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The Reel: Disney’s bipolar mindset

The Reel: Disney’s bipolar mindset

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 25, 2016

Two Disney animations came out in 2016: “Zootopia” and “Moana.” Both are excellent movies with engaging storylines and visuals - but are also jarringly different in their narratives. Earlier this month, I wrote a piece on the effect that “Shrek” had on animation films of the 21st Century,...

The Reel: Quentin Tarantino- eight eras, one style

The Reel: Quentin Tarantino- eight eras, one style

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 18, 2016

So, you’ve clicked on this column. If you did, you probably know exactly who Quentin Tarantino is. Perhaps you don’t. Tarantino is a legendary writer and director, the creator of such masterpieces as “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Django Unchained” (2012), the “Kill Bill” movies (2003 and ...

Miss Sloane: One Woman Army

Miss Sloane: One Woman Army

By Manfred Lau

December 15, 2016

Miss Sloane takes its title character and shoves her in your face. Rarely does a scene forget to show or remind you of the film’s main protagonist. When Elizabeth Sloane stops speaking, others talk about her. She outshines every other character, completely dominating the scene. Thankfully, Jessica Cha...

New historical retelling gets audiences “Loving” it

New historical retelling gets audiences “Loving” it

By Gabriella Mrozowski

December 14, 2016

The soft-spoken nature of “Loving” grants watchers a digestible historical movie. Director and writer Jeff Nichols opted for the focus to be cinematography, rather than creating a film filled with choppy facts in each scene. With a holistic view of the South in the 1960s, the movie flows smoothly...

The Reel: “Shrek” and the genius in satirical filmmaking

The Reel: “Shrek” and the genius in satirical filmmaking

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 8, 2016

Let me ask you a question: What is your favorite animated film? If it’s from the 21st century, then you have a certain movie to thank. The masterpiece of modern-day animation is the first “Shrek” film due to its audacious portrayal of the polar principles expressed by fairy tales and their pe...

The Reel: How film studios suppress creativity

The Reel: How film studios suppress creativity

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 4, 2016

Okay, so you’ve seen “Suicide Squad.” You’ve probably seen 2015’s “Fantastic Four as well.” You might have even seen “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” You probably saw it in theaters, at home or even illegally. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered, “What happened? Why a...

No Potter? No problem!

No Potter? No problem!

By Elinda Xiao

December 1, 2016

N ov. 18. The prophesied day. The day that Potterheads had waited for anxiously, with baited breaths and clutched House scarves. The day would bring forth a new movie from the Harry Potter universe, but with a twist. Because of its setting—1926 in New York—this is the first Harry Potter story wit...

“The Edge of Seventeen”: the most heartfelt comedy of the decade

“The Edge of Seventeen”: the most heartfelt comedy of the decade

By Mark Lu

November 22, 2016

So, the other Sunday I woke up at around 6:30-ish to eat breakfast, which consisted of four bowls of Cocoa Pebbles. A couple hours later, I blew a college interview by yawning during a story told by the interviewer. On the bus ride home, I received an email from my club officer superiors criticizing my abi...

Scary movie not so scary

Scary movie not so scary

November 3, 2016

Boo! A Madea Halloween, is a funny Halloween special without any scary events. The characters in this movie were different from other Madea movies. However, Madea, her brother and her friends were the same it was released on Oct. 20. The movie mainly focused on how Halloween is the devil’s holid...

“Snowden” is a convoluted failure

“Snowden” is a convoluted failure

By Mark Lu, Reporter

September 20, 2016

On the heels of Laura Poitras’s jaw-dropping documentary Citizenfour comes acclaimed director Oliver Stone’s take on the story of N.S.A. whistleblower Edward Snowden, Snowden, which tales the story of a man who has become something of an icon since his illegal accessing and publication of classified governme...

A survivor in 2016’s war against creativity

A survivor in 2016’s war against creativity

By Mark Lu, Reporter

September 11, 2016

Before I start talking about horror movies, I just want to establish, hopefully in agreement with you, that 2016 has been a pretty disappointing year for movies. Highly anticipated travesties like “Jason Bourne,” “Suicide Squad,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice...

War Dogs is a remake well-done

War Dogs is a remake well-done

By Mark Lu

August 24, 2016

War Dogs, released Aug. 19, successfully reproduces the best of many preceding films like itself by both criticizing and epitomizing the elements involved in corporate America. In 2013, Martin Scorsese impressed audiences and critics with The Wolf of Wall Street, a unique and unrestrained portra...