you with sadness because you can feel the closeness of Vinny and Pauly's friendship rip apart as Vinny walks out the door. Compared to other episodes, not much happened in this one. Outside of Vinny leaving and Pauly getting his chain temporarily stolen, the Shore house is at peace. I expect that with Vinny gone; the dynamic of the house will change, leaving more room for drama. I mean it can't possibly be the shore house if there's no drama. I don't except to see Ronnie and Sammi break up, however, I do see Snooki and Jionni getting into a couple arguments, as well as Jwoww and her boyfriend, Roger. I really hope Vinny comes back to the house, because what is Pauly without his bro? However, I guess I'll just have to wait to see what happens. Overall, slow start for the Shore, but hopefully things pick up. Fist Pump!...