Grafton: The Young and The Blue

What a week… 90 degrees each day and not a cloud in sight. Absolutely beautiful! We are getting closer to the end of the semester- a bittersweet time for all students. This weekend Grafton is putting on some awesome events! Our regular Grafton movies are at 7 PM and 9:30 PM, Youth in Revolt and The Young Victoria respectively. This Sunday is our last matinée of the semester- Avatar

At 7- Youth in Revolt is the newest Michael Cera movie. Cera plays Nick Twisp, who falls in love with a beautiful girl while on vacation. Nick Twisp is a boy who takes on multiple personalities and has many misadventures while following the girl- Sheeni- around. At 9:30- The Young Victoria is a dramatization of the life of Queen Victoria after her coronation and her relationship with Prince Albert during the 1830s. 

The real icing on the cake though is our matinée. Sunday at 3:00 PM, Grafton will be showing Avatar. After his brother is killed, a paraplegic Marine Jake Sully signs on to take his place during a mission to Pandora- a world with strange creatures and a separate race of beings called the Na’vi. In exchange for the intel services that Sully is providing, the military repairs his damaged spinal cord. During his stay on this world, Sully falls in love with a Na’vi native- Neytiri. Sully is forced to make a decision as the military of Earth begin their final stages of conquest. 

It is sure to be a fun-filled weekend at Grafton… as the theater will be blacked out! With a black-light rainforest, fluorescent paint, and reduced ticket prices- who can resist? There may even be a few blue people running around…



In lieu of the upcoming matinee showing of New Moon this Sunday at 3pm, I thought long and hard about which team to join. Since we will have Grafton split with Team Edward on one side and Team Jacob on the other, the decision became even more important. I don’t want to end up sitting in the neutral zone just because I couldn’t make up my mind.

After much debate over which team to join, I came to the realization that the perfect character of the Twilight saga is not quite so obvious. Edward Cullen seems to be the perfect guy, but he does have some flaws. I mean what kind of jerk leaves the woman he loves and steals every form of evidence that he was ever in her life?! (Also, for a vampire, the character in the movies seems to be very hairy. Did anyone else notice his strangely dark-haired chest in New Moon?! Not to mention the monstrosity of hair on top of his head!)

Jacob Black is a pretty sweet guy except that he is slightly immature and hot headed. He also has some pedophilic tendencies, which would concern me when choosing a man. The whole concept of imprinting pretty much sets him up to love multiple women which I guess would make him a polygamous pedophile… CREEPY! Why fall in love with a man who could potentially leave you for another woman… or child?! I mean I’m not complaining that his clothes tear off every time he phases, but if I’m going to completely side with one character, I need to have a really good reason.

Ok now if you ignore the fact that Carlisle has had a wife for hundreds of years, he can really be the perfect candidate! Or you can even look at this fact as a personality trait of dedication and commitment to one woman. Think about it. Carlisle is the mastermind behind the entire “vegetarian vampire” movement. Without him, well, Edward would not exist as a vampire and Jacob would not exist as a werewolf. He practices perfect self-control and has an incredible gift of compassion, which allows him to completely resist human blood—even with his chosen career as a doctor. He is one of the only mature characters who isn’t filled with drama, and the actor who plays him in the movies is also not too shabby. After thinking about it, can anyone honestly not like Carlisle?!

I at least have a little relief now that I have chosen my team…can a team even be a team with only one member?! Please let me know if you’d like to join Team Carlisle by commenting or visiting me at Grafton Stovall Theater on Sunday, Feb 14 at 3pm. I’ll be the one sitting all alone in my own section of Grafton.


Team Edward

There have been debates in every century and of every magnitude. Nothing is off the table to be discussed. One mammoth of a debate is Twilight. After the final 4th book came out in 2008 teenagers and adults alike saddled up to one team that rivals the Team Angelina versus Team Jennifer times. It was Team Edward or Team Jacob.

No the decision was necessary for me when I read this series because it was always Team Edward. I know some of you may gasp but Edward was always the one for Bella. Maybe I am a sucker for torn lovers but from that first science class I knew it was meant to be.

Jacob is the friend Bella needs to balance her life away from Edward because occasionally she is obsessed. Jacob is her friend and it does not make sense to her for it to be anything else. Also Jacob is only 16 in this series! He is new to his abilities and new to his feelings. Don’t worry though Jacob finds someone in the end to make things interesting.

You can definitely find me on the Team Edward side of Grafton tomorrow at the New Moon matinee.

– Angela Marino

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Welcome back to JMU! To celebrate the 3 day weekend and to give you a break from your new classes- UPB is presenting Where The Wild Things Are this Sunday. This matinee will be showing at 3 PM and costs only $1.50!

Everybody remembers the popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak on which the film is based. The movie follows a young boy named Max who runs away from his home and stumbles upon a world inhabited by huge monsters. He befriends them by saying that he is a king with special powers and goes on to have many fun adventures with the monsters. Eventually, Max has to go home when a disagreement causes Max’s monster friend Carol to become angry and chase him.

In the true spirit of the story, Grafton will be decorated with trees and a storybook filled with true stories of why JMU students were grounded when they were children. As a special treat and to get you into the mood of the story, anyone wearing pajamas will receive free popcorn! (Major side-note here: this does not mean sweats and a T-shirt or skimpy lingerie…. We mean eccentric PJs: matching patterned shirts and pants, along with onesies). Before the movie, one of the UPB members will be performing the story and will be giving out gold crowns for you, because we want you to be able to really immerse yourself into the story.

Finally we have an excuse to bust out the footie pajamas

So this Sunday, come out to Grafton in your comfy PJs and “let the wild rumpus start!”

– Christine

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

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