September 17, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 2

No new destination for “Final Destination”

By FRANCIS NELSON
Staff Writer

There are times when you watch a movie and think to yourself that the preview did not correctly portray what was to be expected in the showing. The preview for “The Final Destination” is not one of those times, as it is an accurate depiction of the actual movie. It consists primarily of explosions and death with a smidge given to plot. This is okay, because if you’ve seen any of the previous three movies, then you already know what the plot is: Death trying to collect on a few stragglers who didn’t die in the opening scenes like they were supposed to, as a small group of young adults tries to break the chain before it’s too late.

In case you’d forgotten that Death is apparently a Theatre major with a flair for the dramatic, much like how the state of Kentucky has a flair for college basketball and Cincinnati sport teams, the opening credits are made up of flashbacks to people dying in the previous movies. However, these death scenes are rather tame compared to what happens in this movie. In the preceding “Final Destination” movies, you get the sense of Death as a malevolent, yet somewhat sentient, force.

Director David R. Ellis personifies it a bit more than it has been and almost makes Death into a sentient being instead of just some life-stealing force of nature. It’s not hard to imagine Death sitting in a barcalounger, sipping his beverage of choice, while watching his plans unfold. Kind of like an evil supervillain, only Death’s plans actually work. The target demographic for “The Final Destination” is those who are fans of blood, gore and explosions on the silver screen. Even if that’s you, you’ll probably end up just as disappointed as those who enjoy things like plot and character development (both of which had small cameos) because a handful of these scenes turn out to be nothing more than visions of lead Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo) and don’t actually happen.

For several of these, Death sets in motion a rather strange, by which I mean convoluted and needlessly complicated, series of events that turn out to not actually be the cause of death. It ends up being some trifle little thing. It would be like if your mom called you and told you she was sending you a care package, so you get all excited wondering what kind of goodies await. Then you open the box to find a roll of quarters, some Tide, and a note saying, “Do your own laundry. I’m your mom, not your maid.” The movie was only about an hour and a half long, but it still couldn’t end soon enough.

I’m not a fan of watching people die, but I found myself rooting for Death to finish the characters off rather quickly. None of the actors were anything special either. None. It’s as if they graduated from the Keanu Reeves School of Acting. For the most part, this film is just like its predecessors as originality is another character that did not get much of a role in this film.

Overall, the movie was not worth watching, and I regret not driving to Lexington to see “Sorority Row.” Two stars for this movie only because I do enjoy watching stuff blow up when I’m not actively blowing something up myself.


Events Around Town

Compiled By ANNA COBB
Staff Writer

Thursday Sept. 17

Learn to Swing Dance with the Hepcats!

Swing dance classes offered for all. Single and couple dancers are welcome. Beginner and intermediate classes available. Contact: Mike Richardson 859-420-2426 Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: 124 N. Ashland Ave.

ARTalk

Nancy Barron and Associates Art Fever present an artist’s discussion of selected artworks. RSVP to Julia Curiel. Contact: jcuriel@lexingtonartleague.org 859-254-7024 Time: 7 p.m. Location: LAL @ Loudoun House

Friday Sept. 18

Kentucky Fall Classic RC Airshow

The Lexington Model Airspace club will be flying model airplanes on Friday. Some of these planes have wingspans of up to ten feet. Contact: Curtis Adams 859-421-0421 Time: 11 a.m. to dark Location: Club Field, 4200 Hedger Lane

A Night For The Nest Fund- Raising Event

A Hawaiian-themed silent and live auction held at the downtown arts center. The event will also have music sponsored by Blue Steel. Proceeds benefit The Nest – Center for Women and Families. Contact: Nathan Zammaron 859-255-2951 Time: 1-3 p.m. Location: Downtown Arts Center

Downtown Gallery Hop T

he Downtown Gallery Hop features over 30 sites that are free and open to the public. Contact: 859-231-1688 Time: Friday and Saturday 5-8 p.m. Location: Bodley-Bullock House, 200 Market St.

Saturday Sept. 19

Apple Days Festival Apple festival at Boyd’s orchard. There will be food, music and of course apples. Contact: Boyd’s orchards 859-873-3097 Time: Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-6 p.m. Location: 1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles

John Shore Magician

John Shore will perform at the Thoroughbred Thearter as a feature event of the Midway Fall Festival 2009. General Admission is $5. Contact: Thoroughbred Community Theater 859-846-9827 Time: noon-2 p.m. Location: Thoroughbred Community Theater, 127 E. Main St. Midway

Midway Fall Festival

Arts, homemade crafts, live music, farmers market, sand sculptures, old farm engine display, corn mill and great food. Contact: 859-846-4688 Time: Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-6 p.m. Location: Downtown Midway

Millvillle Hillbilly Daze

Crafts, flea market, music, a bean-soup supper and a Cruise-In from Capital City Antique Car Club. Contact: John Watts 859-873-2222 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Downtown Millville

Improve your Acting

For those who want to polish their dramatic skills or just want to have a little acting fun, try the Improve Your Acting class located at the Woodford County Library. Under director Beth Kirchner, you will enjoy the thrills of the theater by participating in the action. Contact: Woodford County Library 859-873-5191 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: 115 N. Main St.,

Versailles Summer Saturday Tunes in the Vines

Music and wine samplings. Bring your own picnic basket. Contact: Equus Run Vineyards (859)846-9463 Time: 3-5 p,m. Location: Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Rd., Versailles

Sunday Sept. 20

Global Mala Yoga for Peace Event

The Global Mala Yoga for Peace is an event where we try to perform 108 Sun Salutations in unison. The intention is to create peace within the world. The suggested donation is $25. Proceeds benefit Humane Society. Registration recommended. Contact: Kara Best-McBride 859-264-8224 Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Location: Bliss Wellness Center 2416 Sir Barton Way, ste 125

S & S Tire presents

Information: Cruising to five scenic locations surrounding Lexington to benefit “Camp Horsin Around.” Refreshments, live music and prizes. Contact: Jennifer Palmer 859-806-7043 Time: Registration @ 9 a.m. Location: 1512 Pleasant Ridge (Hamburg)

Information courtesy of http://www.topsinlex.com

Mat Kearney: More then a soap star wannabe

By MOLLY SHOULTA
Staff Writer

“Grey’s Anatomy.” Consider attention grabbed. For those unsure about their familiarity with Mat Kearney, think of the Grey’s soundtrack, as his song “Breathe In, Breathe Out” was featured in a recent season. For those unsure about their liking for “Grey’s Anatomy,” know that Kearney’s music stretches farther than the Thursday night soap opera wannabe. His first album to grace the charts sent him on a whirlwind tour across the globe.

But Mat Kearney’s newest album, released in May of this year, retold this journey of remembering his roots as well as discovering humility through new experiences. “City of Black and White” is well worth the coveted iTunes credits. While heavy metal listeners may not appreciate the acoustic sounds of Kearney, those desiring background music for driving or homework will certainly appreciate his low-key style. Admittedly, the first time listening through, all songs sound similar. But when picked apart, each one is unique and well-constructed both lyrically and musically.

“Fire and Rain” and “New York to California” are two standout songs, though quite different from each other. The first uses a constant bass beat and the latter uses Kearney’s simple acoustic charm. “Never Be Ready,” “Straight Away,” and “On and On” are very similar in style to his previous chart topper “Nothing Left to Lose.” While most songs on the album are comparable, Kearney leaves out the rapping he had done previously. He certainly has an ear for harmony and composition, but his freestyle skills are best left in the past.

It is the fifth track, “Lifeline,” that is the crowning jewel on the album. Mat Kearney just may be the Guitar Hero of smooth rock. He personally plays the guitar on most tracks on this album, something he had not done on previous records. “Lifeline” speaks to the curiosity and the need to know that is found in all relationships, making it undeniably “favorites”-playlist- worthy. From the very beginning of the song, Kearney’s voice and lyrics draw in even the most critical of music connoisseurs. Likewise, “Runaway Car” and “Here We Go” also prove to display the get-stuck-in-your-headfor- days syndrome.

“Closer to Love” is already out on the airwaves and making headway on the charts. Both Christian and secular music stations have picked up on one of the best tracks on Kearney’s CD. Starting out with a chilled volume and speed, the song quickly picks up with the repetitive piano behind Kearney’s lyrics. No sappy love song here. Kearney instead put together a much needed perspective on how quickly relationships form and can be pulled apart.

Ironically, the first song on the album, “All I Have,” and the last song that is the title track, “City of Black and White” are the weaker songs on the album. While they are by no means anything to scoff at, they singlehandedly cannot show Kearney’s ability in full. “Annie” is the oddball song of the album; some days it is repeat worthy, and on others its opening chord may warrant the skip button. The overall record boasts of talented lyrics and well thought out musicality.

Mat Kearney is certainly worth a shot in any iTunes library, regardless of any preference for or against “Grey’s”.


Featured Artist of the Week

Laura Philpot

Laura Philpot

Senior
Lexington, Ky.
Art Major
Psychology Minor

“When I create a piece of art, I try to make something that shows where I’ve been and where I’m going. My pieces usually have ties to important people in my life. My art usually becomes an escape for me. My art is also a way for me to put my feelings into something for everyone to see and interact with.”

Art pic

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