Hollywood’s blunders: a top 10 list

There are a lot of fantastic movies out there. Films that capture our imagination and make us want to either make our own movies or just watch more good movies. It seems every time one reaches into the classic cinema bucket, there is always more to grab ... Continue Reading →
Beth Martell, of Makanda, hangs “Ancestor” by local artist Mary Anne Wildwood, Sunday
for the “Day of the Dead” art exhibit in the first floor rotunda of Morris Library. “I just
got an idea and couldn’t hold it in,” Martell said. Martell began organizing this exhibit
after talking with first grade teacher Ruth Hoak, of Century Elementary in Ullin. Martell
and her friends were concerned with the loss of the Monarch butterflies and decided to
do what they could to raise awareness.
Ian Mullen • Daily Egyptian

Respecting and celebrating the dead

Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican holiday on Nov. 2 celebrated around the world. The holiday honors the death of ancestors through food, art, and other traditions. The Day of the Dead art exhibit in the first floor rotunda of ... Continue Reading →

“No Good Deeds” is no good

No one should leave a movie emotionless. The film’s job is to evoke feelings within you. A lack of feeling means a movie did the bare minimum. “No Good Deeds” (Rated PG- 13; 84 min) is the bare minimum of what it takes to be a film. “No Good ... Continue Reading →

Sugar Creek Music Festival to be held this weekend

Sugar Creek Music Festival will have a chance to sit and talk to their favorite artist Sept. 19 and 20 at the Cedar Lake Campgrounds in Vienna. Festival promoters Evin Betts and Peter Floyd officially announced the festival earlier this month via press ... Continue Reading →

Shawnee National Forest: Discovery in our own backyard

Southern Illinois really is a beautiful place, almost like a big playground for outdoor enthusiasts. With the Shawnee National Forest in the backyard, it would be hard to not find a new exciting area to explore. The forest holds anything a curious adventurer ... Continue Reading →

Dancing at the winery with Dirtwater Fox

Something about southern rock n’ roll gets people up and dancing. The upbeat drums, guitar, and bass connecting in perfect tone and the loud melodic vocals must serve as a factor. One band who strongly encourages a dancing feeling is southern Illinois’ ... Continue Reading →

Hangar 9 welcomes The Driftaways

With traditional reggae influences, ska-like brass progressions and a little dash of blues, The Driftaways are seven pieces of one funky puzzle. The Driftaways, from St. Louis, will perform Friday at Hangar 9. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Copecetic will open ... Continue Reading →

The top 10 best films of all time

What are the top ten best films of all time? Anyone who pays his or her hard earned cash for a movie tends to have an answer to this question, although it’s not an easy one. It is impossible to narrow down a list of all time best movies, but for the ... Continue Reading →

Emarosa ends four-year hiatus with ‘Versus’

When a band drops a vocalist, it could be because of internal or external reasons. When that happens, fans tend to worry, like in the case of David Lee Roth’s departure from Van Halen in 1985. Post-hardcore band Emarosa from Lexington, Ky. has had their ... Continue Reading →

EA takes one step forward and two backward

You would think after doing something 26 times, there would be a level of mastery achieved. With EA Games’ Madden football franchise, this is not the case. Madden 15 is the 27th edition of the franchise, but noticeable glitches make the release worse ... Continue Reading →

‘The Identical’ fails miserably

A serious drama is not supposed to make you laugh. It feels wrong. “The Identical”(Rated PG; 107 min) is one of those films. Every piece of dialogue, action — and sometimes even the music — all contribute to this unintentional laughter. “The ... Continue Reading →

The LouFest experience

The sun was at its highest point when I arrived, peeking in and out of passing clouds. The walk to the main festival was long, but refreshing with a near perfect temperature and the sound of drums and bass guitar in the distance. Sooner than I knew it, ... Continue Reading →

‘The November Man’ comes way too late

Now is the time of fantastic spy thrillers. A genre once thought a casualty of the Cold War ending has risen from its own ashes and reinvented itself. A genre once thought silly and unrealistic, now is viewed as gritty and exhilarating. “The November ... Continue Reading →
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The Way Down Wanderers combine styles and bring folk to town

We live in a fast-paced world. Everyone has their own ways of relaxing. Some go for easy listening to soothe their soul. Alternative folk band The Way Down Wanderers out of Peoria create vivid imagery through their lyrics and combine multiple backgrounds ... Continue Reading →
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Lucero talks about their start, venues and sound progression

Ever since the release of their debut album “The Attic Tapes” in 2000, Lucero has played hard rock and roll with a back-road, loving country sound that you can only find in Memphis, Tenn. The band have toured in North America for more then a decade. ... Continue Reading →
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