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Discount humor or comedic find of the year?

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:40 am

page10discounthumorObserve and Report, brought to you by director/writer Jody Hill, is not for the feint of heart, but is an interesting look into the psyche of a mall security guard who tries too hard to be the best at what he does. Any psychology majors may want to watch this movie to answer one simple question: how many mental diseases does Ronnie Barnhartd (Seth Rogan) have?

Ronnie, being the head of mall security, battles many foes, including skateboarders, shoplifters, and a menacing flasher who manages to catch the love of his life, Brandi (Anna Faris), off guard by flashing her his goods. After this devastating incident, it’s up to Ronnie and his team of mall warriors- Charles (Jesse Plemons), the Yuan twins (who play themselves, John and Matt Yuan) and Dennis (Michean Pena) – to catch the pervert and put an end to his flashing days once and for all.

For his second film, Jody Hill does a great job at writing and directing what I thought was a hilarious film with a few heavy flaws. It is not slapstick humor nor is it black humor, but an interesting hybrid which hasn’t been seen for quite a long time. If you don’t attempt to understand what is going on in each character’s mind, then you will not get a lot of the jokes. This may turn many people off to watching the film, as it can’t be categorized as smart or stupid humor: it just is what it is.

The amount of violence and obscene images placed in this movie are surprising, but add to the laugh factors. Simply put, this film is not for everyone. Some may find it hilarious, some may find it offending, and others may think it is foolish. This is one of those films which is difficult to tell what kind of people will enjoy it.

Ray Liotta shows he still has what it takes to be a badass as Detective Harrison, in a way we haven’t seen since the 1990 blockbuster Goodfellas. Seth Rogan, unlike his last few films, actually acted instead of playing himself for this film. Instead of coming off as the slightly intelligent good guy, he’s a mentally incapable fool who does what he wants, which leads to many conflicts and the viewer may find himself wanting to guide him along the right way. Anna Faris actually acts a little better than she did in the Scary Movie films (which isn’t saying much). Don’t expect any Oscar winning acting in this film, but as a whole it was well done for what it needed to be.

For only his second motion picture, Jody Hill brings a surprisingly funny film which may not appeal to everyone, although the last ten minutes of the film might be worth it to watch regardless. It has its flaws, mainly in the acting and pacing of the story, but overall it is a film that you might want to check out, although guys may not want to bring their dates as it’s a very testosterone-driven film. I give it 3 out of 4 stars.

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In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:38 am

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Metallica makes the Hall of Fame

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:35 am

page11metallicaMetallica made music history by being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4. They blew the roof off of the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The rap group Run-DMC was also inducted. Frontman-guitarist James Hetfield who co-founded the band in 1981 said “Dream big and dare to fail, because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true.” After accepting the award, Metallica played a couple of their biggest hits, including “Master Puppets” and “Enter Sandman”. This marked the first time the tickets sold were open to the public. Eminem presented the honor to Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Joseph “Rev-Run” Simmons. He called them “the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool.” After the death of founding member Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, the band retired in 2002. McDaniels said, “The music that we made then didn’t just impact friends, it impacted a generation. So I guess that’s what rock ‘n’ roll does.” Run-DMC is the second hip-hop act to be inducted after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It was a great and proud night for musicians and music fans everywhere of the legendary acts.

Page 12, Sports

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

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Jordan leads Hall of Fame class

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:29 am

page12jordanOn April 6th, it was announced that 5 people would be let into the basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, MA. Of those five, four played in the NBA, one coached in the NBA, and one coached Women’s NCAA. They are Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton, Utah Jazz Long Time Coach Jerry Sloan, and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer.

The Biggest announcement is of course that Jordan is done. Michael Jordan is in the Hall of Fame. There is no more coming back to the NBA. He is regarded as one of the best players ever, if not the best.

David Robinson won two NBA championships, was MVP for a season, and was selected to the all- star game ten times. He played with the Spurs for his whole fourteen year career. He won in 1998 and 2003.

John Stockton is the all-time assist leader. That should say it all. Now, he did play with Karl Malone, one of the best scorers of all-time, but it is still a remarkable achievement.  The next closest person to him in assists is Jason Kidd, but he is down by 5000 assists. Stockton is also the leader in steals with Michael Jordan down by 700.

Stockton and Sloan have been forever tied together as they were Player and Coach for the same team for fourteen years. Both never played for another team other than the Utah Jazz. Sloan coached Stockton to two NBA Finals and his superb statistics.

Vivian Stringer is the third winningist coach of all time with 800 wins. She is the first coach to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four. Those schools were Cheyney State, the University of Iowa and Rutgers University. She is now with Rutgers University.

KNIGHT of the WEEK

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:27 am

page12jamebeeJaime Bee ’09
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The senior first baseman broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th with a 2-out walk off homerun to give the Knights a 4-3 Commonwealth win over Widener in the opening game of the twinbill homestand.  While Widener took game two with a 1-0 final, the Knights went 3-1 on the week and currently reside in the fourth and final playoff slot behind 3rd place Widener.  In addition to her game winning homerun, Bee hit .583 on the week going 7-12 with 5 runs, 2 RBI while enjoying a perfect week in the field making 34 put-outs with 2 assists.

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

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NCAA 2009 Champs

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 3:24 am

page12champsOn April 6, 2009, the NCAA Basketball series came to an amazing end with one team, and one team only, on top.   In an 89 to 72 win against Michigan State, North Carolina went on to be the Champions for the 2008-2009 series.

The road to the final game could almost be categorized as easy for North Carolina, with impressive wins against Radford, LSU, Gonzaga, Oklahoma and Villanova.  No match against the team was even close to a tie, and any team that opposed UNC inevitably walked away with their tail between their legs.  Their most notable win came in the first round against Radford, with a bone-crushing final score of 101 to 58.
North Carolina’s top scorer, Ty Lawson, scored an impressive 21 points, while Wayne Ellington and Tyler Hansbrough scored a total of 19 and 18 points, consecutively.  All three players had an interesting season, culminating in the final game, and a rare display of emotion by all three.

Fans across the nation saw this win coming, including our nations President, Barack Obama.  His highly publicized bracket had North Carolina coming out on top, and he was not disappointed.  The team’s moves were precise, calculated, and executed with stunning finesse; it was hard to think of any other team standing a chance.

Michigan State, however, was not without their notable moments.  Despite the overall defeat in the end, the team had some very impressive wins under their belt.  In the March 28 game against Louisville, the team walked away with a 64 to 52 win; a final that put them in the final four.  However many wins, there is no doubt that the ride back to Michigan will be a quiet one.

There are so many things that come with the title of NCAA champions, including higher possibilities of a draft into the NBA.  The top three scorers of the game actually came back for that specific reason. Overall, North Carolina has worked hard, and fought their way up to their rightfully deserved spot on top.

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In Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 at 5:05 am

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In Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 at 5:03 am

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