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“Jupiter Ascending” entertains, but goes nowhere

Roy Chan and Jonathan Freeman

February 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

A great movie ties different storylines together, attaches you to its characters and expands on the creativity of its underlying idea. “Jupiter Ascending” does none of this and instead relies on the strength of its novel premise and stunning visuals. As Lana and Andy Wachowski’s first science...

A Rom-Com worth its while

A Rom-Com worth its while

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I have a small secret: I'm a huge sucker for romantic comedies. From “Annie Hall” and “When Harry Met Sally” to “My Best Friend's Wedding” and “Pretty Woman,” I've always found myself so engrossed and unabashedly situated in a perpetual state of "can't even" by stories that outright seek...

An American hero?

Sunny Kalidindi, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“American Sniper” is a film built on parallels, which work by making the viewer draw connections between scenes. Perhaps the most alarming parallel comes right at the beginning of the movie when newly-deployed Navy Seal Chris Kyle is about to shoot a young Muslim boy. He lines up the shot. His...

Mixed feelings

Mixed feelings

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been five weeks since the start of 2015, and “American Sniper” has already solidified itself as a practically indomitable contender for the most controversial film of the year. From aggregating, derisive, social-media commentary (think Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr-spheres) to bifurcating audiences...

A mesmerizing animation of the imagination

A mesmerizing animation of the imagination

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Whether it has spouted from our associations from childhood or the oft-targeted audience of younger generations, animation in film has long sought validation as a viable medium for adults. This can be especially true for Japanese animation, which has colloquially held a stigma here in the U.S. for...

On love and physics

On love and physics

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I have not read "A Brief History of Time" nor do I consider myself a regular student of popular science. However, chances are if you mention Stephen Hawking’s name in passing, images of stars, space and black holes will pop up in my mind at the thought of the celebrated astrophysicist. I could...

An out-of-this-world McConaissance

An out-of-this-world McConaissance

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


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

Rarely have I left the theater feeling so conflicted and in all the right ways. “Interstellar” is perhaps one of the most entrancing and visually stunning films to hit theaters within my lifetime, and there is no doubt that Hans Zimmer has outdone himself with an emotionally overwhelming, orchestra-heavy...

Profoundly cynical, devilishly ambiguous

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Perhaps one of the more brilliant releases of this year, David Fincher's “Gone Girl” is more than just a piece seeking to entertain its audience. Often dependent on unexpected reveals and altered perspectives, the film seeks to thrill and confuse its viewers with its consistent shifting vantage...

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