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Taggart’s Take: Subscription Service May Be Answer to Declining Movie Ticket Sales

MoviePass is accepted at most major cinema chains and currently offers customers the chance to view one movie each day for as little as $6.95 per month.

Michael Taggart, Editor-in-chief

November 24, 2017

Movie theaters and film studios have fought the tide of declining ticket sales for years thanks to the onslaught of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon that keep movie viewers, especially college students, at home. On other fronts, the film industry competes with inexpensive DVD rental...

Taggart’s Take: Electronic Dance Music May be ‘Revolution’ Genre for Millennial Generation

Tiësto performs at Something Wicked on Oct. 29. He and other EDM DJs generate $7.4 billion dollars in revenue for the music industry.

Michael Taggart, Editor-in-chief

November 10, 2017

Trends come and go faster than a quick scroll through your Twitter feed, and the same goes for trends in the music industry. But with music, every generation witnesses something big. Not a trend or fad, but a movement. Sure, each generation has its own soundtrack, and every so often a new style of...

Taggart’s Take: Gamers May Fall Prey to Industry’s Predatory Practices

Borrowing from the free-to-play mobile market, video game developers rely heavily on loot boxes and other microtransaction content to maximize profits. Weary of potential pitfalls, some countries have banned loot boxes categorizing them as online gambling.

Michael Taggart, Editor-in-chief

October 27, 2017

We all have our way of decompressing after a long day, be it listening to music, watching a movie, or scrolling through our social media feeds. Another popular choice and my personal favorite is playing video games. In 2016, video game revenue totaled a whopping $24.6 billion. However, not all of the...

Taggart’s Take: YouTube Sensation PewDiePie Back in Hot Water

Controversial online celebrity Felix Kjellberg attends the London premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec. 16, 2015. In the latest of a series of offensive incidents, a video of the star using a racial slur went viral costing Kjellberg several lucrative deals.

Michael Taggart, Editor-in-chief

October 13, 2017

Online celebrity and mega-influencer Felix Kjellberg, or PewDiePie as he is known to his 57 million YouTube channel subscribers, is under fire once again. And this time, the consequences are well deserved. On Sept. 10, while streaming footage of himself playing the online game “PlayerUnknown’s...

Kister’s Connection: Better Bites and Decadent Delights Raise the Bar at Local Cinemas

Although still popular, a box of movie theater popcorn is taking a back seat to the latest trend in higher end theater food offerings like those available at Star Cinema Grill.

Rebecca Kister, Editor-in-chief

April 28, 2017

A night at the movies is not what it used to be. This is especially true for movie-goers spending an evening kicked back in a recliner enjoying "Rogue One" while scarfing down a Kalifornia burger chased with a Jack and Coke to the sounds of blaster rounds firing in the background. Nowadays, Houston...

Kister’s Connection: Local Repair Shop Goes Retro With ‘90s Arcade Games

Customers waiting for repairs at Game Guys can pass the time playing old-school classics like Super Mario or enjoy the latest games on newer consoles.

Rebecca Kister, Editor-in-chief

April 14, 2017

The Golden Age of the video arcade has come and gone but video gaming is still booming, so it may not be time to retire your parents’ Donkey Kong just yet. Although arcades are not as common as they once were, one brave local entrepreneur has brought back those ‘90s vintage arcade games and adapted...

Kister’s Connection: Studious Night Owls Find Overnight Oasis at NOKturne

The health food store and juice bar offers a variety of wholesome foods and beverages while catering to a late-night crowd.

Rebecca Kister, Editor-in-chief

March 31, 2017

With the impending doom of final exams right around the corner, it's a safe bet many of us will pull a few all-nighters studying while snacking on junk, sipping an endless supply of stale coffee, and chugging sugary energy drinks. But, what if there was a place that not only reflected the nocturnal life...

Kister’s Connection: Local Shop Offers Star Wars Fans ‘Treasure Trove’ of Memorabilia

Order 66 buys, sells, and trades in franchise merchandise and vintage collectibles.

Rebecca Kister, Editor-in-chief

March 10, 2017

Star Wars lovers don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to find a rare Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure or an authentic signed picture from Carrie Fisher. The tiny store off of Nasa Road 1 may not look like much but Thad and Crissy Joyce, owners of Order 66, sell hundreds of pieces...

Crawford’s Box: HBU Soccer Player Darrell Johnson is the One to Watch

Darrell Johnson won the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 17 for scoring 5 points in a single week.

Clarke Crawford, Contributing Writer

November 4, 2016

Houston Baptist University soccer player Darrell Johnson is lighting up the field so far this season. On Oct. 17, Johnson received the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award for scoring a total of five points during the week. Johnson is a sophomore at HBU coming...

Crawford’s Box: Cougar Football Still Roaring Despite Big 12 Letdown

University of Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. runs for yardage on a quarterback keeper against Florida State defensive back Derwin James during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31, 2015 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Ward continues to lead the team through a stellar season.

Clarke Crawford, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2016

University of Houston football is off to a blazing hot start with a 6-1 overall record and a 3-1 conference record. UH started the season by unexpectedly knocking off then number three ranked Oklahoma. Leading the charge against the Sooners was quarterback Greg Ward Jr. Ward began his college football...

Crawford’s Box: SJC Gator Alum Eyes Third MLB Ring

Brandon Belt (left) strikes out in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the 2014 World Series. The Giants shut out the Mets 3-0 Oct. 5 to win the National League Wild Card game and make another run toward the World Series.

Clarke Crawford, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2016

Deer Park native Andy Pettitte is arguably the most widely known San Jac baseball alum, but another former Gator is also making a name for himself in the big league this season. Brandon Belt hit a career milestone earlier this year as part of the 2016 National League All-Star roster, and now he is...

Millennial Viewpoint: Clinton Winning Big But Not With Younger Females

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally for women at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on April 18. Although leading in votes and delegates, she trails behind rival Bernie Sanders when it comes to support from millennial women.

Holly Galvan, Editor-in-chief

April 29, 2016

Last summer, many Americans probably thought Hillary Clinton had the women’s vote in the bag assuming the support of all female Democrats was a given. Since Clinton is the only woman seeking the Democratic nomination, it seemed apparent millennial women would rush to give her their votes. Everyone...

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