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Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon provided warmth on a cold night

Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon provided warmth on a cold night

Masha Goykhberg, Contributing Reporter

January 23, 2020

I went to Case Western Reserve University Film Society’s 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon woefully unprepared. Not to say that it was on a whim, but rather that when I saw the words “Sci-Fi Marathon,” I assumed it was self-explanatory. That it was just going to be 14 movies played end to end for 29...

Gerwig’s “Little Women” tweaks a quintessential story to fit a new era

Gerwig’s “Little Women” tweaks a quintessential story to fit a new era

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

“So don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn't an economic proposition, because it is. It may not be for you but it most certainly is for me.” With that one new line, delivered powerfully by Florence Pugh playing Amy March, one of the four March sisters who make up the titular “Little...

What do we want from “Star Wars”?

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Star Wars. Star. Wars. Wars among the stars. Aside from the blaring yellow logo that announces the title at the beginning, the original movie sets up this premise very quickly. It opens suddenly with a small rebel ship flying through the stars, running from an overwhelming Imperial ship that soon overtak...

Looking back on “Joker”

Looking back on “Joker”

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

After the last couple of weeks, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix are undoubtedly very happy men. On Jan. 5, Phillips’ film “Joker,” which stars Phoenix as the titular character, won two of the four Golden Globe awards it was nominated for. Following that, on Jan. 13, the film also received 11 O...

“Knight Before Christmas” is a predictable but fun Christmas movie

“Knight Before Christmas” is a predictable but fun Christmas movie

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

December 6, 2019

Netflix kicked off the holiday season with a new Christmas special, "The Knight Before Christmas," starring Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse. In the film, Hudgens plays Brooke, a modern-day high school teacher who is disillusioned by love. Whitehouse plays Sir Cole, a medieval knight who is magica...

A fistful of Imperial credits, “The Mandalorian” and Disney+

A fistful of Imperial credits, “The Mandalorian” and Disney+

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

TV has changed. Every week, it seems a new streaming service is launching, with traditional media companies like CBS, NBC or WarnerMedia launching their own with CBS All Access, Peacock and HBO Max, respectively, and tech companies like Apple getting into the content business with Apple TV+. Having one c...

“Parasite” becomes 2019’s top grossing foreign film in the US

“Parasite” becomes 2019’s top grossing foreign film in the US

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 22, 2019

What begins as an ideal, impromptu opportunity to make a living for a teenage boy in South Korea evolves into a chaotic battle for two families, who represent the social class struggles within the country. Standing out in the box office, “Parasite” has become the highest-grossing foreign language film of the ye...

Robert Eggers delves into madness in “The Lighthouse”

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 8, 2019

Film director Robert Eggers eases the eagerness of fans of “The Witch,” his 2015 horror crossed with historical drama, to see more of his work, as “The Lighthouse” reached theaters on Oct. 18. Despite his reputation for slow-moving works, “The Lighthouse” is difficult to place into any one...

Robert Eggers submerges us into madness in The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers submerges us into madness in The Lighthouse

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

Film director Robert Eggers eases the eagerness of fans of “The Witch,” his 2015 horror crossed with historical drama, as “The Lighthouse” reached theaters on Oct. 16. Despite his reputation for slow-moving works, “The Lighthouse” is difficult to place into any one category. Presented in ...

Why clowns are scary and how Pennywise and the Joker play on that fear

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

If you go to any haunted houses this year, you’re likely to run into an evil clown or two. Chalk-white skin, dyed hair, red nose, colorful outfit, maybe a knife in hand and some blood splatter. In the past two months, you may have seen “It Chapter Two” or “Joker” in theaters, and if not, you’...

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