The Observer

“The Signal” falls short

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

September 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Film too strange for its own good There is something to note when coming into a movie with few, if any, expectations and leaving completely stunned, confused and somewhat conflicted about how to further process your initial thoughts. Often ambition exceeds execution, and unlike the mind-bending inq...

“Guardians” breathes fresh air into Marvel franchise

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

August 29, 2014


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

In a universe filled with beloved crusaders such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America, Marvel has done extremely well in transitioning these comic book heroes into 3-D blockbuster adaptations. So well, in fact, that the idea of producing a film based on a lesser-known comic without the same...

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” gets caught in own web

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” gets caught in own web

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

April 30, 2014


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

Since his creation in the early 1960’s, Spider-Man has distinguished himself as one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe. From his humble beginnings as a shy, awkward nerd, Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s secret identity, maintained a flawed humanity unlike the archetypal comic book ...

Revenge through film

Winston Eng, Contributing Reporter

April 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold created a fire bomb and a multitude of explosives to distract government officials as they murdered 13 civilians, injured 24 additional students, and then committed suicide. On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia...

HBO renews popular “Game of Thrones,” to fans’ delight

Rebekah Camp, Staff Reporter

April 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

HBOs “Game of Thrones” kicked off its fourth season on April 6. It attracted more than 6.6 million viewers and became HBO’s most watched program since the 2007 series finale of “The Sopranos.” It is no surprise, therefore, that HBO has renewed the series for two seasons in advance. Unless something...

“Coherence”

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

April 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The ticket holders were getting more and more restless as they learned that the previous film’s Q-and-A session had run a little longer than expected. The time was 11:35 p.m., and as someone who had been waiting in the front of the line since 10:15 p.m., I was starting to feel the strain as well. After...

“The Wind Rises” takes flight as Miyazaki’s latest film

March 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The wind is rising… we must try to live!” These words by the French poet Paul Valéry set the stage for Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece, “The Wind Rises.” A fictionalized account of real historical events, “The Wind Rises” follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of one...

Cleveland International Film Festival features free screenings for students

Rebekah Camp, Contributing Reporter

March 12, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The 38th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will run from Wednesday, March 19 to Sunday, March 30. CIFF will feature over 300 films and short films including: “52 Tuesdays,” a story about a mother’s transition from male to female and the effects it had on her teenage daughter; ...

Short. Sweet. Film Fest enlivens winter doldrums

Laura Hurst, Contributing Reporter

February 21, 2014


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

“Good food, good films, good beer.” A simple but inviting slogan, this weekend’s Short. Sweet. Film Fest promises to deliver two full days of spirited arts and culture. Mike Suglio, Case Western Reserve University alumnus and one of the founders of the festival, said the Fest arose out of an idea...

Some unfinished business

Rebekah Camp, Contributing Reporter

February 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the man who brought gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee to life in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is dead. But what does that mean for his character? Anybody who read the books knows that Plutarch is a huge part in the portion of the book that is scripted for “The Hunger Games...

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