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Classic Movie Corner: Say Anything (1989)

“Say Anything” is not your typical boy meets girl story, where the girl falls madly in love with the boy almost immediately in the movie.


This is more of a “Lloyd meets girl story.” Lloyd Dobler is a guy who has just graduated from high school who is not attending college or has a future job in mind. Instead he is training in kickboxing, or “the sport of the future,” as he refers to. On the other hand, Diane Court is the school valedictorian, the brain at school who does not really socialize with anyone and keeps her nose in books. She lives with her father who owns a senior home, and has just received a scholarship to study at a prestigious school in England. On the day of their high school graduation, Lloyd, who has always admired Diane from afar, decides to ask her to go to a graduation party with him. Diane does not really know who he is, but chooses to go to the party with him anyways. After the party, Diane starts to fall for Lloyd, not only because he treats her well, but also because he makes her laugh. Diane realizes that she will be leaving for England soon, so she decides not to get into anything serious, so they become “friends with potential.” Soon though, they realize that it will not be the case.


The movie may be considered a “chick flick”, but with scenes such as the graduation party, there are some jokes guys will appreciate greatly. When Lloyd becomes key master, the scenes where he is interacting with his drunk classmates are classic. Another scene is when Lloyd meets Diane’s father, something that most of us has experienced or must face later in life. You see him, scared and nervous, and when asked what his plan is for after high school, he replies, “Well, I’m going to train in kickboxing, you know, the sport of the future?” The most iconic scene, of course, is when Lloyd is trying to win Diane back. He stands outside her window holding up a boom box, while she lies in her bed. It is the scene that all girls wish would happen to them and we all in some way wish to have a boy such as Lloyd, in our life.


Rated: PG-13
Running time: 100 minutes

My rating: 4.0 / 5.0

 

by Alanna Keefe

Arts and Entertainment

The Wonderful Visit

The gods of success in show business have blessed a visit of good fortune upon this year’s fall play, “The Visit,” written by Fredrich Duerrenmatt and directed by Drama department head, Elaine Walenta. The small five day production in the Little Theater was a success with each night’s showing sold out.


This tragic comedy wasn’t what many hoped for, but was a perfect breath of air. The Drama Department does fantastic work in comedic plays and this year, with the first play of the year, they added a twist to their comedian talents with a dark and dramatic tone. Many hoped to end their night with joyous laughter, but in the end, were all shocked and astounded by the play’s ending. Nonetheless, no one has yet to complain. No matter what Walenta does, with the tone of any play, the audience has always given applause for her work.


The Drama department did a wonderful job reenacting Duerrenmatt’s masterpiece, but there is something dark that did not fully suit the energetic and happy-go-lucky personality of the actors. No matter what storyline they present, the actors give an entrancing performance.


The mesmerizing performance of Claire Zachaniassian, played by the lovely Sophi Wong, and the paranoid Anton Schill, played by the very entertaining Ishmael Bruno had the audience acting as if they were withering house plants gasping for water after weeks of neglect.


Very few productions at Lincoln have ever immediately hooked and captured their audience within moments of the curtain rise. As the lights shown on the town of Gullen, in the beginning of “The Visit,” we are welcomed by a few townies who explain the long suffering of what has now become the dry Gullen town we see.


Soon, the entire town gathers at the train station in excitement to wait for the lovely and beautiful Claire Zachanassian, Gullen’s most famous daughter and multimillionaire. So far, the play is easy to follow, but also mysterious when Ms. Zachanassian’s entourage brings out her baggage- a sedan chair, a black panther and the most unusual, a coffin.


Slowly, one by one, the audience begins to get a feel of each character individually and what brought them all to the town of Gullen. The long lost secret of Gullen begins to unravel not only the town, but also the audience.


This dark tragic comedy is somewhat a puzzler, but it is the key that makes the mystery so enchanting. The entire cast of eighteen blew the audience away, each with their essences with their personal touch to their character. You feel as if you are just another townie going along with the play as the story unfolds itself.


No matter what scenario it is, the Drama Department always makes you feel just at home with their visit.

 

by Kathy Dinh

L is for Glee

High School Musical, move out of the way, and make room for Glee!


Glee is a brand new tv series that incorporates musical numbers in every episode. This comedy/musical has captured the hearts of many, with well over seven million views in the U.S. to date.


But these hardcore “gleeks” (or glee fanatics) have nothing to be ashamed of. We’ve watched every single episode of Glee so far, and it has ceased to amaze us.


Glee is about a regular high school with an unusual choir group called “New Directions.” All members in the group have a very unique character, even with their typical stereotypes. This includes a dumb jock, an overachiever, a pregnant cheerleader, a gay teen, a disabled teen, and a mix of cultural diversities.


The season, which just ended recently, contains a variety of songs. From classics such as, “Somebody to Love,” and “Imagine,” to newer songs such as, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and “Take a Bow,” the Glee cast covers each song with expertise.
But Glee is not just a typical tv show filled with sex and drama. The show constantly displays a humble viewpoint that always makes the audience laugh without any obscene jokes. Not only that, but the Glee cast is composed of a variety of characters that allow viewers to expand their perspectives and really learn life lessons.


If you are looking for a feel-good tv series, then Glee is just for you. Be sure to tune in on April 2010 for season 2!

 

by Kary Kwong-Lee and Jacalyn Ho

AP Tour Fall Ball rocks the stage

Cold sweat, parched sore throats, and limp limbs. All of these are the immediate effects of a wicked concert. Now, let us backtrack a bit to the glorious event. Alternative Press’ first Fall Ball Tour arrived in foggy San Francisco on the night of October 11, 2009 at the Grand Regency Ballroom. A crowd of eager people, ages ranging from fourteen to fifty, waited patiently for the doors of the Regency to open. Some were dressed in elaborate outfits for a chance to win backstage passes, since this tour was based on the idea of a typical high school dance. One young lady was seen in a dress completely made of just AP magazine covers and thread.


British pop-rock band, You Me At Six, kicked things off with an energy filled set. Although the typical alternative music listener would not be expected to know one of today’s mainstream pop songs, such as Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface,” the band’s cover of said song gave a reason to all the emo and scene kids in the pit to belt out the lyrics shamelessly.


The Secret Handshake followed with a more toned down performance, not because their set was mellower, but because the crowd seemed to be unfamiliar with them. Thus there was no energy. Singer, Luis Dubuc, made a dismal attempt to get the crowd to be a little more active. One could have thought of this set as a break from flailing around or making an escape from sweat-soaked people, and a chance to recharge on energy.


To bring things up again, Set Your Goals, local band from Walnut Creek, worked the stage like there was no tomorrow. Excited, and possibly under the influence, frat boys made an effort to get to the front of the crowd. While some rudely succeeded, some just spilled their Red Bulls on innocent bystanders. One of the lead vocalists of Set Your Goals, Matt Wilson, came out humorously waltzing with a dressed up blow up doll, or in other words, his “date,” before starting the set. The rest of the band arrived on the stage dressed up for the occasion of the Fall Ball in dapper suits and ties. The animated boys of Set Your Goals definitely set the energy level up to par for the next band.


As the huge crowd waited with anxiety, the suspense as to who would perform next, co-headliners, The Academy Is… or Mayday Parade, filled the air. With the deceptive Mayday Parade amplifier on stage, some were content with The Academy Is… ending the night. How deceiving that amplifier was, because William Beckett, lead vocals for The Academy Is…, strolled out in a white faux tuxedo tee, black skinny jeans, and black suspenders. Fan girls shrieked at the top of their lungs, with “Marry Me?” signs clenched in their hands, at the mere silhouette of Mr. Beckett. The energy suddenly skyrocketed the moment the band started playing. Fans sang along while jumping, dancing, and flailing with their fellow groupies. Although the presence of bassist Adam “Sisky” Siska was lost in the back of the stage, Beckett played the stage with much enthusiasm.


As The Academy Is… thanked the crowd and walked off the stage, fans got ready for the epic closing band of the night, Mayday Parade. The energy bursted out of the building as the band came out and played. Crowd surfers pleaded their friends to lift them up as others extended their arms out to take the most decent photos possible of Derek Sanders, lead vocalist. Although the crowd died down a bit while the band played a new single off their new record, “Anywhere But Here,” fans swayed and sang along with Sanders and his keyboard for “Miserable at Best.”


Finally, the band exited the stage only to be called back for an encore by the audience. Topping the night off with “I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About” could possibly be the most genius performance the crowd had seen all night. If energy could blast through windows, that would be exactly what would have happened during those last four minutes.

 

by Tiffany Do

An Epic Trip to Zombieland

Ever thought about a zombie apocalypse? I have. And so has Columbus, the main character in the movie, “Zombieland.”


This comedy horror movie shows the story of four people who have survived baffling disease that causes people to turn into zombies when bitten.


It begins when Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenburg, tries to travel back to his hometown to find any survivors are left. During his search, he meets Tallahassee, a brave and carefree spirit. Their plans change as they go on a journey to find the a Twinkie to eat, and meet Witchita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters who will go to unethical measures to avoid zombification. Together, the team forms a strong bond to help slay any incoming zombies.


“Zombieland” shows as a regular zombie movie; the gang faces zombies, finds a vehicle, and saves a damsel in distress. But few people will hardly think of this as an ordinary film because of the shrewd and clever humor that plays throughout the film. The director, Ruben Fleischer, knows exactly when to place a funny line that will pleasantly surprise an unsuspecting viewer.
Mixed in with this humor is the killing of the infected, the best part of any zombie movie. The make-up was nicely done to make the zombies look real, and the settings made it look as if the characters were truly in a ghost town.


Excellent acting was also displayed by the four main characters. Each person brought on a certain individual flare to them, and the characters were so well written, that the audience couldn’t possibly be annoyed of them. From Columbus’ cautious antics to Witchita’s intensity, it made it impossible to wish for a character to be zombified.


“Zombieland” also mixes a string of scenes very fluidly. You would never expect a Twinkie, Bill Murray, and a zombie clowns to be mentioned in the same film, but Fleischer somehow manages to weave them together, all while making the audience crack up every time without fail.


The reception for “Zombieland” was so well-received that there will be a sequel, “Zombieland 2,” coming out in 2011. The cast is currently in the progress of filming.


This movie deserves four and half stars out of five stars because of the character’s witty dialogue, excellent screenplay, and believable acting skills. Also, the visuals made all parts of the story look realistic.


“Zombieland” is a must see for any zombie fan because of its humor and plot. Great films often lead to people taking action because of a belief, and by the end of the film, you’ll want to take action by grabbing a bat, and start knocking out some zombies.

 

Rating: R

Running time: 88 minutes

My Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

 

by Jacalyn Ho

Get in Touch with your 'Soul'

After meeting a rather strange drunk man, we deliberated if we wanted to steak out the wait. But after speaking with the waitress, who the drunk man away, we were informed that it would only be a few more minutes.


We were seated at a cozy table for four within five minutes of our wait. The atmosphere was homey; it felt like the perfect getaway on a drizzly day. The dining area could seat around thirty-five people. The room was dotted with a handful of tables lined with white table clothes along some counter seating. Stretching across one wall was a large mirror that made the room feel more spacious and roomy. On the other was a large textured landscape painting filled with dark, rich colors. The room had a few other small decorations that made the restaurant feel rustic, as if you were dining in New Orleans.


Shortly after being seated, our friendly waitress came to take our orders. To start, we ordered a round of the house special watermelon sweet tea (2.25). The taste was refreshing, slightly sweet with a hint of watermelon. The tea could have been chilled a bit more but the little pieces of watermelon floating in the drink and the free refills made up for this. On our visit we ordered the Hangtown Fry (10.00), a Creole Vegetable Omelette (9.50), and a Gulf Shrimp and Goat Cheese Omelette (9.75) each accompanied with a cream biscuit or toast and a choice of buttery grits or potato hash.


We waited only a few minutes before our dishes arrived. Once the plates landed in front of us, I quickly grabbed the biscuit and split it open. Steam rose from the biscuit, I slathered it in house made strawberry jam and took a bite. It was everything a biscuit should be: warm, light, flaky, and buttery all at the same time. There was a slight crunchy exterior, which was probably due to the cornmeal mixed into the dough, which contrasted beautifully with the tender pillow-like interior. After trying the heavenly biscuit, I had some of the vegetable omelette, which was also great, filled with a garden of fresh vegetables. The vegetable omelette was flavorful and slightly buttery the eggs were wrapped around the sautéed vegetables and folded into a half moon.


Next I sampled some of the Hangtown fry, which was a scramble of eggs, oysters, and bacon. Topped with scallions, the scramble tasted of fresh seafood, and other than the slightly limp bacon folded into the egg it was a pretty tasty dish. Along with the scramble, I also had a bit of the potato hash, which was seasoned with rosemary and other herbs. Though I love potatoes, these were a bit dull and did not have the crunchy exterior that I crave when eating potato hash. The buttery grits were amazing, creamy and soft, with a mild corn flavor. They tasted great, but I doubt I could consume more than a few bites.


The last thing I tried was the Gulf shrimp and goat cheese omelette. The omelette contained a unique combination of caramelized onions, goat cheese and shrimp, all seasoned and folded up in an egg blanket. The flavors mingled beautifully; there was sweetness from the onions, tangy tartness from the goat cheese, and just a pinch of old bay to bring out the seafood flavor. Of the three egg dishes, this was my favorite.


After we ate to our content, one patron couldn’t resist ordering another biscuit to go. The biscuit arrived along with the receipt and we paid our dues and left feeling full, happy, and ready for anything the world threw at us. Brenda’s French Soul Food restaurant is a fantastic destination for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. It’s open everyday from 8am- 3pm except for Tuesday. I highly recommend eating at Brenda’s and will definitely be returning there in the near future.

 

My rating: 5.0 / 5.0

 

by Andrea Zeng

Song still sweet

Nicholas Sparks once again delivers an amazing romance novel with his newest book, The Last Song. This page turner takes us into the heart of three different people, who tell their side of the story from different perspectives.


The story focuses on Ronnie, a seventeen year-old girl who finds out she must reside with her father over the summer in North Carolina, even though she hasn’t talked to her father for two years. Throughout the novel, the reader will discover the journey that Ronnie must go through to learn about her past that haunts her, the meaning of her music, and the love from a father to his daughter.


The reader follows Ronnie through an exciting summer. Her strange meeting with a boy quickly changes her summer, and as the book progresses, we see the two characters fall in love. Sparks does not only write about romantic love, but about parental love, too. He also incorporates an intense passion for music that is locked deep down inside of Ronnie, which gives inspiration to the reader once they finish the novel. At the end of the novel, an epiphany will come to the reader that although there is a bittersweet side to life, thing will turn out okay in the end.


Sparks weaved the novel together by creatively letting the reader see what other characters of the book are thinking through a third person omniscient. Through this, the reader is allowed to see a new depth of the characters and better understand their motives and actions. With all these different perspectives of a situation that is presented, the book causes the reader to feel an intense variety of emotions-ranging from hatred to forgiveness.


It’s no surprise that Sparks does that to a reader, though. His simple, yet detailed way of writing makes it easy to read the book for an easy read, but he creates a captivating and interesting plot. His style of writing is honest and inspiring; the book speaks of the harsh realities in life but also of rewards and simple pleasures.


The Last Song, which has 390 pages, is crafted beautifully to fit readers who are in their teens. Ronnie holds characteristics that teens can easily relate. This page turning novel, once read, will be embedded in the readers mind as they learn of life lessons through the protagonist’s experiences.


Sparks has written a number of novels that have turned into a movie adaptation, including The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle, with Dear John in production. The Last Song is also on its way to the theaters in April of 2010, starring Miley Cyrus, so be sure to read this amazing novel before watching the movie.

 

by Jacalyn Ho