Arts & Culture

on February 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “The Theory of Everything” Successfully Applies the Award-Winning Formula

By Shuchi Goyal Time and time again, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has demonstrated an affinity for the British biopic genre. In 2011, “The King’s Speech” won in several major categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture, after delighting both critics and audiences with its portrayal of the friendship between King George V and his speech therapist […]

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on February 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “Gone Girl”: Not your average misogynistic revenge fantasy

By Rob Oldham Sexist and  Misogynistic. These are the two words that have incessantly followed director David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl.” A surface-level analysis of the plot supports these claims. The audience is first introduced to the lovable oaf Nick, portrayed by the classic everyman Ben Affleck. Nick owns a bar, plays video games, and drinks […]

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on February 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “Birdman”: An unlikely super-hero film

By Robert Galerstein The competition for the Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards appears to be a two-horse race. Not that potential spoilers “American Sniper” or “The Imitation Game” can be easily counted out, but the critics seem absolutely focused on two films – “Boyhood” and “Birdman.” The British Academy of Film and Television thought “Boyhood” was deserving of […]

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on February 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “Whiplash” and the Pursuit of Perfection

By Max Wallace How far would you push yourself to achieve greatness? This is the dilemma that “Whiplash” challenges viewers to answer, and in addition to challenging contemporary America’s acceptance of mediocrity, the film is phenomenally entertaining. Sharp editing, smart dialogue and career best performances combine to make “Whiplash” one of the crowning cinematic achievements of 2014. “Whiplash” draws its […]

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on February 18, 2015 at 5:05 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Charming, powerful, and nearly grand

By Rob Oldham “You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, f*ck it”- Gustave H. What do you get when you combine an all-star cast spanning three generations of stars, set pieces that would look more […]

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on February 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “The Imitation Game”: A candid view of injustice

By Bert Thompson The next in the line of this year’s Oscar biopics, “The Imitation Game” thrusts the moviegoer into Great Britain in the midst of the Second World War. But unlike other modern classics of the World War II genre – “Saving Private Ryan” and “Inglorious Bastards” are two that come to mind – “The Imitation Game” does not […]

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on February 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: Women Gone “Wild”

By Rory Hibbler “What are men to rocks and mountains?” questioned Jane Austen in her famous novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Reese Witherspoon must have interpreted this quite literally when she played Cheryl Strayed in the autobiographical movie “Wild.” In the film, Strayed is a hot mess of woman- she’s undergone divorce, abortion, heroin-addiction, and her mother’s death. In order to […]

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on February 17, 2015 at 3:11 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: “Selma” Uses Hindsight to Show a Pure Cause

By Rob Oldham Believe it or not, the Civil Rights Movement to end the institutionalized segregation of African-Americans occurred 50 years ago. Yes, the events that probably dominated our generation’s high school civics courses are now as old as World War I was to our parents when they were growing up. So what has changed in how we see the […]

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on February 16, 2015 at 5:45 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: Millennial Nostalgia: Why “Boyhood” is nearly perfect

By Rob Oldham Director Richard Linklater took a calculated risk when he began producing “Boyhood”, possibly one of the most ambitious films released since the turn of the century. It was 2002 and there were many questions in front of him as he embarked on a 12-year journey to produce a coming-of-age story that would become nothing short of a […]

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on February 16, 2015 at 5:35 PM / in Arts & Culture

OPINION: Defending What Is Not Theirs: A Response to “American Sniper”

By Ben Burnum Flaring emotions are a rational response to a film that is centered on guns, war and death. “American Sniper” follows Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and has been called the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. The film has fueled controversy due its perceived conservative political bent and questions about whether or […]

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