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‘Black Swan’ dramatizes dancer’s drive

By Alexis Tittle

LA MESA– The movie Black Swan is a story about the epic lengths one ballerina (Natalie Portman) goes not to play, but to become, her part. Her journey is not an easy one as she has to deal with an overbearing mother who is always invading her privacy. Her instructor also repeatedly  pushes her to “be the part.”

To make things even more spicy, Mila Kunis plays her understudy and competition for the leading role. This move takes so many unexpected twists you’re not sure what will happen next. Make sure to see this movie if you’re thinking of becoming an actress,  studying film analysis, or have a passion for dance. This movie is sure to impress.

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Black Swan will vie in five major categories: Best picture, Best leading actress, cinematography, directing and film editing.

Tittle is a student in Media Comm 132; she may be contacted at

ASGC President Enders talks Oscars

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Natalie Portman will win the 2011 Oscar for  best actress for Black Swan, and Christian Bale will take the best supporting actor award for his work in The Fighter, says Christopher Enders. The current president of the Associated Students of Grossmont College, dancer, and movie fan made these predictions about  Sunday, Feb. 27,  Academy Awards during a recent interiew with  GCSummit contributor Ilia Evans and videographer and MCOM 132 student Earnest Carter.

Enders declined to make other predictions, saying he had not seen all the nominated movies yet, something he said was key to successful Oscar predicting. But he did note the performances of both Portman portraying a ballet dancer and Bale playing a drug-addicted boxer both involved strenuous physical transformations and journeys.  He said that voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have historically looked very favorably at actors who  “take the audience with them through their complicated journey.”


Movie review: ‘The Roommate’

By Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON –- The Roommate features Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and rising star Minka Kelly as two roommates whose seemingly normal shared-living turns both obsessive and deadly.

The film is a familiar horror for anyone who has had the pleasure of rooming with a random dorm-mate, or may be preparing to transfer to a 4-year college.  Worse than someone who leaves  toe nail clippings in the room, or leftover food on the desk,  Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is wicked and dark.

Sara Mathews (Minka Kelly) enters her first year at the fictional University of Los Angeles and, because of her model looks, instantly gains friendship with Tracy Morgan (Alyson Michalka) and a frat boy, Stephen (Sam Gigandet) .  Then her roommate, Rebecca,  instantly decides that she and Sara should be “BFF’s.”

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Baseball, Buffalo Soldiers, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Gospel … It’s Black History Month on campus!

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–“A History of the Negro Baseball Leagues,” will be the subject of a free lecture by Byron Motley, documentary filmmaker and motivational speaker, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Building #26, Room #220,

The history of the Negro Baseball League (1920-1960) is draped in a fabric that mirrors America’s culture from segregation to integration.

Motley’s presentation will show how the progression of America’s race relation journey is reflected in events that unfolded in the Negro Baseball Leagues. The presentation will include segments from Oh How They Lived, Stories of the Negro Leagues, a television documentary that he produced.

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‘Unstoppable’ worth a family stop by the movie theatre

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON, California-Unstoppable  stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as two men attempting to stop an out-of-control train with dangerous cargo aboard.

The premise was inspired by a 2001 incident involving a  47-car CSX Transportation freight train, which raced unmanned across Ohio train tracks. With a fair share of Hollywood flair the movie beefs up the factual situation.
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Now, a push-button movie with plot twists as you like them

TEL AVIV (Press Release)― Will Rona and Sol kiss and seal their fate as a couple forever, or will Sol answer the ringing phone and change the course of history? A new movie format developed by Tel Aviv University lets the viewer decide.

Utilizing complicated video coding procedures, the new format provides smooth interaction and transition between scenes as audience members watch ― and determine the plot of ― Turbulence, created by  Prof. Nitzan Ben Shaul of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. Made with his unique scene-sequencing technique, Turbulence recently won a prize at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival for its technological innovation.

“The film gives people the suspense and thrill of multiple outcomes like those of the films Sliding Doors or Run Lola Run, but it also gives them the power to really choose and influence at a number of key points how the plot of the movie will proceed,” says Prof. Ben Shaul. Curious viewers can backtrack, too ― they can go back to a narrative crossroads to see what might have been, never seeing the same ending twice. 

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is well, yawn, boring

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stars Daniel Radcliffe as the  legendary boy wizard Harry Potter.  The movie is the first part in the two-part epic finale of the book turned box office smash hit.

In the  movie Harry is attempting to evade the powerful Lord Voldemort with  help of what is left of the order of the Phoenix.

The movie like the book has become dark; the world created by David Yates and J.K. Rowling is no longer what we have seen in the past films. The tone of the movie  grows even darker as Lord Voldemort gains power and Harry’s world crumbles  around him.

Will Harry be able to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds or will he like his parents fallto the hand of Lord Voldemort?
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