11-16-12 ntdaily issue
student newspaper of UNT
UNT student reels in success with Click Clack Short Films Pg. 6 NORTH TEXA S DA ILY, Novembe r1 6 VOLUME 10 0, ISSUE 12 SCENE SPORTS DIY 1 2 3 4 Volleyball team advances to semifinal round of SBC tourney Page 4 LIFE List of top five apps to have for smartphones Page 5 MUSIC Soundgarden returns with new album Page 9 PHOTOS BY AMELIA JAYCEN/INTERN Sweater mittens MOVIE Final “Twilight” film ends saga on a high note Page 10 FOOD Hoochie’s serves up tasty seafood in quality atmosphere Page 12 COVER PHOTO BY NICOLE ARNOLD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Keep hands warm this winter season with simple clothing craft THERESE MENDEZ Design Editor With the winter season coming up, make a pair of mittens perfect for anyone’s style. Using an old sweater from a thrift store or one that no longer fits, these sweater mittens can be made in just a few easy steps. Materials: Sweater Scissors Needle and thread or sewing machine Directions: Take an old sweater and lay it on a flat surface. Place your hand on the sweater and cut a mitten pattern around your hand going through both sides of the sweater. Be sure to make the cutout larger than your hand to leave room for sewing space. Once you have the cutouts, use either a needle and thread or a sewing machine and sew the two pieces together. Sew all the way around the edge of the mitten, except for an opening for your hand. After you finish sewing, turn the mitten inside out so the sewn edges are not visible, and stretch out the mitten. Repeat the steps for the other hand to complete the set. Now you have an inexpensive pair of mittens that are sure to keep your hands toasty warm this winter season. 3 Friday 11.16.2012 NEWS Did you know? Media library offers films on demand TRENT JOHNSON Staff Writer Netflix isn’t the only service streaming films online. UNT’s Media Library offers students and faculty numerous documentaries in subjects from art to history through Internet streaming. Offering more than 400 films, the librar y is expanding and has received numerous requests from both students and faculty to keep adding content, head media librarian Kim Stanton said. Free streaming is accessible on any computer, and users log in with a UNT EUID and password. The service is paid for by students’ tuition, and most films are available to everyone. “With the growth of online classes, it was important for us to allow students to view films without havi ng to physically come to the library,” she said. While the Media Library has offered videos online since 2005, the video on demand feature debuted i n 20 08. T he Media Library website offers students an avenue in which they can view films that may be mandatory for class, Stanton said. “Right now, the collection has mostly social sciences and arts content,” Stanton said. “But we are currently trying to get hard science films on there. We are always trying to keep up with the requests.” Even with the growing number of films available, UNT isn’t switching over completely to the on-demand service. The Media Library still receives plenty of requests for DVDs and even the PHOTO COURTESY UNT Students use the computers at the Chilton Media Library to search for movies. The list of films keeps growing as students and faculty make suggestions for the library to add. for special libraries Sue Parks said. “This is a priority,” Parks said. “Most of our collections grow i n respon se to dema nd, a nd students who can’t access partic- “Some of these films are a necessity for class, and the more ways you can access them, the better.” -Michael Ogundipe, pre-biology junior occasional VHS. “A lot of people still like the physical DVD,” Sta nton said. “There are still a lot of advantages to the physical copy, plus we just don’t have a big enough infrastructure for us to go all in online.” The most important aspect of the service is the flexibility it allows students, assistant dean ular movies are our main focus.” UNT students appreciate the convenience of watching films from wherever is best for them. “I just think it’s a great service because sometimes we are short on t i me,” pre-biolog y ju n ior Michael Ogundipe said. “Some of these films are a necessity for class, and the more ways you can access them, the better.” 4 SPORTS Battle tested UNT defeats MTSU in first round of SBC Tournament BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer In the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the Mean Green volleyball team was able to defeat the No. 6 seed Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Crucial contest UNT heads into game with respected Warhawks TYLER OWENS Senior Staff Writer The most important part of the Mean Green’s season begins Saturday when it takes on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on the road. UNT (4-6, 3-3) must win both of its remaining road games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. Head coach Dan McCarney said that the team is aware that these Friday 11.16.2012 Thursday in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22). For the past three seasons, UNT has met MTSU i n t he first round of the CARNAE tournament. This DILLARD marks the only time the Mean Green has gotten past the Blue Raiders in those three years. Unlike the previous matchup between the two teams this season, each set was highly contested. The highest margin of victory in the game was just four points. MTSU had a size advantage, with more than half of its team listed at 6 feet or taller, while a majority of the UNT starting lineup is smaller. The size of MTSU proved to be troublesome for the Mean Green, primarily in the third set, when the Blue Raiders held UNT to a .139 hitting percentage. Their size also allowed MTSU to out-block the Mean Green 10 to 9. “I didn’t remember them being that tall,” head coach Ken Murczek said. “When we started, I just went, ‘Whoa.’ It was one of the reasons we played to the pins so much and fed Carnae [Dillard] the ball, because we needed to force them to move side to side and not just stand in one spot and jump all day.” UNT freshman outside hitter Carnae Dillard led all players in kills and attack attempts, but her game-high in errors damaged her hitting percentage. “I can really sit there and think that I have to make every single one of them count, but you also can’t think that, ‘Oh, this doesn’t matter,’” Dillard said. “I’ve got to just play out there.” With the victory, UNT will take on the No. 2 seed Troy Trojans, a team that swept the Mean Green earlier in the season. The loss to Troy started a three-game losing streak for UNT, the longest of the season for the team. Troy is one of the most defensive teams in the Sun Belt. Per set, the Trojans dig out around 16 of their opponent’s attacks. The Trojans are led by junior libero Courtney Cohen, and UNT knows it will have to play better than yesterday to come out victorious. “I am happy that we ended up winning, but I still feel like our play could definitely be cleaner,” junior middle blocker Karissa Flack said. “We are better than what we showed out there.” If UNT is able to defeat Troy, it will become the first-ever Mean Green volleyball team to reach the SBC championship game. The next match against Troy is set to start at 4 p.m. today at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. two wins would mean a bowl appearance as well as a chance to bring respect back to the football program. “It’s very obvious what we’re playing for right now,” McCarney said. “With an opportunity to win a couple games on the road, you continue to bring honor back to this program, and all of those things are really important, but we don’t change our preparation.” Junior running back Brandin Byrd said that the team is ready to show the Mean Green fans what the program is about. “We’ve got two games on the road going into Mon roe now, going into a hostile environment,” he said. “The Sun Belt race is crazy now, so we’ve got to go in there and make one play at a time and get it done.” Despite the excitement surroundi ng the opport un it y to get to a bowl game, the team i n si st s t h at it will not make any changes to its preparation. “We t a ke it one game at a BRANDIN t i me,” s opho - BYRD more linebacker Derek Akunne said. “We have to stay focused, because you’ve got to get five wins before you can get to six. We’ve got to focus on this game right now.” The Warhawks (6-4, 4-2) have garnered some national attention this year as they took down then-No. 8 Arkansas to open the season and then had close battles with Auburn and Baylor in the following weeks. Though it put together a fivegame win streak in the middle of the season, ULM has lost its last two con ference battles to Louisiana-Lafayette – who the Mean Green defeated 30-23 – and Arkansas State. “They’re a very good football team,” redshirt junior quarterback Derek Thompson said. “They’ve struggled the last couple weeks, and the past two weeks have exploited some weaknesses in them that we’ll try to take advantage of.” During his weekly press conference, ULM head coach Todd Berry said that UNT’s defensive schemes are something the Warhawks will have to look out for. He also said UNT’s ability to run the ball is something ULM will focus on stopping. “They run behind a big offensive line that moves people and likes to play very physically,” Berry said. “They have real good running backs, and the quarter- back is doing a nice job with the play action passes.” Redshirt freshman run ning back Antoinne Jimmerson, who injured his right shoulder in Saturday’s win against South Alabama, is doubtful of th is weekend’s matchup and could miss the remainder of the season. Jimmerson has 544 rushing yards this season and leads the team with five rushing touchdowns. Through the two programs’ history, the Mean Green has faced the Warhawks 28 times – more times than any other Sun Belt opponent – with ULM leading the all-time series 15-13. Last season, UNT defeated ULM in a homecoming battle in Apogee Stadium. The game will take place at Malone Stadium at 3 p.m. and, though it is not televised, can be heard on KHYI 95.3 FM and KNTU 88.1 FM. “I am happy that we ended up winning, but I still feel like our play could definitely be cleaner.” -Karissa Flack, junior middle blocker 5 Friday 11.16.2012 LIFE Smart phone List of fun, functional applications to download today H. DREW BLACKBURN Staff Writer Applications can be the best part about having a smartphone, and for those that have one, a plethora Q&A Stars speak on conclusion to “Twilight” saga PRESTON BARTA Intern The North Texas Daily recently had the opportunity to talk with some of the stars and those involved with the upcoming conclusion to the “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” which opens in theaters today. Q&A: Now that the final film is over, looking back, what has been the most memorable moment for you all? Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen): I think the thing that I will always remember in “Twilight” is the base- of apps are currently at their disposal. Besides the obvious apps – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Words With Friends – there are plenty that are both beneficial and tons of fun. Whether someone gets their apps from the Apple store or the Android store, below is a list of five that can be downloaded for free and can potentially be used every day. Pulse News Whether the purpose is to have talking points at the bar or at a party or to further intellectual curiosity, every college student should be k nowledgeable of current events. Pulse News allows people to aggregate their most visited news sites onto one screen. The colorful yet simplistic design allows users to see headlines from The New York Times, the Associated Press, Pitchfork Media and Gawker. Pulse also allows users to choose what sources they want to view from politics, entertainment, technology and more. NPR Music On NPR Music’s app, people can listen to all the programs that NPR airs that pertain to music and more. One of the programs that listeners can hear is “All Songs Considered,” a show in which host Bob Boilen plays songs generally tied together with a common theme. Another option is previewing anticipated albums before they are released in stores. Whether someone is into studio sessions from jazz musicians, recorded streams of an indie band at a music festival, or radio stations catered to the hip-hop head or the folk rock aficionado, NPR Music has whatever it is that pleases the eardrums. ball scene. It was one of the first scenes we shot, and it was all of us together for the first time as a cast. And I had to do this baseball pitch, and Jackson [Rathbone] actually came over and helped me out because I lied and said that I knew how to pitch, and I didn’t. And I hit the cameraman accidentally, which was hysterical. [Laughs] It was just very fun, and I think it was the first moment that we all really bonded. Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale): For me, it was making the first movie. When we made the first movie there was this sort of innocence. We were all fairly young. You know, we were there hoping that at least five people would go see it. I miss all of that, because it’s sort of a different process now. C ha rlie Bewley ( Volt u r i’s Demetri): I think it was the first time I stepped out in front of the cameras on set. I was inside an elevator with Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. And I was just like, “OK. I’m in ‘Twilight.’” How has the relationship with your character and Bella changed in this film? Nikki Reed: Well, Bella is giving her the greatest gift of life. I mean, Rosalie is still pretty strong in this movie, and she stands by what she believes. That’s why Bella has brought her on board as her protector, because she’s the only one who is willing to turn her back on her family. But you see a softer, more vulnerable side to Rosalie, which is nice. What was it like being under the wing of Academy Awardwinning director Bill Condon? Charlie Bewley: He’s so fantastically grounded, and he’s a collaborator as well. He knows what he wants to do, but at the same time he lets everyone say their piece. ESPN Scorecenter ESPN Scorecenter is simple. It has scores for sports games. For those who are away from the stadium or television during a big game, the app can be set up to send notifications to their phone so they will know exactly how their favorite team is doing while they are at work or in class. Never miss a game with this app. Scrabble Most people have heard about and have probably played Words With Friends, but this is where it all started – Scrabble. Admittedly, Scrabble and Words With Friends are very similar, but while Words With Friends is junior varsity, Scrabble is varsity. The Scrabble app allows users to play random people around the world as well as Facebook friends. Also, for those in the mood for a little practice, a game can be set up against the computer on easy, medium or hard modes. The best part about this app is that the competition is generally better, which makes for a more exciting game. P OE T RY f r o m t h e Po e t r y Foundation Poetry is loved and hated by many. However, having a large amount of poetry at one’s fingertips can be a perfect way to kill boredom or to ponder life. This app allows users to choose two themes and browse thousands of poems. For example “passion” and “love” can be selected to get a list of poems that pertain to those two themes. For the poetry fan, download this app to read classic poems by T.S. Elliot and Sylvia Plath or by contemporary greats like UNT faculty members Bruce Bond and B.H. Fairchild. “But you see a softer, more vulnerable side to Rosalie, which is nice.” -Nikki Reed, actress But at the end of the day, he’s the guy who calls action. What’s the most exciting aspect of being involved with these films? Christina Perri (soundtrack artist): The most exciting aspect would probably be the exposure. I went from being someone small to being more global. People know who I am now, which is very exciting for me and my career. The other exciting aspect is meeting the fans of “Twilight” and the overall experience. The private jets are nice. You’ve worked in independent film as well as big-budget films such as this. What would you say are the advantages of working in independent cinema in comparison to films like “Twilight”? Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale): Ah, man. You know, I have been blessed to even have a career where I can do big studio films or independent films. I think one of the advantages of independent film is you have more of a control of the story. You don’t have like 100 producers to go through and all these executives. It’s more about working with people who love and appreciate film and want to make a story happen. Dallas Fertility Clinic Seeks Qualiﬁed Egg Donors For Fertile Couples • • • • • Requirements Age 21-30 Above Average Intelligence Higher Education or Career Excellent Health History Generous Compensation for Time and Effort $5,000 + Expenses | Please Call 214/363-5965 6 7 Friday 11.16.2012 NADIA HILL Senior Staff Writer Props, a vintage typewriter and script notes are scattered across Wesley Kirk’s desk. There’s a chair, but it’s only to keep up appearances. Most of his time is spent at a small table in front of his bedroom’s only window, perched in front of two large computer monitors as he watches, analyzes and compiles collections of short films for his company Click Clack. Kirk, a radio, television and film senior, took second place in UNT’s Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Creation Competition, winning $10,000 for his short film distribution business. In February, Kirk founded Click Clack, named for the sound a screen projector makes, after developing a business plan in an entrepreneurship class last fall. He released his first collection of short films in June. “No one else tries to bring short films regularly and readily available to moviegoers,” Kirk said. “It’s tough, because there’s no precedent and I’m figuring this out on my own.” Click Clack is the only company in the world – to the best of Kirk’s knowledge – that is devoted to collecting and distributing short films. There are six companies that produce shorts, but none imitate Kirk’s business model of searching for high-quality films, sorting them in a database by theme and creating collections to sell as DVDs. “Wesley took action,” Murphy Center director Tony Mendes said. “Every venture has what we call a core. With Click Clack, it’s Wesley. My vision is that he is identified as the Roger Ebert of short films. His name and his expertise are the keys to his success.” The film fanatic started photographing and learning the basics of movie making at age 13. He’s produced 30 short films in the last four years and watches 20 films per day, or up to two hours, to catalog the best from around the world. His f i rst collect ion, “Love Student creates short film company PHOTO BY NICOLE ARNOLD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Radio, television and film senior Wesley Kirk won second place in UNT’s Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Creation Competition for his short film distribution business, Click Clack Short Films. “Love Stories,” the first short film collection produced by Click Clack Short Films, showcases 10 different heartwarming stories featuring work from filmmakers from around the world. Stories,” includes 10 short films. He’s sc reened h is col le ct ion several times in Fort Worth and with RAW: Natural Born Artists in Dallas. So far Kirk has netted more than $400, selling 42 of the 50 DVDs he made just in the last month. “He has to convince the general public that short films are worth paying to see,” Mendes said. “If he can carve out a niche for appreciation of short films, this will have value. He will be the content expert, simply because of how many he watches.” Short films range from mere seconds to up to 40 minutes, according to the Oscars website. Anything beyond that is considered a feature-length film. “I think short films speak for themselves better,” Kirk said. “Audiences tend to love full features, but that industry is a big gamble. And the indie film circuit is designed for failure. It’s more about who you know and how much money you pay than talent.” K i rk’s u lt i m ate goa l is to provide a market for short film producers, starting with Click Clack. He act ually pays t he filmmakers to use their videos, a complete reversal of how the system normally works. “His primary purpose is to support producers, as opposed to just making more money,” Mendes said. “The core of his business model is to give back to the short film producer, and is adamant that they can make money. He could be the primary source of revenue.” Kirk’s only set goal for his newfou nd ca sh i s to buy a projector, but he plans to operate on his own cash as much as he can. “I was shooting for $1,000, and since I can do this with the money I have, I’m going to pretend like it doesn’t exist,” Kirk said. “I’m only going to use it when I’m a couple hundred short on something. It’s way more money I don’t know what to do with.” On Nov. 8, Kirk won RAWard Dallas 2012 Filmmaker of the Year for his new company, as well as his recent debut collection. It was a title-only award, but will give him access to continue successfully screening his collection for the Dallas art scene. PHOTO BY NICOLE ARNOLD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Short film distributor Click Clack Short Films has been assembling short film collections and holding screenings in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since February 2012. “RAW is about showcasing indie artists and letting people love them,” RAW Dallas’ director Aubrie Nesuda said. “Click Clack is definitely different and adds a new element to the film scene.” Winning the New Ventures Creation Contest means Kirk will receive half of his cash now to continue running his business, but also requires him to meet goals set by the Murphy Center. Once those are fulfilled, he will receive the last half of his check. “I don’t know what goals they could set or how I would reach them, because there’s no precedent,” Kirk said. “But I never thought I’d hold a check that big, let alone cash one.” Along with winning awards, Kirk founded UNT’s first short film club. He is also working on deals with local Denton businesses and UNT to screen his collection anywhere he can. “Wherever people are, and wherever I can set up a screen, I’ll be more effective,” Kirk said. “I just give a speech about who I am and why I started this to get people to understand this truly unique concept.” Big Mikes House of Glass Thanksgiving Special: 15% OFF WITH STUDENT ID http://bigmikeshouseofglass.com 101 E. SW. Pkwy, Lewisville TX | 469.671.0033 Birthday Wheel: One free spin on your birthday! http://facebook.com/bigmikeshouseofglass 9 Friday 11.16.2012 MUSIC “King Animal” Soundgarden returns from exile with latest album TRENT JOHNSON Staff Writer Something special happens when old trailblazers return to their craft. Soundgarden has reunited, and its new album should give fans of the ’90s grunge movement a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Soundgarden’s latest offering, “King Animal,” features the original members returning from various solo projects, including lead singer Chris Cornell’s stint in the band Audioslave. The band has returned after its 16-year hiatus with a vengeance, bringing back the hard riffs, melodic verses and breakneck pace that made the group successful more than a decade ago. This album is the band’s attempt to rekindle the connection shared with fans years ago. Chris Cornell told the Toronto Sun, “I know we have a lot of close, hardcore fans that have supported us for a long time, and I feel personally, very confident that they’re going to be really happy with what we did.” Formed in the mecca of rock musicians, Seattle, Wash., the group released its first album, “Ultramega OK,” in 1988. The band has won multiple Grammy Awards, including “Best Metal Performance” for the hit single “Spoonman” and “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the tune “Black Hole Sun.” The band was also recognized as No. 14 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.” “King Animal” begins with a song that serves as an open letter to the group’s longtime followers. “Been Away Too Long” announces Soundgarden’s return to the music PHOTO COURTESY MCT scene. Fans should rejoice with their headphones as Cornell sings, “Hey no one knows me, no one saves me, no one loves or hates me.” The lyrics, like all of Cornell’s, are given his unique touch, which earned him the fourth spot on Hit Paraders’ “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists.” The record goes on to give a nod to Album review Deftones takes music to another level with “Koi No Yokan” M ARLENE GONZALEZ Senior Staff Writer A f ter relea si ng “Dia mond Eyes” two years ago, the Deftones returns with its seventh album, “Koi No Yokan.” The American alternative rock band has brewed up a batch of mystically seductive, sinister songs, reassuring fans that its time away was wisely spent. The album’s title, “Koi No Yokan,” refers to the Japanese concept that upon first meeting another person, the two know that they are going to fall in love. It differs from “love at first sight” in that the feelings don’t yet exist, but the couple knows that a PHOTO COURTESY MCT future love is inevitable, as is the case with this album. The Sacramento quintet formed i n 1988 a nd consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen C a r p e n t e r, d r u m m e r A b e Cunningham, bassist Sergio Vega and keyboardist Frank Delgado, who also works the turntables. The album open s up with “Swerve City,” a heavy metal and stylistic song that channels components fans are used to hearing. The tempo veers from one direction to another with Moreno’s voice and Carpenter’s guitar colliding in and out in perfect sync. This is the second album the band has released without original bass guitarist Chi Cheng, the Northwest with the song “Taree.” Using an abundance of imagery with lines like “Run aground on the shore for you simple wreckage” and “I only know I’ve made it home when I drown in your ghost light,” the tune pays homage to the city of Seattle throughout as the band points to the setting of its humble beginnings. “Taree” also features lead guitarist Kim Thayll’s finest solo. Thayll, who who was severely injured in a car accident in 2008. Vega stepped in for Cheng and has been a part of the band since 2009 as Cheng continues to recover. Vega’s addition to the band is more noticeable in this album because of the intense bass found throughout. In an interview with Billboard, Moreno described the album as “dynamic,” adding, “There’s a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there’s also this very soothing element.” T h e a lb u m’s f i r st si ng le, “Tempest,” is the perfect example of this description with its resonating riffs and lyrics. Although it sounds nothing like “Change (In the House of Flies),” this song creates a mesmerizing sound and expresses strong emotions just as the radio hit did on their third album, “White Pony.” “Poltergeist” begins with a handclap that transitions into a rhythmic bass and snare drums. The song manifests a rock presence throughout and is a good was named the 100th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, lays down a groovy riff slightly different from the metal chords in most of the Soundgarden hits. “Rowing” closes the album on a high note as Soundgarden delivers its specialty, an old-school grunge track. Cornell stretches his range, as the song is slightly slower and full of emotion. The lyrics establish a story, as Cornell sings “Don’t know where I’m going, I just keep on rowing.” Never give up is the message, and few can deliver it in the way that Soundgarden can. Grunge music is on its way back, and Soundgarden is the band leading the charge. Even with its absence, its presence in rock history is already secured, and “King Animal” only piles on to the list of great songs the band has supplied for more than 20 years. For those who are fans of the band, go out and buy the album. For those that are not, buy it anyway, because this album sheds light on one of the greatest bands ever as it attempts to reclaim its place in the music industry. head-banger. Chino’s further shows off his tone in the haunting and hypnotizing track “Romantic Dreams.” “Entombed” is one of the more melodic songs on the album. It begins with soft guitar strums, followed with a low temp bass beat and drums. Moreno’s soulstriking voice builds the song as it rises. The album ends with “What Happened to You?” a cautious choice given that this track deviates from the snarling, heavier tracks. “We’re alive somewhere else, far ahead of our time,” the lyrics say as melodic sounds result in a nostalgic ghostly effect. By t he end of t he a lbum, listeners will in fact have fallen in love with the Deftones, if they hadn’t already. The interweavement of forceful jams with calmer tunes plays off each other well, and with the addition of its complex lyrics, the band takes its music to yet another level. 10 MOVIE “Lincoln” Film introduces nation to man behind the legacy SHAYLYNN LYNCH Intern “Lincoln” is the flawlessly directed, impeccably acted and poignantly written biopic that we have been waiting for. Spielberg once again proves his command of historical dramas, turning them into touching cinematic portraits capable of defining a nation. Daniel Day-Lewis is nothing short of miraculous in his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. He is spellbinding and captivating on a level that surpasses expectations and fulfills the impact that this heavy role demands. The film begins immediately after Lincoln’s second term as president. During his first term, he designed and initiated the Emancipation Proclamation, which was then passed by the Senate and turned over to the Friday 11.16.2012 House of Representatives during his second term. With the Civil War encroaching on his presidency, Lincoln is forced to prioritize his political agenda. He ends up reducing it to one extraordinary decision – ending the war, or ending slavery. Once he makes the decision to put the 13th amendment to abolish slavery at the top of his agenda, the film’s focus shifts to the members of the House. Using the House as a barometer of the public opinions about the abolition of slavery allows for exposure to both sides of the issue. However, because the film focuses on Lincoln and his presidency, the bias is most obviously toward the Republican Party, which more accurately represents today’s Democratic Party and its platforms. As the film progresses, the story dwindles down to a race for votes, creating an overwhelming sense of tension and desperation in spite of the well-known outcome. To break up this tension, comic relief is provided by a group of men hired by Lincoln to acquire (at any cost) enough votes to pass the amendment. The lengths these men are willing to go is in no way surprising to today’s politically jaded audiences. However, the obvious nature of the bribery is still hilariously shocking and under- standably necessary. The House floor becomes the battleground of the film, where men must fight with logical reasoning and shrewd intellect, providing some of the most captivating monologues in the film. The most outstanding of these is delivered by the Oscar-worthy Tommy Lee Jones, who fully encapsulates the term “scene stealer” with his role as Thaddeus Stevens. Although Jones’ performance stands out, it is among a vast sea of highly notable performances from possibly the most prestigious cast in the last 10 years of Hollywood film. Day-Lewis has created the 21st century’s Lincoln. He impossibly adopts the physical, aural, mental and emotional traits of a man that exists only on paper. Watching Day-Lewis play Lincoln validates the concept that some men were born to do one thing. Day-Lewis was born to act. Spielberg manages to inject a delightfully surprising aspect of originality into this film about a man most Americans assume they are quite familiar with. Lincoln delves into the many facets of Abraham Lincoln outside of his legacy, including his role as a father, husband, friend, mentor, teacher, problem-solver, motivator, philosopher, storyteller and peacemaker, to name a few. Breaking Dawn Film serves as satisfying ending to the “Twilight” saga PRESTON BARTA Intern After taking a bite of fans’ hearts more than four years ago, the “Twilight” saga has come to a close, and it ends on a high note. Wasting no time at all, “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” sinks its teeth right in. After the film’s stellar opening credits - far different from any of the other films - we pick up right where the first part left us, on the eyes of newborn vampire Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Bella (Kristen Stewart) is enjoying PHOTO COURTESY MCT Taylor Lautner (left) and Kristen Stewart star in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.” her new life and abilities after the birth of her daughter, Renesmee, with her vampire lover Edward (Robert Pattinson). Soon after adapting to the changes that her condition imposes, her new vampire family, the Cullens, is threatened again. An all-controlling clan of vampires called the Volturi believes that Renesmee could challenge their power and existence. PHOTO COURTESY MCT Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” from DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox. The audience is able to sympathize with Lincoln beyond his imperative amendment, which gives “Lincoln” the heart it needs to become more than simply a history lesson. Yes, this is a story audiences will know, but do not underestimate this film’s evocative emotional power as audiences meet Lincoln for the first time. The experience of seeing “Lincoln” is primarily nostalgic and profound. Just knowing that the astonishing man portrayed in “Lincoln” once ran this country is liable to make a patriot out of anyone. The Volturi rally their troops to destroy this potential threat while Bella and the Cullens assemble an army to fight a crucial battle to protect their family. Looking in from outside of the fandom and target demographic, this franchise never felt particularly special apart from its incredible popularity and the timeliness of the third installment’s surprising quality (“Eclipse,” 2010). No matter what criticism may be sent its way, however, fans will still run with vampiric speed to see this epic finale, and they’ll be treated to the best movie to come out of the fivefilm lineup. “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” won’t be known as a great movie by any means, but it serves as a fitting and decently executed send-off for the series. We are so used to seeing Stewart constantly running her hands through her hair and biting her lip unceasingly throughout the films that its absence is conspicuous – yet welcome – in this final installment. She proves to have surprisingly better acting chops in this film than any of its predecessors. Stewart has had four films to prepare for playing a vampiric Bella, and she is more than up to the task. She looks and acts completely different, selling the animal nature against which Bella now has to fight. The film goes to great lengths to show what being a newborn is like for her, and the filmmakers and Stewart do a great job. Pattinson also gets to have more fun as Edward than we have seen in any of the other films leading up to its end. Having always been the most talented actor of the bunch, aside from Michael Sheen’s fine work as the Volturi leader, Pattinson finally gets a chance to work with Stewart on more equal footing. Continued on Page 11 Friday 11.16.2012 MOVIE Continued from Page 10 Each member of the Cullen family gets their own time in the spotlight. Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen gets a handful of great one-liners. Ashley Greene, who plays a big part in the film’s conclusion, kicks some major butt as Alice Cullen, which all her fans should eat up. Even Taylor Lautner steps it up a notch as everyone’s favorite little pooch, Jacob Black – nearly stealing the show with his little striptease for Bella’s father, Charlie. His character proves how likable he can be when he is not lusting after Bella. Instead, he plays his role as a protector of young Renesmee. All the actors are in fact great. Those who might have seemed unusual playing certain parts begin to fully become their characters, so much so that I cannot imagine anyone else in some of their shoes. The musical score by Cartel Burwell (“Fargo,” 1996) is pleasant, accompa- nied by the exceptional soundtrack we’ve come to expect from the series. Never failing to fit the films perfectly, they are the right songs for the right moments. Go ahead and add the film’s best track, “Everything and Nothing” by The Boom Circuits, to your current playlist. As before in the saga, the story remains engaging, and the visual effects remain laughably bad. The computer-generated Renesmee in the film’s first fraction deserves special mention. Still, this movie was more enjoyable than the prior four because of its humor. It was really funny, mainly because it was aware of its own ridiculousness. If this was the only “Twilight” film and no one had seen the others, I would be way more critical on this take, but I’m just glad these films are finally over. Hollywood producers obviously do not care for a critical response. They are making these films cheaply and sweeping in the cash regardless of what people think. If it is good enough to get the point across and put people in seats, why mess with the formula? Director Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” 2006) shows that he was a great choice to tackle this tricky two-parter. Even though its corresponding first half was a placeholder for this finale, 11 the second fraction of the final book really hits home. Condon crafts the film with love and care for the source material and its fans. For evidence, look no further than the film’s closing credits, which give everyone involved with the series their due, including those who haven’t been around since the first film. The departures that “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” took from the book were quite shocking to fans. That is the main reason why I left the theater feeling that it was not half bad. So for readers of the books, don’t lose your head. Be prepared to be positively surprised as well as shocked toward the end. CLASSIFIEDS Phone: 940.565.2851 • Fax: 940.565.4659 • Email: email@example.com • www.ntdaily.com • GAB 117, Corner of Avenue B and Mulberry Announcements Publications Guidelines: Please read your ad the first day of publication. The publisher assumes no financial responsibility for errors or omissions of copy. We reserve the right to adjust in full an error by publishing a corrected insertion. Liability shall not exceed the cost of that portion occupied by the error on the first insertion only. 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The family-owned business rant’s character make it worth it. advertises their oyster expertise, O ve r a l l , Ho o c h i e ’s i s but the fried shrimp po’boy, called welcoming and offers a full beach the New Orleans, is light and filling. experience, from cheap alcohol Several jumbo shrimp, smothered ($1 Lone Stars every time the in the house tartar sauce, along with train goes by) to platters of fresh, hearty tomatoes, crisp lettuce and flaky fish. white onions, ooze out of the fresh-baked bread. The sandwich comes Cleanliness topped with large, crispy Service steak fries, more than Affordability enough food for one sitting. The $9 price tag Atmosphere seems steep at first, but Food Quality the meal and the restau- Hoochie’s Oyster House Fall has finally arrived in Denton. Why not make it a hoot with owl cupcakes? Using this simple recipe and instructions from instructables.com, anyone can enjoy these owl treats. All together this treat shouldn’t cost more than $20, especially for those who already have some of the ingredients at home. Ingredients: Cake mix of choice Oil Eggs Cupcake wrappers Water Icing (vanilla or chocolate) A bag of Oreos Favorite bite-size chocolate candies Instructions: Follow the instructions on the box of cake mix. After the cupcakes are done baking, let them cool for about 15 minutes. Take a few Oreos and separate them, making sure one side has the cream and the other is clean. Take the clean sides of the Oreos Love being pregnant and helping others? Apply now at Legacy Surrogacy to help an infertile couple create a family while earning at least $24,000. 817.562.5765 legacyas.com/surrogacyinfo Happy birthday HARRISON WICKS!! You are old. :) Friday 11.16.2012 and make two perpendicular cuts with a knife or break the cookie into fourths. The finished product should resemble owl ears, a crescent shape cut in half. Next, put a few scoops of icing into a Ziploc bag and make sure there is no air inside. Set the bag aside and cover the cupcakes with the remaining icing. Once the cupcakes are covered, take two ears and place them near the top of each cupcake, about 1.5 inches apart and hanging over the edge about three-quarter inches. To keep the ears from falling off, use some of the icing on the bottom as an adhesive. Next, take the cream-sided Oreos and place them cream-side up on the upper half of the cupcakes. These are going to be the owl’s eyes. (To help the cream stay on longer, put them in the microwave for two seconds before placing them on the cupcake.) Now, snip a small corner, about one-eighth inch, off the Ziploc bags filled with the icing of your choice. Create vertical lines along the ears to give the owl feathers. Do the same for the top half of the cupcake around and under the eyes. Finally, place chocolate candies on the creme side of the Oreos to finish off the eyes. Take another bite-size candy and place it in between the Oreo cookies on the cupcake for the beak. These crafty cupcakes take about 30 minutes to complete.