It’s only ‘The Darkest Hour’ for having seen this movie – 12/25/2011

No, it’s not a Syfy original movie that was accidentally released in theaters. Despite its title, the worst thing about The Darkest Hour would be the time wasted watching it on Christmas.

The Darkest Hour is supposed to be a new take on the invasion-genre that adds elements of a suspense thriller. The story follows a group who is trying to survive an invasion of Moscow by aliens who are composed of nothing more than energy.

Nevermind how the aliens violated Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s first rule of warfare regarding not marching on Moscow.

The biggest problem that plagues this film is, despite the elements of a suspense thriller, how bored one will be during this ordeal. Sure one could argue that because you can’t see the aliens it will keep you in suspense, but the moments of suspense happen at the expected time.

Wow, invisible aliens that turn things into dust“, will be your only reaction during the duration of the film.

It also didn’t help that the trailer along with TV ads spoiled all the good moments. Maybe had they just shown deleted scenes or cut back on the concept of invisible aliens turning people into dust than maybe the film would have been somewhat enjoyable.

The lack of good characters also doesn’t help make this movie any better; the performance so bad that one can’t help but feeling most of the cast took the job because they needed money or had nothing better to do.

While not actually said, there should be a rule of cinema regarding not releasing horror films on Christmas. There really shouldn’t be a reason to have seen this with films like The Adventures of Tintin, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now in theaters.

Director Chris Gorak may have had you in suspense with Right at Your Door, but this time you’ll only be on the edge of your seat if you decide to walk out of the theater at the moment you the thought of “what was I thinking” pops up.

Written for Digital Journal
12/25/2011
Original Article: It’s only ‘The Darkest Hour’ for having seen this movie

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How to start a new club – 4/28/2008

Do the clubs at De Anza College not interest you? Start your own. Just follow these nine steps to create your own club.

1. Sign up for a meeting with the ICC.

2. Submit a copy of the club constitution to the ICC.

3. Recruit one or more De Anza faculty members as an adviser.

4. Find a minimum of 10 students interested in the club.

5. Submit the event planning form for a meeting room.

6. Hold a meeting with the ICC for club approval.

7. The club is put on trial for three weeks.

8. Pending any issues, final approval is made.

9. The club sends one ICC representative to a weekly meeting.

10. You have a club!

For more information pick up a packet at the ICC office in the Hinson Campus Center.

Published for La Voz Weekly
4/28/2008
Original Link: How to start a new club