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Nov. 17, students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney put together a series of performances to bring their Korean culture to Nebraska.
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Nov. 17, students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney put together a series of performances to bring their Korean culture to Nebraska.
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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ keeps audiences guessing, but not on the edge of their seats
I’ve always been a sucker for a melodramatic mystery narrative, as evidenced by the copious amounts of Sherlock Holmes stories that reside on my bookshelves back home. I will admit, I hadn’t read the Agatha Christie source material before going into this, and while this film wasn’t a spectacle that I will go back to the theater again and again for, “Murder on the Orient Express” provided an entertaining couple of hours filled with suspense, wry humor and a French accent that’s just a little too close to Inigo Montoya in “Princess Bride.”
The story begins with the successful solving of another mystery, thus establishing Hercule Poirot, Kenneth Branagh’s French Sherlock Holmes-esque character, as one of a high reputation in his field of solving crime. Witty, sarcastic and all around similar to Doyle’s character in everything except appearance and nationality, Poirot was one of the few high points in this film. His deductions were impressive enough to curl even his overly-impressive handlebar mustache, but not even this stellar actor, who also directed this film, could keep audiences on the edge of their seats for the duration.
Even with a locked room mystery murder on a train, it was difficult to stay engrossed in the story. As an avid aficionado of detective stories, this tale left me disappointed. Since the ending is one of the most well-known “whodunnit” reveals in the history of the detective genre, it rather fell flat in comparison with other detective tales. What is there to detect when nearly everyone already knows how the story ends? Audiences can’t enjoy the thrill of the chase if they already know where the chase ends up. Of course, the source material is from 1934, and that does leave a bit of time open for spoilers to circulate. Either way, this film left me wanting more.
However, this film was not completely disappointing. The aesthetics were beautiful. The mountains, music and costumes were wonderful, creating a flawless environment for this flawed crime drama. A few moments were packed with Poirot’s sarcasm and isolation-preferring nature, and I can definitely empathize with a character who would rather dive into a book than associate with his fellow passengers on a train, even if that book is written by Charles Dickens.
There are a few praiseworthy performances in this movie that need to be noted besides Branagh, including Daisy Ridley (“The Force Awakens”) as Miss Mary Debenham. Her character not only dressed sharply, but had a mind and a personality to match. Other major actors that did leave a bit of an impression were Johnny Depp as the shady and sleazy murder victim, Edward Ratchett, who also isn’t who he appears to be; Josh Gad as Hector Macqueen; and Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff. All of these big names packed into this overly exquisite train should have meant a gorgeous work that I would gladly watch multiple times, but instead it rather fell short of my greater expectations.
Although an aesthetic beauty, “Murder on the Orient Express,” left a lot to be desired. The director didn’t take an express route to actually get into the plot, and maybe that’s why I’d rather remain at the train station than take this ride again.
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Kenan Meadows, a senior theatre major from Kansas City, Kansas, and Trisha Miller, a junior theatre major from Lincoln rehearse for Rashomon. Swords will clash as UNK students bring their show to life at the Miriam Drake Theatre.
SEE A SHOW: Nov. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.
UNK Theatre Box Office (308) 865-8417 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Thor 3’ hammers into theaters with blockbusting marvel
Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.
The last time audiences saw any of Marvel’s Avengers, they were in the middle of an all-out family battle, as seen in “Civil War” back in May 2016.
The two mightiest Avengers fans were hoping to see—The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)—were, meanwhile, getting up to their own intergalactic shenanigans. These absences are explained in this latest release from the multi-billion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, this is also the first film in which fans get to again experience the majesty of the godly realm, Asgard, since 2014 with the release of “Thor: The Dark World.”
The second film also introduced the second Infinity Stone—an ongoing arc since the MCU really took off after their first group movie—in the form of the accursed Aether. While an entertaining film, the sequel fell flat in comparison to the wildly different first Thor (2011), which led to the God of Thunder’s involvement in “The Avengers” way back in 2012.
And now the godly boys are back in a film that switches it up, acting as a serious film, buddy comedy and total laugh riot for audiences.
This film is very different from prior stand-alone Marvel movies. While they usually contain a few laugh-worthy moments, the comic book adaptations still usually manage to be darker and more serious. Of course, they’re all still fun and enjoyable, but none are on the level that Ragnarok created.
Even from the beginning, when viewers find Thor in chains and at a loss as to what to do, this film is still a much more lighthearted film than its predecessors. Although it does lay it on too thick at some points, this third installment still works. And it does change the entire foundation of the universe, especially in relation to the Asgardian people.
For me, and I am sure I can vouch for many others, this film held many exciting features. For one, Tom Hiddleston again reprised his mischievous role of Loki, the God of Mischief and adopted brother of Thor. When fans last saw the shape-shifting trickster, he had taken on the form of Odin Allfather, the king of Asgard as well as his adopted father, and fans finally get to see what he’s been up to since he “claimed” the throne: watching theatrical performances while the universe steadily prepares for the end of times.
This third installment was no exception: Hiddleston does a brilliant job and his fraternal chemistry with Hemsworth only adds another appealing layer to this comic-based, cinematic beauty. Viewers see that Loki is never what he seems, but he isn’t quite as evil as past films have made him out to be. Ragnarok even makes him into a hero of sorts, but he still has much to make up for after the trouble he caused in earlier releases.
Mark Ruffalo again does a fabulous job as The Hulk. The latter half of the film, in which he spends much of the time as genius Bruce Banner, is almost preferable. Having spent two years trapped in his emerald alter ego, Banner is confused, disoriented and on the verge of freaking out when he finally becomes himself again.
Of course, I must mention the titular actor, Chris Hemsworth, whose depiction of the God of Thunder is always wonderful. In fact, he acted as the comical epicenter this time. The multi-dimensional actor fits perfectly into the multi-dimensional realm of the MCU. And, as Marvel continues to grow bigger and bigger, so too do the names of the actors who take on the roles of pivotal characters, a few noteworthy ones being Jeff Goldblum as the zany Grandmaster, Cate Blanchett as the big bad, Hela, and Tessa Thompson as the last Valkyrie of Asgard.
And of course, nobody can talk about this film without mentioning Benedict Cumberbatch’s return as Dr. Stephen Strange, whose cameo scene was a significant highlight. It’s always great seeing Hiddleston and Cumberbatch on-screen together, after all.
A fun jaunt through even more locales of the Marvel Universe, Thor: Ragnarok packs a lot of hilarity, familial conflict, brilliant one-liners, kick-ass action sequences and some spectacular special effects that rival even those of “Doctor Strange.”
Thor 3 just hit theaters on Nov. 3, with special showings on the Thursday night before. It is already proving to be one of the zaniest, yet most entertaining Marvel films to date.
But let’s not forget about those post-credit scenes, because the gleeful romp through destruction ends there. Thor and Loki, after having been reunited after the destruction of their world (it was all part of the plan, honest!) are standing on the colony ship that currently plays host to the Asgardian people.
As they talk about going to earth, a massive black ship suddenly looms in front of them. Who could be on this ship? Most observations lead to Thanos. We’ve seen Big Purple before, in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but he’s always just been lurking in the shadows for the Avengers. Maybe it’s time for him to come out and finally take what he believes is rightfully his and ignite what we’ve trekked through 18 movies for—the Infinity War. 5/5
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Alpha Phi’s fall philanthropy raises over 6K with proceeds benefitting Safe Center, women’s heart health
Mr. Nebraskatz, Tyler Nelson, flashes the audience a memo while introduced at King of Hearts. Each contestant was escorted by two Alpha Phi women while the MC’s of the night read a quick biography of the participants to kick off the event.
Mr. Sigma Phi Epsilon, Jacob Curry, added two more titles to his name at the end of the night. Curry won over the audience with his stand-up comedy act and witty Q &A responses, earning him Mr. Heart Throb and the ultimate prize: King of Hearts 2017.
Bringing out the power drill for his performance, Taylor Janicek of Phi Delta Theta shows the audience how to make a vegetable instrument. Janicek cracked jokes and threw in some puns while perfecting the art of a carrot flute. He went on to “play it” for the audience with music coming through the speakers around the theatre.
Jachob Wiedeburg represents Mr. Cross Country well with his “My Little Teapot” performance while judges tally the votes. Wiedeburg did not know he would be doing this dance for the audience, until he was called on stage for having the most money in his jar at the end of the night. Alpha Phi had many different ways to raise money from the event, including ticket admission, raffle tickets and casting votes through money jars.
Mr. Wrestling, Jeffery Bizzle, incorporates his wrestling singlet into his lip-syncing performance at the event. Bizzle started off his talent by pretending to play piano to “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. As the song picked up, Bizzle jumped from the piano and began his lip-syncing and interpretive dancing.
Mr. Delta Tau Delta, Brent Anderson, strikes a quick pose during his ribbon dancing performance. The performance started with simple ribbon twirl, before Anderson ripped off his pants to expose his leotard ensemble. Anderson went on to win Mr. Congeniality at the end of the night.
Austin Luger of the UNK basketball team, shows some skin while singing “Ladies Love Country Boys” by Trace Atkins for the talent competition. The ladies of the audience reacted to the song, and the country boy, with loud whistles and cheers during his performance.
Mr. Pike, Logan Krejdl, takes a stance to show his biceps alongside supportive members from his fraternity. Including Kredjl, there were 11 contestants competing in the event this year.
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Larry Volz from Real Escape Room Richmond, a company he started in Richmond Virginia, sets up a part of his “puzzling” adventure.
This event was hosted by LPAC for UNK students to work together to figure out how to come up with a cure to a zombie apocalypse.
The escape rooms featured situations in which students had to stop an asteroid from destroying the planet and defuse a bomb. He and his partner Andres Santiago travel all over the country to put these on for campuses and companies.
Andres Santamaria prepares for the UNK Escape Rooms by dressing in costume and going over performance lines.
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Thomas Rhett impacts hearts and ears with latest album, an ode about twists, turns
As country music slowly swerves into the pop and hip-hop lane, many artists are finding themselves adapting with the times. One such artist is Thomas Rhett, a man who has become a music sensation because of his small-town roots mixed with today’s music flavor.
Rhett’ album, “Life Changes,” became the first No. 1 country album in 2017 on the Billboard 200. The album released on Sept. 8 and has built a lot of momentum in just two months.
This constant dedication has made the Rhetts a goal for all relationships across the nation.
Rhett is a unique artist as most of his music is written for his wife, Lauren Rhett.
At the beginning of his music career back in 2012, Rhett wrote “Something to Do with My Hands,” and it was a hit on the radio. However, it wasn’t a very big hit with his wife. Lauren had started to ask for different songs from Rhett, and he says his career started to take off when he listened to her. Rather than just have a song that people would tap their feet to, Rhett started making music to tell the public just how much he loved his wife.
In 2015, according to multiple radio interviews, Lauren asked for a song that was like “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw. Rhett had put pen to paper and wrote “Die a Happy Man” which had become such a hit he wasn’t prepared for the changes that awaited both he and Lauren.
Rhett’s biggest hit became his next inspiration for the title song of “Life Changes.”
In the song, Rhett goes on about how he was just writing down songs on a notepad in college and never expected success, but now those same songs are sitting on shelves in Wal-Mart.
“Life Changes”is an ode for this generation about how quickly plans change because of the unexpected twists and turns that life brings, such as getting married at age 22.
Jumping ahead five years, the couple has expanded their family with daughters Willa Gray and Ada James.
Rhett and his wife will only continue to be “couple goals” on social media while he is consistently creating music that she approves of.
“Unforgettable” quickly became the biggest hit of the new album based on Spotify numbers with 42,980,420 listens, and it was just Rhett retelling nights early on in his relationship with his wife.
Another highlight of the album is “Sweetheart,” which is Rhett’s take on all that his wife is to him. There was only one of her created and he’s so grateful she exists. The song is played in a do-wop style that people of many ages could enjoy. The lyrics and relevance can connect with Rhett’s peers while the instrumentals could almost put the listener in a trance that would place them in the 60s and 70s.
While Rhett has been veering away from his old school country roots, it’s important for fans of country to realize that, in music, it should be the lyrics and the meanings behind them that are given analysis, not the sounds being made behind those words.
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Cult classic rocks for 42 years and remains just as strong
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an annual Halloween tradition in my little blended family. It is the throwback of all throwbacks for us. No matter where we are, whether we are together or apart, we always watch the film this time of year and the tradition means a lot to me. It is my favorite Halloween movie, is completely wacky and out there like the usual kind of movie I enjoy, and is perfect for the spookiest season. With that in mind, I decided to review it and wholeheartedly recommend that you give it a go this Halloween season.
The film was first released in 1975, and celebrated its 42nd anniversary a few days ago on Sept. 25. The idea of “Rocky Horror” started as a 1973 stage production. It was created by Richard O’Brien, who contributed to the later screenplay of the cult classic film. Particularly, the movie pays special homage to the most ridiculous science fiction and B-Reel flicks. Although the plot is a rather loose thread throughout the film, it’s more than acceptable once you realize how much is jam-packed into its screwball nature.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” focuses on two young lovers, Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) who become engaged at the beginning of the film during a remarkably melodic showtune dubbed “Damn It, Janet.” The couple decides to visit their good friend, Dr. Everett Scott, and celebrate the good news. However, along the way, their car blows a tire. Brad decides to go off to look for help, and Janet insists on accompanying him. As they venture through the forest, they encounter a strange Gothic mansion, with even stranger inhabitants. The strangest? Dr. Frank-N-Furter, depicted by Tim Curry, who audiences later discover to be an alien transvestite keen on creating a man with “long hair and a tan” (Peter Hinwood). Prior to Curry’s unforgettable entrance in high heels, fishnets, and a corset, viewers get to see the most influential showtune in the entire film, “Time Warp.”
Following a jump to the left, a step to the right, and a pelvic thrust or two, the couple is thrown into even more shenanigans in the Frank-N-Furter mansion. Other quirky characters show up too, including the Transylvanians partygoers, Magenta (Patricia Quinn), Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien himself), and Columbia (Nell Campbell), along with her creepy, biker boyfriend Eddie (Meat Loaf). Although I would love to go through an in-depth review of this flick, I cannot ruin it for the masses. Sure, it has been out for 42 years, but this classic is something you must experience for yourself. It will most certainly stick with you for the rest of your life, and who knows, maybe it will even become a staple of your own Halloween traditions like it has for so many others.
“Rocky Horror” is a film that possesses the extreme ability to withstand the test of time. It is a completely whacked-out, British-American, musical, screwball, comedy, horror film that really does pay homage to every single detail listed, and it manages to do it so well. Of course, as any Oscar or affluent award academy goes, the prestigious judges would run screaming in the opposite direction if presented with something of this nature. However, for those of you who may be like me, and enjoy outré cinema, pick up a copy. And if that isn’t enough, venture to one of the live, audience-involved performances. Or, just “rock” one of the characters’ terrific ensembles for a Halloween costume.
A tip for you though: avoid the 2015 remake at all costs. Remember that “Avatar: Last Airbender” movie from 2010? Yeah, I don’t either.
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Andy Erikson of NBC’s Last Comic Standing fame began her stand-up act last Thursday evening by asking the audience funny questions, creating laughter throughout the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
“I was talking to one of my friends the other day and she said to me: I spent $70 to fill my tank.” Erikson began, in a quirky tone. “I said to her; woah! You drive a tank?!” The audience burst into laughter again and again as Erikson proceeded to tell more jokes.
The show wasn’t all squirrels, unicorns and witty jokes; Erikson pointed out early on in the show that she has a heart condition called Marfan Syndrome that causes chronic pain. “When I’m on stage and I haven’t had a good day because of my back pain or something like that, I don’t feel any pain. You’re in the moment, living in the moment.” Erikson said.
Erikson went on to tell the audience about having to wear a back brace when she was younger, which resulted in her being made fun of by her peers. She changed the narrative through joking about her experience as a child. “I’d be like ‘Mom the kids are making fun of me,’ and she would go: ‘Oh they’re just jealous because they just wish they had a cool place to put magnets.’”
During the show, Erikson challenged LPAC’s advisor, Tim Danube, to join her on stage for a one-liner battle. Audience members cheered and laughed as they went back and forth with one liners. Tim held onto his Loper pride and took the final win. “Woah, que mic drop!” Erikson said, laughing as Tim told his last one liner, sending the audience into roars of laughter.
“My favorite part of the night was the one liner battle,” said Rylee Jones, a senior elementary education and early childhood inclusive major from Columbus and member of LPAC.
As her stand-up set drew to a close, Erikson invited the audience members to a brief meet-and-greet. Students and community members took photos, talked about their favorite jokes from the show and purchased Erikson’s CD, featuring her new podcast, “Deal With It.”
“I enjoyed seeing everyone having a fun time and laughing,” said Lupe Perez, a freshman art K-12 education major from Ogallala with a minor in speech/theatre 7-12 education.
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Are you looking for some Halloween movies to get into that spooky spirit, but you’re a scaredy-cat? Don’t worry, so am I, so look no further.
I have selected three of my favorite flicks that will scare up more laughs than frights this October.
“Werewolf? There. There wolf!”
The late, great Gene Wilder, along with a cast of other greats, including Peter Boyle as the lonely, melancholic Creature, create a thrilling rendition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s titular work, “Frankenstein.” Wilder plays Frederic Frankenstein (pronounced FrAHNk-ensteen), a descendant of the great scientist who managed to spark life in dead tissue. A playful romp through the darkness of human nature formed in the mind of the brilliant Mel Brookes (“Spaceballs,” “Men in Tights”), “Young Frankenstein” manages to be fun and hilarious, but still pays tribute to the source material.
Wilder’s Frankenstein is initially just a medical lecturer, but that all changes when he receives news of his grandfather’s will. He packs up and ventures to Transylvania to hear his grandfather’s wumulling through his family’s past to learn: can you really make a monster from a dead body?
Sure you can!
But just make sure you don’t grab “Abby Normal’s” brain when you’re gathering up your body building materials, or you’re in for quite the adventure! Jam-packed with plenty of jokes and wry wit.
This is one of my must-watch films.
“The guy sure looks like plant food to me!”
This Oscar-nominated science-fiction musical is perfect for this time of year. Although some of the musical numbers are slow, drawn out and just plain tedious, the rest of them manage to be upbeat and keep audiences interested.
In fact, despite Audrey’s (Ellen Greene) grating voice, this peculiar movie works. The protagonist, Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), works at Mr. Mushnik’s slowly-dying floral shop and is out walking one day when a total solar eclipse occurs.
After the eclipse, he discovers a peculiar plant that is not of this world.
Seymore buys the plant and takes it back to work to care for it. Eventually, he places it in the window of the shop. It doesn’t take long for crowds eager to see the weird vegetation that Seymour has dubbed Audrey II to swarm in, which just reinforces his infatuation with his coworker, Audrey I.
Chaos ensues, especially when Seymour learns that this plant is a blood-drinking, human-flesh-consuming monster. Throw in Steve Martin as a sadistic singing dentist, and you have a splendid two hours of entertainment based upon an off-Broadway musical and a 1960s film of the same title. Completely and utterly ridiculous, it’s sure to rattle your funny bone.
“I only came here to raid your fridge, grab my fanny pack, and warn you.”
Before I dive into the review of this raunchy horror comedy, I must first say that I had never even heard of this movie before last week.
Of course, you can do a quick Google search and find just what the fuss is all about, but if you try to buy a DVD, it runs for around $50. It turns out that you can buy it in Canadian stores, but one of my friends brought it up over lunch and showed me a trailer, and that is where the inspiration for this article came from.
It was a red-band trailer, so I already knew it would be good for a college demographic – vulgar, controversial humor abounds – and she had the DVD. It’s a long way from perfect, but it does manage to elicit a few chuckles now and again.
Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”) plays the main character Raymond, an awkward man fresh out of business school who is currently struggling to find a job.
Since he’s “holding out for a position in upper management,” he must move back in with his parents, depicted by Ray Wise and Barbara Niven. Wise’s fatherly character is far from supportive, and is, in fact, the most stereotypically racist, homophobic and just all-around awful character to grace a film reel. Raymond’s mother is another cardboard cutout, but she is at least sympathetic toward her son. Raymond can connect with otherworldly, supernatural creatures, and he soon learns that something spooky is happening in his small, depressing, childhood town.
The more Raymond dives into these issues, the more confused and afraid he becomes, but his parents just think he is insane. His father even threatens to have him committed.
Eventually, he meets Becca Thompson (Kat Dennings), a goth bartender who also knows there something messed up is going down in their podunk town. Becca’s rude yet assertive personality complements Raymond’s sarcastic and snarky one, allowing audiences to witness some marriage-worthy banter between the two main characters.
Together, Becca and Raymond unravel the haunting of Raymond’s house, which occurs in the most inappropriate and often hilarious of ways, and even fall in love to boot.
I can commend the director, Richard Bates Jr., on his sense of humor. This is a film that, if you can find a copy, you should definitely watch.
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