6 ENTERTAINMENT The Express
Friday, November 6, 2009
Halloween costumes 9 is an awesome animated film
provide lasting Alec Smith introduces us to gigan- out a bizarre niche, but one
tic man-made killing ma- a viewer such as myself can
The film 9 begins with chines that are intent on fully appreciate.
a brief monologue from a
memories for all
killing sack folk since there Hopefully others will take
scientist about the dangers are no humans left around. notice of this when it’s time
of man and progress. There is so much to love, for awards).
Caitlyn Clark attire they long to wear. Then we are introduced or at the very least admire, 9 is the brain-child of
Co-Editor-in-Chief “One costume I have to our main character, 9. about 9, from the terrific former CG Artist Shane
If costume deciding isn’t always wanted to wear,” 9 awakens in a burned- voice casting to the excit- Acker.
as easy for you as it is for stated Dawn Christenson, out lab, next to the body of ing action sequences. (7 is It started as a college the-
others, consider which type “was a bright pink flamin- the aforementioned scien- pretty much a ninja, which sis concerning what Acker
of Halloween follower you go with lots of feathers.” tist.
are. just rules). thought was going to hap-
It is sometimes hard to He can’t speak, and
Some wait all year to choose which ensemble to The animation is gor- pen after mankind left the
he wanders out into the geous and popping with earth.
wear the scary masks, fake wear on such an important
bombed-out neighborhood, detail. It then was turned into a
blood, and prosthetic fangs occasion.
which bears a striking re- There’s even a bit of ex- 10-15 minute short film (it’s
while others dream of be- People decide their fa-
ing a princess for a night. semblance to bombed-out istential dread to the pro- pretty good and definitely
vorites, and the memory
When you are young, sticks with them years af- London in World War II. ceedings, which is kind worth looking up).
you plan what to wear for ter. Eventually, he encoun- of heavy for an animated Sadly, I think this movie
Halloween night right after “My favorite costume ters 2, another sack person, film. was not perfect.
the last one ends. was when I was Dorothy who gives him a voice box Make no mistake, this If Acker had tried I think
Gradually as your age from the Wizard of Oz. I re- that makes him sound ex- isn’t for your little brother he could have made a 2-3
increases, the enthusiasm ally wanted the dog Toto,” actly like Frodo, and begins or sister. hour movie that still would
for Halloween decreases. reminisced Principal Sher- to tell 9 about what’s hap- This is for those who have kicked butt and had
However, one thing that has ry Reeves. pening, when he is abduct- more character develop-
enjoy dark science fic-
stayed constant throughout The scary holiday has ed by a robot dog. tion tales and don’t care if ment and plot.
the ages is the enjoyment once again come and gone 9 is found by a few other they’re told with live action I think that the ending
people gain from dressing for another year. sack people, who have cre- humans or 3D CG images. was a bit rushed (I won’t
up as others. Some people spent a ated a life for themselves
Some may feel the stress (Side note: I need to point spoil it for you here) and
long time deciding upon a hiding out in a cathedral
melt away as they take on a costume. out what a terrific year it’s had way too much info to
and avoiding the waste- been for animated films that take in a short amount of
different persona. “I am planning on being
land of the world. don’t have the name Pixar at- time.
Most people fantasize Minnie Mouse this Hal-
about what costume they 9 feels responsible for tached. If I had to rate this movie
loween,” said an excited
would love to wear. Brittany Laney a few days losing 2, and along with 6, Between this and Coraline, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would
Unfortunately, some- before the big night rolled begins an adventure that Focus Features has carved have to give it a 7.
times we don’t get to wear around. “It is going to be
exactly what we want. That
sad fact does not keep peo-
a polka-dotted dress with
the black mouse ears. It’s
Five stars for Guitar Hero 5
ple from dreaming of the going to be so fun.” Co-Editor-in-Chief jump in and out of songs are wary of the ability to
On September 1 of this at any time, and the ability play as Cobain on any track
Tech N9ne year, Activision and Red to play as your Mii (for the in the game, even those out
Octane rocked the world Wii version) or your avatar of his own genre.
yet again with the newest (for XBox LIVE users). Cobain is the only play-
release in the Guitar Hero Players can import select able dead character in
line: Guitar Hero 5. songs from Guitar Hero: Guitar Hero 5, and was
GH5 immediately be- World Tour or Guitar Hero: preceded by Jimi Hendrix
Owen Lewis Rogue Dog Villains, Krizz came the No. 1 selling Smash Hits, create their in Guitar Hero: World Tour.
Express Staff Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun. video game in the United own songs with several in- Activision claims that it se-
The upcoming Tech Tech N9ne was in con- States the week following strument tracks, and link cured all the rights to use
N9ne concert coming to cert Oct. 5-6th in Spring- its release. Guitar Hero: On Tour on his likeness in the game.
Kansas is exciting a lot of field Missouri. It hosts 85 new songs their Nintendo DS with the “I don’t know that I
students. He was in Kansas on by 83 separate artists, in- Wii. would have wanted it ei-
The rapper is very popu- Oct. 31. He performed in cluding Iron Maiden, “I’m really looking for- ther,” rock icon Jon Bon
lar among teenagers. Tech Wichita, at The Cotillion, a Rammstein, Billy Idol, 3 ward to buying this game,” Jovi commented. “To hear
N9ne is a rapper who has ballroom. Doors Down, Motley Crue, senior Frasier Meyer said. someone else’s voice com-
been around for over 20 Some of Tech N9ne’s Santana, Nirvana, Johnny “I’ve got the last one on ing out of a cartoon ver-
years. accomplishments include Cash, The Rolling Stones, the computer and the new sion of me? I don’t know. It
He was born and raised having a track in 2007’s and Bon Jovi. features of GH5 are really sounds a little forced.”
in the metro in Kansas City, “Alpha Dog” soundtrack. Players have the ability cool.” Guitar Hero 5 is already
Missouri. He also has songs in to unlock and play as rock Some controversy has making the familiar ripple
Tech N9ne hit a mile- 2009’s “Our Heroes: The 25 icons such as Kurt Cobain, risen about the role of the in the entertainment indus-
stone in his career in 2008. Carlos Santana and Johnny late Kurt Cobain (lead sing- try that its predecessors
Best Black Sports Movies
Before Tech N9ne start- Cash. er of grunge band Nirvana) have established before.
ed his solo career, he was “The track listing is awe- in the game. Thousands of new cus-
Tech N9ne also has a
a part of many different some,” freshman Cheyenne Courtney Love, repre- tomers are sure to stay
nomination for 2009 MTV
groups. Morris said. “I can even sentative of Cobain’s es- planted firmly on their
Woodie Awards for the cat-
get to medium on some tate, expressed anger on couches with guitar and
Some of the more popu- egory “Left Field Woodie.”
songs.” her Twitter account at his drum controllers with the
lar groups were all from Voting is open now and
Neversoft’s newest liv- playability as a character in game.
Kansas City. the awards will be given
ing room rock band game the game, and said that she “Why go out and try to
Tech N9ne has per- out December 4.
has an entirely new array had received no monetary be a rockstar when you
formed with or been apart His next solo album
of features. compensation. can pretend to be one in
of all these groups: The Re- K.O.D. was released last
Among them are the new Other companies in- the comfort of your own
gime, Kabosh, 57th Street week.
party mode, which lets you volved in Cobain’s affairs home?” Meyer said.