‘Tale as old as time’ holds audiences captive
Mar29

‘Tale as old as time’ holds audiences captive

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells A ‘tale as old as time’ debuted as a live-action film on the silver screen Friday March 17. Beauty and the Beast starred Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise) as Belle and Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey, Night of the Musuem 3) as the Beast. The Plot The movie follows the classic storyline of the original animated film that was released in 1991. The film begins with an enchantress transforming the arrogant, party-throwing prince (Stevens) into a hideous beast and his staff into household objects. Fast-forward many years later, and we are introduced to Belle (Watson), a sweet, book-lover yearning to leave her quiet town. Handsome, but vain, war hero Gaston (Luke Evans) wants to marry Belle, but she will have nothing to do with this pompous man. Belle finds herself at the beast’s castle after her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) is imprisoned for stealing a rose. Belle takes her father’s place, and becomes a prisoner in the beast’s castle. The castle staff, led by the candelabra, Lumiere (Ewan MCGregor), the clock, Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), and the teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) scheme to get Belle and the beast to fall in love and break the curse. Was it any good? In a word, yes. Watson’s Belle was charming. In the market scene where we first meet Belle, Watson does a remarkable job of proving to the audience how ‘strange yet special’ she really is compared to the rest of the villagers. She even teaches a child to read, while her invention involving a donkey does laundry for her. One of my favorite performances was by Evans as Gaston. In the beginning, we start to sympathize with Gaston as he tries to win Belle’s hand. But as Gaston’s nastiness unfolds throughout the film we find ourselves wishing for his demise. Evans’ Gaston is humorous at times but truly despicable. He is a villain in every sense of the word. His treatment of Maurice is much harsher in this film. The costumes, the set, and the songs were flawless. “Be Our Guest,” a fan favorite song in the original, is a spectacle to behold with plates dancing, fireworks, and colors galore. What was new? Unlike the animated version, the film added in a few scenes that explain both Belle and the beast’s growing up years. The film gives us a glimpse of why Belle only grew up with a single parent and why the prince is so nasty. The film not only has the original songs, but there are also a few new ones. One of the new songs, “Evermore,” performed by...

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Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive
Mar08

Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Spring break is just around the corner, and for some that means the chance to go on a road trip. If you’re going to be in the car for any length of time, then you’ll want to check out these tips. Plan ahead. Look at a map ahead of time to view your route. Find rest stops and restaurants along the way so you’re not driving around searching for a place to eat when you’re hungry and tired. Pick out your comfortable clothing for the drive and make sure you charge any electronics the day before the trip to avoid frustration and boredom. Bring comfortable accessories. It’s a good idea to have a small blanket and pillow in case you want to take a nap. You can also bring along an eye mask or neck pillow if you think that would be beneficial to your comfort. Bring a Goody bag. Fill a bag with items that will keep you entertained, such as: a laptop or portable DVD player, movies, an MP3 player, books or magazines, art supplies, coloring books, or puzzle books. And don’t forget your headphones. If you get carsick then you might want to bring along an audio book to listen to or play verbal games like I Spy, concentration, or the license plate game. Talking to fellow passengers also helps keep your mind off the road. Bring paper and a writing utensil. There are games you can play on paper as well. MASH, Tic Tac Toe, Pictionary, and hangman are popular games to play while on a car ride. Plus, if you bring along a puzzle book you’ll need something to write with. Bring snacks. Having snacks and beverages can help stave off hunger when you’re not close to a service station or town. Some snacks that will keep your blood sugar level and your stomach full are: crackers, fruits, nuts, or sandwiches. But be careful. Don’t bring anything that will melt or make you too thirsty. If you drink lots of water you will need to use the bathroom more often, so try and only eat salty foods when you are at or near a service...

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Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break
Mar08

Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells What does halfway through the semester signify? Studying for midterms, cleaning up your room so that it’s room check ready, and most importantly, planning a vacation for spring break. But you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have fun over the break. There are numerous places to go within three hours driving distance from Belton. Austin area Austin is a great city if you want to interact with nature. This includes Zilker Park, which is home to Barton Springs Pool, which is a naturally-formed pool that is around 68-70 degrees year-round, Lady Bird Lake, and Zilker Botanical Garden. If you still want to go out and explore nature but don’t want to drive too far from campus, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is an interesting location. The cave gives you a glance into prehistoric times. Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin is a great destination that will give you information about how Texas came to be. You can also watch movies in the IMAX Theater, look at artifacts, and observe various presentations about the wonders of the Lone Star State. Zilker Park (1 hr 4 min) Bullock Texas State History Museum (1 hr) Inner Space Cavern (33 min) Dallas area Dallas is home to many museums, a thrilling art scene, and unusual shopping centers. The Dallas Museum of Art is ranked one of America’s biggest art museums and is a great place to check out local culture. NorthPark Center is interesting in that it integrates an art experience with shopping. Walking in the mall, you can see various paintings and sculptures which makes shopping all the more enjoyable. In addition, Bishop Arts District, located in North Oak Cliff, is named “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood.” This area has more than 60 independent stores that are sure to please anyone looking for unique items. Dallas Museum of Art (2 h 8 min) NorthPark Center (2 hr 19 min) Bishop Arts District (2 hr 4 min) San Antonio area San Antonio is all about the thrills and excitements. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park that has everything from some of the country’s craziest coasters like BATMAN: The Ride, the “world’s first 4D free-fly coaster” to some more mild mannered rides like Bugs’ White Water Rapids. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels is one of the best waterparks in the nation, and is home to the ‘Master Blaster’ which is a water slide that is six stories tall and takes you uphill. If you’re not looking for that much of an adrenaline rush, there’s always the...

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Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area
Mar08

Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, five corn tortilla tacos and a drink for $7.00 It’s filling and yummy. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic to that of classic Mexican food, often prompt and can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. BOBO’s BBQ Food Style: Southern style BBQ Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: 2101Commerce St, Belton Something to try: The pulled pork sandwhich is a classic southern comfort food, but also very yummy and priced reasonably at $5.50. Seating: None Taste: The food is classic southern barbeque, and very tasty, but can be somewhat pricey. Rating: 3/5 3. Fire Street Pizza Food Style: Pizza Price Range: $11-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8490 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Pimpchee Pizza is a great fusion of Korean and Italian classic, with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, cheese and a sweet glaze. Seating: Outdoor picnic-style seating Taste: This pizza place brings an Austin feel to the Belton/Temple area, with fresh pizza that’s better than just ordering take-out. Rating: 2.5/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood Price Range: $2-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: None Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, 1 sausage, and 3 sides, it is flavorful and very filling, priced at $17. Taste: The food here is pricey, but is worth it for seafood lovers. The meals are large and flavorful, and the menu offers a variety of seafood dishes. Rating:...

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Best and worst of local Chinese food
Feb22

Best and worst of local Chinese food

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Jake’s Chinese Buffet Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet or delivery Price Range: $2-$11 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: Belton Taste: Overall, Jake’s is mediocre. Though they have good soup and rice, the sauces seems to be Americanized and not as authentically chinese. Rating: 2.5/5 2. China Cafe Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffett, Sushi, Delivery Price Range: $2-$10 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Belton Taste: The food has a more authentic taste overall, but the restaurant doesn’t have a wide variety of menu option. Rating: 3/5 3. Saigon Cafe Delivery: Yes, but only to the Temple area. Dining style: Sit in, Take out Price Range: $2-$14 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food here is flavorful and there is a wide variety of food to choose from. Rating: 3.5/5 4. Dynasty Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet, sit down., take out, delivery Price Range: $2-$12 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food is more authentic, and the variety to choose from is huge. The taste and sauces are very good, and the lunch menu has a wide variety of options. Rating:...

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