Boiled chicken delivers convenience and versatility


Children are notorious for being the toughest food critics, and I was no exception. Immediately after my mother would pick me up from elementary school, I demanded to know what was for dinner. Spaghetti with tomato sauce was a reliable weeknight staple, as was anything that came out of Grandma’s kitchen. While I crinkled my […]

Final seasons a unique challenge for TV shows


Last week Sons of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire premiered the first episodes of their final seasons. Because television is an extremely competitive business, shows rarely get to finish their stories on their own terms like this. Ratings dip or fail to get off the ground in the first place, actors decide they want to leave […]

Jack the Ripper takes on new life through cinema


No other serial killer has infected our collective unconscious quite like Jack the Ripper. He is history’s resident boogeyman, a nameless, faceless ghoul who stalked the street corners around London’s Whitechapel District from 1888 until roughly 1891, murdering and mutilating at least five women, most of them prostitutes, before receding into the fog of myth. […]

Jhene Aiko gets soulful, personal in major label debut


Souled Out, Jhené Aiko’s newest album, was released Tuesday, and the soulful R&B singer’s creative composition and soft, haunting vocals create a soundscape that is both fresh and historic, blending genres into an album that operates as an artpiece.   While Aiko’s signature blend of R&B and hip-hop still remains, her most recent album opens […]

Affordable egg recipes liven up boring dorm food


Eggs are the chameleons of the culinary world. Endlessly versatile, they appear in sweet and savory dishes as main ingredients or garnishes. Their bright yellow yolks can be served runny, unctuous and oozing, or hard-boiled, thinly sliced and sprinkled with flaky salt. For college students, eggs can bind a handful of random ingredients into a […]

Is Joaquin Phoenix a bit too strange for Marvel?


In the weeks leading up to last summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, rumors were swirling like a cloak of levitation around Marvel Studios and its long-rumored big-screen treatment of Doctor Strange, the master of the mystic arts and sometime superhero whose arrival promises to inject Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe with a welcome dose of […]

Brosnan’s rich history as a spy deserves another look


From the suave swagger of Sean Connery to the steely-eyed pugilism of Daniel Craig, every generation gets the James Bond it deserves. In 1995, audiences were introduced to the latest incarnation of the dashing gentleman spy, played with a martini mix of mirth and magnetism by Pierce Brosnan, and the results were explosive. GoldenEye, directed […]

Emmy Awards lose luster due to lack of star power


The Emmys, supposedly the show to celebrate all the best in television, were held on a random Monday night in August this year. They were moved from their usual September date by the bigger and better ratings NBC can get with Sunday Night Football, and bullied off of their cushy football-less Sunday night slot by […]

Simple, affordable dishes begin with Italian pasta


Every week, I’ll be sharing simple, healthy and affordable recipes to encourage college students to cook from scratch. There are few foods more comforting than a steaming bowl of spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce. Familiar and satisfying, pasta is the ideal dish for a long night of studying or a cozy dinner with roommates. Since […]

Warner Bros. Studios unveil plans for Justice League


After years of frustrating false starts (Superman Returns, Green Lantern) and a disheartening number of unrealized or abandoned projects (Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman, George Miller’s computer-animated version of Justice League), the superstructure of the DC cinematic universe is finally beginning to take shape. While Marvel Studios continues to add to its menagerie of spandex-clad do-gooders, […]