The Hot List

January 24, 2012

By Veronica Austin

TV: ‘Downton Abbey’

By Veronica Austin Liberty High School

The rich and dramatic period piece, has returned to PBS for its long-awaited second season. Set in Britain during World War I, the show follows the life of the Earl of Grantham and his aristocratic family, as well as their numerous servants, all brought to life by a talented ensemble cast. From the dignified butler, Mr. Carson, to the quick-witted Dowager Countess (played by Maggie Smith, better known for her role in the “Harry Potter” films), each character has his or her own complexity that makes the story feel like a genuine and honest portrayal of ever-changing life in the early 20th century. “Downton Abbey” is certainly something not to be missed. It airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS.

Movie: ‘War Horse’

Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse” follows the stories of young Albert Narracott and his horse, Joey, as they struggle their respective ways through World War I. As expected, the film contains more than one tearjerker moment, but the story is well crafted, just as entertaining and dramatic as it is weepy. “War Horse” is a great and ultimately heartwarming adventure, which makes it worth seeing for anyone who remains a kid at heart.

Music: ‘Born to Die’ by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey, who became an internet sensation in late 2011 with her songs “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” is set to release her debut album, “Born to Die,” at the end of the month. The first four songs of the album have already been released, as the “Lana Del Rey – EP,” a short collection that leaves listeners hungry for more. The soulful chanteuse, who could easily become the next (dare I say it?) Adele, is bound to be the next big thing.

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