While the plot might not seem like the most original, "Taken" actually feels like something never seen before. It is a thriller with a different spin on a kidnapping story that captivates the audience. Yet it also succeeds in not placating the viewers or treating them like they're Neanderthals who only want pretty explosions.
Video rental stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past, with little mom and pop stores rapidly disappearing. Some even predict that all movie rental stores will become an entity of the past within the next year or two. Yet Americans are still investing a good chunk of change in their favorite past time with an estimated $7 billion spent in movie rentals alone.
Art takes many shapes and forms; it can be a painting on a wall, a statue in the park, a melody by a local musician, a dance in a recital or even a pencil scribbling on a scrap of paper. As creativity expands upon itself and artists take chances, art mediums are sometimes combined to make something new, unique and unified. This is what’s happening at Out North Contemporary Art House. After the closing of MTS Gallery last summer, the artists of various disciplines who called the gallery and performance space home had to find somewhere new to congregate.
The annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is currently on display in the Student Union Gallery; in it are the 26 favorites as chosen by this year’s juror, Chad Carpenter. Carpenter, the creator and artist of Tundra comics, was tasked with choosing what he considered to be the best works out of the over 70 submissions, a task he said wasn’t easy. “I think I did a pretty good job getting the ones I thought would best fit what I was looking for, but it was tough,” he said. “You get anybody doing what I did, and you’re going to get 26 different answers. It’s difficult because I don’t want any of the artists to think that what I say actually matters. It’s just one man’s opinion.”
In a world of music elitists, aspiring industry hounds and coffee-table artist development divisions of record labels, Linkin Park will never be anything more than a guilty pleasure or the favorite band of some kid with bad taste in music. Linkin Park's time is just about up.
Free music and good food always go well together. On Aug. 12 and 14, there will be two separate occasions of live music in the downtown Peratrovich Park. First to perform will be The Greatlanders who will be giving a show from noon to 1 p.m. since the concert is only an hour long, make lunch plans to go along with it.
In the midst of “continually depleting’” natural resources, and the recycling craze that is meant to help circumvent the “extinction” of nature’s wonders; it is only fitting for UAA to creatively get on board the band wagon of sustainability. Thus USUAA’s sustainability committee presents: Eco Chic. “The clothing industry is really bad with the amount of water they use, and the pollutants they put into the air,” said Director of sustainability Paula Williams. “So if there is something that already exists, we should try to make use of it.” The focus and goal of this recyclable fashion show is to encourage the general populace to think outside of the box with their clothing choices, visually, creatively and locationally.
The joy of seeing the land of Oz on the silver screen is absolutely incredible. Most people who see this new prequel are too young to have seen “Wizard of Oz” in theaters back in 1939, but that doesn’t diminish the wonder of it.
If the title alone didn't give it away and one knew nothing about this film's background, then there might be some very disappointed audience members. For the remake and modernization of the play and the 1939 film of the same name still holds true to the original concept: there are no men on screen at all during this film.
The camera takes a long languorous close-up of Goku (Justin Chatwin, "The Invisible") as sweat drips slowly down his face. A bead clings to his eyelashes and falls almost like a teardrop. Then the camera cuts to another close-up of moisture dripping slowly from the tip of his nose.
The Anchorage arts community is bustling with talent. Musicians, visual artists and acrobats alike have made their name in the community. Now, with the help of UAA Student Activities and local marketing firm Spawn Ideas, this local talent will have a big venue to perform for UAA students and the Anchorage community alike with “Howlapalooza.”
There seems to be a lot of themes with 2009's bigger releases so far: Animal Collective, Loney Dear, Andrew Bird. Animals, right? Well, yeah, that's the obvious one. But the slightly more clandestine theme seems to be growth. Animal Collective delved deeper into their melodic nautical.