Summer in November

Every student enjoys summer vacation for different reasons. For some, it is the freedom of having no classes, exams, or papers. For others, the chance to be at home with family is the highlight of the brief reprieve. For me, however, I enjoy the summer movies. Some highlights of this summer were Transformers 2, Harry Potter VI, and The Ugly picture from mommylife.netTruth, to name just a few. One movie that, while not the most anticipated premiere, definitely took some people by surprise, was (500) Days of Summer

We were lucky at Grafton this month to have (500) Days of Summer as our matinee showing on November 8th. As many JMU students know, money doesn’t grow on trees and prices certainly are not conducive to a college budget. One of the money-saving facets I have found while being more conscientious of my budget is the wonderful world of matinee movies. Cheaper than the night-time flicks, matinees provide a truly unique atmosphere of movie-watching. Even though while you are in the theater nothing seems different, walking outside into daylight or into the view of a large and beautiful sunset gives a different feeling than walking out into the night. picture from weblogs.fox40.com

As part of the Film Committee of UPB, I had the pleasure of working the matinee movie this past weekend. Grafton was decked out in a “Summer in November”  theme with beach balls and shells adorning the tables. True to the genre of the film, there was an awesome “Romantic Film Trivia”  sheet passed out to the movie-goers. A great crowd showed up, the popcorn sold quickly (only 50 cents… how can you beat that?) and the tickets were an amazing $1.50. Where else can you see a movie and have popcorn for $2? I’ll give you a minute to think about it… 

With great performances by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I fondly remember from 10 Things I Hate About You, this film was definitely one of my favorites from last summer. I wait with anticipation for the summer 2010 releases. 🙂

~Christine Wells

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The Sun-Day Forecast 11/1/09

This week around the JMU community (other than the start of everyone’s favorite “No-Shave-November”):

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Wong Fu ProductionsWong Fu Productions
Wong Fu Productions, one of the most influential Asian groups in the media, is comprised of three men who reach out and express their beliefs on Asian culture. They produce music and very entertaining videos, as well as spreading Asian awareness in the communities in which they visit. They will be talking to the audience about who they are and what they represent as well as sharing some of their videos and music. The event will be Tuesday from 6:00-9:30 PM in Grafton.

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Advanced Screening of The Fourth KindThe Fourth Kind
Our on-campus movie theater is getting a special advanced screening of the thrilling and very scary The Fourth Kind starring Milla Jovovich. The events in the film are based on the true events surrounding one psychologist’s investigations into one remote area’s claims of alien activity. The film is open to 400 JMU students for free, so make sure to come by the UPB office to pick up your pass before the show Wednesday at 10:00 PM.

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RDU Winner ShowRumble Down Under Winner: Stay At Home Greg’s Show

Stay at Home Greg, the band that wowed the judges and fans alike last week is having their very own concert on the Commons Friday at 6:00 PM. Come check JMU’s up-and-coming band perform and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

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Funny Freakin’ FridaysErik Griffin

The Black Student Alliance and UPB are bringing comedian Erik Griffin, as seen on Showtime and Comedy Central, to Taylor Down Under this Friday at 8:00 PM. His multicultural background inspires many hilarious rants and this Friday is sure to be a night that will leave your sides hurting from laughing so hard.

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picture from schlagerblog.blogspot.comFiesta Night

Right after Funny Freakin’ Friday ends, the Latin Dance Club and UPB are hosting a Fiesta Night on Friday from 10:00 PM-1:00 AM in TDU. Even if you aren’t already a lord of the dance LDC will be teaching salsa, merengue, and bachata. The event is completely free and promises to be a night you’ll remember!

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Matinee Film Series: (500) Days of Summerpicture from scraboblog.wordpress.com

The Matinee Film for November is already a cult classic. Grafton will remind you of a day at the beach with the decorations for this month’s installment of the Matinee Film Series (who doesn’t love beach balls?). There will be a romantic film trivia game, with a “Date Pack” prize. Also come share your summer love stories on the giant sunflower we’re constructing in the movie theater this Sunday!

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