The Observer

“Game Night” is surprisingly fun

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Comedies have, over time, resorted to going beyond the nine yards by always trying to over- deliver on all kinds of zaniness and over-the-top situations, with it either working, like in “The Hangover,” or not working at all like in “Daddy’s Home.”  With “Game Night,” the escalating madcap...

Film Society premieres “Game Night”

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Case Western Reserve University Film Society screened “Game Night” nine days ahead of its Feb. 23 release. Despite publicizing the event all across campus, with posters hanging up in the Thwing Center and on message boards everywhere, the screening attracted a total of 17 people....

UPB hosts “Black Panther” advanced premiere

UPB hosts “Black Panther” advanced premiere

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 16, 2018


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

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the season’s most highly awaited films, and Case Western Reserve University’s University Program Board (UPB) organized an advanced screening exclusively for students the night before the premiere, on Feb. 15. UPB’s Off-Campus committee began planning ...

Out with the Old West, into the new

Out with the Old West, into the new

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” is a Western film which had its limited release last December and was released worldwide on Jan. 26. It tells the story of Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), an American Army officer whose final orders before he retires are to escort a Cheyenne war chief, Yellow...

“The Cloverfield Paradox:” A wobbly, but fun step in the franchise

“The Cloverfield Paradox:” A wobbly, but fun step in the franchise

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Cloverfield series has been an interesting cinematic universe. It originally began with “Cloverfield,” a standalone monster movie, which came out to rave reviews. In 2016, another surprise came in the form of “10 Cloverfield Lane,” a thriller that had loose connections to the first film, ...

“Winchester” is an Epic Misfire

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I’m not very impressed by Michael and Peter Spierig’s new film, “Winchester.” First released in the U.S. on Feb. 2, it’s a supernatural horror film inspired by the mystery surrounding the Winchester mansion, one of the most famous real-life haunted houses in America. The film tells the story...

“Lady Bird” tells a universal story

Aura Rossy, Contributing Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Lady Bird” is an outstanding coming-of-age film and has enjoyed both commercial and critical success. It took home Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, and Saoirse Ronan, who stars as the lead, also racked up a win with Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. T...

A beautiful and touching romance

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Call Me By Your Name,” is a romantic drama from director Luca Guadagnino based on Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name. Talked about for months and praised for subtle and tender beauty, it is safe to surmise that the film is one of the finest films of the last year, and for many reasons. Set...

RuPaul returns for “All Stars” 3

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

RuPaul’s Drag Race has been breaking rules for nearly a decade and now it’s breaking its own. In the premiere of its third “All Stars” season, an iteration of the show in which past contestants return to compete for the crown, RuPaul announces the season’s first major twist: the arrival ...

“The Shape of Water” deserves its Oscar nominations

“The Shape of Water” deserves its Oscar nominations

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Jan. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the Academy Awards, and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its streak of success, walking away with 13 nominations in categories ranging from Best Picture to Sound Editing. The film itself sp...

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