The Orion

The Maltese gets wild for ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Patricia Quinn (Magenta) lips grace the screen at the beginning of the movie during the Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing at the Maltese on Halloween. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Grant Schmieding

November 2, 2018

The cash register clanged as people crowded the bar, bought drinks and cheered for the start of the show. The small bar was so packed that it looked like a fire hazard. With only a few booths and two rows of plastic chairs, most people were standing. The large mob, featuring many people dressed in racy l...

‘Red Dead II’ presents a world you’ll never want to leave

The Van Der Linde gang riding together with Dutch and Arthur leading the charge. Image from

Ulises Duenas

November 1, 2018

The wait is finally over. "Red Dead Redemption II" is here and everyone has been digging into it, to their heart's content. A game this big is bound to have some problems. While it definitely is not without its flaws, it's already proven to be one of the best open-world games ever made.The amount of de...

On This Day: ‘1999’ brings Prince to a wider audience

Prince began to take over pop in 1982 with

Natalie Hanson

October 27, 2018

Prince left his mark on pop and won international fame with this album in 1982. Influencing '80s pop with its electrofunk sound, this album drips with style and sex appeal and could leave you wishing it was 1982 again.This was Prince's fifth album and his first to feature the band Revolution. Heavy on ...

Arts in Review Podcast: Fans of “Assassin’s Creed” series prepare for release of “Odyssey”


Ulises Duenas, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba, and Natalie Hanson

October 1, 2018

This week, we are talking about the history of the "Assassin's Creed" video games and our personal perspectives on the franchise. In anticipation of the new game, now released, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey." We sat down to discuss the game franchise's impact on video gaming overall. Combat and gameplay...

Podcast: Modern sitcoms look to the past, from ‘Friends’ to ‘New Girl’

A group of friends watch a TV show. Getty images by Wundervisuals.

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018

You know them, you love them or sometimes you hate them and we're talking about them. In this week's podcast, we tackle sitcoms in past and present entertainment, and how these types of shows have evolved. From "Roseanne," "Seinfeld" and "Friends," to "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "New Girl...

‘Batman: Damned’ has a promising yet aimless start

The cover art for

Ulises Duenas

September 23, 2018

DC's black label series has gotten a lot of buzz thanks to "Batman: Damned." This is a new mini-series of graphic novels that promises to show a darker side of the already gritty hero. The first part of three brandishes an impressive art style and sets up a murder mystery where Batman is the prime su...

Podcast: Netflix originals offer lots of content with varying quality

Netflix Originals has a wide variety of releases planned for this year. Image courtesy of Netflix.

Natalie Hanson, Ulises Duenas, Alex Coba, and Grant Schmieding

September 15, 2018

This time on The Orion's A&E Podcast Natalie Hanson, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba and Ulises Duenas discuss the rise and stagnation of Netflix's original programming. What started off as an ambitious and interesting endeavor has turned into a shooting gallery of hits and misses. We discuss the hi...

‘The Happytime Murders’ assumes everything is funnier with puppets

She must be looking at something funny. I wish I was too. Photo from

Ulises Duenas

September 4, 2018

Some movies treat comedy like the art that it is, placing jokes in the right spots with precise timing so that each punchline is as effective as possible. Others like "The Happytime Murders" treat comedy like going to a batting cage thinking that if you keep swinging for the fences every few seconds...

‘BlacKkKlansman’ speaks out against hate with style

Adam Driver and John David Washington in

Grant Schmieding

August 26, 2018

One of Spike Lee’s best movies to date, “BlacKkKlansman” had me laughing, cringing, gasping and gripping the edge of my seat. It’s a multifaceted satirical social commentary, disguised as a detective thriller, with a lot to say about modern society and politics. The film follow...

The Zombies

The Zombies album Odessey and Oracle. Photo courtesy of commongrounds.

Nicole Henson

February 2, 2017

Odyssey and Oracle 1968 Psychedelic Pop 35 minutes 5 stars Produced in 1968, The Zombies’ "Odessey and Oracle" is arguably one of the first successful albums under the psychedelic pop category. The word Odessey was accidentally misspelled by the cover artists, foreshadowing the unconve...

Lady Gaga silences critics

Apple Music/Interscope Records

Rylee Pedotti

October 24, 2016

The Gaga regime is once again blasting forward with the release of "Joanne."Following a dismal performance by her 2013 LP, "Artpop," Lady Gaga and her global troupe of Little Monsters knew the release of the megastar's fifth studio album would be most pivotal.Purposefully and delicately crafted, the album projects itself a...

‘The Girl on the Train’ review

'The Girl on the Train' review

George Johnston

August 24, 2015

Rachel is a depressed alcoholic struggling to get over her ex-husband. Bored, suburban housewife Megan suffers from insomnia. And Anna lives in marital bliss with Rachel's ex. First-time author Paula Hawkins appropriates these characters as load-bearing walls for her new novel, "The Girl On The Train."Tol...

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