Category: Arts and Entertainment

The Rat Hole takes you down a rabbit hole of vintage records

By Jacob Quezada Steve Jobs made history with the reveal of the iPod in 2001, and while the music industry sailed into the future, it was somehow also cast into oblivion. The days of the Walkman would be long gone, nevermind the cassette player, and you could totally forget about the vinyl record player. But

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Popculture Grab Bag: Combat but not ‘Kombat’

Director Simon McQuoid tests his might in Hollywood’s ongoing (losing) struggle to successfully translate video games to cinema. Does he succeed with his adaptation of this iconic fighting franchise? Tim Nacey is joined by fellow Viewpoints reporters Jonathan Ramirez and Tyrese Blue as well as multimedia editor Daniel Hernandez to find out! Before that, Tim

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‘Greta Van Fleet’ album is a breath of fresh air

By Stephanie Arenas Greta Van Fleet shot down my high expectations after the release of their 2019 album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.” Due to the generic lyrics and repetitive sound, I was expecting a fairly disappointing album this time around. However, the opposite happened and I was left pleasantly surprised by the band’s newest

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‘Mortal Kombat’ satisfies your thirst for blood

By Tim Nacey This movie contains the most blood that I’ve ever seen outside of the horror genre. If that got your attention in a positive way, “Mortal Kombat” was made for you. Video game movies haven’t been in a great place historically. In fact, they’re a bit of a laughing stock. The Hollywood machine

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Starry nights under groovy lights

By Jacob Quezada Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions proved difficult for downtown Riverside’s art scene, but recovery for these small, local businesses is on the horizon. Chelsea Franzer and Chris Perez, art enthusiasts and owners of The Paint Sesh, see this hope rising as pandemic restrictions are lifted. Known for their inclusiveness and judge-free attitude, the

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NFTs bring digital artists safer source of income

TO BID ON THIS NON-FUNGIBLE TOKEN, CLICK ON THE BUTTON: By Timothy Lewis  The art world at large is in a stirred presence after the sale of a Non-Fungible Token made by digital artist “Beeple.” for a whopping $69 million March 11. Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are currently taking the creative and crypto world by storm. Similar

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nobody’ dad breaks bad

By Alyssa Aldrete Bob Odenkirk has taken a beat down for the last 11 years. After several stints in the sketch comedy world during the late ’80s and early ’90s, Odenkirk struck gold in 2009 with his Emmy-nominated character Saul Goodman, a shifty lawyer that often finds himself at the brunt end of violence, courtesy

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MOVIE REVIEW: Live adaptation of ‘Tom and Jerry’ falls short of expectations

By Stephanie Arenas Longtime fans of the “Tom & Jerry” franchise have been disappointed and heartbroken. What began as a 1940’s animated cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera transformed into an entire franchise of spin-offs, video games and even movies. A more recent adaptation of the two characters was the premiere of

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