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Mark Watney is forced to reply on his knowledge of space and botany to survive the harsh conditions of Mars Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Mark Watney is forced to reply on his knowledge of space and botany to survive the harsh conditions of Mars

"The Martian" is out of this world

"The Martian," based on the novel by Andy Weir, follows the gripping journey of an abandoned astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars. The film shows a new cinematographic perspective of space, in which everything doesn't have to be so scary.

"The Intern" rises to the occasion

Falling in love with "The Intern" is easy. It excels at portraying the complexities of life in the 21st century and keeps audiences rooting for Ben, Jules, and their colleagues and company the whole length of the film.

Movies »

"Everest" leaves viewers at base camp

In a film that starts out at a plodding pace, director Baltasar Kormákur ramps up the intensity at the end to tell the story of the disaster in proper heartbreaking fashion.

"The Visit" is well worth a visit

"The Visit" combines elements from "Hansel and Gretel," found footage horror movies, and director M. Night Shyamalan’s own brand of twisted surprise ending, making it the best horror movie of the summer.

Music »

Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos impress at Comet Ping Pong

The pure, expressive voices and straightforward guitar and bass riffs of Girlpool and the softer, more complex narrative songs of Frankie Cosmos complemented each other perfectly for this small, yet excitement-filled show.

Does streaming kill artists' dreams?

In crowded industry, can streaming services avoid hurting artists?

Plays »

"Laugh Riot" roars

Without many technical aspects of the show, the five short student-produced plays were witty, hilarious and raw with the thespians' talent.

"Fiddler on the Roof" brings down the house

Yet again, Blair theater has brought together an incredibly talented cast, exquisite costuming, authentic music and a well-designed set to their performance of this year's spring musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Television »

Say hello to the new Stephen Colbert

After the first show, things looked dismal for Colbert. However he was able to bounce back from a mediocre debut and close out his first week on a high note.

"Fresh Off the Boat" sinks below expectations

It took decades for Asian Americans to be represented in American mainstream television again. A lot was riding on this show. So when the first few episodes were laden with exaggerated stereotypes, corny one-liners and stilted accents, I was pretty let down.

Books »

Books to read when having an existential crisis

With end-of-year anxieties reaching a fever pitch, you may be looking for a healthy distraction from your busy, confusing life. Here's a list of SCO's books to read when having an existential crisis.

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award recommendations

As the year winds down, it’s time to make a lot of decisions: which Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee you’ll be voting for. Silver Chips Online has read, reviewed and ranked the books--so you don’t have to.

Video Games »

TechnoLogical: Sony plays it conservative with new Playstation

Sony has come in second in announcing their new console (after Nintendo announced theirs last year), which will be released this holiday season, but how they will compete remains to be seen.

SCO-liday gift guide: it's in the game

It's mid-December, and the holidays are in full effect. After a year-long hiatus from our video game section, we now present (no pun intended) the best video games to give this holiday season.

Poll »

What technological gadget could you not live without?
  • Cellphone
  • Laptop
  • iPod
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Technology is stupid
Discuss this Poll