The Epitaph

The circle of life

By Jack Xu

September 26, 2019

In 1994, one of the most remarkable Disney movies - “The Lion King” - was released by Walt Disney. It tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking...

‘Ready or Not’ enjoyable but unremarkable

By Dexter Tatsukawa

September 20, 2019

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror/thriller movie “Ready or Not” is an enjoyable experience, but not one worth rewatching. The film begins with the wedding of the couple Grace (Samara Weaving) and Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) and follows Grace as she is introduced to Alex...

‘Pet Sematary’ has merits, yet is a cliched, boring dead end

By Patrick Yu

April 21, 2019

"Pet Sematary” continues the line of Stephen King story adaptations, following the wildly successful “It”. But unlike “It”, “Pet Sematary” fails to convey a similarly unique and odd tone, instead falling back on old cliches that make the film a formulaic - albeit scary - horror flick. ...

Movie Literate: Broaden cultural horizons through foreign films

Movie Literate: Broaden cultural horizons through foreign films

By Claire Torii

March 4, 2019

“I’m not really in the mood to read subtitles right now,” is a common phrase whenever I try to convince my friends to watch some of my favorite foreign films. A lot of the time, I want to show them the French and Japanese films that I grew up on and that helped me embrace my mixed-race identity, and informed me about When I’m faced w...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ does not deserve an Oscar

By Patrick Yu

February 27, 2019

This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture are “Black Panther”, “Blackkklansman”, “The Favourite”, “Roma”, “Green Book”, “A Star is Born”, “Vice”, and, inexplicably, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. How this insultingly inaccurate movie is listed to as one of the year’s best movi...

Isn’t it cliche

Isn’t it cliche

By Kate Gabrielson

February 26, 2019

Romantic comedies: after a while, they all tend to blend together. An average-looking young woman with low self-esteem vies for the attention of her Dream Guy, only to discover her soul mate was right in front of her all along. Try as it might, “Isn’t it Romantic” is no different. It just takes a siz...

Netflix’s attempt at science fiction

Netflix’s attempt at science fiction

By Eden Pollitt, Senior Design Editor

February 3, 2019

If you haven’t already watched Bird Box you probably have heard about from social media. Memes about Sandra Bullock’s children, boy and girl, filled Instagram feeds and YouTubers began playing the “Bird Box” challenge. But is the movie worth the hype? In short, no. While I found Birdb...

‘Aquaman’ is a fun superhero romp, represents a turning point for the DCEU

By Patrick Yu

January 23, 2019

According to IMDb, “Aquaman” has grossed 978 million dollars worldwide - making it the most financially successful film of the Warner Brothers owned franchise, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). This milestone is particularly impressive given the franchise’s poor form. But why is “Aquaman” a success? ...

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ falls short

By Andrea Boyn

January 7, 2019

Frosties or Sugar Puffs? This is the first in a series of decisions one has to make in Netflix’s newest original interactive movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.” The movie tells the story of a boy named Stefan, played by Fionn Whitehead,  who develops an interactive game named Bandersnatch, and ...

Reinventing movie going

By Eden Pollitt, Senior Design Editor

January 6, 2019

oMvie-going is a common activity that has turned into a sort of tradition for my friend and I. We have begun to enjoy the experience of going to see something at least once a month, the way teens of the 1950s made going to a drive-in a frequent event. We have a set of rules to make the experience more personal...

BTS documentary takes movie theaters by storm across the globe

By Emily Choi

December 5, 2018

Reading up about how fans were reacting to the premiere of “Burn the Stage,” a documentary about K-pop group BTS, I was apprehensive. Videos of crazy fangirls cheering loudly during the movie and being disrespectful to other moviegoers filled my Instagram feed. But to my surprise, the people I interacted ...

Has Sony finally produced a good Spider-Man flick?

By Patrick Yu

November 4, 2018

You may remember the failed “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot franchise that Sony released about four years ago. Well now, Sony has made it clear that they are taking another stab at the superhero genre with their untitled cinematic universe consisting of Spider-Man characters. If you don’t under...