Well, we are all back from a (hopefully) relaxing week off of school and stress. However, now we must crack down a catch up on that homework we meant to do while we were home and study for the upcoming exam week. It is a known fact that too much studying does more harm than good, so if you are looking for something to clear your head and help you re-focus your attention- stop by Grafton!
We have two great movies this week! At 7 PM we are showing The Time Traveler’s Wife. Staring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, this romantic drama centers around a Chicago librarian who can travel through time. The movie focuses on his attempt to build a stable relationship with his wife and her attempt to build a life around her unstable husband. Based on a book by Audrey Niffenegger, which I have heard that the movie stays very close to, it should be a relaxing break from all your stressful studying.
Due to a complication with our distributing company, we cannot show Inglourious Basterds. For more information check out the post by Katelyn. Instead of the war film, we are showing Gamer, starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall from the hit show Dexter. This action thriller follows Butler, a star player in an online multi-player game, as he tries to overthrow the creator of the game and retake his independence. With over an hour and a half of intense action, this movie will definitely wake you up and get you pumped for another round of writing those papers!
Best of luck with these next two weeks- push through it and then you have a month of no work! You can do it JMU!
This week around the JMU community (aka the last week of classes this semester!) :
Feeling overwhelmed by all the stress that comes along with finals? Come out to UPB’s late-night dance party Exam Jam to alleviate your troubles. Your body and your brain will be thanking you after taking a study break this Thursday night. Bring your friends and enjoy dancing to the musical selections of DJ G, eating some free food, and have the most fun you’ve ever had during exams!
Funny Freakin’ Friday
They don’t make them like Evan Wecksell anymore. As one of the funniest and most energetic performers to emerge from New York’s comedy clubs and musical venues, the Comedian and Singer/Songwriter is often compared to comedic superstars Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch.
You might have seen Evan on national television on VH1’s I Love the 80’s 3D, I Love the 70’s II, and I Love Toys.
The Grafton Saga: New Movies
The Time Traveler’s Wife
“Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler–cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love. Based on the best-selling book by author Audrey Niffenegger.”*
“Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called “Slayers” looks to regain his independence while taking down the game’s mastermind (Hall).”*
I’m sure you all remember the issue we had with The Hangover, and how we had to delay the showing at Grafton because the production company decided to keep it in theaters for an extra couple weeks. Unfortunately, we have the exact same problem with Quentin Tarantino’s new box office smash, Inglorious Basterds. Universal Pictures has decided to put the film in major theaters for an extended period of time to get more Oscar nominations. I’m sure the film won’t have a problem with getting any Oscars, but who am I to second-guess a production company’s decision? So what does that mean for us? It means that we are unable to get a copy of the movie to play at Grafton for the first week of December. We considered just bringing it to Grafton in January, but it comes out on DVD release December 15, so it will already be on DVD for a month when we come back after January.
So if you’re huge Tarantino fans (like myself) and were waiting with bated breath for Lieutenant Aldo Raine to make his appearance here at JMU, just put the movie on your Christmas list and hope that someone special understands your need for obscene amounts of comedic violence.
Of course, we can’t leave you hanging with just a chick flick before finals, so we have selected another action-packed movie as a substitution for Brad Pitt and his WW2 scalping and skull-bashing. Gamer is a film with Gerard Butler (you know him as King Leonidus from 300) where Butler is an inmate on death row and he and his fellow inmates are the subjects in a Call Of Duty type shooter game called Slayers. People around the world are playing Slayers on their PS3s and Xboxes, but instead of controlling imaginary digital figures, these players control Butler and the other prisoners in a life or death battle for survival. To give you a glimpse at the tone of the movie, here’s a quote from the movie, taken from imdb.com.
Ken Castle: [seeing Hackman] Look at it. The new face of Slayers. Pure, crystalized horror. Two stories high and bathed in bloody red. He is what they want.
Geek Leader: They love Kable.
Ken Castle: They do now, but when they watch their hero die right in front of their eyeballs so sharp and vivid it feels like you could reach out and touch the wet flesh, they’re going to change their point of view. They’ll be seduced by the power of violence; the dominance. It’s human nature.
Geek Leader: Kable’s made it through 28 battles. Every player in the game has tried to take him out.
Ken Castle: Yeah, Kable’s the perfect soldier. He’s a tactical killing computer. His only vulnerability is the nanex itself; the *ping*, the delay between Simon’s commands and Kable’s ability to execute.
Geek Leader: So why should this one be any different? Who controls him?
Ken Castle: [long pause] No one.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and I encourage you to check out Gamer for your pre-exam study breaks!