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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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‘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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New hip hop mixtape urges converting lemons to lemonade

By Leon Goodrum

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego streetwear store, 5 & A Dime, at 8th and G Streets in downtown San Diego, presents Brother Nature,a hip hop duo that consists of Bam Circa 86′ and Real J.Wallace. Both men are native San Diegans and Grossmont College students. They have come together to share a nostalgic look back at their childhood on the debut release entitled Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Mixtape.

The theme for this free download is making the best out of a bad situation, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The Lemonade Mixtape is the prelude to their up-and-coming LP produced by Rob Viktum called A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be released through 5 & A Dime as well. The single for both the mixtape and the album is entitled “Mama’s Lemonade”, which gives you a first glimpse into the minds of Brother Nature. 

Definitely creating a buzz from hip hip sites like Applejbreak.blogspot.com, and  kevinnottingham.com, the duo has developed a refreshing sound and gives listeners the feeling of the early 90’s hip hop era. You can find and discover and download their music at http://www.5andadime.com/blog.php?id=828 ohttp://www.zshare.net/download/6613574460a6491b/

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Goodrum is a student in Media Comm 132

‘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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Film Review: ‘Due Date’ a funny bro-mance

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON–Due date is a film starring Robert Downy Jr as Peter Highman, a very uptight father-to-be whose trip home is disrupted by Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) a quirky aspiring actor. The duo embark on a road trip to get Peter home in time for the birth of his first-born. 

The film plays out as a 2010 version of the 87′ comedy classic Trains, Planes & Automobiles. Similar to the 80’s classic, it chronicles the journey of an oddly paired couple featuring mishaps, blow ups and charming moments.

Director Todd Phillips again shows his ability to create a “bro-mance” full of the shenanigans featured in past comedies such as Road Trip and The Hangover. The film is definitely worth the watch, perhaps the best comedy I’ve seen this year.
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‘Due Date’

3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Comedy

Actors: Robert Downey junior, Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx

Director: Todd Phillips

Location: Parkway plaza

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Goodrum is a student in Media Comm 132

‘Waiting for Superman’ indicts U.S. education system

By Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

SAN DIEGO — Waiting for Superman is a Davis Guggenheim documentary that focuses on a subject that we as  student should be concerned with, education. It looks at the failure of America’s education system by following a handful of students through their lives, struggles and hopes for better.

As shown in this trailer, the film deeply explores poverty-stricken communities and their lack of “good” teachers.

I found the film very insightful, although after watching I had the feeling I had been witnessing a lot of non-productive finger-pointing.

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“Get Familiar” with rapper Mood Swings, a fellow Grossmont student


Rapper/Poet Mood Swings

By Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — On my daily routine sitting on the lawn watching my fellow students push on to their next classes I was reminded of a quote I read by Calvin Coolidge:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race

The quote made me think of how many talented people we have on campus, young adults full of dreams aspirations and desire to become more. Who are these people around us? What are their talents? Could you be sitting next to the future Jim Morrison? Mike Giant? or even Oprah Winfrey?

Enter the rapper/poet Mood Swings, a hospitality major with an ambitious desire to not only showcase for the world his talents but help to showcase the talent of others.

Q: So let’s start with your name?

A: Abayomi Ismael Adefioye is my government (name).

Q: Does it have any meaning or significance?
A: Abayomi translates to a gift or a moment/cause of joy/happiness, Ismael is from my pop’s Muslim upbringing! As you know, I go by Yomi. MoodSwingKing used to just be MoodSwings; it  was more of a description of my reactions to life in general.

Q: So your alias is a reflection of your experiences?
Yea, All my issues and problems when I was younger. I was more dramatic and got a little more wrapped up into stuff. Kind of like going through puberty. Hormones all messed up. MoodSwingKing was a coming to terms with all my issues and all the b_s we all deal with in life. Taking ownership and controlling my surroundings as opposed to just going with it! Reaching the point of mastering my mood movements.

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