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Films for your fearfest

Films for your fearfest

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2014


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

While I’m sure you’ll be on the lookout to catch ABC’s “Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin” special, “The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror” or your annual dose of Disney’s “Halloweentown” and “Hocus Pocus,” consider the following films to round out your Halloween Horror Movie Marathon. ...

Dennis Lehane’s tips for writing success

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Local Events

“I have a theory that you have 1,000 pages of crap in you,” said author Dennis Lehane, sitting at a table surrounded by students, “and you basically just write the crap out of you.” Before speaking at the second Writer’s Center Stage event of the year, Lehane met with a group of over 20 Cas...

All-star cast can’t save confusing plot

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

October 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

What could have been a tightly-worded, effective tool to demonstrate the social crisis overtly embedded in modern society, is no more than a confusing and honestly frustrating 119 minutes of stories which have failed to have been fleshed out.           Despite an all-star cast and a visually cohesive na...

“Korra Alone” lives up to its predecessor

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The second episode of "The Legend of Korra: Book Four" might have raised an "Avatar" fan’s eyebrow upon hearing its title. "Korra Alone," a callback to the episode "Zuko Alone" from the original "Avatar: The Last Airbender," tells a very emotional tale of Korra’s physical and mental struggle over...

Social media from your perspective

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Few actions define our character as well as our ability to connect with others. In this day and age, when the internet has integrated into our lives, often we find ourselves seeking solace in the murky depths of social media rather than the expected face-to-face interaction. “Noah,” which debuted...

Artsy, drama-filled “The Judge” hits theaters today, Oct. 10

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

"The Judge," featuring the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall, premieres today, Oct. 10. The story follows big-city lawyer Henry Palmer (Downey Jr.) as he returns home for his mother's funeral. Tensions are already built around his relationship with his father...

New season of “Legend of Korra” gets off to mysterious start

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Legend of Korra,” the sequel series to the original “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” is back. After “Legend of Korra: Book Three” ended a couple of months ago, “Legend of Korra: Book Four, confirmed by the show’s creators to be the last season, premiered last Friday on Nickelodeon’s website. I’ll...

Documentary illuminates Egypt’s political revolution

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

There should be little doubt that Jehane Noujaim’s entrancing documentary “The Square” is one of the most compelling and engaging documentaries you may ever see on the recurrent cycles of political revolution in modern-day Egypt. To describe it so succinctly as an overwhelmingly emotional journey...

Dash toward the movies for “The Maze Runner”

Sanjana Singh, Contributing Reporter

September 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

After the continuous success of movies based on Young Adult novels, such as “Divergent” and “Hunger Games,” it was unsurprising to have another dystopian, post-apocalyptic trilogy come to the big screen. However, “The Maze Runner” does not disappoint. Most book adaptations tend to have avid...

MOCA presents dark, psychedelic adventure

MOCA presents dark, psychedelic adventure

Maria Fazal, Staff Reporter

September 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland presented an exhibition unlike any other on Sept. 17 and 18. The artwork in question was a cinematic assemblage by the globally renowned artist Kasumi, who has been referred to as a pacesetter in the mediums of film, video, sound and more. Kasumi churns out...

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