17 DCOMs That College Students Should Rewatch Right Now

17 DCOMs That College Students Should Rewatch Right Now

You might be surprised how many you forgot about.

Ah, the DCOMs. AKA the Disney Channel Original Movies that we all grew up with. There was never anything better than getting excited for a premiere with your friends, or seeing that one of your favorites was "up next on Disney Channel." Recently I discovered how fun it is to sit down with your college friends and watch some DCOMs over again. You may not have known each other when you were eight years old, but you definitely had the same movie taste.

In this pursuit, I also found that a lot of movies are getting lost in the past, or that some people skipped over a few classics when they were growing up (like "Stuck in the Suburbs"?? How can you forget that?). So take this list and bask in the nostalgia as you recall the 17 DCOMs you need to revisit.

17. Cow Belles

Aly and AJ Michalka had more than just the hit “Potential Breakup Song” on their resumes – they starred in this classic film about sisterhood and the importance of hard work.

16. The Even Stevens Movie

And you thought your family was dysfunctional.

15. Read It and Weep

A genuinely a cute movie in which real-life sisters Kay and Danielle Panabaker play Jamie and her alter ego. It’s available on Netflix now.

14. The Thirteenth Year

This movie gave me completely unrealistic expectations about my 13th birthday. I couldn’t overcome my disappointment of not turning into a mermaid, but it will always be a great coming-of-age movie nonetheless.

13. The Ultimate Christmas Present

Catching a glimpse at the magic of Santa was on every kid’s Christmas list each year, and each year we had to settle for this movie instead. Or maybe “settle” is the wrong word. This was a magical movie that made California kids dream pretty big.

12. Get a Clue

Lindsay Lohan is your favorite detective in this movie that taught you everything you need to know about 2002 street style.

11. Twitches

One of the two absolute staples during the Halloween season, and everyone loves Tia and Tamara Mowry from "Sister, Sister".

10. Smart House

Not really sure why the movie that practically predicted the invention of Siri is so overlooked but I was honestly addicted to this movie as a kid. Also thinking about it now, it's a lowkey horror movie that was definitely too wild for a 7-year-old.

9. Halloweentown

"Halloweentown" never gets old. It’s everyone’s go-to in October, and there’s nothing like this magical world. It only has one flaw: who decided it was okay to completely replace Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie in the fourth installment, "Return to Halloweentown"? Did they think we were just going to ignore it?

8. Zenon

For some reason my 16-year-old sister simply has no recollection of these movies at all but all three "Zenon" movies were a total staple in my childhood. Also, space fashion and a young Raven Symone are very important.

7. The Cheetah Girls

THE SONGS! Instant classics created by Raven Symone and crew like “Cinderella” and “Cheetah Sisters” will never go out of style, even if the cheetah print tracksuits do.

6. Camp Rock

It came a little bit later in the game than a lot of movies on this list, but who can resist the Jonas Brothers? No one. Ever.

5. Cadet Kelly

Girl power to the max by the always-lovely Hilary Duff makes for a surprisingly great film! You can find this one on Netflix.

4. Jump In!

Also on Netflix, Corbin Bleu is a boxer who unexpectedly joins a jump-roping team in Brooklyn. This is where the song “Push It to the Limit” by Bleu comes from, so you should really be watching this one again.

3. The Luck of the Irish

This movie was always a must-watch around St. Patrick’s Day, chronicling the life of a popular basketball player as he learns about his Irish family heritage. You can always catch it on Disney Channel around the month of March!

2. Stuck in the Suburbs

It honestly shocks me that people don’t remember this movie. When watched it with my friends recently and I claimed it was one of my favorite movies, no one believed me until I sang all the words to all the Jordan Cahill songs. Also, yes, that is totally Taran Killam from SNL.

1. High School Musical

This needs no explanation.

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Solid Sounds Episode 103: In Review

A Review of Solid Sounds Episode 103.

It's another week of Solid Sounds at KXUA 88.3 FM, so of course that means there's music to review! Episode 103 is up on SoundCloud, so give it a listen if you get the chance. https://soundcloud.com/lesean05/solid-sounds-ep-10...

While I'm introducing myself and the show, you can ambiently hear our first track of Solid Sounds.

1. Birocratic - "Matlack"

Birocratic is one of those artists you could listen to in the background of your life. Brushing your teeth, and showering in the morning? Birocratic. Paying a parking ticket? Birocratic. Enjoying the scenery of the Ozark Mountains? Birocratic.

2. Palace - "Taking Shelter"

This funky London-based band has got a taste for EPIC sounding music. All of their stuff is really guitar-heavy, but they also make some sweet, sweet sounds vocally.

3. Black Gold Buffalo - "Lay it Down"

Officially formed in 2014, Black Gold Buffalo has a lot of distinct features people can get behind. The vocals are passionate, and the freshness of their style is dubiously original.

4. Xul Zolar - Fear Talk

This German group has been on the rise for some time (2011) and they have an incredible sound. Their racey throbbing guitar style and their encompassing lyrical presence can really rock your socks off. They make a lot of music that finds the perfect harmony between Electronic production styles and Rock.

5. Magdalena Bay - “waking up”

Magdalena Bay was on last week's article, and I still think this song is more than deserving to make it to Solid Sounds Episode 103. Their style is influenced by retro-wave sounds derived from the 80s and some other contemporary artists of the post-vaporwave era we now inhabit. They make spicy songs, I'd play this song at least twice in a row.

6. Great News - "Told"

Noticing a trend here? Yes, I understand your qualms, but hear (or read in this case) me out. I had a hankering to play this song last week, but unfortunately, I didn't get around to it in my slot. I got them into rotation though, and the results were still more than I could have hoped for. For the entirety of this song my physical vessel known to most humans as a body was fully immersed in goosebumps and stars. When I say I love this song, words lack the justice necessary to embody what I mean.

7. DYLN - "Wolf"

Besides being a fabulous human being, 'DYLN' makes some stellar music. Her fusion of Electronic music, Rock, and Pop create a marvelous experience that heavily reminds me of some older bands like the Gogo's as well as some other Female Vocalist-powered bands from the early 2000's.

For the rest of the show you'll have an exclusive listen to some of my friend G-rant's music that hasn't been released yet. I've known him for a long time, so make sure you check his page out too. Link on Soundcloud.

Cover Image Credit: Sean Shoemaker

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'The Cruel Prince' Is The Newest Addition To The Land Of Faerie

Holly Black does it again with new faerie novel.

Holly Black is known for writing marvelous and magical faerie story. And she did it yet again. 'The Cruel Prince' is Black's newest release and the first book in a trilogy. It follows Jude, who was kidnapped at a child and taken to the land of faerie. She never really felt like she belonged there, since she is human, even though the faeries accept her. Everything goes from there.

I found the story really interesting, and it had a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming. A criticism that a lot of YA books get is that it's all kind of predictable. Sometimes it is, but I don't think that that's always a bad thing. It's just a story arc that seems to do well. Nevertheless, that's not the case here. The story was original and had a good plot.

The writing was really good! I have yet to read her other works (such as 'The Spiderwick Chronicles') but I have heard great things about them and am certainly planning on reading them. I really liked Black's writing style, it reads very easily and varies just perfectly.

I thought the characters were very well done. You got to know them pretty well and the same goes for the side characters. Not everything is explored fully yet, but it is a trilogy so there's still a lot of room for that. Next to that, the pacing of the story was also really good. Some people found it a bit slow in the middle, and I can see why. But personally, I didn't really have a problem with it. I thought it was pretty well-paced.

So, overall I think 'The Cruel Prince' is a pretty decent read. You Should really pick it up, especially if you love faeries! It's great for fans of Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass / A Court of Thorns and Roses) and Julie Kagawa. Be sure to check this new novel out!

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