Rev your engines for the ‘Fate of the Furious’

Rev your engines for the ‘Fate of the Furious’

The Fast and Furious franchise gets another high-octane, action-packed addition with The Fate of the Furious. The movie is the eighth film in the saga and sticks to the same street racing and over-the-top stunts rubric that led to the franchise’s early success in 2001 with Fast and Furious. The cast is full of the same lovable characters such as Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). It also features some who are new to the film such as Charlize Theron (The Italian Job) and Jason Statham (The Transporter Trilogy). F. Gary Gray directs — the fifth director of the saga — and is a veteran in the action film genre, having directed movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and The Italian Job. The film begins with Dominic and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba. “Dom” soon has to put his racing skills to the test and raced in his cousin’s beat up 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline against a 1956 Ford Customline. The backbone of the franchise has always been larger-than-life stunts and tons of explosions. However, this movie features a more interesting storyline. Dom’s relationship with his family is intriguing, especially for those who are hardcore fans of the franchise. Moviegoers get a deeper look into Dom’s psyche, and what makes him who he is. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are both action juggernauts, allowing for an interesting conversation surrounding the question of who would win in a fight. Viewers have already started a Twitter war, using the hashtags, #teamVin and #teamDwayne. The franchise is the highest grossing movie franchise in Universal Studios history, and...
DreamWorks’ ‘Boss Baby’ falls flat

DreamWorks’ ‘Boss Baby’ falls flat

On March 31, DreamWorks added a 34th 3D animated movie to its collection with Boss Baby. The movie’s theme is centered around the importance of family. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) plays the Boss Baby, a newborn who works in management of Baby, Inc. He is sent to a family who works for their rival company, Puppy, Inc. to stop the company from releasing a super cuddly and cute puppy that will lower the sales of babies for good. The mother is played by Lisa Kudrow (Friends), and the father is played by Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Show). The brother of the Boss Baby is reluctant of him and immediately notices that this baby is not like the others. Upon the arrival of the baby, The Templeton’s (Tim, Ted and Janice) were enjoying life, just the three of them. Tim spent most of his time using his imagination, fighting pirates or trying to escape the clutches of up-to-no good villains. His life was great until his parents decided to add another Templeton to the clan. The Boss Baby arrives, and Tim was highly suspicious from the beginning. At first, Tim and Boss Baby are not friends in the slightest. The Boss Baby agrees to leave the family if he accomplishes his mission of stopping Puppy, Inc. from producing their product. It turns out that the CEO of the company was previously a Boss Baby and was pushed aside after he went to a family. He swore his revenge on the baby company for what they did to him. Tim and his little brother succeed in stopping the CEO’s plans of revealing the puppy and...
‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

Having opened in theaters this weekend, The Power Rangers Movie, based on the beloved children’s television show created in 1994 by Saban Entertainment, has already received positive reviews. The show was originally about five teenagers from Angel Grove: Jason, Kimberly, Zach, Trini and Billy. They were chosen by Zordon, an ancient alien keeper of the power morphers, to defend earth from the treacherous hands of the evil Rita Repulsa. The movie cast is led by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games) as Rita Repulsa. The director is Dean Israelite, a fairly new director having only directed Project Almanac prior to this movie. The movie does a great job at satisfying both the Power Rangers fans who have followed the series throughout the 23 seasons it has been on air and the fans who have only seen the first season as a kid. The production begins with Zordon seconds away from being killed by Repulsa. In his last breath, he took the power morphers and sent them to the five who are worthy to become Power Rangers. Once the Rangers found the morphers, they first had to come together as a a team to be able to morph. Unbeknownst to the rangers, Repulsa has made her way to earth in search of the Zeo crystal and is building her monster, Goldar, to destroy Angel Grove. One of the first skepticisms about the movie was regarding how similar it would be to the show. There were also concerns that the production team would change the plot to where it would not resemble the original television adaption. It is safe to say that the movie has the same putty-fighting, megazord-forming action as its TV counterpart. It does not stray from the same quirkiness...
Lipscomb baseball scores big during Mule Mix Classic

Lipscomb baseball scores big during Mule Mix Classic

Over the weekend, Lipscomb baseball hosted the Mule Mix Classic and took home a winning record of 2-1, beating Northwestern and Bowling Green while coming up short against Missouri State. The Bisons first faced Bowling Green and did not have a problem handling the Falcons. The game was low-scoring, with only two runs that were both scored by the Bisons. Brady Puckett was on the mound for the Bisons, pitching a complete game. The Bisons beat the Falcons 2-0. Up next was the Missouri State team. The Bisons were ahead by the fourth inning but the Bears took the lead in the sixth. By the start of the eighth inning, the Bisons were down 4-3. Because of a home run hit by Michael Gigliotti, the Bisons tied the game 4-4 and headed into extra innings. By the end of the 11th inning, the Bisons failed to score two men on base and lost to the Bears 6-4. The last game of the tournament was against the Northwestern Wildcats. The game showcased ten pitchers in total on the mound. The game had nine pass balls and wild pitches. “We get used to playing three games in a row,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “It’s something that is not unusual for them.” The Wildcats came into the game with a record of 0-5.  At the top of the second inning, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead. The Bisons came back in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs to take a 6-2 lead. In the top of the seventh, Northwestern’s Matt Hopfner hit a Grand Slam, making the score 8-6. The Bisons were able to stack more runs onto their...
Office of Intercultural Development hosts leadership seminar

Office of Intercultural Development hosts leadership seminar

Students, faculty and staff welcomed Dr. Jerrund Wilkerson Saturday as the Office of Intercultural Development invited him to speak at a leadership seminar entitled “10 Key Qualities Of An Effective Leader.” Wilkerson focused on ten qualities from John Maxwell’s book, The 

21 Indispensable Qualities of Leadership. “There is a vacuum of leadership in America,” he said. Wilkerson spoke of each quality separately, explaining the significance and using the DISC behavior test to show the audience the different behaviors that make up the country. Each behavior has its own effectiveness to being a leader, according to Wilkerson. “Average is the enemy of great,” he said “Be the best you can be and the rest will follow. “I’ve always had a talent toward leadership and to see possibilities. Along the way I found that I had the ability to inspire people. I found that I wanted to make things better for people.” Wilkerson said that in order to help other people, he had to first focus on himself. For Christians, Dr. Wilkerson quoted the book of Matthew to explain what it means to be leaders. “We’re called to be light and we’re called to be salt,” he said. “Light and salt is about influence, so we’re called to influence. This means that we all have some ability to influence. “Lead yourself effectively because that’s where you start. People follow people who are trying to go...