‘Hail, Caesar!’ delivers enjoyable, well-acted comedic satire

‘Hail, Caesar!’ delivers enjoyable, well-acted comedic satire

After watching other films by the well-known and acclaimed Coen brothers in the past, my verdict on the films tends to be the same: “It was technically good, and I enjoyed it, but I don’t know what to make of it.” My verdict for Hail, Caesar! is almost exactly the same. While it’s not as heavy as Fargo, Hail, Caesar! delivers similar quirkiness and strangeness of plot. The film trailers promised an amazing cast with lots of lighthearted laughs in a love letter to old Hollywood films. While all of these things are delivered, there’s an entirely different layer about communism and manipulation and an extremely underdeveloped villain. Despite this, the strong suits of this film are the comedic acting and the atmosphere. George Clooney plays a wonderful dopey star. Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton all deliver hilarious cameo performances. Alden Ehrenreich is absolutely hysterical as another stupid leading man from the cowboy genre struggling to fit into a period drama, and Josh Brolin leads them all with a strong performance as the film studio’s management. There are even two unnamed extras that deliver a performance that laughed me to tears without ever saying a word. I especially enjoyed the vignettes of different films on different sound stages in the time period. I almost think the film would have been near perfect and certainly very fun if it just focused on telling separate stories from each soundstage with their quirky leading characters. The strange communism plot point pulls away from the enjoyable mains, leaving the majority of them underdeveloped and throwing the audience...
Top five movie picks of 2015

Top five movie picks of 2015

Out of several okay movies I saw this year, five films stood out as great. Whether they made me laugh, cry, cheer, scream or all of the above, I enjoyed all of these films immensely, and I’m sure a lot of you did, too. Pitch Perfect 2 Despite some of its cheap jokes and shortcomings, this movie was still a lot of fun to see. The a cappella music is amazing as always, and the whole movie is worth it just for the riff-off halfway through. Definitely best to watch with a group of friends, PP2 is currently available to rent through Redbox or on DVD everywhere. Amy I love documentaries, and this one was definitely a great one. I knew nothing about Amy Winehouse outside of her death and rehab stints when I entered the theater, and I walked out wanting to fight whoever said a bad word about her and her angelic voice. Definitely heart wrenching at times, this film paints a beautiful, though truthful, portrait of the life of the jazz singer. Amy is available to rent through Redbox or for purchase on iTunes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens As if this surprises anyone, the new Star Wars is smashing box office records worldwide, and with great reason. With enough nostalgia to make any fan squeal mixed in with the perfect amount of new scenery and characters, The Force Awakens is the most classic, wonderful entry in the Star Wars saga since Return of the Jedi. The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters everywhere, but get your tickets fast! Inside Out I’ve seen this movie...
CWJC offers Lipscomb students paid positions, community service experience

CWJC offers Lipscomb students paid positions, community service experience

The anxious scramble to find a student worker position is a feeling experienced by many college students. On-campus positions, of course, often take precedence over off-campus ones. However, there are a number of off-campus job opportunities affiliated with the Financial Aid Office that offer the same opportunities for federal work study and a chance to make a difference in the Nashville community. One of these places is the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC), a non-profit housed downtown in First Baptist Church. The CWJC specializes in teaching impoverished women valuable job skills in the hopes of creating a better future for them. The women are placed into classes that teach courses in areas such as GED test preparation, computer skills or conversational English. Tutors in these classes are always needed, and college students have the opportunity to apply for this position and hopefully give back to those who did not have the same educational advantages. The CWJC’s ministry is not limited to adults. The majority of the women involved in the program have children that need to be looked after as well. This is where most college students, including four students from Lipscomb, are employed. The youth in the program range from three months old to about 12. Although the age gap is wide, the basic goal remains the same. The job involves genuinely connecting with the children, building relationships and being a Christ-like example. This is not your usual babysitting job. These kids often come from broken homes and are constantly surrounded by a culture that promotes destructive behaviors. Those who work with this non-profit have the opportunity to have a positive...
The five stages of grieving: finals week edition

The five stages of grieving: finals week edition

Do you feel it yet? Do you feel the lump in the back of your throat, the pounding in your chest, the goosebumps all over your body? It’s like someone or something is following you, lurking behind the nearest bush. You don’t know how it happened. You don’t know how you got here. But all of a sudden you’re in the middle of the scariest horror movie ever made: finals week. Welcome to the worst part of the semester. It’s time to begin mourning the loss of decent grades and the downfall of your GPA.     Stage 1: Denial                 Via www.hercampus.com You’re a strong, independent college student and you don’t need an exam grade to determine the outcome of your life. If Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn’t graduate from college, then you don’t have to either. Stage 2: Anger               Via www.illtumblrforya.com What’s worse than getting hit by a burrito? Your teacher not knowing what’s going to be on the final that you’re taking in 5 days. Or perhaps your teacher giving you a study sheet with information you never covered in class. Did you ever even buy your textbooks? Studying won’t make it better, but canceling the final will. Maybe getting hit with that burrito wasn’t so bad after all. Stage 3: Bargaining                   Via gifmovie.tumblr.com “Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if I could get a grade above a C?” It’s never too late to start begging your professors for a higher grade. Extra credit might do the trick. Maybe you can...
Lipscomb excels as an accessible campus

Lipscomb excels as an accessible campus

During January of 2012, I was just like every other high school senior — searching for the ideal college. I had already toured three colleges, but they just weren’t suitable for me. I knew that if I couldn’t navigate Lipscomb easily with my wheelchair and scooter, I was out of luck. My spirits were lifted once I saw this campus. It is mostly flat; the sidewalks are smooth and there are ramps everywhere. My college-searching prayers were answered and the campus has served me well throughout my time here. Fanning Hall Grade: A I stayed here my freshman year. Overall, Fanning is handicap-friendly. I had no trouble moving around. My only suggestion would be to add an elevator so those with a handicap could access each floor. I was lucky enough to have a friend help me get up the stairs. She would scoop me up and off we went. Johnson Hall Grade: A I’ve called Johnson home for the past three years and have loved every minute of it. The size of my room is just perfect for me; I have plenty of room for my bed, sofa and places to park my wheelchair and scooter while still having space to move comfortably. One of the best things about Johnson is the large elevator, which allows me to go visit all of my friends. The openness of Johnson allows me to go wherever I please without obstacles, which is very nice. Bennett Campus Center Grade: A – The moment that I saw the big ramp leading into the student center, I knew that I would be heading to Lipscomb in the fall. The...
‘Star Wars’ trivia night brings fans to The Well

‘Star Wars’ trivia night brings fans to The Well

Proud Star Wars fan and junior software engineering major Charles Humphreys took home a box-set of all six Star Wars movies Monday night after a trivia game held at The Well Coffeehouse. “When it comes to the questions, I’m kind of like a straight-up, hard core fan, and they’re not really difficult,” Humphreys said. The Student Activities Board organized the event in celebration of the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “A big reason we did it was to do a big kick-off party for our ticket sales,” student activities director Louis Nelms said. Lipscomb’s SAB bought 510 tickets for the anticipated blockbuster, and Nelms believed that trivia night at The Well would encourage buyers. “We like to do it over at The Well because it allows us to include one of our neighbors in our community,” Nelms said. “Sometimes students want to get off campus, and this is an easy spot to do it.” Students set up a table with Star Wars shirts, mugs and other memorabilia for consolation prizes. What really brought students in was the grand prize — a box set of all six movies. The game proceeded with Nelms asking questions over a speaker system. Students would write down their name, the points they were betting and their answers on sticky notes to hand in. Some of the categories were “Names,” “Quotes” and “Droids.” The student with the most points at the end of the game won. Nelms began with simple questions such as “What planet are Wookies from?” Other questions were more difficult for students, including “What was the name of the only rebel pilot...