The Epitaph

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

Here, Shrek accidentally ends up kissing Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” on his honeymoon with recent wife Fiona in “Shrek 2” (2004). Fiona reacts by grabbing Ariel by the tale and throwing her back into the ocean, to the sharks. (Photo courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures)

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

Universal Studios presents: The Fast and Furious franchise- a single successful idea initiating a string of seven (now eight) movies with little to offer besides over $4 billion in box office revenue (Photo courtesy of Universal Entertainment).

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!

Fantastic Beasts gets a solid 4/5 stars.

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

Hailee Steinfeld stars as pessimistic teenager Nadine in a genuine and heartfelt performance. Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jennfer star as Nadine's teacher, best friend and older brother, respectively.

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

Director Tyler Perry acted as three characters in his own movie. Photo courtesy of Michael Connors.

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

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

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (2016). Photo courtesy of A24.

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...

Road Chip: A Nutty Tail

 “Road Chip Official Poster”
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By Elinda Xiao

February 12, 2016

Let’s be honest: no one thought “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” would be a good movie. This boring story of three high-pitched singing chipmunks has never been interesting or intriguing, and one can only wonder why Hollywood continues to pump out these thoughtless, rodent-based musical mov...

“The Forest” Movie Review

Photo courtesy of Gramercy Pictures

By Karshin Gupta

February 7, 2016

Horror movies can force you into two different situations -- one being so scared you wish you could cover your face for the entirety of the movie, and the other being disappointed at the fact you spent $12 on a movie ticket. “The Forest” gives the latter feeling. “The Forest,” starring Nat...

The lightsaber to savor

An audience member dressed as a Sith Lord waiting in the movie’s queue.

By Aayush Singh

December 20, 2015

The grip of nostalgia have never been as strong as the grips of the latest Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens.” In its triumphant return to the silver screen, this new episode delivers extremely well on every front and easily outshines the much-deplored Star Wars prequels. Given the anticipat...

‘The Good Dinosaur,’ an even better story

An Apatosaurus named Arlo takes on a rare friendship with a human boy.  Photo Courtesy of Disney/Pixar

By Tara Sohal

December 14, 2015

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Following the hit movie “Inside Out,” Pixar has released, for the first time in history, their second film within a year. The intriguing story takes place for what seems like a few million years ahead of the near apocalypse. Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa), an ambivalent ...