The Epitaph

‘Isle of Dogs’ is an endearing and well-made film

April 13, 2018


Filed under Avalon Allen, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

Director Wes Anderson’s most recent movie, “Isle of Dogs,” is a success similar to his previous films, which include “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” The plot of the movie is set in the future, where a rampant “canine flu” in Japan forces all dogs of the nation to ...

Winchester: Spook or Spoof?

By Tamar Gilad

March 7, 2018


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W ith the exception of Helen Mirren’s tasteful performance, the Spierig brothers’ “Winchester” is  another movie to be added to the list of cliché horror films. Based on true events, the movie is set in the 1900s in the dark and unusual San Jose mansion of Sarah Winchester, the widow of a gun...

‘The Post’ lacks depth and candid perspective

By Claire Torii

January 13, 2018


Filed under Claire Torii, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

"The Post” is everything that we have seen in Steven Spielberg's previous works, however the film lacks a consistent theme. This film depicts when New York Times first got ahold of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, assessments that would reveal an entire lineage of presidents that knew the war...

‘Justice League’ heroically fails

‘Justice League’ heroically fails

By Andrea Sun

December 8, 2017


Filed under Andrea Sun, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

G oing into “Justice League,” I set my bar lower than I’ve ever set any of my previous movie expectations. Beforehand, I certainly felt that at least “Justice League” couldn’t reach as low as “Batman vs Superman.” Thankfully I was right. It was definitely more watchable, which is ass...

Newest movie is truly a ‘Wonder’

Newest movie is truly a ‘Wonder’

By Tara Sohal

December 7, 2017


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A few months back, I stumbled upon a random movie trailer on Instagram as most of us do. After finding myself an emotional mess from only watching the trailer, I knew I had to see the full film. “Wonder”, released on Nov. 17, bases its story on a boy named Auggie Pullman, played by Jacob Tremb...

Engaging, but not a ‘runaway’ hit

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

December 4, 2017


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Movies

A girl faces the wall in her parents’ garage, her back to the van behind her. Her outfit is a dedicated shrine to bubblegum innocence: there’s a little cat-shaped clip in her wavy hair, pastel dinosaurs on her pink shirt, purple speckles on her leggings and chunky magenta bracelets around her ...

The second can be as bad as the first

By Izzy La Rue

November 6, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Israel La Rue, Movies

Tyler Perry's "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is the second installment in the Madea Halloween movies. The movie focuses on how recurring Madea character Tiffany is going to a halloween party that her dad doesn’t want her to go. It was generally very funny. Perry played the role of as three...

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman”: a total lie

By Avalon Allen

November 6, 2017


Filed under Avalon Allen, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman,” released on Oct. 13, arrives only five months after the box-office success of  “Wonder Woman.” Rather than being about the superwoman though, this movie focuses on the inspiration and personal lives of her creators: Professor William Marston, Elizabeth Marston and Olive Bryne. According to the movie, Bryne is ...

Similar to another Marvel movie

By Izzy La Rue

November 6, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

In this third installation of the Thor movie series, “Thor Ragnarok” takes a less serious angle than in the past movies. Throughout the whole entire movie it felt as if the movie had a “Guardians of the Galaxy” feel to it. The vibe that “Guardians of the Galaxy” brings it bright, flas...

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

By Mark Lu

May 10, 2017


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My all-time favorite movie (yes, my favorite movie ever) is the 1994 Disney animation and now-classic “The Lion King,” written by Irene Mecchi & Jonathan Roberts and directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, with an iconic score by Hans Zimmer & Elton John. “The Lion King” featu...

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

By Mark Lu

April 20, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

A while ago, I saw “Moonlight,” a film that I commended for its screenplay craftsmanship in another column. Despite being ambitious and beautifully-shot, it lacks the essential quality of entertainment: substance. Of course, it conveys principles much needed for today’s changing times, but would it have hurt at all to add a visible storyline? I loved “Moonlight.” But as I watched it with my famil...

‘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...