The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 97, No. 8, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Page: 4 of 6
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Best AND Worst MOVIES OF 2008
By Rebecca Gholson
2008 was not a picture perfect year for the film indus-
try. The year was plagued by lackluster sequels, remakes
and adaptations alongside star-studded originals that
proved bland despite their being smothered with well sea-
soned actors. Few films managed to immerse the audience
in cinematic reverie; however, those few masterpieces that
rose to the top will certainly remain examples of excellence
for years to come.
The worst movie of the year is unquestionably Samuel
L. Jackson thriller Lakeview Terrace. When a deranged
cop threatens his neighbors on the grounds of an unrelated
grudge, the couple takes their stand against unjust action.
The film is a tribute to the notion that pride inflicts calam-
ity and leaves the audience member frustrated by the pro-
tagonist’s inability to recognize the problems created by
his mounting hubris. The viewer leaves the film aggravated
and overwhelmed by a sense of wasted time and emotional
Equally unsatisfying is the much anticipated film
adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi thriller Twilight.
Although an appreciation for the film’s literary roots is evi-
dent, the screen translation lacked many of the elements
which might encourage a “willing suspension of disbelief.”
Among the film’s greatest shortcomings are an abundance
of corny dialogue and unconvincing visual effects. To the
audience member unfamiliar with the novel, the film is
nothing more than an over-publicized cliche.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of 2008 is Disney
Pixar animated film WALL-E. Although family friendly
and socially motivated, WALL-E lacked the sparkle that has
come to be expected of the creative minds behind such films
as Toy Story and The Incredibles. The film seemed bent
on sending forth its message of environmental responsibil-
ity and, in the process, abandoned the whimsical nature
of its predecessors. In effect, the film’s serious intentions
outweighed and overshadowed the necessary aspect of fun
which the Disney Pixar generation has come to cherish.
Of the few films that left a positive impression,
Brideshead Revisited is the most stylistically coherent.
Although the themes presented in the movie are somewhat
controversial, the overall cinematic effect is the most sat-
isfying of any other film of 2008. The cinematography is
breathtaking, the story is well crafted, and the dialogue is
neither overworked nor inconsistent. The thought provok-
ing nature of the script in conjunction with the believability
of the actors are enough to move the heart and satisfy the
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The Cure’s 4:13
By Allison Ford
I have heard people make jokes about the person who
sits alone in a dark room, feeling depressed, and listening
to The Cure. Now I finally under-
stand the humor.
Lyrically, there is very little
talent here. The writing sounds like
a high school freshman complain-
ing about how no one understands
in overly formulaic stanzas. Boo-
hoo-hoo. They even committed
the worst crime in lyrically writ-
ing: obvious rhyme. They pulled a
boy band rhyme in “The Only One”
by rhyming “heart” with “apart”: “I
love what you do to my heart, when
you push me back down, and then
pull me apart.” The only good lyric
to me is in the song, “Freakshow,”
when Smith sings: “I spin to swal-
low the view.” I think that this is
probably the only unique image in
the entire album.
The music is alright, except
for the fact that it tends to drag
on and on with the same notes
over and over with absolutely no js iust as bad as the disc
surprises. To make matters even inside. It looks like some-
worse, Robert Smith’s horrible, one swished red, blue,
whining vocals makes me wish I and yellow paint in their
were deaf or, at least, that I had mouth and then spat it
a way to erase the sound from my out onto an innocent
memory. piece of white paper.
Review on the Comedian,
Brian Regan, in Abilene at
the Civic Center
By Andrew White
It was a night of laughter, tears and smiles on Friday
the 23rd at the Abilene Civic Center. A special guest was
in town, the comedian Brian Regan was he. There was no
doubt by the roar of the crowd that he was going to be a
hit. He was energetic and creative with everything he said
or did. His routine had the ability to reach all ages of the
audience, from children to senior citizens. In addition to his
diversity he is ideal for families because of the cleanliness of
his routine. It is the kind of comedian that there are too few
of, someone the entire family can go to without the parent’s
fear of covering their children’s ears. *
Brian Regan is a master at comedy because of his abil%
ity to capture the crowd. With his hysterical punch lines,
kickers, and moments of awkward silences he equips his
facial and bodily expressions that are so enthusiastic one
can not help but laugh. After it all was said and done Brian
Regan came and did his best, and he was received with opeiP
arms and cheers. Then as he left he was sent on his way
by a comedian’s favorite sound, the sound of laughter, pure
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The most impressive creation of 2008 is undeniably
The Dark Knight. The film triumphs over any single
product of the year in the sheer magnitude of its accessi-
bility, scope, popularity, craftsmanship, and moral inten-
tion. Over the course of the film, the audience is humored,
appalled, provoked and exhorted owing to the excellent
crafting of the script. The broad topics discussed in the
film are relatable to the average moviegoer, yet simultane-
ously abstract. The huge cast and impressive special effects
do not take away from the genuinely human aspects of the
film, whether the grotesque or the courageous.
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