B-TEN’s Letter to Santa

by Gabe Carey

Dear Santa Claus,

In August 2012, I was merely a junior in highschool. At the time, I was still trying to figure things out, like most highschool students. I was going to a school full of kids that I felt relatively distant from. I was excluded. So, I’d spend most of my days alone, relying on tech news sites like Engadget to keep me entertained. Shortly after, I decided to start a blog, which I would entitle Bullogna Technology and Entertainment News, later abbreviated as B-TEN. The name derived from a substitute teacher I had at the time, who mentioned that her boyfriend — or husband, I can’t really remember — was full of bologna. From then on, I was fascinated by that euphemism. It was a way of saying bull– well, you know– without directly saying it.

Opinion- Steven’s Review of 2014 in Film

As we wrap up the year everyone is beginning to take a look back at everything they did and their favorite picks from the various media forms. Today when I was cleaning out my desk drawer I came across all the ticket stubs I had saved throughout the year. I went to the movie theater 23 times this year based off of my collection of movie tickets. That is actually only four tickets less than all the movie tickets I have from May 12, 2007 (Spider-Man 3) to June 22, 2013 (Monsters University). So I decided to list them all as a form of wrapping up 2014 in Film. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what I watched and what I thought on each.

Why You Should Be Excited for Spectre

by Steven Santana

Director Sam Mendes revealed last Thursday that the twenty fourth Bond film would be titled Spectre. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Skyfall, released in 2012 as a celebration of Bond’s 50 anniversary. And Spectre appears to be righting the only wrong I could find in Skyfall, which was abandoning the plot of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. So here are my arguments for why Spectre is going to be great and why you should care.

Fire is Catching: Hunger Games Mockingjay Review

by Lauren Baughman

Since its release, Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 has kept its place as number one in the box office and will probably stay there for quite some time, possibly until The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies comes out. But does this actually mean anything? Is it worth watching? Absolutely!

Cinderella: More Than a Pretty Film?

by Lauren Baughman

After a few months of teasers, one of which just focusing on a shoe, Disney released the full trailer for their live action Cinderella movie set to come out in March. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below. And if you have and interested in an unpopular opinion, keep reading.

Dragon Ball Z Fukkatsu no F Announced

by Steven Santana

A scan of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine’s January 2015 issue reveals that there is a new Dragon Ball Z movie coming and it’s title is Dragon Ball Z Fukkatsu no F. The subtitle roughly translates to Frieza’s Resurrection as fukkatsu means “revived” or “restored” and the F in the title is a stand in for Frieza’s name. Frieza is perhaps Dragon Ball Z’s most iconic villain, taking up a large majority of the shows second arc, called the Namek Saga. He is known for his pink and purple lips and color tone, as well as beginning the trend of villains transforming into different physical forms in order to increase in strength. His battle with Goku at the climax of the Namek saga lasts over four hours. Thankfully his return appearances have been much shorter. After his “death” on Namek he is put back together as mecha-Frieza but killed by Future Trunks. He is seen a few more times while in hell with other villains, and makes a short appearance in GT only to be defeated by a child version of Goku. Fukkatsu no F marks his first appearance in the flesh since his death at the hands of Future Trunks.

Marvel Movie Madness

by Lauren Baughman

Yesterday, Marvel fans learned that the previously announced Doctor Strange movie, would star BBC actor Benedict Cumberbatch. We’ve also been graced with the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. So of course, today, they unleashed the full tidal wave of upcoming films. Brace yourselves for the next few years of Marvel goodness.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Official Trailer Release

by Lauren Baughman

Hunger Games fans rejoice! The first full trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has hit the internet and it looks amazing! After a few months of short teasers, the full trailer finally gives us a look at Katniss as the Mockingjay and all the toys she’ll be using against The Capital.

Awesome Mix: Vol 1 Takes The Billboard Top Spot

by Maryroma Morris

Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy is the second highest grossing film on the US Box office chart this week. The film has been hugely successful to date grossing $334,845,82 since its release in early August and its Awesome Mix: Vol 1  soundtrack that has certainly captured peoples attention.

Persona 3 The Movie: No. 1, Spring of Birth Review

By Sheila Tan

Here’s a scenario: You are a video game noob. You find topics such as philosophy, mythology, and psychology interesting. You are ruminative. You are seeking to expand your knowledge of Japanese culture and anime. You want to understand ‘darker’ video games and go out of your comfort zone of gold coins, mushrooms, and Daisies. You are a film buff, but you prefer movies that aren’t in the fantasy or sci-fi genre. My friend, this movie is for you. (Okay, I’m talking to myself here.)

Community: A Few Words in Memory of Robin Williams

We here at B-TEN were devastated today at the passing of screen legend Robin Williams. Social networks are ablaze as fans take to the Internet to express their sentiments at the loss of this wonderful, charismatic, sensational man. As a comedian, Williams brought the house down time and time again with irrepressible humor through his signature, other-worldly and energetic performance style. As an actor he touched all of our lives with his warm personality and unforgettable portrayals of memorable and beloved characters.