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Our critic reviews new supernatural thriller, I Am Number Four.
Locally filmed Brotherhood is reviewed, along with interview with director. Page 4B
Tiger of Bengal makes noise D-FW band stops by The Shorthorn for performance and interview. Page 4B
Gas or Pass Find out if Speedzone crosses the finish line first. Page 2B
The Shorthorn: Stuart Hausmann and Lorraine Frajkor
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SpeedZone falls short from the finish line
The arcade and racing venue kicks affordability to the curb
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Pulse explores the Metroplex and beyond to find Texas locations that are, or not, worth the fuel.
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Orlando, Fla. resident Valeria Mendez races down the turbo track Wednesday afternoon at SpeedZone. “We came here for a conference and decided to come to SpeedZone. The turbo track is my favorite so far,” Mendez said.
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Fun seekers who find themselves jonesing for amusement during Six Flags’ offseason may find themselves drawn to SpeedZone. The racing-themed establishment offers its share of attractions, but its offerings come up too short for the hefty price. Located at Interstate 35 and Walnut Lane, SpeedZone touts itself as a 12-acre racing park dedicated to “speed, racing and competition.” The focus on racing is apparent right away. The outside of the park is laden with racing banners and cars — even the door handles are shaped like adjustable wrenches. General manager Wesley Fain explained that the theme originated in Atlanta, Ga., one of the country’s most active NASCAR fan cities. Although the Atlanta loca-
tion is no longer open, the Dallas park maintains the racing theme and even hosts drivers whenever NASCAR races are in town. “We partner up with racing teams and bring drivers in to meet people,” Fain said. “That’s something you don’t just find anywhere.” Inside, the arcade has a number of racing games, arcade shooters and ticket-dispensing competition games. The arcade appeals to younger children with their parents, but the real attractions are outside. There, one can find several different go-cart racing tracks to satisfy a wide range of speed demons, from the two-seater parentand-child cars to the dragster races for adults. There is also a bar for adults who want to make a pit stop. Fain said it’s one of the park’s numerous adult attractions, which includes faster race tracks than those found
at similar amusement centers. The races are sure to satisfy anyone’s need for speed, but expect to drain your wallet. Prices per race range from $7.95 for single-seater races to $15.95 for three runs on the dragster track. Parkgoer Niko Sweetland said that he and his girlfriend had spent more than $80 in a day at the park. “[The prices are] a little high, but I guess it’s worth it. We’re having fun,” Sweetland said. Several parents at the park with their children agreed with his complaint about the prices. Aaron Eagle, there with his wife and daughter, said he debated with himself about paying for a race. “[The price] could be lower,” Eagle said. “But, I guess we keep coming back.” SpeedZone is a good example of getting what you pay for. There was a consensus among attend-
ees that the park was better than similar offerings, like Putt Putt or Mountasia, but all agreed the higher price made the park prohibitively expensive. Teri Jaminet, there with her son, said they only visit once or twice a year. “We would come here more often if they’d shrink the price,” Jaminet said. SpeedZone offers a deal on Tuesdays, $15 miniature golf and unlimited video games, and Monday through Friday has happy hour from 3-7 p.m. The amusements at SpeedZone just don’t match up with the price, especially for a college student looking for a fun, cheap time. Anyone trying to find fun without breaking the bank would be better off passing on this one.
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‘I Am Number Four’ rates far from No. 1 Be Scene Gas or Pass Alex Pettyfer’s new movie is ‘Twilight’ with aliens
By Tory Barringer The Shorthorn staff
I Am Number Four has a lot of things working against it: shaky acting, a groan-worthy teenage love story and stereotypical characters to name a few. It’s almost impressive how it manages to overcome such flaws and hold up as a decent movie. The story centers on John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), one of a small number of survivors from an alien race called the Lorians. After his people were almost exterminated by vicious members of the rival Mogadorian race, he and eight other children were brought to Earth to develop their powers and learn how to fight back. Three of those refugees were hunted down, and now John is to be the fourth victim. Always aware of the danger he’s in, John frequently moves and changes his identity. John’s efforts to keep a low
profile take a backseat when he meets Sarah, who, like John, is an outcast at school. After a brief courting period, the two develop the kind of love that only a high school student can experience. The romance is stunted, the actors lack chemistry and it all seems so familiar. In fact, this movie is Twilight for guys. Pettyfer’s acting in the lead role ranges from weak to merely mediocre, and he doesn’t start to find his place until later in the movie. Pettyfer’s acting weaknesses are covered somewhat by his pairing with Timothy Olyphant as John’s guardian, Henri. Olyphant’s straight-faced performance in I Am Number Four is reminiscent of Seth Bullock, his character in the HBO series “Deadwood.” The quiet humor he provides plays well off of Pettyfer’s more aggressive role. Kevin Durand is also good
as the unnamed Mogadorian commander. As the only Mogadorian who demonstrates the ability to speak a human language, he taunts his victims and oozes personality in the few lines that he gets. Fans of TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer may notice a resemblance to the villainous Master, in appearance and demeanor. With Buffy alumnus Marti Noxon on the writing staff, it makes sense. Olyphant, with a little help from Durand, is forced to carry the movie through its slow introduction and middle, but the rest of the cast picks up the slack in the movie’s final moments. John and his friends fight their way through a small army of Mogadorians in a half-hour of nonstop action scenes. It’s here that number six (Teresa Palmer) is introduced in all her femmefatale glory. Her developed alien powers provide some awesome
Review I Am Number Four Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron Director: D.J. Caruso Rated: PG-13 Release: Tomorrow Score: Three out of five stars
effects and make her interesting — until she opens her mouth and reveals an unfortunate “too hip” personality. With so many strikes against it, it’s easy to go into I Am Number Four expecting to hate it. For casual cinema fans, though, the movie surprises and entertains. Number Four isn’t a bad
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Tiger of Bengal discusses its world in an exclusive interview BY LEE ESCOBEDO The Shorthorn Scene editor
The Shorthorn’s new spring 2011 concert series will be hosting performances by local bands monthly in the newspaper’s office. The first band is noise rock band, Tiger of Bengal, who take influence from Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Mogwai. The band is the brainchild of film senior Sam Dobbin, who took the name from a Fritz Lang film. Dobbin said he was excited about the opportunity to be the first band to play for The Shorthorn’s concert series. None of the other band members attend UTA. The band spoke with The Shorthorn after their performance about it’s formation, crazy tour nights and the groupies that love them. The Shorthorn: How long have you guys been together? Dobbin: Our first show was Oct. 31. Sowell: Halloween! The Shorthorn: Where at? Michael Moore: It was in Austin at a house party. The Shorthorn: How did you guys form? Dobbin: We had been playing together for a little bit, and we were looking for a drummer and a guitarist. I was playing a solo show one night and had a drum set up, and Ma tt w a s at the show, a n d I had h i m jump up and
Tiger of Bengal — a four-man instrumental band Guitarist: Sam Dobbin Bass guitarist: Logan Sowell Guitarist: Michael Moore Drummer: Matt Fjordbak
play a song with me. Matt Fjordbak: Let me throw in there that, when he called me on stage, I had never played drums in front of anybody before — ever. He just called me up, and I was like ‘I don’t want to do this at all,’ but the opportunity came. Moore: He did that music by himself, and when you do that music by yourself, it’s much less interesting. I mean, it’s not very energetic. Dobbin: Yeah, it’s just one guy dicking around with a pedal.
The Shorthorn: How would you guys describe your sound? What do you tell people you guys sound like? Moore: Well, technically our genre is postrock. Dobbin: It’s ambient, avant-garde noise. The Shorthorn: Why did you guys pick this particular style? Dobbin: I’ve been trying to put something together like this since I was 17. Fjordbak: He already had, like, six songs written when he asked me to join. Logan Sowell: It definitely appeals to me because I like the fact that we don’t have any organized lyrics or song names. So basically, we always get lots of different feedback from people at shows, like stuff that we hadn’t heard of. Dobbin: Yeah, we need to start naming the songs because tonight, when we were picking the set, we were like ‘Let’s do 1,4,5 and 6.’ Moore: It’s like a Chinese takeout menu. The Shorthorn: Who are some of your influences? Dobbin: We all come from different musical backgrounds. I played
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in a country band for a while and a really bad pop band for a while, but I always wanted to get back to something with a little more substance in it. I draw a lot from Godspeed! You Black Emperor, British Sea Power- a lot of those kind of acts.
The Shorthorn: What are some places you have played in the D-FW area? Dobbin: The D-FW, we’ve played: Lola’s, Andy’s, The Prophet Bar, City Tavern, the Moon.
The Shorthorn: Any others? Sowell: Mogwai, for me, that’s a huge influence. Moore: Well, Matt and I are a little different. We used to play a lot of metal. We’ve played in a lot of metal bands all through high school, and early college, and we both got sick of it. Well, I got sick of it. I think you did, too. Fjordbak: Yeah.
The Shorthorn: How do you feel about the local music scene in Arlington? Dobbin: In the Arlington area, there’s not too much around. Fjordbak: It’s coming back. The scene died a few years ago real hard, it’s starting to make its ascent again. Dobbin: People are starting to reopen a lot of the Dallas venues, especially that have been closed down.
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Upcoming shows 8:30 p.m. Saturday East Side Isle House Party 2806 Loyola Lane, Austin 78723 Cost:Free 9:30 p.m. Sunday Hole In The Wall 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin 78705 Cost:Free 9 p.m. April 1 The Prophet Bar 2548 Elm Street, Dallas 75226 Cost:$8 21+, $10 under 21 Check Tiger Of Bengal’s Facebook page for more shows in March, including South by Southwest gigs.
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it Saturday? Fjordbak: Sunday night. Moore: So, it starts on Sunday night, and I’m up until nine in the morning partying from Saturday onward, and I just crash. [Fjordbak] is up with me. He’s not quite as messed up as I am. I wake up and I’m doing my day, and we get back to the house, and we watch “Family Guy”, and sure enough we pass out. Our friend Baylor shows up at like, nine, our show’s at 9:30. He’s like ‘Hey, what are you guys up to?’ We’re like ‘Oh, not much, what time is it?’ He’s like ‘9:05’ we’re like ‘Ahh!’ We jump in the car and get to this venue in downtown Austin in like 10 minuets flat. I park in Jack in The Box and we’re running with
amps across the street. Dobbin: I was running through the drive-thru with a full drum set. Moore: We got there on time, though. Dobbin: We had been there for two hours and we were just like, ‘Where are they? What is going on?’
The Shorthorn: Do you guys have groupies yet? (All laugh) Moore: It’s not a groupie, it’s like a joke. Dobbin: She just hangs around all the time. Sowell: We have a few that always come to the shows. Moore: They’re definitely our best fans. At Matt’s house, his roommates claim to be our best fans, but they never pay for our shows. They’re like ‘I see you practice all the time!’ And I’m like, ‘But yeah, it’s because you live here.’ Dobbin: It’s by default. The Shorthorn: Do you have any CDs coming out?
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Tiger of Bengal guitarist Michael Moore, left, and bassist Logan Sowell performed Feb. 10 at The Shorthorn.
Dobbin: We have one kind of rough one out right now. We’re planning on recording a couple more. By the summer, we’re releasing an EP called Hunters Lodge Henge.
The Shorthorn: Where did that title come from? Dobbin: That was me just messing around on Wikipedia one night. I was on my phone, it was like three in the morning. I was trying to fall asleep, and I found a article about an old religious monolith in England called Hunters Lodge Henge.
The Shorthorn: Where can people find your music right now? Online? Dobbin: You can search for us on Facebook. Just search Tiger Of Bengal, I don’t think there’s too many other Tiger of Bengals out there. Also, on MySpace you can search myspace. com/TigerofBengalBand. The Shorthorn: Did you guys enjoy this set? Dobbin: It was great. It was a lot of fun.
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‘City and students ‘Brotherhood’ follows Food through on pledge to please were so supportive’ Despite having little experience, director Will Canon Be Scene succeeds in hitting the mark
Director dishes about locally made thriller ‘Brotherhood’ By Lee escoBedo The Shorthorn Scene editor
Less than 100 feet from UTA, Will Canon shot his new thriller Brotherhood at the old Delta Upsilon house off Abram Street in August of 2008. It was a homecoming of sorts for Canon, having grown up in Arlington, serving as the captain of his high school basketball team at Arlington High School, and later attending the University of Dallas. Canon left Dallas for NYU’s film school where he filmed an 8-minute short, Roslyn, which became the inspiration for Brotherhood. It completes a full circle for Canon, whose film opens tomorrow at the Angelika. Canon sat down with The Shorthorn to discuss the film.
Brotherhood Starring: Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster and Lou Taylor Pucci Directed by: Will Canon Distribution: Phase 4 Films Release date: Friday Rating: R Score: Four out of five stars
By Lee escoBedo The Shorthorn Scene editor
Small-name actors, an amateur director, fraternity party scenes and a script three-fifths composed of choice four-letter words. Sounds like a direct-to-DVD release, right? It’s easy to imagine it playing in the background of a frat party’s beer pong game, much less in front of an audience at a major awards festival. Well, it did play in front of an awards festival audience — South By Southwest to be exact. And in front of a crowd filled not with “dude-bros” but with prominent critics, it won the coveted Audience Award. How first-time director Will Canon pulled it off is part of his brilliant cinematic heist. He lures you into the theater, kidnaps your attention and when the mask is lifted, you find yourself in the middle of a tense hold-up of America’s ideas on masculinity. Brotherhood is more than a frat prank gone wrong. It’s about the 21st Century American male’s impotence toward empathy that’s been made obvious in news articles over the last decade. Verbal, physical and psychological acts of violence, such as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Tyler Clementi’s suicide and Jared Loughner’s shooting in Arizona, are a few examples that have desensitized America’s reaction to violence into message board styled memes. The film doesn’t focus on one character. Instead, Canon focuses on each of the main characters’ re-
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Locally shot film, Brotherhood, opens Friday at the Angelika. The film is directed by Arlington native Will Canon. actions to the gradual dissemination of the fraternity’s botched initiation prank. Adam, played by Trevor Morgan, wants to involve the authorities after things get bloody. The leader of the fictional Sigma Zeta Chi, Frank, played by Jon Foster, holds the good of the brotherhood over the well-being of a single pledge. Situational ethics are confronted as Adam and Frank argue about how to handle the growing repercus-
sions of the failed robbery, which include a hostage, car crash and a dying pledge. The film disguises itself as college-aged farce to gain a wider audience than if it revealed itself as philosophical diatribe. Brotherhood relies successfully on its tough questioning of both the characters’ and audience’s ideologies.
The Shorthorn: Thank you for speaking with us. Your new film Brotherhood was a fantastic surprise. I went into it knowing very little except frats, guns and small budget, to being blown away by the intelligence of the film both technically and aesthetically. Will Canon: Well, thank you for those kind words. I tried to make a film that could be appreciated on different levels. TS: Talk a little about your background. WC: Well, I was raised in Arlington and was the captain of the basketball team at Arlington High. I attended UD for a year and then Baylor for a year after that. I then transferred to NYU film school and produced an 8-minute short, titled Roslyn that became the basis for Brotherhood. TS: It’s not every day that a movie is filmed so close to UTA. Tell me a little about what it was like working here. WC: The city and students were so supportive. Everyone was really excited to film a movie there. One of our producers, Jason Croft, graduated from UTA’s film program and asked professors to recruit students as crew members. TS: This film could be seen as depicting fraternities in a negative light.
WC: A lot of people have asked if this movie is pro-fraternities or anti-fraternities. Institutions aren’t good or bad. Fraternities are institutions, and it’s the people in them that are either good or bad. TS: It seems that this film was about views on violence and ethics. Were these themes that you purposefully put in the film? WC: You hit it on the head. I wanted to make a film that had the twists and turns of a thriller, but also have themes in it that were personal to me underneath that. That’s where these issues of violence and ethics come in. TS: Was it your goal to make a film dealing with these themes in the framework of a thriller? WC: Most people who make films about this age group are glossy and slick. They don’t have the ethical issues you just mentioned. For me, I wanted to do something that felt like a moral thriller. TS: Because a lot of people don’t want to see a movie that’s just a heavy drama with a lot of dialogue. There’s not a large audience for that. WC: The thing you have to do is entertain. If you don’t entertain then the other things, the ethics don’t matter. TS: One of the leads, Trevor Morgan is best known as the son from Unbreakable. But he was very young in that film, did you see him being able to perform in an older role from Mean Creek? WC: It’s exactly that film, Mean Creek, that when I saw it, I knew I wanted him to be in the movie. In fact the three leads, Trevor, Jon Foster and Lou Pucci were already friends. So when you have that dynamic, it’s easy for it to fall in line in the film. TS: What’s next for you? WC: I’m finishing up a script right now with Doug Simon who wrote Brotherhood. I have five or six other projects that I’ll be directing but not writing, so we’ll see what’s up next.
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‘The Social Network’ and ‘Inception’ go for gold Directors and actors stood out in 2010 with big ideas and larger than life roles The Academy finally wised up to placating to the younger audience and got hip by hiring two hosts (Anne Hathaway and James Franco) that have more sex appeal than last years hosts (Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin). 2010 was a standout for performance and directing, not just for the year, but the decade. Many directors and actors produced their best work this year and will be honored Feb. 27. Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, David Fincher’s The Social Network, and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan were landmark films, while James Franco, Melissa Leo and Michelle Williams finally became household names. Scene editor Lee Escobedo and staff writers, Tesia Kwarteng, Charlie Van and Tory Barringer picked favorites for Best Picture. After the smoke cleared and tempers were quelled, these were the picks.
The Social NeTwork The Social Network is the most important film of the 21st Century so far. In scope, it serves as the
Citizen Kane of the Internet Age. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg in twitchy character-actor form) is an ambitious yet malevolent genius. He constructs an empire out of computer algorithms and speaks in Internet meta-language, even when trying to get a date. The times have changed, Charles Foster Kane was a megalomaniac who ruled in the tangible, Zuckerberg doesn’t control industry as much as synergy. This synergy is one of friends, socializing, and most importantly, ideas. David Fincher fictionalizes the creation of Facebook with Shakespearian pathos without stealing what makes this story of American empire rising so grand: not heart but brains. – Lee Escobedo
iNcepTioN Looking at best picture, some are picking The Social Network to win, but I feel that the dark horse, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, should be the winner. The film left you on the edge of your seat, had
Social Network was the best movie of 2010.
amazing visual effects and a great story. The overall terrific cast made this movie fun to watch, especially Tom Hardy and Joseph GordonLevitt. This is Nolan’s best film since The Dark Knight, and that’s saying a lot.
– Tory Barringer
– Charlie Vann
The Social NeTwork There are so many mindbending, special effects-straining films, but none of the stories are as unique as that of The Social Network. The fact that it’s based on a true tale is what makes it even more astounding. The cast, led by Jesse Eisenberg, flawlessly portrays a group of friends and colleagues turned worst enemies as their creation starts to grow larger than they can imagine. It’s the classic story of the broken-up rock band retold in the age of web 2.0. Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting is the bow on a complete package. While it’s argued that the movie is inaccurate and more dramatic
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Pulse’s guide to arts and entertainment in the Metroplex this weekend. If you know of a cool Arlington event, let us know at features-editor. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movies Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Directed By: John Whitesell Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson and Faizon Love Rated: PG-13 When: Friday Where: Wide Release Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy and Tyler Perry are men who love getting “Yucks!” while in fat suits and drag. Lawrence continues the franchise that pays the bills with this sequel about a cop who dons drag to catch criminals. Cost: Varies Brotherhood Directed By: Will Canon Starring: Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster and Lou Taylor Pucci Rated: R When: Friday Where: Angelika Dallas 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane Dallas 75206 This locally filmed movie was shot partially at the old Delta Upsilon house on Abram Street. The film follows a fraternity that gets into trouble when a hazing goes terribly wrong. Cost: $9.25 Adults/ $6.50 Students
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Broken Social Scene with Zeus concert When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 75202 Cost: $23 — standing room advance $25 — standing room day of show Canadian super group, Broken Social Scene, comes to Dallas to fulfill indie kids’ fantasies with one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Tapes ’N Tapes with Oberhofer When: 8:30 Saturday Where: The Loft
1135 S. Lamar St. Dallas 75215 Cost: $15 advance, $17 day of show Battling with Kevin Love as the darling of Minnesota, Tapes ‘N Tapes will be at The Loft for an intimate show on the balcony. The band is touring in support of its newest album, Outside, which received mixed reviews from Pitchfork and Spin. Play: True West When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays until Feb. 27 (This Thursday sold out) Where: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas 5601 Sears St. Dallas 75206 Cost: Adult Floor Tickets $32 at door, $33 online Adult Balcony Tickets $27, $28 online Sam Shepard is America’s greatest and most underrated playwright. This play, which premiered in San Francisco in 1980, is one of his best. It follows two brothers whose estranged relationship borders on the disturbed and tackles themes of identity and masculinity, which remains relevant in an age of mixed martial arts obsession.
Eclectic Play: The Executioner’s Sons When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Bath House Cultural Center 521 E. Lawther Drive Dallas 75218 Cost: $20 A king’s executioner finds himself embroiled in a power struggle with the government. Set in 1483, this dark play sets man against government powers with a script that harbors traces of modern-day strife. Comedy: Bob Nelson When: 8:30 tonight, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Hyena’s Comedy Club 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane Dallas 75206 Cost: $10 with two-minimum purchase per person The comedian who was once known for his dirty mouth delivers a family-friendly routine at Hyena’s in Dallas. Topics of the night include dumb things that dumb people do and goofy faces.