The Big Idea

The Big Idea talks tour, new album

Acoustic folk-rock band The Big Idea has been on the music grind for the past five years, drawing their members from every corner of southeast Missouri, perfecting their groove every step of the way. Based out of Cape Girardeau, Mo., the former acoustic ... Continue Reading →

10 worst movies of 2014

“Gone Girl,” “Boyhood” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” are just some of this year’s films that will permeate greatness through the decades. While those films were brilliant, this was also a disappointing year. The franchising ... Continue Reading →

Roxie Randle continues to bring adult contemporary to winery

Building a musical foundation happens often at an early age, whether through a childhood epiphany or a musical interest passed down from family or friends. Growing up in the eastern Illinois farm town of Hutsonville, country-pop/rock artist Roxie Randle ... Continue Reading →

Retro Review: “Philadelphia”

The Daily Egyptian’s Tony McDaniel and Jack Robinson watched the film “Philadelphia”, which was given three and a half out four when it was released, to see if it stands up to the test of time. The 1993 film, “Philadelphia” (PG-13; 125 ... Continue Reading →

Year in review: Chase’s top 10 albums of 2014

Every year we are introduced to new social trends in art and pop culture, often becoming symbols for the year they emerge. In the past couple years, the music industry experienced a shift in what is considered “popular” in the ears of the masses. Some ... Continue Reading →

Top 10 video games of 2014

Playing video-games this year was like riding a roller coaster. Every up was followed by a down, giving gamers whiplash and frustration (hopefully no vomiting).  After countless trailers and demos, many games looked like fresh, mouth-watering donuts, ... Continue Reading →

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ migrates the right way

The original “Madagascar” film hit theaters in May of 2005. Comprised of an all-star cast including Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, it ascended to the top of the box office and has direct sequels to its name. Movie-goers easily forget plots, especially ... Continue Reading →

Drew Baldridge crosses county lines to Copper Dragon

Making it big as a young artist in Nashville, Tenn., can be intimidating for some, considering thousands of talented musicians are all looking for their big break. However, Drew Baldridge, a country musician from Patoka, met the city head-on and created a ... Continue Reading →

Best Films of 2014

2014 was an odd year for film. While certain movies seemed like guaranteed wins, others showed Hollywood continuing to make the same mistakes. It was a year for the underdogs. It was the year of the surprise hits. The movies below are some of the best. 10. ... Continue Reading →

Southern Illinois looks forward to holiday events

2014 Holiday Craft Sale The Student Center craft shop will host its 34th Holiday Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the south end of the Student Center on the first floor art gallery. The sale will ... Continue Reading →

Morris Library exhibit sheds a new light on coal mining

The life and times of a coal miner can be far from glamorous. Although the death rate has decreased since the early 20th century, the number of mining-related fatalities in the U.S. did not dip below triple digits until 1985, according to the Mine ... Continue Reading →

Nintendo releases a ‘Smash’-ing good time

Nintendo fans have enjoyed pitting their favorite characters against each other for 15 years, and “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” is the crown jewel of the popular fighting franchise. “Smash” has been an installment on every Nintendo console since ... Continue Reading →

‘Horrible Bosses 2’ is identical to predecessor

Hollywood spews sequels. If a film makes anything close to a successful gross, a sequel is basically guaranteed. It does not matter how unnecessary it might be, it is a golden cash cow in the eyes of studio executives. While comedy sequels tend to be ... Continue Reading →

Love, despair and hope make up ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking is a compelling human being and one of the most intelligent men on earth. His story is one of hope, despair, love and many other emotions rolled into one. “The Theory of Everything” (Rated R; 123 min) is a biopic drama directed by ... Continue Reading →

Top five winter albums to look forward to

The winter season is the time of year when people tend to abandon their typical playlists and replace them with the holiday sounds of Michael Bublè or the nostalgic voice of Bing Crosby. On the other side of the spectrum, there are people who stay as ... Continue Reading →
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