Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre
Sep12

Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre

Kin is a movie created from the minds of Jonathan and Josh Baker, and based off of their 2014 short film titled “Bag Man” (imdb.com). Both movies are about a young boy who finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which, by the way, we never learn anything about. However, the weapon is somehow used to save Jimmy’s adoptive brother Eli from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim the weapon (imdb.com). The acting in this movie was terrific. Eli Solinski is played by Miles Truitt and you wouldn’t know that this was the first time he has ever acted in a movie. He played a boy who had a hard life, and who’s mother died at an early age. For a long time it was just he and his dad living together because his brother Jimmy was in prison. He acquires the mysterious weapon when he goes to an abandoned warehouse to find and take materials that he can then sell for money. While he was there he finds the weapon that he keeps secret. Their father, Hal Solinski, is played by Dennis Quaid, who was great in the movie. He is by far the character with the best morals. Eli’s and Jimmy’s dad might have been hard on them at times but he taught them many things like the importance of honesty and family. It is evident that both Eli and Jimmy look up to their father because Jimmy tells Eli “be more like Dad and less like me.” Jack Reynor plays Eli’s brother Jimmy Solinski and did a great job portraying this character. However, I did not like this character because as soon as he gets out of jail he just falls back into his bad ways. He then takes Eli with him and isn’t a very good example for him. It’s like he did not learn from his past mistakes and that is kind of frustrating for the viewers. The man Eli saves his brother from is named Taylor Balik and is played by James Franco, and I loved his performance in this movie. Jimmy owes Balik a large sum of money. Balik will do whatever it takes to get the money, including following Jimmy and his brother around the country. While Eli and Jimmy are running away from Balik and his gang they run into a character named Milly played by Zoë Kravitz. She wants a better life for herself and she convinces them to let her go with them. I really liked Milly as a character. I really felt for...

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Welcome, Class of 2022

Welcome Week at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a five-day, fun-filled program that includes sessions about spirit and traditions, inflatables, food trucks, and events that help new students get to know their peers and understand the significance of becoming a Crusader for life. This campus-wide event, established in 1940, continues to evolve every year, and this year, the largest incoming class in UMHB history took part. Freshmen business major Jared Poe said, “Welcome Week was amazing. I connected with my Cru group a lot.” “The dubbing with my Cru group” is what Poe said was his favorite part. “We were so excited to be Crusaders for life.” In 1940, Welcome Week was a nine-day event that consisted of “Teas, dinners and lecture courses” according to a document of the “Freshman Schedule” in the Musick Alumni Museum Library. By 1979, Welcome Week had come to look like the fun-filled event that today’s students are familiar with. However, it was called “New Student Orientation” and consisted of a week-long program that included free movies, sporting events, placement testing, barbeques and swim parties. In the 1980s, the name was changed back to Welcome Week and has maintained the title to this day. One person who truly understands the rich history of Welcome Week and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor itself is Ms. Betty Sue Beebe. She graduated from UMHB in 1961, later becoming the Alumni Director in 1981 for 21 years, the Director of Alumni Development for the following seven years, and then she worked part-time as the Alumni Museum Curator until 2017. As a student, Beebe built lasting friendships with those eventually dubbed “North End Gang” because they met in the north end of Stribling Hall. They have since traveled the world together. Sophomore Psychology major Naomi Lewis, who was a Cru Leader for Welcome Week 2018 talked about being a Cru Leader for the first time. “I really liked getting to see how eager the students were when they first came to UMHB,” Lewis said. “I got to settle some of their nerves that they had. I wanted them to have the best Welcome Week experience.” Senior Christian Studies and Public Relations double major Samuel Kinnin, who was also co-director of Welcome Week 2018, describes the impact of the event in his own life. “My favorite thing about Welcome Week is seeing the transformation in the lives of new students. They come in shy and nervous about their college experience, but throughout the week, they get outside their comfort zones and make new friends,” Kinnin said. “It’s so rewarding to watch that process and see how much this event...

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