Heartfelt student-created film, The Last Waltz
Apr27

Heartfelt student-created film, The Last Waltz

For roughly 12 minutes, the audience that went to see the student- created Cru Films production, The Last Waltz, sat in silence waiting to see what happened to the hard-minded character of Waltz. After living a life of continually being cold to people due to the events in his life, we find Waltz as an old man alone in a hospital bed. With every comment he makes proving to be negative and rude, nurse Steve, performed by 2009 UMHB graduate and performance studies major, Tank Turner, always stays positive and has hope that Waltz’s hard shell will be cracked before his life ends. At the end of the short film, Waltz’s family has come to visit him. After experiencing a heart attack, Waltz wakes up to realize he should let go of his hatred of his life and accept the love of not only his family, but also the love of Christ. Dr. Diane Howard is passionate about the Cru Films organization and was one of the producers of the film. She is honored by the fact that the production blessed her with students who dedicated themselves in order to have a great finished product. “The most rewarding facet for me has been to see our students begin to appreciate the talents and gifts that our Lord has given them for great positive Christian good in the world,” she said. “Watching them learn and practice skills to artfully captivate and persuade audiences as they produce redemptive films has been a joyful adventure.” One of the main characters is the nurse, Steve. Turner enjoyed being a part of the film, and the story line had a lot to do with that. “To me the film was about reaching forgiveness through human connection, and being able to allow yourself to connect with another human being after being hurt in the past by someone,” he said. The whole experience of acting and interacting with the cast and crew was very rewarding for Turner. “It was an awesome experience working with everyone who was involved in creating this film,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be with in taking this journey.” Howard and the other producer of The Last Waltz, professor Donna Teel, had about eight to ten student written scripts to choose. However, it was film studies minor Mateo Gamboa who had the winning story line. He said, “I was happy about it. I was nervous. It really made me anxious to see how it was all going to turn out.” On a whole, watching the short film was inspirational. Seeing a man being redeemed...

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Box office gears up for summer season
Apr27

Box office gears up for summer season

By Emily Keahey As summer approaches, the box office is gearing up for the release of some of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Films from every genre are poised to make blockbuster history and wow fans. Robin Hood Release Date: May 14 Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, the team that created Gladiator have come together to produce another great action movie, Robin Hood. The story follows Robin Longstride, an archer in the army of King Richard Coeur de Lion. After the king dies, Robin and his men must fight against corruption and oppression in the town of Nottingham, but their adventures don’t stop there. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content. Iron Man 2 Release Date: May 7 Expected to be as successful as the first blockbuster, Iron Man 2 is sure to be a hit with viewers. In this action-packed sequel, billionaire investor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to fight new enemies. Afraid that his technology will slip into the wrong hands, Stark refuses to reveal his secrets to the military, despite pressure from the press, public and government. With the help of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Stark will form new alliances and face new challenges. This movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. Shrek Forever After Release Date: May 21 After saving the princess, getting married and having kids, Shrek (Mike Myers) is on a new adventure. In the fourth movie, Shrek Forever After, Shrek gets tricked by Rumpelstiltskin and ends up in a backwards Far, Far Away where Fiona no longer knows him and ogres are hunted. Just like the other Shrek movies, this is sure to be fun for the whole family. It is rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Release Date: June 30 The third movie in the series of wildly popular vampire novels will premier this summer. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be action packed, as Victoria leads an army of vampires to seek her revenge. The love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) will continue to intensify, as they both fight to save the woman they love. Bella will eventually have to choose between the two men she loves. This movie is not yet rated. The Last Airbender Release Date: July 2 Director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest movie promises to impress. It is based on the popular cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. In a world where there were once four...

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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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4/27/2010
Apr27

4/27/2010

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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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