Archive for January, 2008

Film: Over Her Strange Eye: A Journey into Middle Earth

January 31, 2008

This is going to be the worst weekend for movies so far this year.

There are three movies getting a wide release: “The Eye” with Jessica Alba, “Strange Wilderness,” and “Over Her Dead Body” with Eva Longoria-Parker.

I’m going to see OHDB to review it tonight, and if I had my choice, I’d just sit around and play “Rock Band” instead.

However, my journalistic duties spur me on to go and take in the artistic merits of this surely to be wonderful cinematic experience.


In other news, you may have heard that Peter Jackson is producing, but not directing, two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings.”

The rumor currently making the rounds is that Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican visual wizard who made “Hellboy” and the upcoming sequel, and the phenomenal “Pan’s Labyrinth,” will be directing the movies. Del Toro has proven that he can direct fantasy and create visual wonderment like no other filmmaker working today, and I would absolutely love to see his interpretation of Tolkien’s initial foray into Middle Earth.

As exciting as this is, the bummer of it is that if he takes the job directing “The Hobbit,” he would likely not be able to direct the two movies based on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” for which he was in heavy consideration.

Asking whether I’d prefer to see a del Toro-helmed “Hobbit” or “Harry Potter” is like asking if I’d prefer a private jet filled with Skittles and bikini models or a yacht loaded down with Reese’s Pieces and CMU volleyball players and gymnasts. They’re both too awesome to choose.

However, I would’ve loved to see del Toro direct “The Order of the Phoenix.” Doug Jones would’ve ended up in the role of Bellatrix LeStrange, I would bet my hat on it.

Until next time, remember the words of Hellboy:

“Aw, crap.”

–Brad Canze, the CM Life Movie Dude


Media issues

January 29, 2008

Is there such a thing as an off-the-record speech at a public event?
According to Meghan O’Sullivan, former deputy national security adviser to President Bush, who was set to speak at Indiana University, there is.
O’Sullivan canceled her speech last Tuesday in part because the school newspaper, Indiana Daily Student, wanted to cover the event. The IDS refused to keep the speech off the record because the speech was free and open to the public.
Suddenly O’Sullivan felt “sick to her stomach” and the speech was canceled when the it was supposed to begin.
There are several issues with this.
First, contrary to some beliefs, there are no such thing as an off the record speech at a public event. The idea is proposterous.
A public forum is meant to be just that — public. If O’Sullivan wanted to have a private meeting, she should have made a list of guests and allowed only those people to attend.
You don’t send out a press release (which coincedintally said the event was off the record) and not expect a media outlet to come.
Central Michigan Life sometimes experiences these issues. Sometimes a reporter is not allowed in because people at the event “may not feel comfortable to speak freely with you here.”
To me, not allowing a media outlet to attend an event for that reason is defeating the purpose of a culture of exchanging ideas.

Sweet Michigan Thrift Stores

January 29, 2008

Hey all! Again Ashley and I are very excited to do this blog. We hope we can bring style news and updates (global to local) to CMU and prove Michiganians do not just wear cargo pants (they’re great utility pants don’t get me wrong)…

This past weekend I had the chance to visit some friends in Traverse City and see some great bands. In addition to Traverse City’s  rich music scene they also have some of my favorite vintage and thrift stores in Michigan. A few summers ago I had the opportunity to visit Ella’s Vintage and Retro Apparel, located downtown 157 E. Front St. Here is where my vintage clothing education started. Although a little expensive, owner Wendy Buhr-Dorman offers mid to high end designers both vintage and retro inspired.

Another great place in TC is Zany Consignment Boutique which recently moved from a small two room shack to a five plus room house.  Located 318 Vine St. owner Kate Kohler offers a variety of designer brands like DKNY in addition to beautiful vintage clothing and jewelry. During my last visit I found the best multi-layered gold and pearl necklace and silver Native American earrings all at a great price.

Even TC’s Goodwill is chocked full of great finds. A while back I found a Christian Dior belt and only paid $1. So if you’re looking for something interesting and unique I would recommend almost any vintage or thrift store in Traverse City. It may be a little out of the way (a little over 2 hours) but sometimes fashion is worth that sacrifice. Ashley and I will be posting different stores we go to periodically so keep a look out. Peace all…Rebecca


Film: I still can’t quit you

January 28, 2008

I feel kind of bad about doing multiple posts while nobody else is writing. Mostly because that probably means nobody is reading yet, either. But I digress, I can’t help it if I’m just that ahead of the curve. I’m a forward-thinking, future-oriented dude.

Of course that’s a load of crap. If I were future-oriented, I’d be going into a line of work that pays reasonable money.

Anyways, just to prove that I was not joking about writing about Heath Ledger, allow me to present BENEVOLENT BRAD’S FABULOUS FOUR HEATH LEDGER MOVIES.

This is a tough list to pick, because although Ledger did some great work, his most appealing aspect as an actor was his potential. He had more raw talent than filmmakers seemed to know what to do with, and I think he could have been making great movies for decades to come. I think he could have been our generation’s Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson or (yes, I dare say it) Marlon Brando. I think this summer’s “Dark Knight” will give us a taste of what we’ll be missing out on.

Take the jump for the list. (more…)

Film: Guild Wars

January 25, 2008

For the first film post in this blog, I was considering a lot of different topics. I was considering discussing the late Heath Ledger, but I couldn’t handle all those tears messing with my keyboard. Maybe I’ll do that at a later date.

Instead, I want to talk about the Writers’ Guild of America. I’ll preface this by saying that I am unabashedly in support of their strike, and their goals in it. The producers have been selfish and greedy, and the writers have proven that the producers are essentially up a creek without any material to produce.

That said, I feel confident enough to say that we will see an end to the strike by March. Why do I say that?

Because the WGA are geniuses.

They have been making deals with a handful of smaller studios individually, as opposed to the AMPTP as a whole, and already has individual deals in place.

What this means is that there is already new writing being done for United Artists, Spyglass, Lionsgate and Marvel. So effectively any fear of there not being new movies in theaters is gone, because production will shortly start on films from these smaller companies, with only small hiccups as far as scheduling goes. The bigger studios like Universal, Warner Brothers and Disney will pretty immediately see that if they let this happen, they will lose a LOT of money to these studios, and if this whole strike has proven anything, it’s that these producers will never pass up any opportunity to make a buck.

So, I’m calling that within two months, the rest of the studios will bite the bullet, reach an agreement with the Writer’s Guild, and everything will be peachy and happy.

That is, until the Screen Actors’ Guild strikes in five months.

–Brad Canze, The CM Life Movie Dude


January 25, 2008

Welcome to the first ever style blog! In writing this blog, we hope to inform the campus of new trends and happenings in the fashion world. We want readers to contribute to this blog and tell us what you would like to see. We hope to find people who are genuinely interested in the fashion industry and even those who have a mild interest. We plan on blogging once a week about shoes, accessories, apparel and whatever else we find interesting. Here’s the link to a piece on wardrobe updating from Yahoo!Keep a look out for updates and pictures! 
Peace, love and fashion
–Ashley and Rebecca

Monday package

January 14, 2008

You may be wondering what today’s package on page 3 is today. We are starting a new package called “Snippets about…” Last Monday we did it about students moving in, and today it was about things to do on the weekends.

We want to have quick-reading tidbits. I hope you enjoy.

Any ideas for future topics? Let me know!

first blog

January 13, 2008

“The only person who reads some blogs are the blogger and his mother.”

Well, here you go, mom, I have my own blog. For the rest of you, Central Michigan Life will is getting into the game and starting blogs. We will have blogs on entertainment, sports and campus issues. Stay tuned for more.

David Harris

Editor in Chief