‘Carrie’ Brings Horror, Gore to Cinema
Oct22

‘Carrie’ Brings Horror, Gore to Cinema

The remake of Carrie is the closest version of any movie that has been based on the novel by Stephen King. It tells the story of a troubled teenager, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who is harassed and tormented by her classmates throughout her childhood. When the popular clique in school takes it too far and posts an embarrassing video of her in the showers after gym class, Carrie’s life turns upside down. Her social life is miserable, and her home life isn’t any better. Her overly religious mother, played by Julianne Moore, is constantly telling her daughter she is sinful and locks her in the closet for hours on end so the teen can pray for repentance. Moore is the perfect fit for the character of Margaret White; she leaves the viewer wondering just what she has up her sleeve next. Kimberly Pierce, director of the movie, does an excellent job in the remake of Carrie to incorporate current technology and issues in the story line. She also lets t he viewer really get to know Carrie White and creates sympathy for her miserable character. In the trailer and previews, the movie looks as though it will be a horror film with a lot of twists and turns, but in reality, it isn’t all that scary. But  the way the mother carries herself and her over-the-top beliefs will give you chills. In the movie, Carrie is constantly teased until she is finally pushed over the edge at the junior-senior prom and is forced to retreat to her secret powers, which she discovers early in the film. The same people who posted the   embarrassing video of her make it a point to ruin her perfect night out at the prom. All the people that made going to school every day a struggle for Carrie ultimately pay for it in the end. It is worth the $7 to watch this movie, which offers the viewer an underlying theme, that you can only push people so far until they break. And the quietest, m ost vulnerable-looking people could be capable of the most powerful acts. By the end of the movie, it’s hard to distinguish just who is the victim and who is the villain, and this is well played by director Pierce. The only thing that might turn moviegoers away from this film is the fact that it is  very bloody. But this aspect doesn’t take away from the overall feel of the movie. It only enhances it. Carrie probably won’t be a box office hit, but it definitely won’t be a...

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Celebrities use influence for positive change
Oct09

Celebrities use influence for positive change

All too often we see  celebrities in the limelight doing things that  shouldn’t even be covered in the media, yet they are glorified simply because they are famous. What is often forgotten are the celebrities who are working hard to make a difference and do something positive with the platform they have been blessed with. For example, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has continued to be the same guy throughout his success and his failure. Isn’t this what it is all about? Famous athletes are in the public eye as much as anyone, and it has shown time after time that they can get caught up in themselves and forever ruin the  opportunity of positively influencing others. But Tebow has never faltered from his stance on being a man of God. He is a former Heisman Trophy winner, but his positive influence on others is not covered nearly as much as current Heisman, Johnny Manziel. When Tebow formed a genuine friendship with a young boy struggling with cancer, the media covered it, but not as long as the media covered Manziel’s sudden exit from the Manning Passing Camp. What this says is public attention focuses on the negative much more than  the positive. This is evident because countless numbers of celebrities are doing good works that ultimately go unnoticed. Many people see these celebrities giving to charities, and just think of it as something they are doing for a write-off on their taxes. This may be true in some cases, but in reality, the majority of these actors, musicians, or professional athletes are genuine in their giving and create relationships with the people they are helping. For instance, Angelina Jolie has been involved in charity work for years, and her acts of kindness seem like they are legit. Since 2001, she has not only sent funds and necessities in war-torn countries but  has visited more than 20 of these countries. Recently Jolie donated $1 million to Doctors without Borders, who give aid to countries that are in severe poverty or are in the midst of wars or natural disasters. It may seem easy for these celebrities to make a difference because of all the money they have. Money  doesn’t fix everything. It is the relationships within the charity that really stand out. Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees from  New Orleans realized he needed to make a difference when he arrived in the destroyed city after Hurricane Katrina. Brees didn’t just give money to help rebuild playgrounds and child care centers that were washed away. He actually got out there and worked side by side with the locals. These stories of...

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Runner Runner: a safe gamble? by Katelyn Holm

It’s true: Everybody gambles. Whether it’s with money, time or happiness, everybody gambles. Runner Runner stars it-man Justin Timberlake, who plays genius Princeton gamer, Richie Furst. With his tuition on the line, Furst wages everything he has on the Internet table in one high-stakes game of poker. Though several hands go his way, he loses all of his winnings to a cyber-opponent. But after investigating his loss, Furst realizes he has been cheated. He immediately flies to Costa Rica to hunt down gambling tycoon, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). To the surprise of viewers, Block not only reimburses Furst’s losses, but offers him a job at Midnight Black, the epitome of gaming industries, with the promise of a seven-figure salary in the first few months. However, this isn’t even close to the resolution of the film. Affleck executes his role with arrogance and an all-around unlikable vibe. He isn’t Argo quality by any stretch of the imagination, but the actor still pulls off an intriguing performance. While on the job, Furst realizes he has entered into more than just a game of cards or chips. Now, the graduate student faces dangerously powerful and rich money launderers, gangsters and professional hustlers. But it may seem a little overdone. Sure, violence and drugs plague corrupt industries like the one Block runs. The movie exaggerates these things a little too unrealistically, though. Regardless, Timberlake’s natural demeanor fits his role perfectly. He projects the confidence of a successful man, yet still maintains an innocence in comparison to the dark deals being made. Audiences feel invested in the character, which is something a lot of movies today lack. Soon, the FBI receives a tip that Block’s dealings have been far from clean. In fact, the shark has weighted all of the online tables and takes profits from all of the players. Agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) confronts Furst, hoping he will be an informant for the authorities and incriminate Block for his illegal dealings. Because Furst fears jail time and the fact that the Costa Rican government could refuse his entrance into America, he tells Block of the confrontation with Shavers. Wrong move. The special agent just doesn’t seem intimidating, though, and audiences are never really fearful that any of the government investigators could do real harm to any of the characters in the film. A little excursion to Block’s hideaway reveals a lake that is home to two alligators. But these are no ticking clock, Peter Pan alligators. These reptiles eat anything that smells remotely like chicken, which is unfortunate for the two men covered in poultry fat who are forced into the water. Block...

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National Night Out makes students think about safety
Oct09

National Night Out makes students think about safety

In 2012, the campus had 42 cases of theft on record. Many students assume they, along with their belongings, are safe,   but they could be wrong. Campus police deputy John Ellison is the current crime and prevention officer. He attended National Night Out Oct. 1 to help broadcast this important event. “Crime prevention is a huge deal, especially here at UMHB. The better we do with crime prevention, the less we have to deal with burglaries,” he said. The occasion gave all campus police officers a reason to help students become aware of their surroundings. “We try to take opportunities like this to get the word out about crime prevention,” Ellison said. One of the goals of the event is for residents to have the opportunity to get outside of the dorms and meet people other than their direct neighbors and also those who serve for their protection. “We are out here and approachable so the students can get to know their officers in a laid-back environment. We don’t want just a business relationship, especially here with our students. We want them out talking to us all the time,” Ellison said. In addition to campus authorities, Belton officials were also at the event making their rounds while going to other block parties happening all over town. It might not be possible to get every resident on campus to attend an event like this, so Ellison hopes to at least get more involved and aware. “We would love for the students to swing by, get some free food and then go back to their dorm. We don’t expect them to stay the whole time, as long as they come,” he said. The event hosted attractions such as texting and driving, goggles that gave undergrads a chance to see what being under the influence is like and firefighter gear to try on. Senior business administration major Joanna Leath attended and participated in the activities. “Students who come can learn about several different parts like don’t text and drive and the seat belt simulator. They can also get their bike registered while fellowshipping with other students,” she said. Sophomore nursing major Jacob Barnes is a Belton firefighter and came to show his support with other volunteers. “It’s always good to know who’s watching your back and protecting you. It’s not just the firemen that were there. It was security, police officers, and medics, all of which help in the community. National Night Out is all about knowing who serves you,” he said. Barnes assisted attendees who wanted to try on the firefighter paraphernalia. “Honestly, it’s just cool to try on the gear...

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Cru Culture
Sep24

Cru Culture

A lot of things make UMHB students unique. In fact, seven characteristics separate regular students from Tru Cru. Why seven?  We are a Baptist school, and seven seems like the perfect number. So let the countdown begin. You know you’re a Crusader when: 1. You start using phrases like “Campo.” The technical term is “Campus Police.” Nevertheless, “Campo” takes less time to say and leaves you feeling a lot like Ke$ha when the phrase leaves your mouth. Yes, it’s a term, and, no, you won’t get a ticket for it. 2. You find yourself looking forward to tweeting in chapel. So many inspiring speakers walk up the steps of Walton Chapel every Wednesday morning. But the real proof of a great sermon lies in the mentions on Twitter. It’s like having a class discussion without having to raise your hand or formulate your thoughts on the spot. Hashtag chapel. 3. Every Thursday, you instantly crave a specific chicken sandwich. When someone asks you about your favorite campus tradition, do you instantly think “Chick-fil-A night?”  Even though it may not technically be considered a tradition, Thursday nights in Temple, surrounded by tasty sauces, yummy chicken and good friends make for some of the best memories. 4. You gasp when someone uses the phrase “School Song.” Those two forbidden words definitely classify you as a real Crusader. If you’ve been paying attention at any pep rally, assembly or lecture, you know that the song which begins, “Dear Mary Hardin-Baylor,” has been dubbed as the “Alma Mater.” Any utterances of the two “s” words should cause a shock to the purple blood that runs through your veins. 5.  You wonder whether or not someone actually died in Presser Hall. I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors that the building houses a ghost and has appeared on multiple paranormal hunting shows. That doesn’t stop your curious spirit from wanting to explore the old building at night, though. 6. You ask for Norts for Christmas. Just the fact that you know what Norts are shows your school spirit. Nike shorts aren’t an option. They are necessary and vital to your academic survival. 7. You drink Dr Pepper for breakfast. You will consume more of this sugary drink in your four (or five or six) years at UMHB than you will for the rest of your life. Take advantage of the free beverage. Coke products? Ain’t nobody got time for that. While these things may seem odd and random, they make us as a school unique. Twenty years from now, you won’t remember how much time you spent cramming for that Psychology test. But you will...

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Dancing Film Loses Battle in Theaters
Sep24

Dancing Film Loses Battle in Theaters

With the standards of a dance movie genre and actors like Josh Peck, who starred in Nickelodeon’s comedy Drake and Josh, and Josh Holloway who played in the hit TV show Lost, it was kind of a given that Battle of the Year would flop as a movie. Since the movie is based on Bill Lee’s well-made  documentary titled B-boy, you can guess that he also directed this poorly plotted movie. He shouldn’t have. The plot wasn’t the greatest compared to other dance movies such as Step Up, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing. This movie definitely won’t be making its way up to classic dancing movies anytime soon. Battle of the Year is an   international contest which the Americans haven’t won in 15 years, and a determined breakdancer decides to change what have been the previous odds. Yes, that is the plot. As the main character, Dante Graham (Laz Alonso), tries to get a group together to help the country get back to the winners’ table, he also convinces his friend, Jason Blake (Holloway), a former championship basketball coach with a background of breakdancing, to help coach the team. After basically throwing off every dance member to form an all-new and improved dance team, Blake gets down to business and hires Franklyn (Peck) as an assistant and   choreographer Stacy (Caity Lotz), who, after doing what she was hired to do, disappears from the movie. Weird? We agree. Though the movie does have a lot of  dancing, it also has some funny dialogue, whether intended or not. Sarcasm is widely used. Franklyn (with a “y”) is a prime example of the comedy hidden throughout the film, his over dramatized quote being “I may be Jewish, but my religion is hip-hop.” This  still never explains why he isn’t  dancing Were we really expecting Peck to play a serious character, though? The script wasn’t the best of the best, but we can’t doubt that the dancing during the movie was pretty amazing and over the top. One downfall is that the clips of the dancing were  choppy; audiences had to piece together what was happening with two-second clips. It did make you want to get up and try breakdancing for   yourself, though—If you’re willing to break your neck. While many reviewers are bashing the movie, the Tennessean is writing about how it was “a lost cause” from the beginning. How can we disagree after Lee put Chris Brown in a movie? The ever-so-critical Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 6% on their tomatometer.   If you   actually look at their movie reviews, you know that they can be pretty vicious, even to some of the...

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