The Observer

“The Monuments Men” not so monumental

Patrick Clarke, Contributing Reporter

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Directed and written (and starring) one mustachioed George Clooney, the billing for “The Monuments Men” is enough to get even the most cynical of moviegoers excited. It’s got history, war and a dream team of actors all rolled up into one high-budget cinematic presentation. Stop reading the review...

“Sherlock” US premiere: Hype warranted?

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It’s often been said that the internet changes the way we watch TV. While this is usually taken as referring solely to the impact of both legal web-streaming and illegal file-sharing, it’s also worth considering the international implications. In an age of spoiler warnings, having television shows...

Reflecting a tumultuous past, “Community” season five struggles to find its rhythm

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Television shows with cult followings frequently have tumultuous existences, but the season-by-season fight for the continuation of “Community” deserves attention as a phenomenon all its own. From struggling to maintain viewership numbers to secure season renewals from NBC, to recurrent public squabbles...

UK’s “Misfits” approaches superpowers differently than American television shows

Lily Korte, Staff REporter

November 8, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Due to their shared language, if not exactly a shared culture, television programs have frequently been imported and exported between the United States and the United Kingdom for almost as long as television has been a cultural force. However, there have always been limits to this; a lack of perceived...

Despite the name, “Sleepy Hollow” bears little semblance to the original

Despite the name, “Sleepy Hollow”  bears little semblance to the original

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2013


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

Every autumn the ritual begins anew: All the major television networks debut a slew of new shows alongside new seasons of old standbys, and every week they obsessively monitor Nielsen ratings, ready and willing to axe an underperforming beginner at the earliest possible opportunity. In many ways,...

Cleveland Museum of Art features film about Mona Lisa

Maria Fazal, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2013


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

The Mona Lisa: It is quite possibly the most famous painting in the world. Most could recognize that subtle smile and green dress anywhere. Art lovers and normals alike are also familiar with its famous creator, Leonardo da Vinci. However, most of us have never stopped to wonder just why the Mona...

Howard’s“Rush”deserves the hype

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Great achievers throughout history are driven by a variety of factors. Some are motivated by money, some by fantasies of attaining power, while others simply want to prove wrong every person who ever doubted or slighted them in the past. From a filmmaker’s perspective though, the most interesting biographies...

65 years of the Emmy Awards: The Observer’s predictions

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television

It’s that time of the year again, television fans. Emmy season has suddenly crept upon us, and hard though it might be to think about last year’s episodes of shows while most of this year’s seasons are just starting, it’s time to take a look back on the front runners from television’s past...

The voice behind “In a World”

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In a world where movie trailers still seem to all begin with the words “In a world,” there is really only room for one type of voiceover actor. The late Don LaFontaine was the originator of that particular “genre” of theatrical trailer, and anyone hoping to follow in his footsteps would need...

SPOILER: Breaking Bad’s last four episodes

SPOILER: Breaking Bad’s last four episodes

Lily Korte, Staff Reporter

September 13, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

As cliché as it sounds, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who are sick to death of hearing about “Breaking Bad,” and those who think the recent bombardment of media coverage still isn’t enough to answer all the lingering questions that remain about the show. Of course, even...

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source
Film and Television