4th Annual SSGT Eric W Summers Play for Honor Golf Tournament

Proceeds go to the Homeless Veterans and Assistance Program.

Saturday, June 3, 2017.
2 Person Scramble
Ozark Ridge Golf Course
$120/Team
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 12:00p.m.
12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
Dinner at 6:30 p.,.
Prizes, Dinner, and Silent Auction

Entry fee $120/team: includes cart, green fees, and dinner. Flights and prizes will be determined by number of entries and given ot during the dinner (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) following the tournament at American Legion, located off HWY PP. All players and guests are welcome to attend dinner. 

For more information or to register please contact Wayne Summers or Bobby Godwin at Ozark Ridge Golf Course.

Ozark Ridge Golf Course
3045 Cravens RD.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
573-686-8634

Sign Up for Poplar Bluff's July 4th Parade!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Downtown Poplar Bluff to bring the July 4th Parade to you in 2017!

Festivities will be on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017! Line up begins at 8:00 a.m. at Cheshire Blvd. – Hydro Adventures Water Park, and the Parade will launch at 9:00 a.m.

Trophies will be given for first, second, and third places. Floats will be judged on most patriotic. SO LET FREEDOM RING!

You can sign up for the parade today by filling out the form attached to the link below!

 

Please mail the signed and completed entry form to:
Downtown Poplar Bluff, Inc.
501 Vine Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Or email to:
jfox@pbcity.org

Learn more about the parade and Downtown Poplar Bluff at:
http://downtownpoplarbluff.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Downtown.Poplar.Bluff/

Support the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff | Taste of the Town 2017

It's time once again to enjoy the best flavors that Poplar Bluff has to offer. Join us at the Poplar Bluff Taste of the Town on May 11, 2017!

"An evening of local fare and relaxation, Taste of the Town brings together the premier restaurants, caterers and beverage vendors in the Poplar Bluff area to benefit the Poplar Bluff Boys & Girls Club. 2016 Taste of the Town was the 10th event in BGC history, hosted at the Black River Coliseum. Taste of the Town was originally a Wine & Cheese Tasting Party held at the new 1st Community Bank, but the popularity of the event soon grew exponentially. Entertainment and fine dining is enjoyed throughout the night, and the People’s Choice Award goes to the vendor who has the most dollar votes at the end of the evening! This fundraiser has steadily increased in number of participants and the amount of money raised, resulting in $40,000 raised for the Club, and nearly 600 guests in attendance." -via Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and general admission costs $40.
You can purchase your tickets by visiting the link below!
https://bgcpborg.presencehost.net/get-involved/upcoming-events/the-taste-of-the-town.html

School Closings for May 1, 2017

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.

Advance R-IV

Broseley Head Start

Centerville R-1

Clearwater R-I School District

Current River State School

Delta C-7 Public Schools

Delta R-V

Doniphan Head Start

Doniphan R-I Schools

East Carter County Head Start

East Carter County R-II

Fredericktown R-I School District

Greenville R-I

Leopold R-III

Naylor R-II Schools

Neelyville Head Start

Neelyville R-IV

Poplar Bluff Head Start

Poplar Bluff R-I

Puxico R-VIII

Reynolds County Head Start

Ripley County R-IV (Lone Star)

Ross Headstart - DAEOC

Sacred Heart School of Poplar Bluff

SEE Inc Sheltered Workshop - Piedmont

Southern Reynolds Co. R-II

Three Rivers Community College (No Evening Activities as well)

Twin Rivers R-X

Wayne County Head Start

Wayne County Nutrition Center

Zalma R-V

36th Annual Kennett Jaycees Barbecue Cook-Off Details and Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to attend or sponsor the 36th Annual Kennett Jaycees Barbecue Cook Off from May 3-6, 2017? 

Here are your sponsorship opportunities and a list of activities

Major Sponsorship: $500.00
Includes listed as a Sponsor on our Cook Off T-shirts, mentioned on our radio, print ads, and banners at the event, 5 free T-Shirts, 5 free gate passes for Friday or Saturday, and 5 tickets to our Friday Night VIP Crawfish Boil.

Deadline for Listing on T-Shirts is April 15, 2017

Associate Sponsorship: $250.00
Includes listed as a Sponsor on our print ads and banners at the event, and 5 free gate passes for Friday or Saturday

Submit Donations to:
Kennett Jaycees
P.O. Box 165
Kennett, MO 63857

Direct all questions to:
Call 573-344-1711

Events

  • Carnival - May 3-6
  • BBQ - May 5 and 6
  • Truck & Tractor Pull - May 5, 7:00 p.m.
  • Demolition Derby - May 6, 7:00 p.m.
  • Bands - May 5, 8:00 pm and May 6, 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Admission is $5.00 on May 5 & 6

Located at the Delta Fair Grounds in Kennett, MO

For more information please visit: http://www.kennettjaycees.com/show-me-state-bbq-cookoff-team-registration/

"Kevin and Taylor in the Morning" Coming to SAM 96.7

It's been years since SAM 96.7 has had a morning show. That is why we are excited to announce that we are bringing Kevin and Taylor to the Fox Radio Network family!

"Kevin and Taylor have hosted one of the most consistently successful music morning shows in Atlanta for over 15 years. With a blend of encouraging music, real life conversations, and good clean fun, listeners will feel like Kevin and Taylor a part of their own families. They’ve been recognized with numerous industry awards including Radio and Records Personalities of the Year and “Best Morning Drive Show” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The show is first and foremost a place that is safe for the whole family. A show that moms and dads can listen to and be entertained with music and content that’s relevant to their life and enjoyable for their family. The best part is there’s no changing stations to avoid topics the kids in the car shouldn’t hear. Their hard-to-find chemistry is now available for your station, and not just in mornings! Stations can add engaging content between their local songs in any morning, mid-day, or afternoon daypart with FTP content delivery."

We can't wait to bring this dynamic duo to you and your family beginning Tuesday, April 18, 2017!

[source: http://www.srnonline.com/show/keven-and-taylor]

CARDINALS & CATCHING GREAT YADIER MOLINA REACH AGREEMENT ON THREE-YEAR EXTENSION

ICONIC FRANCHISE CATCHER TO REMAIN A ST. LOUIS CARDINAL THRU 2020

ST. LOUIS, MO., April 2, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals reached agreement today with Yadier Molina, considered to be among the greatest players in franchise history, on a three-year (2018-2020) contract extension.  Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Yadier Molina has demonstrated for many years his importance to the Cardinals organization and his ability to perform at a consistently high level on some of the games’ biggest stages,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman Bill Dewitt, Jr.  “We are pleased to announce on this special Opening Day, that Yadier will remain a St. Louis Cardinal for several more years, as he continues to add to his many career accomplishments and his franchise legacy.”

Molina, 34, has spent his entire 13-year career (2004-16) with St. Louis after being drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 free-agent draft out of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.   Since debuting with the Cardinals in 2004, Molina has compiled a .285 career batting average with 108 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,611 games played.

Molina has been selected to seven National League All-Star teams (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and has garnered eight Rawlings Gold Glove awards (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and four Rawlings Platinum Glove awards (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) for defensive excellence.

“It is with great satisfaction that we are able to announce today that Yadier Molina will remain in his proper place as the centerpiece of our team for the next several seasons,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak.  “His experience, leadership, work ethic and special ability to help bring out the best in those around him are qualities we value greatly, and they will remain important as we seek to win not only now, but also in the coming years, when many of our organization’s top young pitchers begin to emerge at the Major League level.”

The two-time World Series Champion (2006, 2011) has appeared in a franchise-record 89 postseason games and owns a team-record 90 career hits in the postseason, including a dramatic two-run homer in the 9th inning of the Cardinals 3-1 National League Championship Series Game 7 win over the New York Mets in 2006 that helped propel the Cardinals to the World Series.

Molina has received votes for the N.L. Most Valuable Player award in five seasons (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2016), including top-5 finishes in 2012 (4th) and 2013 (3rd).   Molina was the recipient of the National League Silver Slugger award in 2013 when he batted a career-best .319 with 12 HR’s and 80 RBI.

Yadier appeared in a career-high 147 games last season, batting a team-best .307 (8th in N.L.), as he became just one of nine catchers in Major League history to have compiled five or more seasons with a .300 or better batting mark - joining Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Ted Simmons, Mickey Cochrane, Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Thurman Munson and Bill Dickey.

Molina led all MLB catchers in innings caught (1,218.1) last season, his 9th-straight season with over 1,000 innings.  He also set single-season bests for games (146), starts (142), total chances (1,175), putouts (1,113) and fielding pct. (.998).

Yadier enters the 2017 season ranked among the majors all-time catching leaders in games caught (1,582), innings caught (13,254.0), putouts (10,470) and total chances (11,377).  Molina also ranks among the Cardinals all-time leaders in games played (1,611-10th), hits (1,593-13th), doubles (308-12th), home runs (108-19th) and RBI (703-13th).  He is one of just 34 catchers in Major League history to have amassed 1,500 career hits with his 1,593 hits ranking 25th all-time among Major League catchers.

Molina is poised to make his 13th-consecutive Opening Day start later this evening, trailing only Cardinals’ Hall of Famers Stan Musial (18, 1946-63) and Lou Brock (15, 1965-79).

Molina is the younger brother of former Major League catchers Bengie and Jose Molina – the only trio of brothers to have each won a World Series Championship.

Yadier participated in his fourth World Baseball Classic last month, leading the Puerto Rican Team to the tournament’s Championship Game, and he was named to the All-World Baseball Classic Team for the second time in his career (was also selected in 2013).

Entering the 2017 season, Yadier ranks 10th all-time among native Puerto Rican’s in career batting average (.285) and he is one of just 20 players from his homeland to have reached the 1,500 career hit plateau.  Yadi currently stands 20th in RBI (703) among his countrymen, just eight RBI back of his brother Bengie (711).

At the completion of this contract in 2020, Yadier would join Hall of Famers Stan Musial (22 years; 1941-63) and Bob Gibson (17 years; 1959-1975) as the lone players to have spent 17 or more seasons solely as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

— STL —

Listen to The Eagle 92.5 for a Chance to See the Cardinals play the Cubs

You know it's coming; the Cards are playing in Spring Training, but soon the real games start! Wouldn't it be be nice to see a game in person? Well how about we send you and a friend to see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs on April 5, 2017?!?

If you want to be there, tune in to The Eagle 92.5 during Penny's show (on-air from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) for your chance to win!

Good luck!

Win a Trip for Two "Strait to Vegas" to See George Strait

We're flying you straight to Las Vegas to see George Strait's "Strait to Vegas!"
Strait will be performing 60 #1 hits exclusively at the T-Mobile Arena, the weekends of April 7th or July 28th. You could win two tickets, a two-night stay in an MGM Las Vegas Property and round trip airfare (furnished by MGM Resorts).

Enter NOW by clicking the link below!

Win a Trip for Two to The Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

The Billboard Music Awards always kick off the summer season with the hottest acts in music and we've teamed up with Groupon to send you to Las Vegas to see it live! Enter to win airfare, two nighs' accomodations and tickets to The 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21st!

Click HERE or visit http://digitalivy.com/6JDWOM for your chance to win!

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FUN FACTS

  • The nominees, which will be announced in April, are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring, and social engagement.
  • Last years's BBMA's broadcast  brought an average of 9.8 million viewers!

LAST YEAR'S WINNERS
Adele, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Fetty Wap

Kelly Miller Circus Family for a Day Giveaway

The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Dexter, Missouri on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, and your family and friends have the chance to WIN the ultimate V.I.P. treatment in our Family for a Day Giveaway.

Here's what you will get!

  • Family Pass to accommodate any family up to six persons
  • Special V.I.P. treatment
  • Special seating in front of the center ring
  • badges and coupon books for six family members. These contain free soft drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, programs for the adults or coloring books for the children. You will also receive free Pony Rides and Moon Bounce admittance for the children, and Elephant rides for "Children of All Ages!"
  • If your family has already purchased tickets in advance of the circus performance, the circus will reimburse them in exchange for the tickets.

You have a lot of ways to win, and here's how!

  • Tune-in to any of our radio stations and listen for special promos.

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If you are lucky enough to win, we will contact you and arrange a time for you to pick up your reward! Good luck!

Top 5 Super Bowl Commercials of 2017

2017 was a bit of a disappointment when it comes to Super Bowl commercials. So here are the ones that we think stood head and shoulders above this year's crop.
 

5. Tide | Terry-aki Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw needing a clean shirt doesn’t scream excitement, but the ad has some nice moments. It was even nice to see the two teams that were actually in the Super Bowl featured in the commercial. Let’s be honest though; the real reason this ad is on our list is because Poplar Bluff native, Sheldon Price can be seen in the first frame. We’re proud of you!


4. Hyundai | Better Together

Maybe you turned off the television by the time this ad showed, but it was undoubtably one of the most heartwarming of the bunch. One of the coolest things about the ad was that it was filmed and created DURING the Super Bowl. It features service men and women who are stationed away from home, and watching the big game together. A select few get the opportunity to be surprised by a 360-video feed of the Super Bowl and their family. It may or may not have made us shed a few tears.


3. Bai | Bai Bai

Christopher Walken has the uncanny ability to make any sequence of words interesting. It took a second to realize that he was just reciting lyrics from the classic *NSYNC hit “Bye Bye Bye.” Which would have been weird and interesting alone. The ad went the next step and revealed Justin Timberlake sitting next to the legendary actor. It could have been easy to fit in another joke to make it seem funnier, but they completely committed to the bit, and it paid off! Just when you begin to wonder “why why why,” it’s revealed that the ad was for Bai, Antioxidant Infusion Drinks. Well played.


2. Mr. Clean | I'm too sexy for this dirt..

Who’s the hottest man in Hollywood right now? Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, or some other “Ryan” perhaps. Nope, the hottest man in Hollywood right now is also living in your cabinets. Mr. Clean set the internet ablaze with their new and improved mascot. He’s fit, he can dance, and his eyes are the color of that necklace that lady through into the ocean at the end of Titanic.


1. Stranger Things 2

While news surrounding the new season of the Netflix original “Stranger Things” had been circulating throughout the week, we got our first trailer during the Super Bowl. Chances are, this may have caused one of the biggest cheers at Super Bowl parties around the country. Season one was incredibly special, it won our Best Show of 2016, and Halloween can’t get here soon enough!

An Evening with Vince Gill

Jonesboro, AR- For one night only, country music sensation, Vince Gill will be in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For “Down to My Last Bad Habit”, his 18th studio album, it would have been easy for Vince Gill to kick back a bit. After all, when you’ve sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys, and earned 18 CMA Awards (including two Entertainer of the Year trophies), you’ve done it all, right?

Not a chance, says this musician extraordinaire, who produced his new album with engineer Justin Niebank. “Down to My Last Bad Habit” is his first solo album as part of a new deal with MCA, the label he joined in 1989.

“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” says Gill, sitting in his home studio in Nashville. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.”

Vince Gill will bring those 40 years of playing music and perform new songs and his mega hits during an Evening with Vince Gill. This will mark the first time Gill has performed a full show at The Convocation Center.

Tickets for an Evening with Vince Gill will go on-sale Friday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. To purchase tickets in person go to the Convocation Center Central Box Office, order by phone at 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information regarding this show go to AStateConvo.com

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AN EVENING WITH

VINCE GILL

Friday, March 17 @ 7:30 PM

Doors: 6:30 PM
Ticket Prices: $73 & $53

*Plus Applicable Service Fees*
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 @ 10 AM

Tickets are available at the Convocation Center Central Box Office, charge by phone at 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000, and online at www.Tickets.AState.edu or www.Ticketmaster.com

Growing Up Asian in Missouri

I’ve lived 25 years on this planet, with the majority of them spent in Southeast Missouri. While this should be your typical story of an American boy growing up in classic small-town, U.S.A., I typically have to remind myself that my experience may have been slightly different from most. 

As you can tell from the headline, and adorable pictures, I am not white. I state it that way, because all of my life people have never been sure if I’m Asian, Mexican, Samoan, Eskimo, etc. Yes, I am an Asian man (or Pacific Islander, I still don’t know what to check when filling out legal documents). 

I was born in the Philippines to Filipino parents, named after a Steven Seagal character, and baptized in the Catholic church. I’m Filipino through, and through. Shortly after that, my family made its move to the good ol’ U.S. of A. We made short stops, living in North Dakota, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Missouri for a time. 

Eventually, we landed in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. When we finally settled here - we lived here before moving to Springfield, and then moved back - I was nearly 7 years old. I remember my first time visiting Sacred Heart School. I remember everyone circling around me, excited to have a new kid. Especially one who seemed so “different.” I always assumed they thought I was different because I came from bigger towns like Springfield and Los Angeles. I completely overlooked the fact that my face alone was very different from the predominantly white community. 

Throughout my 18 years here, I’ve had my fare share of being a “victim to racism.” One of the most ridiculous cases being my freshman year in high school. This was my first time in the public school system. I remember being scared, realizing how safe I was in my small class back at Sacred Heart. My first time being in PE was a bit of an awakening for me. We exercised harder than I ever had before. I kept up. I wasn’t lighting quick or as slow as molasses, but no one would have confused me for an athlete. We ran our laps, did our stretches, and waited for Coach Sievers to give us instructions. The only instructions we had received at that point were to sit down and be quiet and wait. Two students failed to do this extremely challenging task, and were rewarded with doing more laps. 

I sat criss-cross-applesauce and watched the two boys do their laps. At one point, one of the boys saw me, and said “this is how we run in America!” I remember feeling embarrassed, as if I had done something wrong. It’s pretty obvious that it has made a lasting mark on my life. This was back in 2005, and I remember incredibly vividly. 

I’ve had similar moments like this throughout my life. People telling me that “this is how we do [fill in the blank] in America,” as if I didn’t know. As if this wasn’t my home. As if I didn’t grow up here. As if I wasn’t an American.

There have been times where my race became in issue with romantic interests. Whether it be from them or their family. 

This hasn’t stopped entirely.

My entire life I’ve felt different. I have felt like a bit of an outsider. I have always felt like I have a little more to prove than my peers. I have never quite “fit in.”

Here’s the thing though; being different has helped me stand out and step up. 

The same way that the kids at Sacred Heart rallied around me when I first came here, my house became the hangout spot my freshman year of high school. I remember my old Sacred Heart classmates telling me that they heard through the grapevine that I had broken out of my shell, and had become quite popular. That was never my intent. I just wanted to love and be loved. So I did.

I look at our country today. I see the challenges that we are currently facing with race relations. At times it can seem like we have made no progress, but we have. Now, I’m not black, hispanic, or from the middle east, so what I went through is probably different from people growing up in those communities. With that being said; I am extremely proud to be from Southeast Missouri. I’ve been welcomed into this community, but I’ve also been allowed to stand out and celebrate our differences. 

The greatest lesson I have learned through all of this, is that I can’t judge an entire group of people by their race, age, politics, where they grew up, or whatever “defining” qualities. Unfortunately, there are some people who will hate me because of the color of my skin. The weird thing is that I don’t entirely blame them. I understand that they were raised to think that way. I understand that I’m different. All of that is completely fine to me. I’m going to continue to be different. I’m going to continue to stand out and step up. I’m going to continue to love others, and hope that others can love me back, not because or in spite of my skin color, but for who I am as a man.

Thank you Poplar Bluff. Thank you Missouri. I love you. God Bless.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

There are a lot of great movies coming out in 2017, so it's really hard to narrow down the list of the ones that we are most excited for. We did our best to trim down the list of our Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017.


10. The Dark Tower

If there is anything that the popularity of Game of Thrones and Westworld proves, is that the public has no qualms with heavy handed fantasy. The Dark Tower series, written by Stephen King, has set itself up as (potentially) the next big franchise. The series of novels have a dedicated following, and its first movie seems to have something interesting for long-time fans and new comers alike. One of the most interesting aspects is that this film does not appear to be a direct adaptation of the first book. So questions of linearity where the film lies in relation to the novels come up, and we’re excited for this grand adventure starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

Release date: July 28, 2017 (USA)


9. John Wick 2

John Wick caught the world by surprise. What many wrote off as something that could have been a straight-to-DVD action movie, turned out to be one of the best American made action movies in quite some time. With enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, the film does a great job of getting from point A to point B without steering away from what makes the movie great: its slick “Gun-Fu.” That’s right! Kung-Fu with Guns! John Wick was a great ride, and even if the sequel didn’t have a lick of story, we’re still paying the price of admission to see Keanu Reeves gorgeous hair kicking some serious butt!

Release date: February 10, 2017 (USA)



8. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Park/Spider-Man might have been the best thing about Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first stand-alone Spider-Man film set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means certain standards have to be met. Which means the floor (in terms of quality) will be pretty high, and it’s ceiling will be as high as this rendition of the Web-Head can take it. With this being the youngest Peter Parker we have seen, there’s potential for this to be the superhero equivalent to the Harry Potter franchise!

Release date: July 7, 2017 (USA)

 

7. Kong Skull Island

If there was one complaint that audiences had about 2014’s Godzilla, was that it took way too long to get a good glimpse of the world’s most famous lizard. The drawn-out reveal served the tone of tension and dread, but there was little “fun” to be had until the final act. Director Jordon Vogt-Roberts doesn’t appear to have that problem with Kong: Skull Island. There seems to be elements of horror, comedy, and action all jam packed into the first King Kong film that we have seen since Peter Jackson’s in 2005. How can you not be excited with a cast featuring the likes of Academy Award Winner, Brie Larson, Academy Award Nominated, Samuel L. Jackson, and Golden Globe Winners, John Goodman and Tom Hiddleston?

Release date: March 10, 2017 (USA)

 

6. The Lego Batman Movie

2014’s The Lego Movie had to be pretty darn good to stand out from the other heavy hitters from that year. It was only a matter of time until we got the “sequel,” but we couldn’t have predicted it to be primarily focused on the Caped Crusader. We still hope there is room for an official sequel, but with Robot Chicken’s Chris McKay at the helm, and having the entire DC Comic’s arsenal of characters at his disposal, this has potential to be one of the best DC movies of all time. Yes, we are going there!

Release date: February 10, 2017 (USA)

 

5. Power Rangers

Yeah... this one surprised us too. We weren’t impressed by actual Power suits when they were first revealed, and the first teaser trailer made it look like a Twilight spin-off. It could still be awful, but here’s the thing, that might be okay. Power Rangers is stupid. If you grew up with it and don’t think so, you are remembering it with rose tinted glasses. I loved the Power Rangers. I have a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Morpher on my desk (with the Mastodon Power Coin in, of course). Even with my love for it, I know that it’s dumb, campy, and cringeworthy fun. As long as there are some great action sequences, and it doesn’t take itself seriously, Power Rangers could be back in a big way.

Release date: March 24, 2017 (USA)
 

4. Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan has set an exceptionally high bar for himself. His cerebral approach to film is always exciting and will put butts in seats for anything with his name on it. While Dunkirk appears to be a “straight-forward” war film, you have to wonder what Nolan has up his sleeve to make Dunkirk stand-out. We’re not expecting Interstellar level twists, but we are going to learn something about Christopher Nolan that we didn’t know before. Whatever that is, count us in.

Release date: July 21, 2017 (USA)

 

3. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHO IS THE LAST JEDI? The Force Awakens was a great love letter to the original Star Wars trilogy, and a perfect way to pull audiences in to the final chapters of the Skywalker stories. Our biggest hope, is that The Last Jedi takes some risks, while continuing to stay true to the spirit of the original trilogy. The Force Awakens was a safe bet. Let’s see if The Last Jedi raises, folds, or goes all-in.

Release date: December 15, 2017 (USA)
 

2. Logan

The end of the road. We have finally reached the end of Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine. While the movies he has starred in may not have been consistently good, it’s hard to imagine anyone else with those claws. The first trailer for Logan might be the best trailer in superhero movie history. We get to see Wolverine at his rawest and most unhinged. It also doesn't hurt that it sort of looks like The Last of Us movie that Playstation fans have been begging for.

Release date: March 3, 2017 (USA)

 

1. Baby Driver

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Alright, this is probably the movie you haven’t heard of, so how can it be number one?!? Simple: Edgar Wright. We haven’t heard from the director since the fallout between him and Marvel in regards to Ant-Man. Wright is a visionary who loves playing with bending and breaking genres, whiles also paying homage to what makes them so great. Baby Driver is about a young getaway driver that listens to music while he does his thing. We don’t know much else about the movie, other than the fact that the action sequences were choreographed with the music in mind. Wrights films are edited to enhance each experience so well and appropriately. There hasn’t been too much buzz, but those who have seen early cuts have already stated that this could easily be the best movie of the year.

Release date: August 11, 2017 (USA)

 

 

The Best Movies of 2016

The blockbusters disappointed in 2016, but that doesn't mean there weren't great films released. Here are our favorite movies for the year of 2016.

BEST MOVIE OF 2016: Don't Think Twice

Most people who have heard of Don’t Think Twice’s writer/director, Mike Birbiglia, know him for his stellar stand-up comedy specials. In those specials, Birbiglia proves to be more than just your typical funny man, but instead, he manages to also touch the heart in very vulnerable and real ways.

While Don’t Think Twice is set in the world of improv comedy, it truly is about the balance of friendship, love, ambition, failure, and success. It can be uncomfortably relatable, and hit close to home for most, but even in that awkwardness and unpleasantness, Birbiglia manages to bring out some incredibly light hearted moments that would only make sense between close friends. Don't Think Twice is the easiest movie to suggest to just about anyone, and 2016 must-watch film.


THE BEST MOVIES OF 2016

 

The Witch

Imagine that you and I are holding a rubber band. While you remain still, I proceed to walk away, consistently increasing the tension of the rubber band. I could release the band, and have it snap at you at any point. I could also continue walking away until the rubber band breaks. This constant tension is what defines The Witch, and makes it so memorable.

The Witch is a masterpiece on every level. The naturalistic lighting draws the audience in and adds to its authenticity. The writing is dense, but still comprehensible. The performances are spectacular, especially Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Ineson. 

Everything about The Witch, immerses you into a terrifying world of witchcraft and misery. The Witch may be the most unnervingly tense film we have seen since The Shining or Eraserhead.

 

Zootopia

Zootopia is cute, funny, visually stunning, and has one of the greatest concepts we’ve seen in a family film since Toy Story. What makes it really special, though, is how well it succeeds at its well executed timely morale. The social commentary regarding race, gender, culture, and classes in our country is fully realized, but also doesn’t come off as being “preachy.”  Zootopia hits the nail on the head, but it doesn’t beat a dead horse. The message is strong and effective for younger viewers, but also highly entertaining for audiences of all ages.


Green Room

Anton Yelchin’s death definitely paints this film in an entirely different light. What could have been easily overlooked by the general public, became a final “hoo-rah” for one of the most likable actors in Hollywood. 

Green Room is one of the most visceral movies that I have ever seen. The hardcore/punk music really sets the tone for how relentless and punishing this film would be. At the same time, the band playing that music is a group of wide-eyed and bushy tailed kids. That contrast directly correlates to the overwhelming reality of everyone’s inevitable demise. The gore and violence is reminiscent of movies like Hostel, but luckily the film doesn’t linger too long on these extremely disturbing shots. 

The film also features Sir Patrick Stewart playing a mild-mannered, yet homicidal white supremacist, and he’s quite good.

 

10 Cloverfield Lane

This pseudo-sequel to the 2008 found footage film, Cloverfield, was quite the surprise. It wasn’t a found footage film. The story doesn’t focus on an extraterrestrial threat. It also doesn’t appear to be tied to the original film in any way.

10 Cloverfield Lane is succinct, but it also manages to play with your expectations to heighten the mystery and tension. It manages to be dark, tense, scary, and quite sweet all at the same time. A lot of that is achieved through John Goodman’s unsettling performance. 


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Many fans struggled with the idea that Disney was going to be releasing anthology films set in the Star Wars universe. When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was announced, many were nervous, but the story line seemed promising.

No one could have predicted how good Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was going to be. That’s not to say that the movie is perfect. It is undoubtably flawed, too slow at times, with some less than great performances, but it still manages to have one of the best payoffs we’ve ever seen in a sci-fi film. 

 

The Best Songs of 2016

With the first hit songs of 2017 being released, let's take a look back at some of the head-bopping and toe-tapping highlights of 2016!

BEST SONG OF 2016: "The Sound" - The 1975

This might be the sneakiest song, album, and band. The 1975 have successfully worked their way to the top of the charts with their incredibly bubbly tunes. While other artists have done the same, by creating some similarly catchy grooves, The 1975 has managed to do this while degrading the majority of their “fanbase.”  It’s a wonderful example of the public not actually listening to the lyrics. Most would tell you that “The Sound” is a love song, when it is actually about being shallow, needy, and conceited. While this could seem like a cruel joke, The 1975 don’t let themselves off the hook either. “The Sound” also addresses the clichés that surround the band and its members.

The rest of the album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” addresses similar themes, and contain harsh lyrics hidden behind the bubble-gum masquerade.


THE BEST SONGS OF 2016

"Heathens" - Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots is the biggest band in the world right now. Selling out venue after venue. Releasing chart topping single after chart topping single. At this point, it appears the duo from Ohio can do no wrong. The only struggle is having to pick which song or single is their best. While they also released a beautiful cover of My Chemical Romance’s “Cancer” this year, “Heathens” easily became their biggest hit of the year. Being tied to the superhero hype machine solidified its undeniable success. 

Heathen’s has an interesting blend of visceral tones, a minor key, and an almost nursery-rhyme-like melody for the chorus. It’s catchy, cool, and a little bit creepy. It perfectly captures the tone that Warner Bros. tried to achieve with Suicide Squad.
 

"Hello" - Adele

Adele has already solidified as one of the best vocalists of her generation. It’d be hard for anyone to follow up an album like 21, yet Adele has managed to step back into the spotlight with “25.” This could be another big year for Adele at the Grammy’s, and “Hello” was the powerful spark to the success of this heavily celebrated album.  


"Starboy" - The Weeknd

The Weeknd continues to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with. He teamed up with electronic music legends, Daft Punk, for two of his singles off of his new album. One of those songs being a track that emulates the groove ofMichael Jackson, and the other being prideful anthem with a relentless beat. Starboy is the Steve McQueen of pop singles in 2016. There’s a effortless sense of style, cool, and swagger. The song is an anti-hero; there’s a lot of reasons we should’t, but we can’t help but love it.
 

"Redbone" - Childish Gambino

If we had to give an award to the entertainer of the year, it would probably go to Donald Glover. His show “Atlanta” and his album “Awaken, My Love!” are some of the most intriguing works in their respective mediums. While many expected a new hip-hop record from Childish Gambino, but his new album turned out to be a funk record. It was loved by some, hated by others, and just caused a lot of questions. One of the biggest issues was being unable to tell where Glover’s voice started or ended. We’ve never heard him like this, so we are diving into uncharted territory. 

What really sold us on the record was Glover’s live performance of the song “Redbone” on The Tonight Show. The performance showed off his range, and laid to rest any questions or reservations we had of Glover becoming a new-funk superstar.


"Sabotage/Home" - Kings Kaleidoscope 

While most Christian bands do everything they can to simplify their music for church settings, Kings Kaleidoscope doesn’t shy away from using their creative gifts to their fullest extent. “Sabotage/Home” is busy with layered guitar licks, a constantly running bass line, and boisterous horn section.

The song is a bold declaration against our views on success and ambition, and calls into question what we should hold most dear and important. The song provides an interesting challenge to the listener, but does so with such confidence and determination, that it’s hard not to buy in. There is strength to be found in the weakness and vulnerability of the lyrics that is complimented by the groove and relentlessness of the music itself.