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Simon Pegg’s return to the big screen: ‘The World’s End’

Simon Pegg’s return to the big screen:  ‘The World’s End’

Lily Korte, Film Critic

August 30, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

At long last, the Cornetto Trilogy is complete! If those words mean nothing to you, maybe these words will: the creative team behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” have finally made another movie. The trio of films—jokingly named after a brand of ice cream that makes recurring cameo appearances...

Cedar Lee offers indie, campy, and classic films

Cedar Lee offers indie, campy, and classic films

Lily Korte, Film & TV Reporter

August 23, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Cedar Lee Theatre has long been considered a top destination for Northeast Ohio’s film fanatics. Many art films and foreign films that can’t easily be seen elsewhere in the state inevitably surface on one of the Cedar Lee’s screens. If this seems to lend an air of highbrow elitism to the establishment,...

London-Based Theatre Hits the Big Screen in Cleveland

Lily Korte, Film Critic

July 16, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week

One of the defining features of theatre has always been the immediacy of the medium. Neither film nor television enables an audience to watch actors as they perform, live on stage, night after night. Of course, there are downsides to theatre as well, and the biggest one has always been that most people...

Case TV: independently bringing smiles to campus

Case TV: independently bringing smiles to campus

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

April 26, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Theatre & Dance

It’s a typical day at Case Western Reserve University, until you start walking along Leutner Pavilion, where there seems to be some sort of spectacle. Video cameras surround the scene, and an unsuspecting individual is interviewing a student. All of the sudden, the student shrieks and jumps. This is...

Cast and call: Captain America visits Cleveland

April 26, 2013


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

This past weekend, the crew of the new Marvel movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” auditioned hundreds of people to be extras. Many from the area came to get their 15 seconds of fame. Here are a few pictures of those waiting on the cold, rainy day Saturday.  

Watershed Down meets the Internet

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

April 26, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

T. S. Eliot was predicting the modern era of television when he opined that April is the cruelest month. Most shows are slowing down as they prepare to wrap up for the season. Meanwhile, networks introduce filler shows like “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” I haven’t caught an episode of that particular...

ABC bets on babies

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

April 19, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down Gambling is illegal in most states if you’re under the age of twenty one. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wager on toddlers! The American Broadcasting Company’s most recent game show is “Bet On Your Baby,” a mistake on so many levels that you can tell that it already has beco...

Combat fatigue: “Robot Combat League” fails to impress

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

April 12, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down The idea of a robotic uprising is one of the classic tropes of science fiction because humans are subconsciously frightened by the notion that the very machines we have created can one day find a way to dominate this planet. What if I were to tell you that this dystopian future predicte...

From the weird files: Japanese teenagers reenact “Dragon Ball” moves, prepare to save earth’s future

From the weird files: Japanese teenagers reenact “Dragon Ball” moves, prepare to save earth’s future

Drew Scheeler, Film & Television Critic

April 5, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

A set of photos circulating around the Internet this past week shows an assortment of Japanese schoolgirls reenacting moves and poses popularized by Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” manga. Originally appearing on 2channel – the same Japanese Internet bulletin board that previously alerted the...

New-munity: Community Redux

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

March 29, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down If a television series is particularly successful, a spinoff is all but guaranteed. Spinoffs are created to capitalize on the goodwill your average television viewer gives to the shows they watch. Dropping a fan-favorite character into a new situation is an easy way to plug a hole i...

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