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The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 30, 2017

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 ...

New album surpasses expectations

New album surpasses expectations

By Franklin Ngai

January 25, 2017

E ver since his first album release in 2007, “The Come Up,” J Cole has continued to show success through his music. Cole signed with Hip Hop star Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2009, and later released two more albums “Born Sinner” in 2013 and “2014 Forest Hills Drive” in 2014. On Dec. 9, 2...

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

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

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...

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 9, 2017

Two actresses jumped into the spotlight of the entertainment industry at the age of 19 with their respective breakthroughs — maybe it ran in the family. Those actresses, Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, passed away a little over a week ago. Reynolds may not have been as reco...

The Reel: screenwriting – the biggest snub at the 2017 Golden Globes

The Reel: screenwriting – the biggest snub at the 2017 Golden Globes

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 9, 2017

AN UNHINGED FENCE -- Little squeezing through, doesn’t look back as the other boys attempt to shimmy and wiggle their way though, too big to glide through like Little. LITTLE hauling ass, chest heaving as he rounds the corner on this condemned building. On instinct, the stairs taken two at a time...

Passengers movie does not surpass expectations

Passengers movie does not surpass expectations

By Skylar Cunniff

January 3, 2017

T he “Passengers” movie that was released on Dec. 21 was thrilling but also left the audience with an almost uncomfortable feeling. The film set high expectations by starring popular actors such as Jennifer Lawrence from “The Hunger Games,” “Joy” and the “X-Men” movies. Chris Pratt,...

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...

Arrival exceeds high expectations

Arrival exceeds high expectations

By Andrew Zhou

December 15, 2016

I n 2013, we were treated to “Gravity”, an exciting and masterfully crafted science fiction thriller. 2014 gave us “Interstellar”, an ambitious, though flawed, space epic. Then, “The Martian”, a surprisingly humorous space survival film, surprised audiences in 2015. 2016 is Denis V...

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...