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Movie review: ‘Thor’

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA — Thor is film based on the Marvel comic of the same name and is the fourth film released by Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the Legendary god of thunder.  Fans of the comic got wind of the film back in 2006-07 but, due to set backs, the production of the film was halted.  Director Kenneth Bragnagh later put life back into the project.

The film begins in the past: we find Thor’s father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) king of Asgard, is at war with Frost Giants who have set out to conquer the nine realms, earth included. Odin defeats the Frost Giants and takes their source of power – the Casket of Ancient Winters.  Afterward this, the realms return to peace. This is were we meet our young hero Thor (Chris Hemsworth), blonde haired precocious child, and his young brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a wide eyed dark haired child.

Thor prepares to receive his crown when there is a disturbance in the kingdom, as the Frost Giants attempt to reclaim their stolen items.  Thor, enraged by this threat, marches off to do as his father did and slay the Frost Giants. Odin, angered by his son’s disobedience, strips Thor’s powers and casts him out of Asgard, to earth were he is to remain in exile until he gains the right to return to his home.

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Movie review: ‘Rio’

By Alexis Tittle

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Rio is the latest animated feature from Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age.  Although this movie is rated G, it is not just for kids – it’s a good date movie as well.  The story is about Blue (Jesse Eisenberg) a tropical bird from Rio de Janeiro, but misplaced in Minnesota, who returns to his home to ensure the survival of his species.

Blue grows up ‘protected’ and never learns to fly.  An exotic bird scientist (Rodrigo Santoro) finds Blue and convinces his owner to bring him to Rio de Janeiro so Blue can be mated.

The mating doesn’t go exactly as planned as Blue and his match Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are captured. They escape with the assistance of a series of characters including a Toucan played by George Lopez.

Lopez’s voice is awkward for the toucan – it just doesn’t sound good.  Other than that, the movie was funny.  A highlight for me was the pick-pocketing gangster marmosets that distract tourists with tricks to steal watches.

At one point in the movie, a standoff ensues between birds and monkeys, then someone yells “Birds versus monkeys!” and they all fight.  In a real fight the monkeys would win but,  because Rio is a bird movie, the birds win.

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Tittle is a student in Media Comm 132; email her at alexist@gcsummit.com

Movie Review: ‘Fast Five’

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA – Furious Five is the fourth in the order of The Fast and Furious franchise. Although there are five films, the third – Tokyo Drift – is technically the last in the order. In 2001, when The Fast and the Furious was released it became an instant hit, producing several sequels including 2 fast 2 furious, Tokyo Drift, and Fast and Furious.  The Fast and the Furious series continues to be well received.

Returning characters who blessed the screen in this action-packed ride included the following: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.  With the addition of a new cast member Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the cast has really been rounded-out.

The movie starts off after the events of the fourth film of the series, Fast and Furious. We find Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) finally caught and brought to trial for the savage beating that had occurred in the first film. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), along with Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), break Dom out of custody, and the trio flee to South America.

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Movie Review: ‘Limitless’

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA–Limitless is based on the 2001 techno-thriller novel by Alan Glynn. The film adaptation focuses on protagonist Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) a New York city writer who doesn’t look the part of someone who has anything going for himself, in-fact he himself says during the introduction of the film, “What kind of a guy without a drug or alcohol problem looks like this?”

Lindy (Abby Cornish) Morra’s love interest and focal of one the stories many subplots, has recently dumped the down and out writer, to add insult to injury his book deal is in jeopardy. Enter Vernon the brother of Morra’s ex-wife Mellissa (Anna Friel), an ex-drug dealer who now “does some consulting for a pharmaceutical company.”

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Movie-review: Paul

By Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

Paul – Rated: R (Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.)

Directed by – Greg Mottolla

Written by – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead)

Paul is the story of Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost), two friends who, while on their journey from Comic Con, run into a rather unlikely companion: Paul, an extraterrestrial (voiced by Seth Rogan). The film makes fun of American’s obsession with UFO’s and government cover-ups.

Paul and the duo race to town, while sheltering Paul in an attempt to hide him from the US government, which had held him captive for the past 60 years. Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman) is tasked with re-capturing Paul and will stop at nothing to get his hands on the spaceman.

Paul Reminds me of ET or even the 1988 knock off Mac and Me: it is a quirky film as many of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost films have been. With guest appearances from numerous famous faces such as Justin Reed, Sigourney Weaver and Jeffery Tambor, the film is sure to satisfy in theaters, starting Friday March 18th. Be sure to go out and have a laugh.

Rating: 4/5

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Goodrum is a student in MCOMM 132; email him at leong@gcsummit.com

Going out? How about a circus or a movie?

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

EL CAJON– Circus Vargas, which eschews animals for human performers, recently returned to San Diego County for the first time in three years with a brand new cast. I recently saw a performance and was astonished by all of the different acts.

One was an all-brother acrobatics team, who built themselves into a giant human robot. One of the brothers stood firm on the ground as two of the other brothers attached themselves to his arms. Then another climbed upon his shoulders, and a fifth brother wrapped himself around his waist. Then, as one, they strutted around the center ring.

Another memorable act was a family of motocross stuntmen utilizing what they called their” ball of death” Not only did they perform inside this ball in single and group acts, but one of the performers was only nine years old. Without giving away the super secret part of the act I will just say that it is a must see.

During the show one of the trapeze artists almost fell from a swinging tower and although it was part of the show I still leaped with fear from my seat. This circus team has been doing this for many years in Venezuela and recently purchased the Circus Vargas name so they could bring the act to America.

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Theatre cast shines with first play in Spring

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE-Drama students presented vivid examples of the craft of acting in “Inside the Actors’ Process: Improvisation,” directed by Grossmont theater professor Jerry Hager. The production played both at Grossmont College (on Feb. 4 and 5) and at various high schools.

Many in the audiences were astonished by the unorthodox monologue styles of the cast.

Paul Rossi’s contrasting monologues, where he performs as Hook from Peter Pan and seamlessly transforms into Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a performance that this reporter will remember for years to come.

The cast of Grossmont's February production of "Improvisation"

Then you have Geoffrey Alejo (who was recently hired to play a student in a Coleman University commercial). He gave a very animated portrayal of Howard in The Last Cigarette that really smoked.

Another highlight was Katherine Bothwell, whose performance as Tilly in the Melancholy Play had the audience on the edge of their seats, faces flushed with emotion.

All in all, this was an outstanding showcase. For those of you who were unable to attend you can watch for many of the same performers in the upcoming plays this semester, beginning with another well-known showcase for actors – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That production opens at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theater on March 10 and will run through March 19.

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Streeper is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at coreys@gcsummit.com