Articles by Ben DeVictor

Take a trip through Silent Hill, if you dare

The Silent Hill franchise has taken quite a beating recently. After the lukewarm reception of “Silent Hill 4,” publisher Konami began outsourcing the survival horror juggernaut to western developers. Results have varied from terrible (“Silent Hill: Homecoming”) to excellent but ignored (“Silent Hill: Shattered Memories”). Either way, the series has never again reached the heights…

Summer movie explosion!

It’s almost summer movie season! It’s the time of year when fight scenes and explosions reign, and all those artsy movies can buzz off. Grab some popcorn and take a seat as The CN gives you the run down on this summer’s biggest flicks. The Avengers (May 4) The movie all you nerds have been…

Andrew Bird puts new use to centuries-old instrumentation

Since leaving the band Bowl of Fire, Andrew Bird has rode the express train to success and hasn’t looked back. Bird’s pop-folk anthems and eclectic instrumentation have made him a hero to indie music lovers everywhere This trend doesn’t stop with his sixth LP, titled “Break It Yourself.” Despite the rather horrendous looking cover art,…

‘21 Jump Street’ – re-done and well-done

In recent years, Hollywood has become a barren wasteland absolutely void of creative ideas. Trying to find ideas for movies, they ruffle through books, old TV shows, video games and even board games. If they can’t after that, they remake movies that have already been made. They recycle the same old crap over and over…

Oscar Predictions 2012

This year’s Academy Awards are this Sunday. There’s an interesting batch of nominees in the race this year, spanning genres from silent film to gross-out comedy. It’s Clooney vs. Pitt, Streep vs. Davis, Scorsese vs. Malick. Who are you rooting for? The Carroll News predicts the winners and the losers – Ben DeVictor Best Picture…

Rockin’ in a winter wonderland with Brite Winter Music Festival

When one pictures a music festival, the image that probably comes to mind is an outdoor stage on a hot summer day. Cleveland’s local recording studio, Bad Racket, sees things a bit differently. It’s looking to help put on a music festival right here in Cleveland this weekend, in the middle of frigid February. Bad…

Not very memorable: ‘The Vow’

“The Vow” seems like a perfect date movie. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, who play the lead roles, are fun together and are really what hold the movie up. McAdams and Tatum play a couple, Paige and Leo, who are madly in love. But after a car accident, Paige ends up in a coma and…

Interview: The talented Booboo Stewart

Booboo Stewart is not only an actor, but he is also a writer, a model, a dancer, a stuntman and a musician. He also plays Seth Clearwater in the massively successful “Twilight” film series.  Booboo traveled to Cleveland last week to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I.” …

Commercial success

For most, the Super Bowl is about watching two football teams in a riveting game where hopefully the team you’re rooting for wins. But for the people who don’t care about football, or could care less about the Giants and the Patriots, it’s all about the commercials. There are also a select few who want…

Nintendo in trouble

There was a time when Nintendo reigned king of all video game systems. Since then, both Sony and Microsoft have become giants themselves in the market with the Playstation and the Xbox, respectively. Now, it seems like these competitors could be the least of Nintendo’s worries. As it falls into financial trouble, Nintendo is looking…

Midseason TV schedule looks promising

Finally, reruns are over. All your favorite shows are back with brand new episodes. But premiering with them are plenty of brand new midseason shows. These five are the most anticipated of the bunch. House of Lies (Showtime) Sundays at 10 p.m. Showtime’s new half-hour comedy is centered on a consulting firm that tricks corporate…

‘Shame’ review: A different kind of addiction

When it comes to the subject of sex addiction, our culture has taken an attitude of humorous deniability. Movies like “Blades of Glory” use the condition as a punchline, while news of Tiger Woods confessing that he has a sex addiction are met with slews of laughter and lines like “Not a bad condition to…

Reach for the skies: ‘Skyward Sword’ impresses

When the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, it promised a revolution in gaming. Motion controls were the future, and would give the player complete control of their in-game actions. Yet, for the most part, the Wii was littered with lazy, gimmicky games that tacked on “waggle” controls in ineffective and often annoying ways. If…

Simon Pegg: from cult star to action hero

The Carroll News: Can you tell us a little bit about what your motion capture experience was on “The Adventures of Tintin?”   Simon Pegg: It was very new for everybody, even Steven Spielberg because it was his first motion capture film. I think we were all on our first day of school to some…

OurView: Come together, stop Sandler

I am, and always have been, very proud to be a John Carroll student. But last week, something happened that made me question that pride. While walking to class through the atrium, my eyes were drawn to the bulletin board. There, posted on the wall between a flu shot ad and a poster for a…

JCU alumni cause a ‘Bad Racket’

A little over a year ago, JCU alumni Thomas Fox and Adam Wagner teamed up with local sound engineer James Kananen to start a recording company right here in Cleveland. The Carroll News recently got to chat with Thomas Fox about the company, called Bad Racket, and its recent one-year anniversary party.   The Carroll…

‘Tis the Season for Movies

Now that Halloween is over, it’s officially the holiday movie season. A time where Oscar hopefuls and Christmas movies take over the local multiplexes, this year there are almost as many sequels being released as in the summertime. But amidst the predictable holiday fare, there are a few that are standing out as must-see movies.…

Blink-182’s new album fails

It’s been 11 years since Blink-182 exploded onto the music scene asking the question, “What’s my age again?” With their latest LP, titled “Neighborhoods,” the answer to that question is, “kind of old.” “Neighborhoods” is a pretty big deal. It’s the pop-punk trio’s first album in eight years, and the expectations have been mounting since…

Blink-182’s new album fails

It’s been 11 years since Blink-182 exploded onto the music scene asking the question, “What’s my age again?” With their latest LP, titled “Neighborhoods,” the answer to that question is, “kind of old.” “Neighborhoods” is a pretty big deal. It’s the pop-punk trio’s first album in eight years, and the expectations have been mounting since…

The odds are good for ‘50/50’

Wait, cancer isn’t supposed to be funny, right? Well, Joseph Gordon-Levitt begs to differ. His new movie “50/50” has all the makings of your typical Judd Apatow comedy, with the exception that the main character has cancer. It’s heavier in the drama department, and Judd Apatow is in no way involved in the project. Don’t…

Beirut brings in ‘The Tide’

Beirut is one of those bands you have to be in the mood to listen to. Their emphasis on strings and horns might cause their sound be considered “too pretty” for some, and Zach Condon’s lulling voice has a tendency to put people to sleep. But with their latest LP, “The Rip Tide,” Beirut has…

Long awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers album fails to impress

A lot has changed for the Red Hot Chili Peppers since they released their lengthy double-LP Stadium Arcadium in 2006. They’re five years older, many of them have moved on to side projects, and they have once again had to replace their lead guitarist. Despite this, “I’m With You” does not attempt to venture into…

Franco shines as a one-man show in ‘127 Hours’

SPOILER ALERT: He cuts off his own arm. “127 Hours” tells the extraordinary true story of Aron Ralston, the 27 year-old hiker who became trapped in a Utah canyon when his right hand was pinned under a boulder.  After five days, he cut off his own arm with a dull knife in order to escape…

Album review: ‘Congratulations’

In 2008, Wesleyan University college students Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden hit it big. Their recently formed indie rock band MGMT released their first major label studio album, “Oracular Spectacular,” to be a huge success. The album sold over a million copies worldwide and was certified Gold in the U.S.   Their sound was described by…