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Movie review: ‘Thor’

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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: ‘Water for Elephants’

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA – Water for Elephants stars big screen heartthrob Robert Patterson, along with everyone’s favorite blonde Reese Witherspoon. The film, based on the Sara Gruen novel by the same name, follows the forbidden romance  between Marlena Rosenbluth (Reese Witherspoon) and Jacob Jankowski (Robert Patterson).

Jankowski is a college student in his early twenty’s whose world is shattered when his parents die in a violent car accident.  He then discovers that his father, a local vet, has been treating animals for free as well as accumulating large debt to pay for the schooling of his son, the protagonist.  These events force Jankowski to leave Cornell University – just short of graduation – to find his own way.

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Movie Review: ‘Fast Five’

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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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‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is a grim rendition

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA – Red Riding Hood is a fantasy filmed based on the classic tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” dating back in the Brothers Grimm version to 1697. This latest version is a twist on the classic we all know and love.

The film is about Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a young girl who lives in a village plagued for generations by a menacing wolf. As the film opens we find that the townspeople for many years have sacrificed their finest livestock to the beast. Things change when Valerie’s older sister Lucy is attacked and killed by the beast.

The townspeople, enraged by the murder of the young girl, decide to hunt the wolf with the assistance of legendary witch slayer Father Solomon (Gary Oldman). The film turns into a witch hunt as Father Solomon proclaims “This is no ordinary wolf, this is a WEREWOLF…The wolf may be your neighbor!!.”

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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

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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

‘The Governor cooks up a budget’

Cartoon by Leon Goodrum

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Goodrum is entertainment editor of the GC Summit.  He may be contacted at leong@gcsummit.com