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‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

By Manfred Lau
April 11, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

I never particularly liked the original Ghost in the Shell - the 1995 anime movie directed by Mamoru Oshii. It didn’t immediately blow my mind. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by 21st century visuals. It could have been the dense political intrigue, or the (literally) drawn-out shots of random city scenery. But...

“CHiPs:” a crime of a movie

“CHiPs:” a crime of a movie

By Skylar Cunniff
April 4, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

The police comedy, action movie Chips that came out on Mar. 24 was a modern comedy based off of an older TV show. Dax Shepard wrote, directed and starred in the movie as the main character Jon Baker. Michael Pena acted as the other main character, Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. The two characters played off of...

King Kong is back, and he’s definitely worth your money

King Kong is back, and he’s definitely worth your money

By Mark Lu
March 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

The first film ever about a giant gorilla batting angrily at aircraft first came out in 1933. Since then, along with the Japanese monster Godzilla, King Kong has been an icon in film history, revolutionizing, if not setting off, the long string of giant monster films that would ultimately follow it. ...

“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

By Mark Lu
March 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

Yes, that’s right. I did not enjoy “Logan.” It’s actually not that terrible of a movie. The action sequences are well executed and Hugh Jackman did an excellent job portraying a mentally-wounded warrior with many scars, as did Patrick Stewart with Professor X. Newcomer Dafne Keen impresses a...

Teenage story reveals hidden life messages

Teenage story reveals hidden life messages

By Hana Baig
March 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

The face of a worried girl fills the big screen, and everyone is silent. The people’s heartbeats quicken as the audience grows tense. We see the face of this girl wake up to the same day over and over. Everyone waits on the edge of their seats, anxious to see what the girl will do. This was the eff...

The Reel: Tension

The Reel: Tension

By Mark Lu
March 6, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

Any sort of on-screen entertainment must invoke emotion in the viewer. Sadness, happiness, anger, pity, laughter, the invocation of emotion is pretty much the definition of entertainment. In order to maximize the extent of this emotion, movies need to employ plot development or character developme...

The Bye Bye Man disappoints

The Bye Bye Man disappoints

February 28, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

R eleased on Jan. 13, 2017, The Bye Bye Man follows the story of three friends who discover the legend of a man to is capable of very malicious acts.   Elliot (Douglas Smith), John (Lucien Laviscount) and Sasha (Cressida Bonas) are all college students and have recently moved into an old house off-campus. ...

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

By Mark Lu
February 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

The Academy Awards is made up of 6,687 members who vote every year on the best movie of the year, through a weird voting style called “instant-runoff voting” in which voters rank the nominations in the order in which they enjoyed each one. This is a much more complicated process that seeks to choose a ...

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

By Mark Lu, Columnist
February 10, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

You’ve probably seen a good film before. Did you enjoy it for its visuals or story? It probably depends, right? For example, “Fantasia” (2000) is purely based off of visual stimulation and how the narrative of the music correlates with the implications of what’s on the screen. Others like “T...

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

By Mark Lu, Columnist
January 30, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

On Monday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. Oscars are more than just golden statues; they represent the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work, creativity, ingenuity and talent. The ...

The Reel: ‘Seven,’ the greatest suspense thriller there ever was

The Reel: ‘Seven,’ the greatest suspense thriller there ever was

By Mark Lu, Columnist
January 24, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Reel

It’s difficult to create a thriller. To properly “thrill” an audience, film creators must structure a story that purposefully manipulates the attention of the watcher and keeps them in the dark while sheltering an underlying titillation, hidden in the shadows. Meanwhile, the director must paint an intima...

“Hidden Figures” shoots for the stars

“Hidden Figures” shoots for the stars

By Katie Fung
January 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

In 2011, we watched “The Help,” a movie about a white author in the midst of the Civil Rights era who decides to write a book about the African American maids and their views on the families they work for. In 2013, “12 Years A Slave” hit theaters and shocked its viewers with its depictions of bla...

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