Ordinary couple takes on extraordinary night
Apr27

Ordinary couple takes on extraordinary night

Girls can drag their guys to the newest box office comedy Date Night without being worried about their significant other being bored out of his mind. Steve Carell (The Office) and Tina Fey (30 Rock) play Phil and Claire Foster, a New Jersey couple who find themselves bored with their suburban life. An accountant and a real estate agent by day, the two are barely able to stay awake on their weekly date night at the usual spot. In an attempt to spice things up, they head for a more exciting night out in the city. One stolen reservation later, the two find themselves in for much more than the fancy seafood dinner they bargained for. Mistaken for another couple, the Triplehorns, by a pair of thugs, they must maneuver their way out of several near-death encounters. This involves the obvious guns, fast cars and, of course, pole dancing. The two quickly prove themselves as bad plan makers, but as fate and possibly just pure luck would allow, the two manage to elude the bad guys. While the plot is funny, it is somewhat predictable. Despite the fact that the couple makes a great comedic duo, viewers can easily see where some scenes are heading. In one scene Fey drools over sweaty, shirtless, former client Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg, The Lovely Bones) and it doesn’t take much to imagine what is going through Carell’s mind. Fey does a great job of balancing Carell’s over-the top nature with her sweet but quirky disposition. Together they banter back and forth, bringing lots of laughs, yet they also have some more serious moments. By the end of the movie, the two are both believable and charming as heroes even with their many flaws and mishaps. The supporting cast also helps make the film with appearances from Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Leighton Meester and Mila Kunis. Franco and Kunis are particularly hilarious as the real “Triplehorns” with their crazy personalities. The two pull off a wacky, slightly redneck couple well. While the PG-13 movie as a whole is laugh-worthy comedy, it doesn’t meet classic standards. However, Carell and Fey fans will not leave the theatre disappointed. The movie deserves three out of five stars for its comical...

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Drink tea with Alice
Apr13

Drink tea with Alice

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is coming to life on campus as the Central Texas Book Club meets for its once a semester get-together on Wednesday, April 14. at 5 p.m. The event is being hosted by the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. Junior English major and president of Sigma Tau Delta Rachel Yubeta said the motif of the gathering is based on a fictional character from Carroll’s novel. “Our theme is the Mad Hatter’s tea party. People are more than welcome to wear their top hats, and we will be serving tea.” Senior English major and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta Alex Fields said that all students are welcome to attend and should come ready in the appropriate attire. “Any kind of hat will do. There is no discrimination. We are not exclusive; we are inclusive. Anybody can wear a hat, and anyone can participate and be a part of it.” The presentation of the novel that is known for its appeal to both adults and children will be given by assistant professors of English Dr. Jessica Hooten and Dr. Jacky Dumas. Yubeta emphasizes the value of discussion and interaction with other readers when delving into a novel. Comprehending and appreciating the story comes from experiencing it with others. “Literature is definitely a community activity. Books are meant to be talked about and read together. I think that is important,” she said. Senior English major and treasurer of Sigma Tau Delta, Evangeline Ciupek, said the audience at the book club gatherings varies based on the circumstances. “The amount of people that attend fluctuates depending on how much interest there is, and how many people are in the English department. If professors offer extra credit, we get a better turnout.” Yubeta said that though the get-togethers are only once a semester, they should be taken advantage of. This semester the meeting is in Brindley Auditorium at 5 p.m. Fields points out that the novel is suitable for readers today. “Alice in Wonderland is very timely,” he said. Ciupek said the tea party will be an excellent way for students to revive excitement over the enchanting world found in Alice in Wonderland. The fantastical story of Alice is one that many people read as children. As adults, it is important to remember and take pleasure in such influential tales. Cuipek said, “Especially with the movie coming out, a lot of people are rediscovering Alice in Wonderland. It’s appropriate at this time to look back at it. The book is written excellently. It is definitely worth coming out...

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Cyrus takes on Sparks’ film
Apr13

Cyrus takes on Sparks’ film

Bring the tissues. It sounds like a cliché, but every girl knows when it comes to Nicholas Sparks, they are a necessity. His newest novel to hit the big screen, The Last Song, may have movie goers sniffling more than his previous ones. Most fans already know that Miley Cyrus stars in the film and almost all already have some opinion of her, but, whether they like her or not, they should go in with an open mind. She suits the role surprisingly well. Cyrus plays Ronnie, a bitter piano prodigy from New York, who is sent to spend the summer in Georgia with her estranged father Steve (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) and brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman, Martian Child). While she has been accepted to Julliard, she refuses to go or even play to spite her father with whom she previously shared her passion. Her mother Kim (Kelly Preston, From Paris with Love), no longer knows how to handle her daughter’s rebellious nature. Upon arrival at her father’s house, Ronnie immediately tries to distance herself from her family. Instantly a standout as she walks on the beach in black clothing and army boots, Ronnie stumbles upon a carnival and beach volleyball tournament. Local, good-looking Will (Liam Hemsworth) makes an impression when he spills a milkshake on her. Circumstances bring them together, and while they seem an odd pair at first, they find themselves falling in love. As with any relationship, there are obstacles. Cyrus manages to do a good job of portraying her emotions toward Hemsworth and her father. Her quirky attributes like an under bite make her stand out among other, more polished actresses her age, who might not have done justice to the part. The age of the character she plays might help too since Cyrus herself is only 17. This allows her to add some of her own emotions into the mix, making her more genuine for the part. Undoubtedly, Cyrus has help from the acting skills of Kinnear. He plays his role with such emotion, which helps bring out a little more than Hannah Montana would have been capable of on her own. What makes the movie different is that it is not just about teenage love, but about the bond between a father and daughter. The film will make viewers both laugh and cry. The movie receives 3 out of 5 stars for its heartwarming...

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Clash of Titans not epic enough
Apr13

Clash of Titans not epic enough

Clash of the Titans delivers dramatic action sequences and crisp effects, but leaves viewers unsatisfied with shallow writing and characters. Even with 3-D, Sam Worthington is still one dimensional. The basic concept of this remake of the 1981 film is that mankind is tired of the gods. They decide the best course of action is to rebel against Olympus. The protagonist Perseus, played by Worthington, is a demigod and has all the gifts needed to save humanity but wants to avoid his half-god roots. It follows the basic structure of all epics with a strange birth, tragedy, quest, obstacles and a great foe. Unfortunately for movie goers, anything they read in middle school about Greek mythology was more compelling than this story. Liam Neeson plays a strong, loving and sleazy Zeus. His portrayal is really fun to watch. The rest of the characters are better than the boring Perseus, but not awe inspiring. With big action films like this one, viewers should not expect too much character depth or story line. Even with lowered expectations, however, the action in Titans does not make up for the thrown together script. Titans opens much like the Disney film Hercules except the cartoon handled explaining the background of Greek mythology much better. In fact, the first half hour of the film stumbles as it tries to set up the epic quest and action sequences. The dialogue is bad and Perseus is totally inconsistent. Luckily, however, soon everyone shuts up and fights monsters, and that’s really what this movie is all about. The battles are fantastic. The mythological creatures are realistic yet still feel like special effects. Anyone who has any attachment to Greek mythology will enjoy watching these beautiful and terrifying creatures attack the men. The over-hyped Kraken is the least exciting of all the creatures in film, which makes the climax fall flat. In the end, Titans leaves you wishing you had seen more. The beauty and effects could have been complemented so well with just a little more care in the story telling. You never really care much about Perseus, and that’s what makes this movie just another soon-to-be-forgotten action romp. The film gets 2 1/2 out 5 stars for good...

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Clash of the Titans is not epic enough
Apr02

Clash of the Titans is not epic enough

Even with 3-D effects, Sam Worthington is still one dimensional. Clash of the Titans delivers dramatic action sequences and crisp effects, but leaves viewers unsatisfied with shallow writing and characters. The basic concept of this remake of the 1981 film is that mankind is tired of the gods. They decide the best course of action is to rebel against Olympus. The protagonist Perseus, played by Sam Worthington, is a demigod and has all the gifts needed to save humanity but wants to avoid his half-god roots. It follows the basic structure of all epics with a strange birth, tragedy, quest, obstacles and a great foe. Unfortunately for movie goers, anything they read in middle school about Greek mythology was more compelling than this story. Liam Neeson plays a strong, loving and sleazy Zeus. His portrayal is really fun to watch. The rest of the characters are better than the boring Perseus, but not awe inspiring. Titans opens very much like the Disney film Hercules except the cartoon handled explaining the background of Greek mythology much better. In fact, the first 30 minutes of the film stumbles as it tries to set up the epic quest and action sequences. The dialogue is bad and Perseus is totally inconsistent. Luckily, however, soon everyone shuts up and fights monsters, and that’s really what this movie is all about. The battles are fantastic. The mythological creatures are realistic yet still feel like special effects. Anyone who has any attachment to Greek mythology will enjoy watching these beautiful and terrifying creatures attack the men. The over-hyped Kraken is the least exciting of all the creatures in film, which makes the climax fall flat. In the end, Titans leaves you wishing you saw more. The beauty and effects could have been complemented so well with just a little more care in the story telling. You never really care much about Perseus and that’s what makes this movie just another soon-to-be-forgotten action romp. View the trailer...

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Alice in Wonderland – Up to the hype?

For a movie that did so well at the box office, the new Alice in Wonderland movie was just mediocre. Yes, there were some aspects of it that made it a good movie, but ultimately, the storyline left something to be desired. Granted, I have never seen the original Disney cartoon version, so that is probably why I didn’t like this new one. One of the two things this movie had going for it was the graphics. From the Red Queen ­– played by Helena Bonham Carter – and her massive head to the beautiful array of colors, the visual effects definitely helped this movie. And, of course, the acting was phenomenal. Who could not like Johnny Depp’s performance as the Mad Hatter? I love Depp and everything he has ever done, because he is an amazing actor. And he is amazing in this movie as well. When the audience is introduced to his character, I was creeped out by him and all his antics as the Hatter. But as the movie progresses the audience comes to love the Hatter for all the aid he gives Alice. Will I ever see this movie again? Probably not. But am I happy that I saw it? Yes. Maybe I’m just waiting to find a Tim Burton movie that is better than The Nightmare Before Christmas, but I’m beginning to realize that Burton can’t top that...

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