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Here Comes Snooki Jr: Emmys 2012

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
September 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has never been easier to find mediocrity on television. Just turn on a random basic cable channel right now and you will probably stumble across some tyrannical child practicing for her pageant with a dance so inappropriate that a floozy getting a spray tan in Jersey would recoil in horror. But before...

“Elementary” Dares to be Mediocre

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
September 21
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

This past May, Guinness World Records awarded our old friend Sherlock Holmes the world record for most portrayed literary human character on film and television based on their count of 254 appearances. If that award seems a little surprising, it’s because over his many appearances the character of Sherlo...

A bit of Italian flavor: “Fughe e approdi”

A bit of Italian flavor: “Fughe e approdi”

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
April 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

There is something special about the Aeolian Islands. These small volcanic islands sit in the Mediterranean Sea, adorned with tiny white houses with tile roofs. The sea breeze glides above them like the god of their namesake. What makes these islands stand out from others like them, however, is their...

Oscar wrap-up: Get your fix of the golden gnomes!

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor
March 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Sunday night, Feb. 26, the awards season continued with the ever-flashy Academy Awards. The 84th Oscar ceremony was in sharp contention with the Grammys, with the latter squeaking out 39.9 million viewers to the former’s 39.3. While CBS hardly managed to propel their music show past ABC’s presentation...

A look back: best of films

Melanie Sayre, Staff Reporter
December 3
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Ever since the birth of James Cameron’s Avatar, many of the up and coming films of today have been dragged into a deadly spiral of trying to live up to a sequence of powerful directing, overflowing creativity and brilliant 3D graphics. While many have failed to meet the expectations of their audiences,...

Two recent film releases: Harry Potter disappoints; Enter the Void intrigues

Two recent film releases: Harry Potter disappoints; Enter the Void intrigues

Paul Brinnel, Contributing Reporter
December 3
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part I, Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.; 2010) 9 years and 1,048 minutes of cinema later we’ve finally reached the penultimate installment of the Harry Potter film saga. Pity it’s unbearably boring. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is lit...

Documentary “Inside Job” a frightening account of current financial crisis

Documentary “Inside Job” a frightening account of current financial crisis

Paul Brinnel, Contributing Reporter
November 19
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Director Charles Ferguson has possibly made the scariest film of the year. It has no monsters, no twists, an incredibly linear narrative and a PG-13 rating. This withstanding, Ferguson’s new documentary, Inside Job, is truly terrifying. Its simple tagline tries to prepare its viewers: “The global e...

“Globalism” word of the week at Cinematheque’s Humanities Week festival

“Globalism” word of the week at Cinematheque’s Humanities Week festival

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Staff Reporter
October 8
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Globalism and Its Origins,” a weekend-long film festival that ran at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque was a part of Humanities Week 2010, an event that showcased a variety of thought-provoking international films. Every year, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities sponsors several...

Scott Pilgrim epitomizes style over substance in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim epitomizes style over substance in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Adam Wisniewski, Staff Reporter
August 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Games

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the story of the eponymous 23-year old veteran video gamer, amateur rocker, and Canadian slacker who encounters the seemingly-magical girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, and must secure their relationship the only way he could possibly comprehend - by defeating all seve...

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