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Narcissism and angst reign in “Edge of Seventeen”

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I am not a big fan of teenage dramedies, so I must assume my desire to see this movie was based on my interest in the actors. Hailee Steinfeld was introduced in 2010 with her brilliant performance in “True Grit” which earned her an Academy Award nomination at 14 years old. She went low-key for a whi...

Know your mountain

Courtney Capra, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Andy Harkness has an impressive resume as a Disney animator, a children’s book illustrator, an Emmy and Annie award winner and a father. Given these accomplishments, it might be surprising to picture him as he once was: a disheartened college student who had resorted to eating ketchup on crackers f...

Mel Gibson returns with brutal war film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been 10 years since Mel Gibson’s last directorial effort. “Apocalypto” graced theater screens back in 2006. Mel Gibson has been slowly but surely making a comeback in Hollywood, initially with his acting in various features from “Get the Gringo” in 2012 to this year’s “Blood Fathe...

Amazing effects offset superhero fatigue

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a train that never seems to stop providing entertainment, even though the experiences are fleeting and all blend together after a while. Recently, Marvel has been taking more risks, with the lesser-known “Guardians of the Galaxy” skyrocketing to success in 2014, followed by...

“Inferno” a complete flop

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When I heard the news that “Inferno,” the book by Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” series, was being turned into a movie, I was confused as to why it was being made. The last movie in the series, “Angels and Demons,” was released in 2009, and the book “Inferno,” was released in ...

Rated G for excessive greasiness and a good time

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

So begins the time of the art films, intellectual blockbusters and innovative features, all put together in the late quarter of the movie year known as “Oscar Season.”  Here comes a standout film from all of those descriptions, something that can stand toe-to-toe with some of the greats, someth...

A “world” of possibilities

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
October 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With “Game of Thrones” coming to an end within the next two years, HBO needs a new hit genre piece with which to enthrall the world. The first attempt to meet that goal granted us the Western/Sci-fi show “Westworld.” The show’s marketing had me interested with mysterious trailers that showed...

Yoga Hosers Review

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
October 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in 2014, renowned independent film director Kevin Smith (who directed “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”), released the first in his “True North” trilogy, a comedic horror film known as “Tusk”. The film was an incredibly bizarre take on experimental horror, involving the physical and ment...

“The Girl on the Train” a captivating mystery/thriller

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
October 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In Jan. 2015, the book “The Girl on the Train” was released and immediately captured readers’ attentions. Within less than a year, the book was an automatic success and was optioned for a film adaptation. Intrigued by the hype, I read the book as a part of our campus’s ABC Book Club and was e...

Marvel tackles neo-Blaxploitation with new Netflix show

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
October 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Netflix and Marvel Entertainment, on a roll with the partnership they started last year with hits such as “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil,” have come up with another unique take on the superhero/superhuman gene. The new show “Luke Cage”, like other Marvel properties, is not just a superhero piece o...

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