Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

The House With a Clock in Its Walls will enchant audience members with a magical storyline. Adapted from John Bellairs’ 1973 young adult book, this movie brings to life the whimsical adventures of a young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro). Lewis, suddenly orphaned when his parents are killed in a car accident, moves in with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). Jonathan lives in a gothic style Victorian home, the perfect setting for spooky adventures and mysterious happenings. Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), a neighbor, spends a good deal of time at the house too. Soon after settling into his new residence, Lewis discovers there is more going on than meets the eye. Magic. Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman happen to be a warlock and witch searching for a hidden clock hidden within the “haunted” home’s walls. (Hence the title of the movie.) The mystery revolves on the previous owners of the home, evil warlock Isaac Izard and his wife Selena. Both of whom died/disappeared a year earlier while creating a powerful clock full of dark magic. Lewis, Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman must stop the ticking noise before the evil magic of Izard erases history. Along the way to solving the mystery, Lewis faces challenges, acquires bravery, deals with bullies and learns the power of friendship.  At moments, there is too much going on, and the main storyline/mystery of the clock fall wayside to Lewis’ self discovery, making the mystery of the clock hidden inside the house feel like an afterthought. More refining of the script would have helped focus the story and keep audience members engaged. Shockingly, this movie was directed by Eli...
GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Fido wins for inexpensive, healthy dinner

GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Fido wins for inexpensive, healthy dinner

When you’re gluten-free, one of the main things you’ll miss is a hearty piece of thick, chewy bread. In the gluten-free world, that’s hard to come by. And, if you think it’s hard to find good, thick gluten-free bread at the store, try finding it on a menu. Here’s your remedy: Fido. Located only 10 minutes from campus in Hillsboro Village, Fido offers a refreshing collection of gluten-free snacks, bread, and other treats. Fido also offers a boatload of other vegetarian, vegan, and ethnically-diverse breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack offerings. And, for those of us who are late-risers, good news: Fido serves breakfast all day. If you haven’t already learned this about me, I tend to have a favorite menu item at my preferred dining spots. Fido is no exception. My go-to lunch/dinner item at Fido is their BLT. This BLT comes on a sourdough bread, unless you’re gluten-free, in which case you’ll upgrade to their fabulous, Texas Toast-style gluten-free bread. (I heard they’ve been out of this bread for a couple of weeks and are hoping to get it back in stock soon.) Add on generous offerings of applewood-smoked bacon and the classic fresh lettuce and tomato slices, and you’ve got yourself quite a substantial sandwich. The cherry on top is their aioli, which is very dip-able paired with Fido’s included side of fries or roasted sweet potatoes. (You know this gal loves a good aioli.) One of the best parts of the meal is that it’s filling; it’s not the gluten-free, vegan, and, consequently tasteless $25 meal that leaves you hungry in an hour. For $11 (or...
Opinion: Colin Kaerpernick will be forever known for kneeling

Opinion: Colin Kaerpernick will be forever known for kneeling

They say that a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well, in the case of Colin Kaepernick, it’s an ad and a million words. The polarizing ex-NFL quarterback teamed with Nike on their 30th anniversary campaign which features the likes of Serena Williams and LeBron James. Kaepernick can be seen in a black and white photo with the slogan “Believe in something, Even if it means sacrificing everything.” In the matter of a few hours, tons of people took to social media to speak their opinion, including President Donald Trump. Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018 Whether you agree with Colin’s protest or not, the courage that it takes a person to take a stand, especially in the height of their career, requires a lot of strength. He was just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance and a six-year contract extension. No, he’s not in the military, but the bravery that he displayed is equivalent to those who serve. He truly sacrificed everything so that the unjust killing of unarmed black men can have a platform for America to see. He donated $1 million to various charities that range from social injustice and education within his first year out of the NFL The spotlight that this topic has gained can be...
GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Happy hour at Sunflower Cafe doesn’t disappoint

GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Happy hour at Sunflower Cafe doesn’t disappoint

The words “healthy” and “affordable” are rarely found next to each other, but Sunflower Cafe challenges the norm by offering $5 vegan quesadillas and other appetizers every week during happy hour. Nestled in the heart of Nashville’s Berry Hill neighborhood, Sunflower is a cozy, vegetarian restaurant. But don’t let the word “vegetarian” stop you from sampling Sunflower’s numerous tasty offerings. If you hear “vegetarian,” and the first thing you picture is unseasoned tofu plopped onto a white plate, it’s time for you to embrace the new season of being a vegan. Welcome to Nashville, where select restaurants are dedicated to making vegan and vegetarian food DELICIOUS. Now, if you’re a fairly health-conscious foodie like me, you love trying new places. But not when it costs $15-$20 per plate – that’s just not realistic for a college student. However, what if I told you Sunflower Cafe offers $5 vegan quesadillas during their 3-6 p.m. happy hour from Monday through Friday? Would you start cartwheeling around your dorm room? Good, I thought so. Keep rejoicing, just as “happy” hour would have you do. Yes,  at Sunflower Cafe, you can eat guilt-free without breaking the bank. One of my favorite things about Sunflower is that my non-gluten-free father loves their food. He actually chooses to go to Sunflower sometimes. That, my gluten-free/vegan community, is what we call a win. But back to drooling over Sunflower’s happy hour. You can choose from seven vegan (and mostly gluten-free) appetizers, all of which are $5. I chose my favorite: the filling Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla. Since I’m gluten-free, I subbed a brown rice tortilla in for the traditional flour tortilla (for...
Opinion: summer classes are better than fall and spring classes

Opinion: summer classes are better than fall and spring classes

Ah, summer school. The movies portray it as some kind of dungeon that sucks up your summer while all your friends who did good in school enjoy the pool. Summer school does have a negative connotation to it. Some people view summer school as a place where degenerates go after partying too much and flunking their fall and spring classes. When college students hear that the classes are typically three weeks to eight weeks long yet still jam a whole semester into them, they think only sadists would do that to themselves. Summer school, however, is not only easier than traditional school, it’s faster, and it keeps you in the rhythm of school. At Lipscomb, there are four summer semesters: Maymester, Junemester and Julymester, and also a full summer semester that stretches throughout June and July. This summer, I took two classes in Maymester that lasted only three weeks, four classes in the full summer semester that only took eight weeks and another final class in Julymester that went along with the final three weeks of my full summer classes. I took 19 credit hours in the span of 12 weeks, as opposed to a 16-week traditional semester. I still get a three-week break before classes start up again in the Fall, which is the same amount of time as Christmas break, and all the time away I need. The pacing of summer classes is fantastic. Too many times in too many classes I have spent what feels like an eternity on one chapter or one concept that I got down in the first few days. Meeting twice a...
‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ adds new twist to the original musical

‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ adds new twist to the original musical

Sequel films rarely ever live up to expectations, but Mamma Mia fanatics will be just as enthralled with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! as they were with the original, despite the ten-year gap between films. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! takes fans back to the Greek Islands and tells the story of young Donna (Lily James)  exploring the world and finding her path alongside the modern day progression of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she re-opens her mother’s hotel. Donna’s story is unpacked beyond the diary featured in the first film, and fans get to see the events of the fateful summer she meets Harry, Bill and Sam, and the journey that led to her opening the hotel and raising Sophie. While diving into the adventures of 20-something Donna, the modern-day grand opening of the newly renovated hotel brings old friends and Sophie’s three fathers back together. The film explores the past that led to the original Mamma Mia! story and wraps up Sophie’s journey and the loose ends left in the first film, including her relationship with Sky. The film features a healthy mix of the old and new, showcasing the original 2008 cast plus several new talented members. Lily James holds her own as the young Donna, originally played by Meryl Streep, and she brings her own style to the beloved character. Fans will not be disappointed in the music as a few beloved ABBA songs from the first film re-appear along with a whole new soundtrack of songs from the famous band. Though some characters from the first film are not featured as much as...