Author: Chase Knudsen

Movie Review with Tie-In Book Review: The Circle

The Circle, unlike the award-winning novel by Dave Eggers, fails to bring a compelling narrative right from the opening scene to the ending credits. Starring Emma Watson, recently known for her role as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, The Circle plays out in an undramatic, anti-climactic bore fest; which, unfortunately does not bode well for those who read the book after they see the movie. According to a Harris Poll, one of the longest-running surveys in public opinion, taken in 2014, 57% of Americans would rather stay in verses going out to the movie theater, this movie...

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Book Reviews for You: Sorry To Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell

In her dark, comedic novel, Patty Yumi Cottrell writes her debut contemporary noir novel that will stand the test of time. Helen Moran, a 32-year-old adoptive Korean, struggles with alienation. She lives in New York, the city that never sleeps, works as a troubled youth counselor and is on the brink of homelessness when she receives a phone call that changes everything. The first chapter opens with a bleak and troublesome event that takes place. Helen learns that her adoptive brother, has committed suicide without rhyme or reason. After learning of her adoptive brother’s death, Helen begins to have...

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Book Reviews for You: End of the Past by Bonn Turkington

UVU alumnus Bonn Turkington, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in creative writing, wrote a fantasy/fiction novel End of the Past, Book 1. The story takes place in a world that Turkington created. Protagonist Vahn Baxendale is searching for meaning in his life. He is learning to deal with the impact of his mother vanishing without a trace shortly after finding his father dead by suicide. The first chapter begins seven years later. Vahn lives alone and is the introverted type, working at a local book store. He spends most of his paychecks on books; he is an...

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Short Attention Span Theatre generated large laughs

The Department of Theatrical Arts performed a university favorite titled Short Attention Span Theatre April 1in the Noorda Theatre. The production consisted of a plethora of short plays that tell contemporary stories that are relatable and provide comedic relief. Each play lasted 10 to 15 minutes before the next cast took the stage. These plays were written and performed by theatre students. The lights fade out into darkness. An announcement is made: the language may be offensive to some, mature audience only. Sitting in a room half the size of a racquetball court, the audience hears the shuffle of...

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Book Reviews for You: End of the Past by Bonn Turkington

UVU alumnus Bonn Turkington, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in creative writing, wrote a fantasy/fiction novel End of the Past,Book 1. The story takes place in a world that Turkington created. Protagonist Vahn Baxendale is searching for meaning in his life. He is learning to deal with the impact of his mother vanishing without a trace shortly after finding his father dead by suicide. The first chapter begins seven years later. Vahn lives alone and is the introverted type, working at a local book store. He spends most of his paychecks on books; he is an eclectic...

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