All Saints inspires audiences everywhere
Sep14

All Saints inspires audiences everywhere

The movie All Saints is a PG Christian film that was released on Aug. 25. The movie wasn’t heavily advertised before its release. Despite this, Rotten Tomatoes rated this movie as 93 percent fresh, and my personal rating would be a 7.5 out of 10 stars. The film runs for an hour and 48 minutes and includes footage of the congregation that the story is based on in the credits. The film centers around Michael Spurlock, who decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment in his sales career is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills. The movie is based in Smyrna, Tennessee and the movie was filmed in the same church. This movie is based on the true story of this Episcopal Church. History versus Hollywood even did a comparison of the two stories and concluded that there were only minor tweaks. While the movie isn’t a fast-paced action adventure or a slow and steady romantic comedy, it still has plenty of potential. The movie goes at a well-paced speed and has a straight forward plot. The movie gives each character enough screen time for the audience to know their role in the church and a little about their past. We know enough about everyone to understand their lives without needing a long backstory. It was the perfect amount of information to know these characters and feel empathy for them. I thought the actors did a splendid job. John Corbett played Michael Spurlock, and I believe he did a good job showing the emotional and physical struggles the real pastor went through trying to keep this tiny church afloat. Watching Nelson Lee portray Ye Win, the main refugee who seeks the church’s help, was inspiring. These actors helped make these characters feel as if this struggle was happening to the audience as well, and I believe it made the movie more enjoyable to watch. One thing I thought was cool was how the movie brought back the refugees and put them in the movie. They played themselves. Those are not extras. Those are the people this story happened to. In the movie, Atticus Spurlock (played by Myles Moore) becomes friends with one of the children refugees named Po (played by John Wise Win). However, the real Po is somewhere in the background and the...

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PAC almost finished: Faculty prepares for art performances
Aug23

PAC almost finished: Faculty prepares for art performances

In the spring semester of 2017, ground was broken to make way for a new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on campus. Now, construction on the building is close to being finished and performances are being planned. The building is quickly becoming the new pride and joy of many and after $20 million, months of hard work, and seeing the building’s result, it is easy to see why. The new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center will be able to seat up to 546 people in the performance hall, which is 246 more than the 300 seats in the Hughes performance hall. This new feature on campus will bring students live cinema, plus it will be equipped with a spacious lobby and a box office with a walk-up window. The Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center will also hold classes for students looking to broaden their performing skills. “We don’t have an official date for the dedication ceremony at this time, but it will be in October. At that event, which will be open to the public, there will be a ribbon cutting and tours of the facility,” James Stafford, Director of marketing and Public Relations, told Belton journal during an interview. Director of Operations & Technical Director for the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Erik Vose, believes the new addition to campus will be extremely beneficial and will open more options for the College of Visual and Performing Arts to offer the student body. Shyanne Hoffman, a freshman forensics major with a music minor, says she is excited for the new opportunities the building and the class will have in store for her. “I think it’s going to be a great addition to UMHB and I’m excited to see what amazing things it has to offer.” Hoffman said. Freshman music education major, Makaila Showels, believes the newest addition to campus will be able to give her a new sense of responsibility. “I am very excited. I never had a chance to perform or work in a brand new Performing Arts building. “This building will provide music and performance students with a professional level performance space that will help them gain better experience as performers,” Vose said. “The rest of the student body will also have a beautiful new venue to visit for their Fine Arts Experience credits. Hopefully, they will enjoy the experience enough to come back even when they don’t need credit.” The Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is the last project of the 2011 Campus Master Plan and will pave the way for more innovative plans to...

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Are you Split about  seeing this movie?
Feb08

Are you Split about seeing this movie?

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells The recent PG-13 film Split made a grand entrance to theaters Jan. 20. Split is a psychological horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. This two-hour thriller keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as they wait to see how the story will progress. A quick fun fact is that at the end of the movie, there is a surprise reference to Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable. The movie revolves around three teenage girls who are kidnapped by a man who experiences associative identity disorder (D.I.D), which is also known as multiple personality disorder. Actor James McAvoy’s personalities in the movie are Dennis, Patricia, and Hedwig. As Marcia (Jessica Sula), Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) try to understand what’s happening and plan their escape, they must also figure out how to manipulate each personality that threatens their safety. The actors selected did a wonderful job portraying their characters. McAvoy did a spectacular job transitioning between personalities and gave each personality its own essence of reality. The character design for each personality was so detailed. From the way they dressed, to the manner in which they talked or walked, to the quirks each personality had, everything was specific to that personality. Each of the girls played their parts really well. The troubled teen and main character Casey Cooke hints at a mysterious past that the audience learns more about throughout the movie. The dialog between characters was very well designed. Each line is tailored to a specific personality and is crucial to the plot. The set design was also well thought out. There were separate spaces where each personality resided while they were conscious. This movie also has a smaller theme embedded into the story–how powerful someone’s beliefs can be. This belief system is a constant re-occurrence in the movie. One thing that really made this movie stand out from the rest was that it brought three different social issues into the spotlight. D.I.D. is controversial among mental health professionals, but the movie provided some information about the disorder and the personalities in a way that the audience can understand. The other two issues that are also brought up are sexual abuse and child abuse. The issues are seen in the flashbacks of the characters and explain why the characters have turned out to be who they are during the movie. All-in-all, this movie is a definite must-see for those who enjoy the suspense and are curious about the peculiar situation the characters find themselves in. I would give this film a nine out...

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Doctor Strange Blows away Marvel fans everywhere

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Marvel, almost as a rule, produces some of the most popular and widely viewed films in the United States, with an eye for quality and storylines like no other. Their latest film, Doctor Strange, is no exception. The movie features Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous hero-to-be, Doctor Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the human antagonist of the story. The acting was exceptional, the special effects could not have been better, and the storyline, while different from its comic book origins, did an amazing job of staying in canon. Doctor Strange begins his hero’s journey as an arrogant neurosurgeon. He is shown performing brain surgery, and showing off his impeccable memory and displaying extreme confidence in every aspect of his demeanor. Once out of the hospital, he is shown in a luxurious apartment. The audience sees numerous awards displayed throughout his home as well as other signs of his wealth. From a drawer full of expensive watches to the Lamborghini that ends up being the instrument of his fall from prestige, it all shows his extravagant lifestyle. Strange is shown driving distracted, before getting into an accident that ultimately costs him the use of his hands. He hears of another man that has had similar issues concerning nerve damage, and he seeks him out in order to learn his secret. This puts him on the path that will bring about the events that put him on the path of a sorcerer. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a good deal of bias towards Marvel movies, and waited for more than a year to see the movie, seeing it twice in the week immediately following its release. At face value, the movie is entertaining, just another superhero movie with great special effects, the occasional joke, and at least one swoon-worthy actor. Beyond the simple story though, it carries a deeper message, showing the story of a man who goes from incredibly self-centered, to becoming much less self-involved (albeit through some fairly extreme circumstances). One of the best features about Marvel is the teaser trailers that hint at movies to come; little clues that certain characters will be interacting in one of their upcoming movies. Doctor Strange has two of those, one after the initial breakdown of important characters throughout the movie, and another after the full credit roll. Never leave a Marvel movie before the lights come on in the theater. Doctor Strange is one of the best Marvel movies in a while. The amount of...

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Coming this fall: Find out what you can expect on your TV this season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells October, the time when fleece sweaters, Halloween, and Pumpkin spice become trending topics. But perhaps most importantly, October is the time when new TV series arrive. CBS plans to air three new shows on their network that will have viewers laughing along and getting hooked on medical drama. The show Man with a Plan is a comedy about a contractor, Adam (Matt LeBlanc), who begins to look after his three kids more often when his wife Andi (Liza Snyder) starts working. However, he discovers that the job is not so easy, as his children are wild, and he must learn how to take control of the situation. Man With a Plan will air Oct. 24. The Great Indoors is a sitcom that follows Jack Gordon (Joel McHale), a reporter that once wandered around the globe in order to scoop out incredible stories. Now, he is the boss in the digital section of a magazine, working with young writers who fail to truly understand nature. He must figure out how to connect to his coworkers who are into pop culture and things he doesn’t have a clue about. The Great Indoors will air Oct. 27. Pure Genius is a medical drama about a wealthy, tech-savvy man, James Bell (Augustus Prew), who partners up with Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), a surgeon, to create a hospital with advanced medical technology, in hopes of treating patients with mysterious illnesses. Pure Genius will premiere Oct. 27. In addition, The CW will air two new shows – No Tomorrow on Oct. 4 and Frequency on Oct. 5. No Tomorrow, a comedy- drama, stars Tori Anderson as Evie and Joshua Sasse as Xavier. Evie falls in love with Xavier, but she soon discovers that Xavier is not as suave as he first appears. He believes that the apocalypse is coming in a matter of months, which explains his exhilarating, carefree lifestyle. Evie, although skeptical of his idea, joins in on his adventurous routines. Frequency, a drama, is about a detective named Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List). She discovers that she can speak to her father Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) in the past by using a radio. Together, they try to change the past and rekindle their damaged relationship. ABC also has two show premieres – Conviction, which will air Oct. 3, and American Housewife on Oct. 11.   Conviction is a drama about the daughter of a past United States President, a rebellious attorney named Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell). After having a run-in with the law, she is blackmailed into examining cases that may not have...

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Pokemon Go: the app that captured the world

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells   Claiming over one hundred million downloads in the first two and a half months since its release, Pokemon Go has won the hearts of many smartphone users. People who had played the game before and new players alike leapt at the opportunity to take part in this exciting new installment in the world of Pokemon. The game is a virtual reality based version of the well-loved series. The user walks around in the world and can see one of three interactive parts of the game; a Pokemon, a PokeStop, or a Pokemon Gym. Pokemon are caught with PokeBalls. PokeStops can be used to collect items and attract Pokemon. And at a Gym, a player can battle the Pokemon of other players in an attempt to take it over. As of right now, seemingly the only goal of the game is to collect all 150 available Pokemon. Initial opinions of the game before the release were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but gamers were anxiously anticipating the July 6 release date. When the day came for the app to be released, users flooded the servers with attempts to play, causing the game to have quite the rocky start. Server issues plagued users for several weeks, causing frustration. Eventually the issues were sorted out, and people began to play. For a while it was like magic. To be able to see Pokemon on the screen in any given location was an interesting new twist to smartphone gaming. Users were everywhere, from parks, to grocery stores, to private premises in a few unfortunate cases. Junior public relations major Bryan Guice said, “Pokemon Go is a fun way to spend some of your down time away from class and a great way to exercise. The downside is people aren’t the best decision makers most of the time. Most people become so engulfed when they play that they won’t look both ways before crossing the street, or they refuse to stay off of private property.” While currently sitting at a rating of a 4.1 on the Google Play store and three-and a- half stars on the Apple Store, Pokemon Go is a great game that could be doing better. Freshman Multimedia and Information Technology major Emily Tomlinson said, “It’s a fun game with a great concept that brings people together, but I think people are losing interest. The company keeps failing to listen to the suggestions and complaints of the users.” The problem with the game, according to the users right now, is that it feels like a different game. Concepts like...

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