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Movie treats at Short. Sweet. Film Fest

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Short. Sweet. Film Fest is perfect for those that either love film, love Cleveland or get bored easily. According to one of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest’s film judges Dave St. Clair, you’re “never committed to a two hour movie that sucks.” Sign me up. Mike Suglio, a Case Western Reserve University...

“Get Hard:” Offensive, but funny

Roy Chan, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Offensive? Definitely. Homophobic and racist? Check. Prison rape? Mentioned every 30 seconds. But is the movie hilarious? Oh, yes it is, very much so. “Get Hard” will not garner stellar critical reviews due to its crude and sometimes cringe-worthy humor that so very often walks the tight rope...

A conversation with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

Roy Chan, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

How would you prepare for prison? That’s the dilemma James King (Will Ferrell) finds himself in, in the new film, “Get Hard.” King feels absolutely unprepared to his coming 10-year sentence after being convicted of tax evasion. He hires his friend, Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart)—whom James wrongly...

“Run All Night:” Traditional, yet satisfying

“Run All Night:” Traditional, yet satisfying

Jonathan Freeman and Roy Chan

March 14, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“I will find you, and I will kill you.” This famous line from “Taken” is synonymous with the masculinity that many of Liam Neeson’s characters emanate. His lead role in “Run All Night” is no exception. Jaume Collet-Serra’s third time directing a Liam Neeson movie is a success in our...

Teen comedy movie, The DUFF, surprisingly enjoyable

Katie Laird, Contributing Reporter

February 27, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The theater is rather quiet when the movie first begins to roll, as no one’s sure what to expect. However, soon after it starts, two girls towards the front giggle at the scene on the big screen and seconds later, it is echoed by everyone. In fact there are several reactions during the 101 minutes...

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

While I came into the theater thinking I was just going to see a glorified softcore porn film, every aspect of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was better than what I thought it was going to be. For a movie that was hyped up just for the sex, “Fifty Shades” was all-round a really good movie. Aspects...

“Jupiter Ascending” entertains, but goes nowhere

Roy Chan and Jonathan Freeman

February 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

A great movie ties different storylines together, attaches you to its characters and expands on the creativity of its underlying idea. “Jupiter Ascending” does none of this and instead relies on the strength of its novel premise and stunning visuals. As Lana and Andy Wachowski’s first science...

A spin-off with a good start

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Unlike movies, television has no sequels. It has spin-offs. The number of successful and critically acclaimed TV shows pales in comparison to the volume of “good” movies out there. This is due to the length of a series, the amount of people involved in making TV shows and frankly (that is, until...

A Rom-Com worth its while

A Rom-Com worth its while

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I have a small secret: I'm a huge sucker for romantic comedies. From “Annie Hall” and “When Harry Met Sally” to “My Best Friend's Wedding” and “Pretty Woman,” I've always found myself so engrossed and unabashedly situated in a perpetual state of "can't even" by stories that outright seek...

A conversation with…

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

A typical road trip weekend consists of partying, hooking up and going wild. However in 2010, four friends—Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke—discovered a new level of awesome: a hot tub time machine. After violating the laws of space and time and...

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