Best Summer Movies

"The Conjuring"
Finally, a scary movie that's actually scary. The Perron family moves into a new house and disturbing things happen. The family calls on Ed and Loraine Warren, a couple who deals with supernatural events. It's based on a true story, which should be enough to scare you.

"Pacific Rim"

This science fiction movie is set in the 2020s and directed by Guillermo del Toro. Kaijus, which are monsters that attack highly populated cities, emerge from a rift in the Pacific Ocean. Humans fight back with Jagers, robots made to be piloted by two people. The dialogue isn't that great, but the action, explosions, 3D and special effects make up for it.

"Wolverine"

Hugh Jackman is back in this Marvel movie. It hit big at the box office and with plenty of action for the fellas and shirtless scenes for the ladies, it's not hard to see why.

Worst Summer Movies

“Grown-ups 2”

Adam Sandler and his crew are back in the sequel to his 2010 movie. The film is full of immature, unfunny gags and jokes which make it no better than the original.

“R.I.P.D.”

Boston Police Department Detective Nick Walker, played by Ryan Reynolds, gets killed in the line of duty. He is then transported to the Rest in Peace Department to patrol for spirits who failed to cross over. It’s adapted from a comic book and did not live up to it. The film is predictable and just plain terrible.

Best Summer Albums

“Yeezus”

Kanye West released his sixth studio album this summer on June 18. Its sound is aggressive and incorporates an electronic style and a plethora of drum machines, while lyrics detail the perils of fame. The tone is undoubtedly angry, but the truth behind the fury makes this album Yeezy’s most revealing to date.

“Magna Carta…Holy Grail”

Jay-Z’s twelth studio album was released on July 8. The songs are a collection of Jay’s signature style and, like his peer Kanye West, the lyrics deal with the perils of fame. The album features special guests Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean,and wife, Beyoncé. In short, Jay-Z does Jay-Z.

Worst summer album

“Stars Dance”

Selena Gomez released her first studio album without her band The Scene this summer. The album is a standard Disney girl’s pitiful attempt at a grown-up album. You can’t miss the stale dance beats and unimpressive lyricism.

Best TV show

“Orange is the New Black”

Not exactly a TV show, but Netflix struck gold with this new comedy-drama. The show is the memoirs of Piper Kerman’s experience in prison. The show has garnered favorable reviews because it refuses to oversimplify its complicated characters, portraying the women convicts as complex individuals.

Worst TV Show

“The Challenge: Rivals II”

This is the 24th season of MTV’s show, “The Challenge.” Rivals from past seasons of the Real World have to partner up with their worst enemy to compete for a share of a $350,000 prize. Rehashing drama that is a decade old? Yeah, no thanks.

Student's Reactions

    When school is out of session for summer, students have more free time than usual. Entertainment’s best season is summer, and UT students took advantage of the latest movie releases and kept up with the latest news to keep busy during the warm months.

On the Festival Grounds

A major summer event for music lovers which was the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival hosted in Nashville’s neighboring city, Manchester. Held June 13 to 16, the festival featured headlining artists like Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore.

“It wasn’t any one musician but a combination of Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar and the fact that it’s Bonnaroo.” said Zana Operta, a recent graduate of UT who attended Bonnaroo for the first time this summer.
Operta said that a big part of the four day festival is the camping experience.

“It was actually freezing at night and then got hot at seven,” Operta said, who camped out in a tent like many other festival-goers. “It wasn’t that hot actually but I wore bathing suits and drank a ton of water and sought shade.”


At the box office

A number of highly anticipated movies came out this summer including a trio of superhero films: “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “Wolverine.”  

Ashley Fox, a senior double majoring in Spanish and Hispanic studies, saw “Wolverine” in theater and said the film fit Marvel Comic’s common form and showed significant improvement from the series’ last movie.

“They have to keep it to Marvel standard, fill it with action, but still have some story to bring it in,” Fox said. “I liked that the women of the movie weren’t stereotypical either, there is a red-headed girl who recruits him, who really made the audience like her.”   

Another popular movie this summer was “The Conjuring.”

“I love horror movies,” said Michael Porter, senior majoring in political science. “It was really scary and it was well put together. And the fact that it’s based on a true story made it that much more intense.”  

Even though “The Great Gatsby” (staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan) wasn’t so popular with film critics, it was well received by the common college audience.

“It was really flashy and the special effects were amazing,” Porter said. “It was suspenseful, it kept me at the edge of my seat and I just wanted to know what happened next.”

In our memory

On July 13, actor Cory Monteith, who was best known for his role as Finn Hudson in the musical television show “Glee,” passed away due to drug overdose. Monteith was 31 at the time of his death.

“It’s sad to see someone young go,” Fox said. “I saw that he battled with drug addiction all his life. I’m assuming what he used to do was too much for his body after rehab and being clean.”

Across the pond

In the spring and summer of 2011, the excitement of the royal wedding of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, becoming the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was just tapering off. This summer, royal fever struck again.
On July 22, the Duchess gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. The birth of the little prince headlined international media, with news about the royal family.

“It just isn’t that relevant to me,” said Fox. “I see why it’s important historically and what not, but so long as he’s healthy and safe it doesn’t matter much. I can see why people were interested, but I think the majority were only interested since it’s royalty.”