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Elijah Wood Talks About his New Film, Open Windows, and Privacy in the Digital Age

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Open Windows and Privacy: The Many Faces of Elijah Wood By Chris Zebo The name Frodo immediately conjures up another name: Elijah Wood. Elijah knows this, but it doesn't concern him. Not in the least. Unlike other actors who've become typecast by the roles they've played over the years (William Shatner, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman), Elijah's range of characters extends far beyond The Lord of the Rings franchise. From Radio Flyer to The Ice Storm, voice acting in the animated film 9 to playing Ryan in FX's television comedy Wilfred, Wood is the lord of range. In recent years, he's played a number of darker characters in thrillers and horrors—genres he loves. He plays a blood-lusting, psychopathic killer on a rampage in Maniac, a concert pianist in Grand Piano who's threatened with a bullet by a sinister murderer if he plays the wrong note, and recently he plays a fan who wins a failed date with an actress in Open Windows, a nail-biting thriller by Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo. Looking at his roster the past few years, Wood could easily be typecast in darker hues than his Lord of the Rings run.

typecast by her hundreds of adult films. However, Grey has made appearances in a couple of mainstream flicks and television shows the past few years, including HBO's Entourage and Steven Soderbergh's indie film The Girlfriend Experience. In Open Windows, she plays Jill, a popular actress who participates in an Internet contest where one lucky fan can win a date with her. Nick, played by Wood, is that lucky fan. Unfortunately for Nick, Jill cancels the date. Jilted and despondent, he's contacted by a man named Chord, who poses as Jill's manager. He sends Nick a secret web link and tells him to drag it onto an “open window” in his computer browser. When the link is activated, Nick is able to follow Jill's every move on his computer screen—unbeknownst to her—via her web cam, cell phone, security cameras, and even satellite imaging. However, Chord has sinister, ulterior motives and ruins Nick's unbridled voyeurism. He forces him to watch helplessly as his favorite actress is abused and abducted. Nick is determined to save her.

“It's definitely not something I'm seeking out,” Wood tells us during a recent interview at SXSW. “Although I think as an actor, I'm always looking for different and new experiences.”

If the premise seems a little far-fetched, it is. However, Vigalondo wasn't as concerned with suspending disbelief as he was with broaching particular paranoias of the digital age.

Open Windows stars Wood alongside former adult film actress, Sasha Grey, who's unquestionably been

“When you choose to make a movie that happens in front of a computer screen,” Vigalondo tells us, “you are

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almost condemned to talk about privacy, about all these things.” Although privacy is the underlying motif of the film, it's not his focus. In fact, he's not so sure our paranoia about digital privacy is even a realistic fear. “I have this feeling that recently we don't care that much about privacy,” he says. “We are terrified; and yet at the same time when we go onto the Internet, we know that we are exposing ourselves. Every time we give our information to a search program, you are talking about yourself. And people don't seem to care that much about it. So I am worried about privacy, but I don't think the movie is based on that fear. It's using that fear as a way to talk about something else, which is protection. About the fact that as consumers on the Internet we don't consider ourselves as people who exploit other people. But the Internet is playing tricks with our morals all the time, and sometimes we become exploiters.” Wood agrees. In his personal experience using Facebook and managing his Twitter account, he's encountered his own share of paranoia and trepidation. “I think privacy is an abstraction,” Wood says. “When we sign up for something on Facebook, and we know—and it even warns us—that if we sign on using Facebook that they're going to have access to our photos and all these things—it's still abstract. It doesn't feel real; so people don't think anything of it.”


At the core of that abstraction—of doing what we want on the web with less scruples and yet still demanding others play by the rules—is his character's dilemma in the film. “What my character does at the beginning of the film— because of that sort of distance, a click—it doesn't feel like a physical act, it doesn't feel like anything wrong. But of course it is wrong. I think we all kind of experience that to a certain degree.” In a virtual world, where our actions seem to cohere to a different set of malleable rules, morality and ethics become click-by-click judgments. Add to that the speed of each transaction we make, the multiple pages we view, the media we download, the comments we make—and every action has

It's Grey's life off the screen that facilitated the real motif of the film, according to Vigalondo. The film's tension isn't so much derived from our fears of having our lives intruded as it is in us being intruders ourselves. “Her presence allows me to talk about the kind of consumers these movies have,” Vigalondo says, “the kind of people on the Internet. And since I was making the movie with her, I had this dream of an anger that so many people show on the Internet towards a girl that was a star but now she's doing something different. They are so angry at her. And I feel that's disturbing, and I saw that kind of psychology on the Internet that I wanted to put inside this villain. He's a person that's really cruel, who is really horrible. But at the same time, he has this sense of justice, of what is right and

“As consumers on the Internet, we don’t consider ourselves as people who exploit other people. But the Internet is playing tricks with our morals all the time, and sometimes we become exploiters. - ELIJAH WOOD, ACTOR its own consequences, yet without the reflection we'd give to events occurring in real life, beyond the screen.

what is wrong. I find that all the time on the Internet, and I'm horrified by that.”

“One of the things I find fascinating about the movie,” says Wood, “is something we can all relate to: that moral ambiguity about the choices we make. The things we say, or the thing we choose to download—we have a relative distance from it. We behave on the Internet in some ways where we wouldn't behave if we were faced with an individual.”

Casting Wood was a different story than casting Grey. Her status beyond screen elevated the layers in which the film operates conceptually, while it was Wood's versatility as an actor that most appealed to Vigalondo.

For example, Vigalando muses, “Say they've stolen these photos from this actress. She's naked, and that's a crime. We don't support that kind of crime because we don't want anybody to steal our photographs.” “But we will look at the photographs,” Wood says, “But we go to see them as fast as possible,” Vigalondo says, laughing. Grey's performance as a character who wishes to remain private, contrary to what we know about her real life as a porn star, elevates the concept film's concept to a whole other level. “The fact that she is an ex-adult film star gives another layer of irony,” says Vigalondo, “another layer of significance. She has said that this is not an adult movie, but it's aware of her past. The movie is not exploiting that part of herself, but it's aware of that. Which I think is really interesting.”

“I thought about him all the time I was writing the role,” Vigalondo says. “I love the fact that Elijah is agile. The character evolves, starts here and ends up there. He makes it believable. It doesn't feel forced. That, for me, is one of the treasures of the movie.” Wood first met Vigalondo at Fantastic Fest in Austin a few years ago. The two were immediately drawn to each other. Elijah was a fan of the director's work, especially Timecrimes. Although he has always been a fan of fantasy, horror, and thrillers, Wood says the characters he's been playing lately are completely fortuitous. When asked if he has been searching our darker roles, he says, “In some ways, it's more organic than that.” “This particular film and Grand Piano are examples of completely organic scenarios, where I met Eugenio [director of Grand Piano] and Nacho at Fantastic Fest in Austin,” Wood says. “I certainly love genre films; I'm drawn to them as a fan of cinema, and it's cinema I like. But I don't know that I'm necessarily looking just for those kinds of films now. I think it is also circumstantial. Those happen to be the films that I've come across that are interesting and unique.”

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StudentRentIt.com If you’re looking for the ultimate, perfect, has-your-name-written-all-over-it apartment in Aggieland but need some assistance finding it, look no further than StudentRentIt.com. Student Rent It is a housing locator that caters exclusively to college students looking for off-campus housing. Created in San Marcos by two realtors, Student Rent It first started at Texas State University in May 2013. Now expanding to College Station, Student Rent It will be catering to Aggies. The website allow students to connect with potential roommates, other college students, to rate various apartments, and to locate private listings. Brenden Martin, one of the creators of Student Rent It, says that “after graduating with a degree in Digital Technology, working for Microsoft, and working on other startups in the past, [he] put [his] skills to work on solving a problem students face in college towns when it comes to finding housing.” “With it being college-student exclusive, we create a safer community for students to interact with students. By verifying your .edu email address, you can connect with fellow students and find roommates without worrying about SPAM. Also, our goal is to give students and parents a ‘bird’s eye view’ of their future home and community.” The website contains many different search options to find the best place that fits your wants and needs, allows you to directly contact property managers, and to learn about local events, deals and businesses happening around you. Martin says, “With StudentRentIt.com, it is a win-win-win situation for students, apartments and parents.” “Rather than just looking at pictures, we want you to see what it is like to live there. We really want to add original content allowing students to make decisions from their computer rather than driving around town all day.”

maroonweekly.com • March 26, 2014 • MAROON WEEKLY • pg 27


By Cheyenne Mueller

Divergent

Action (PG-13)

Summit Entertainment favors best-selling young adult novels and turning them into films. Divergent is the production company’s third series, Twilight and The Hunger Games being its predecessors. While the film has been proactive with their publicizing, the film hasn’t garnered as much press as The Hunger Games. The two series are almost identical: set in a futuristic, dystopian society, separated by fences from an unknown predator. Both also focus on an age of “coming into adulthood.” Originally, the casting of Shailene Woodley as the film’s protagonist, Tris, made me nervous. All that I had seen of Woodley was from the TV series, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and her character was so whiny I couldn’t finish the series. My uncertainty didn’t fester for too long, because when Hunger Games came around, I was pissed about Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss. But once I saw the movie, I was hooked. I held onto hope that Woodley would surprise me. And she did. Woodley was able to bring pathos to a character that didn’t have much as it was scripted. In these heroinedriven books, the female leads are strong characters with a grand total of three emotions: fear, adrenaline, and love for their family/cute boy. Shailene was able to evoke a range of emotions that felt genuine and weren’t overdone, and her acting skills were able to compensate for her slender figure; even though she didn’t look tough, she could act tough. When Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) came onto screen, there was an audible reaction from the females in the audience. Boys, hide your girlfriend, hide your wife, ‘cause Theo James is stealing all the ladies’ hearts (mine included – don’t tell my boyfriend I said that). The British actor speaks with a convincing American accent, and his Dave Franco-worthy eyebrows give him an air of authority and mystery. With any book-to-film remake, there’s going to be some changes in the script. It used to really bother me: “Why can’t they just stick to the book?” While changes can be annoying, the alterations made in this film actually made it better. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything for you. But if you haven’t read the book and think the movie looks interesting, you won’t be confused. The book itself, while not about a competition between teenagers murdering each other, still has quite a bit of darkness to it. Even though Divergent hasn’t been as successful as The Hunger Games, director Neil Burger (Limitless) did a great job trimming the fat from the novel and producing an entertaining and exciting movie. The movie is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.

pg 28 • MAROON WEEKLY • March 26, 2014 • maroonweekly.com


1. Divergent

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late. PG-13 (139 min)

2. Muppets Most Wanted While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. PG (107 min)

3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. PG (92 min)

4. 300: Rise of an Empire Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. R (102 min)

5. God’s Not Dead

College student Josh Wheaton’s faith is challenged by his philosophy professor, who believes God does not exist. PG (113 min)

6. Need for Speed

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge on his mind. His expartner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. PG-13 (132 min)

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel

14. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Wes Anderson chronicles the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the world wars, and Zero Moustafa, a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. R (100 min)

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. PG-13 (105 min)

8. Non-Stop

After receiving a series of text messages demanding a transfer of $150 million into an offshore account, an air marshal must prevent a terrorist attack and clear his name. PG-13 (106 min)

9. The Lego Movie

An ordinary LEGO, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. PG (100 min)

10. The Single Mom’s Club The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection. PG-13 (138 min)

11. Son of God

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection. PG-13 (138 min)

12. The Monuments Men

15. That Awkward Moment Three male best friends find themselves at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when they have to decide “So... where is this going?” R (94 min)

16. Ride Along

Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. PG-13 (100 min)

17. 3 Days to Kill

A dying Secret Service agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. PG-13 (113 min)

18. Bad Words

A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. R (89 min)

19. Veronica Mars

An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. PG-13 (118 min)

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown (just in time for her high school reunion) to help her old flame, Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. PG-13 (107 min)

13. Frozen

20. 12 Years a Slave

In a kingdom cursed to endure permanent winter, a young girl voiced by Kristen Bell teams up with a mountain man to rescue her sister and stop the curse in the latest Disney animated adventure. PG (102 min)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. R (134 min)

maroonweekly.com • March 26, 2014 • MAROON WEEKLY • pg 29


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April 26, 2014

7am– 2pm

FREE Event is at University Services Building Parking Lot– Enter HWY 30/Harvey Rd. East– No Entry from University Dr East Items Accepted: Fluorescent Light Bulbs Batteries Household Cleaning Agents Automobile Fluids Oil / Oil Filters Paint & Thinners Pesticides & Herbicides Cooking Oil Computers / Components TV’s Expired/ Unused Medication Items NOT Accepted: Radioactive Materials Tires / Household Garbage Large Copiers / Printers Refrigeration Units Explosives / Ammunition Waste Generated by a Business

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By Katie Lea

Hurricanes and Hairspray With summer–and therefore hurricane season–fast approaching, we wanted to tell you something you might not know about those raging oceanic storms. We hear a lot of talk about aerosols and how bad they are for the environment (which neither us nor Dr. Zhang are disputing here), but there may be some good along with the bad. Aerosols may actually be weakening the giant storms we’ve come to fear. Renyi Zhang is a University Distinguished Professor at A&M specializing in Atmospheric Sciences. He and his team–which includes Yuan Wang, Keun-Hee Lee, Yun Lin, and Misty Levy–have been studying the effects of anthropogenic aerosols, or aerosols made by humans, on hurricanes. Using data from Hurricane Katrina, Zhang and his team found that

aerosols tend to not only weaken hurricanes during their formation, they also cause it to dissipate earlier than they would normally. That being said, aerosols do “appear to increase the amount of precipitation in a hurricane or typhoon,” according to Zhang. “The rainbands associated with such tropical storms seem to be much larger and stronger.” Despite these discoveries, further study into these varying positive and negative benefits need to occur before we can truly say if the good outweighs the bad. Though Zhang says the results are surprising, as other studies have found that “global warming by greenhouse gases makes hurricanes more intense and frequent,” the fact that “aerosols may operate oppositely than greenhouse gases in terms of influencing hurricanes” may prove to be very important to our understanding and predicting of hurricanes. Zhang hopes that we can take a more inclusive look at the effects humans have on our environment and what this can mean for climate change and weather patterns.

pg 30 • MAROON WEEKLY • March 26, 2014 • maroonweekly.com


Drink Slinger

GET TO KNOW YOUR FAVORITE BCS BARTENDERS

SLINGER OF THE WEEK

LEE MOORE

Revolution Café and Bar

MW: How long have you been a bartender? And what got you started? L: I’ve been a bartender since August. I got out of the military and came back here. I didn’t want to go to school, and I like talking to people. MW: What is the first drink you learned to make? L: Cop Killer. Blue Sea Vodka, grenadine, and sweet and sour. MW: If you could bar chat with one person—a celebrity, sport star, anyone—who would it be? What would you want to talk with them about? What drink do you think that person would ask for? L: The Rock. I’d ask him about his workout routine. I’d probably make him a Sazerac.

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MW: What is your personal favorite drink? L: Long Island Iced Tea. That does the job. MW: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen while working behind this bar? L: I’ve seen people get naked in here. MW: What’s your biggest pet peeve at the bar? L: People not speaking up. MW: Do you ever experiment with new drink recipes? L: All the time! If I make me a shot, I just start experimenting with stuff. MW: What is the most popular drink you get asked for? L: Jameson. Jameson on the Rocks.

Slinger’s Signature Drink MW: What is your signature drink? L: Sazerac. I mostly make it for myself. Not many people can handle it. MW: What is in it? L: It’s Rittenhouse Rye, which is a top shelf whiskey, Bruno (Italian licorice), two sugar cubes, and cranberry juice.

maroonweekly.com • March 26, 2014 • MAROON WEEKLY • pg 31


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