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Raising Hurricane, or How to Prepare For Sandy and Throw the Best Hurricane-Themed Party Ever!

Raising Hurricane, or How to Prepare For Sandy and Throw the Best Hurricane-Themed Party Ever!

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
November 2, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

As I type this article, it is 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon. In just a few short hours, one of two things will happen. There is an outside possibility that our campus and University Circle are about to become submerged under ten feet of water. Much more likely is that the prophecies of the Mayan calendar...

Current Television Season Not As Bad as Previously Thought

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
October 19, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Dedicated fans of this television column – hi mom, dad, and assorted stalkers! – have probably noticed a trend in my reviews this season. If you look over my last four write-ups, you might notice that I have been bitter toward most of the new shows I have reviewed this season. In fact, it looks like...

Location, Location, Location

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
October 13, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Choosing the setting for a television series is like casting another lead actor. Sometimes you’re lucky and your setting will tie the entire series together. Where would “How I Met Your Mother”be without its New York backdrop? Could the excess of “Beverly Hills 90210” have transferred to Tacoma or Portland? Just ...

An Apology/Love Letter to Cartoon Network.

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
October 5, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Hey Cartoon Network! Long time no see! You just turned twenty. Wow. It feels like just yesterday we were growing up together and watching “Hanna-Barbera” shows together and then you starting making your own shows and they were great. I have to confess that I haven’t seen you in quite some time. I m...

Here Comes Snooki Jr: Emmys 2012

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter
September 28, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2010
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, 2010
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...

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