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Film review: “The Interview” is a so-so comedy not worth the controversy

February 11, 2015 at 6:03 am 0 comments

“The Interview” is an awkward movie to review. Not because of the controversy surrounding it, but because it is an awkward movie. It wants to be both “Dr. Strangelove” and “South Park.” It wants to be taken seriously, but it also wants to be incredibly puerile. It seeks possession of cakes and the eating thereof. The funny thing is, I can’t say that it failed. It succeeded, to a point, in both aspects. This makes things even more awkward, because there is no clear-cut judgment of quality to be made. I laughed at “The Interview,” but there’s a great caveat to that: much of the laugher was the awkward kind that one utters when faced with something so absurd, so ridiculous, so mind-bogglingly, incomprehensibly stupid, that you laugh in self-defense. There were some very witty one-liners and snappy comebacks, but many of the long-build jokes and repeated gags fell flat.Read More

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Cancer glamour creeps into young adult popular culture

October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

A new trend of romance stories about people with cancer and other potentially terminal illnesses is becoming more prevalent in popular culture, most notably in film and young adult fiction. Is there a new fascination with finding glamour in dealing with serious medical conditions? Heart-squelching stories of sickness, like John Green’s book-turned-movie “The Fault in Our Stars,” that shake viewers’ emotional stability have become more visible on book stands and on screen. The television show “Red Band Society” is another example of this theme. The program, which premiered on Fox on Sept. 17 for the 2014-2015 television season, is a dramatic comedy centered around a group of teenagers living in a pediatric ward. The characters bond with each other during their long-term stay. After a sequence of teen drama-related conflicts, the kids form a friendship society, coming together through the red bands they wear on their wrists. The show hasRead More

BACKLASH BEGINS FOR WHITEWASHED ‘PAN’ CASTING

March 25, 2014 at 4:28 am 0 comments

Changing or cutting plot details, locations or even characters from source material to their adaptions is not uncommon. Hardcore Tolkien fans will debate the costs of leaving out Tom Bombadil, adding in Tauriel or hundreds of other big and small changes from the novels to the films of the Lord of the Rings franchise. Audiences (and sometimes the original authors) will fight over casting decisions, such as whether it was the right decision to have Jack Nicholson, at the time typecast as a “crazy” character actor, cast in the film version of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” The argument was that the transition of his character, Jack Torrance, from “normal” guy to psychotic killer was just not as surprising or disturbing as King’s version of his struggling, alcohol-influenced descent into madness. Yet making changes, even when adapting beloved works, is not always an objectionable decision. Art can be changed inRead More

2014 OSCAR PREDICTIONS

February 18, 2014 at 2:15 am 0 comments

“Awards season” is less of a season and more of a half-year event, but that’s all the better for us lovers of television and film. The biggest awards show of them all is just around the corner: the Oscars. This year, the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with host Ellen DeGeneres, will air Sunday, March 2. Predicting who will win the Academy Awards is part getting into the mind of the Academy (this includes 6,000 artists and professionals who help bring movies to life… so good luck with that) and part making your own judgment calls. Here are some off-hand guesses in the three most important categories, brought to you by a lowly, film-loving college punk.   Best Film What the Academy Will Choose: “12 Years a Slave” The biggest Oscar battle this year: “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave.”Read More