Meet one our staff members, Jazmin!
Like the buds of awakening trees, or the first steps of the newborn fawn, “Hollywood”’s spring movie season will soon be here, dropping its crap all over our cars and wobbling clumsily around the woods. Yes, that endless factory of creativity and dreams has
pinpointed the exact entertainment spending habits of 18 to 35 year old males gone to great lengths to bring to life the stories that speak to the hearts of each and every one of us, and the fruits of those labors will soon be at a theater near you. And since you can’t go into the spring movie season blind, we’re here to give you a “heads up”. Actual spring is from March to June, but it’s another matter entirely when you’re talking about a movie calendar. So, equinoxes and solstices be darned, by “spring” we mean the more traditional understanding of February-ish to the end of May, also known as “real spring, the way God intended”. Let’s take a look, shall we?**
**Looking, of course, at Liberty Way appropriate movies. Yes, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be out soon, but that’s not exactly on our radar here.
- Jupiter Ascending (Feb. 6) kicks(?) things off(?) kind of(??) and is a movie that people will probably pay money to see. WARNING – You already know ahead of time that Channing Tatum is in here, and so is Mila Kunis, and she plays a character named “Jupiter Jones”. You deserve everything you get if you go see this. There’s no way Sean Bean survives this movie.
- Hey kids! Smash those piggy banks open or demand your allowance a little early this time because February has the Sean the Sheep Movie (Feb. 6) and The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Feb. 6).
- Most of you have probably said at some point in your life, “I like James Bond, but couldn’t they make something like that, you know, for tweens?” SAY IT NO MORE, because Kingsman: The Secret Service (Feb. 13) heard your cries and is here to cradle you. Rest easy, tweens.
- Cinderella (Mar. 13) returns to theaters, this time as a live-action movie. Fake Fact: the movie was rated PG just because the MPAA was so unsettled by Helena Bonham Carter singing Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.
- More tweens! Divergent returns with the next movie in the series, this time called Insurgent (Mar. 20). What It’s Probably About – Two insurgents converge and fervently search for the detergent merchant of abstergents, an attempted disgorgement of the current regents of the resurgent Divergent contingent. For you, to see it should be pretty urgent.
- Now we get to the good stuff, unlike those 2nd and 3rd tier movies from February and March! Right off the April bat is Furious 7 (Apr. 3). Stick that in your tail pipe and rev it, February and March! Wait, that’s “the good stuff”? That can’t be it. Certainly there’s something better than this.
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Apr. 17)? What!?? No, that can’t be it either.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1). AHH, now that’s much better. A movie the whole industry can rely on, Joss Whedon brings The Avengers back with, um, a vengeance. This time, there are a lot more Terminator-looking robots, plus what looks like some super-powerful infighting between mythical Thor, super-mutant Hulk, and super-robot Iron Man. Looks like yet another job for the dexterity and pistols of Black Widow!
- Honorable Mentions: McFarland, USA (Feb. 20), Home (Mar. 27), Tomorrowland (May 22) and San Andreas (May 29)
- Dishonorable Mention: Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
There you have it, a brief look at this spring’s movies. Just remember: this whole year of movies, including the summer “blockbusters”, is just a light appetizer on the way to the main course: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Plan accordingly, and as always, happy viewing!
Even though you may still feel like you’re on break, the New Year is here… classes have begun, and you may be wondering how to make this your best year yet.
As the supervisors at Student Activities, we want to help. Resolutions are great, but we all know we need a tiny push to actually follow through with them. Lucky for you, we have been hard at work planning the upcoming semester. We have the perfect events to encourage you in your seemingly impossible quest to keep your resolutions.
You may be thinking, “This year I’m really going to focus on school!” Well, we’re here to provide you with study breaks! On February 6, you can finally beat your roommate in Settlers of Catan at our exciting and competitive Game Night!
People think the dollar theater is a good deal, but if you’re trying to save a few bucks check out our free movie nights throughout the semester and our Lord of The Rings marathon at the end of January.
Doesn’t it seem like those Christmas cookies stay with you past the holidays? We have just the events for you! Not only do we have trail races and challenges scheduled at least once a month (the Arctic 5k, Liberty Mt. 5k, Adventure Challenge, and the Charity Run), we will continue to offer clinics and hiking trips throughout the semester to help you get outside and get fit.
For those of you that seek a bit of adventure in your life (or the opportunity for some extreme Instagramming), we have trips such as horseback riding, Wintergreen skiing, whitewater rafting, bouldering, and even a day-long jaunt to Washington D.C. These trips are offered at incredibly low rates, but act soon because registration always seems to fill up faster than you can say “Student Activities is the best.”
So you say you want to be the next American Idol? Why not start at Open Mic? We will be having Open Mic Nights bi-weekly throughout the semester, and we think it’s time you let us hear that beautiful voice you have been hiding in your dorm room. You can also take the next step for your band this year by participating in our monthly Campus Artist Series. Speaking of performing in front of a crowd, Coffeehouse will be on March 21st this semester! This means that tryouts start in late February, which is right around the corner. It is never too early to start planning your act or maybe even gathering creative ideas for your video submission.
And if all of those things aren’t enough, on top of all of it, we are going to have one of our busiest concert semesters ever. We already announced three of those shows – Tim Timmons (Jan. 26), Trip Lee (Feb. 5), and Kirk Franklin (Feb. 13). Would you believe that we still have 5 more concerts to announce? You better believe it. Whether it’s the Vines Center or the LaHaye Event Space, Student Activities has concerts for everyone.
So there’s an overview of our semester. Go on, try and think of an excuse to not be able to accomplish your resolutions this year.
You can check out all of our upcoming events on our calendar!
Check out the 5 songs we're listening to this week on our #SATop5 Spotify Playlist. Have a song that we should hear? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
Meet one of our staff members, Cherish!