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An American hero?

Sunny Kalidindi, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“American Sniper” is a film built on parallels, which work by making the viewer draw connections between scenes. Perhaps the most alarming parallel comes right at the beginning of the movie when newly-deployed Navy Seal Chris Kyle is about to shoot a young Muslim boy. He lines up the shot. His...

Mixed feelings

Mixed feelings

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been five weeks since the start of 2015, and “American Sniper” has already solidified itself as a practically indomitable contender for the most controversial film of the year. From aggregating, derisive, social-media commentary (think Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr-spheres) to bifurcating audiences...

“The Nightly Show” brings a different face to late-night TV

Julia Bianco, News Editor

January 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When “The Colbert Report” aired its finale in December, it felt like someone had pulled the rug out from under the late-night comedy world. The show was completely unlike anything else on TV, and it was hard to even imagine replacing that. The new show filling in its 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central timeslot,...

A mesmerizing animation of the imagination

A mesmerizing animation of the imagination

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Whether it has spouted from our associations from childhood or the oft-targeted audience of younger generations, animation in film has long sought validation as a viable medium for adults. This can be especially true for Japanese animation, which has colloquially held a stigma here in the U.S. for...

Extraterrestrial festival

Extraterrestrial festival

Sierra Blanton, Contributing Reporter

January 22, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

From Friday, Jan. 16 to Saturday, Jan. 17, students and community members alike joined together to celebrate science fiction movies. However, it wasn’t just some sleepover. Among the rows of seats in Strosacker Auditorium, the crowd of people ate popcorn and tried to stay awake in the late hours, participating...

February films

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Jupiter Ascending” Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) always thought she was destined for greatness. Unfortunately, the string of previous jobs involving the cleaning of toilets has so far proven otherwise. However, when Caine (Channing Tatum), an extraterrestrial ex-military hunter, arrives at her doorstep ...

War film still fits today’s issues

Nardine Taleb, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Now, the nation watches the aftermath of a jury’s decision to let the officer who shot and killed Mike Brown walk free. There is unrest not only in Ferguson, but also in the rest of the country. It came by coincidence that the Film Society held a documentary showing of “Inside Buffalo” last Th...

On love and physics

On love and physics

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I have not read "A Brief History of Time" nor do I consider myself a regular student of popular science. However, chances are if you mention Stephen Hawking’s name in passing, images of stars, space and black holes will pop up in my mind at the thought of the celebrated astrophysicist. I could...

A conversation with actor Eddie Redmayne

A conversation with actor Eddie Redmayne

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Can there be a greater challenge than to portray one of the most intelligent minds in the scientific community? Such a question is best reserved for actor Eddie Redmayne, who portrays world-renown astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in the recently released biopic “The Theory of Everything.” Describing h...

An out-of-this-world McConaissance

An out-of-this-world McConaissance

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

Rarely have I left the theater feeling so conflicted and in all the right ways. “Interstellar” is perhaps one of the most entrancing and visually stunning films to hit theaters within my lifetime, and there is no doubt that Hans Zimmer has outdone himself with an emotionally overwhelming, orchestra-heavy...

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