Critic enjoys quiet charm of ‘All the Real Girls’

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It’s very easy to dismiss David Gordon Green as a frivolous filmmaker, considering that his two biggest releases, Pineapple Express and Your Highness, fall into the stoner comedy genre.  However, a deeper look into his filmography reveals a different, more nuanced side of his directorial style.  For an example, one need look no further than All the Real […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 4

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Paramount Production Studio is offering fans the opportunity to see Anchorman 2 two days early.  ”Supertickets” for the screenings will go on sale on November 26.  The studio has not yet provided ticket prices or any additional details, but fans can register at AnchormanMovie.com for more information.  To read more on supertickets and on Anchorman 2, click […]

Short film round-up

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Fans of stand-up comedy will love Omid Singh’s Subway, in which the comedian and filmmaker recounts the tale of an unfortunate public transportation experience.  The three-minute short combines shots of Singh telling his story with a dramatization of the event, doubling the humor and delivering maximum impact in a brief amount of time.  A winner at […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 30

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Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Gold, which tells the story of athlete Sebastian Cole’s rivalry with Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Olympic Games.  The film will be directed by The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins, with a script by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy and How to Train Your Dragon screenwriter Will Davies. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 29

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Paramount has moved the release date of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street from November 15 to December 25.  The move was reportedly based on Scorsese’s ability to finish the film in time.  The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name and will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey. […]

‘Recollections’ presents one-act operas

OCU OPERAtions presents Recollections, a short performance of three one-act operas, this weekend.

OPERAtions will present two new chamber operas, Angry Birdsong and Benedicta, both by Milton Granger, and a better-known opera, The Face on the Barroom Floor, by Henry Mollicone.

Student uploads web series ‘Thespians’

A cast of OCU theater majors is offering a glimpse into the lives of college actors with the mockumentary-style webseries Thespians!

Critic finds ‘C.O.G’ a bore

If I hadn’t known that C.O.G. was based on an essay by humor writer David Sedaris, I might have mistaken it for the world’s most twisted Hallmark movie.

After all, the title stands for “child of God,” and the main character does go on something of a spiritual journey.

‘Satellite of Love’ weakened by stilted screenplay

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Satellite of Love would probably be a great movie, if it didn’t have some of the worst dialogue I’ve ever had the misfortune of hearing. Directed by Will James Moore, it’s gorgeously shot, beautifully acted, and abysmally written, making for a profoundly disappointing experience.

Short film round-up

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For a sweetly melancholic treat, take a look at Reflections, a five-minute animated short from Bosmat Agayoff & Alon Ziv.  It’s a sad little coming-of-age story that’s told through the eyes of  a man named “Barnie,” whose desire to stay young is illustrated by the childish reflection that taunts him from various reflective surfaces.  The sharp 2D […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 22

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Stephen Lang is set to reprise his role as Colonel Quaritch in future Avatar sequels, despite his character’s apparent death in the first film.  Also returning to the franchise is Sam Worthington, who recently revealed that the movie will begin shooting in October of next year.  Director James Cameron has already selected screenwriters for all three sequels, […]

British drama ‘Wreckers’ quietly thrills

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There’s just something about British drama that puts its American counterpart to shame. There’s a subtlety to it, a sense of quiet tension, that places it leaps and bounds above many of the films being made here on this side of the pond.  A terrific example of this phenomenon is Wreckers.  Written and directed by […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 24

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Time Warner Cable has made a deal to carry Al Jazeera America, significantly expanding the audience of the cable news network backed by the Qatar government.  TW Cable will add the channel for basic digital cable subscribers in New York, L.A. and Dallas within the next six months, with further expansion to follow.  “We said […]

Critic finds ‘33 Postcards’ falls short in length, material

As a fan of tight, quick, succinct filmmaking, I rarely accuse a movie of being too short. In the case of 33 Postcards, however, I can’t help but blame its skimpy length for the bulk of its problems. Directed by Pauline Chan, it’s a slight, sappy drama that feels too unfinished to pack much of a punch.

Short film round-up

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One of the highlights of this year’s No Budget Film Festival was Andrew Crabtree’s Planning Ahead, which won the festival’s Critic’s Choice Award.  A sweetly acerbic little tale, it stars Emma Fasler and Bill Daddario as an engaged couple struggling to plan their wedding without losing their minds.  In a mere seven minutes, Crabtree sends his […]

Critic unimpressed by festival film ‘Ex-Girlfriends’

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Ex-Girlfriends is not a very good movie.  It’s also not a very original movie, borrowing a little too heavily from the likes of Woody Allen and Whit Stillman to feel like a film of its own.  Nevertheless, it’s a mildly entertaining little diversion that strikes a few honest chords. Written and directed by Alexander Poe, […]

Critic perplexed by classic animated film

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I’m not entirely sure why I enjoyed The Last Unicorn so much as a child.  Then again, I can’t really say I dislike it now.  What I can say, however, is that it is one of the strangest animated films I’ve ever seen.  Released in 1982 and adapted from Peter S. Beagle’s 1968 novel of […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 17

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Meryl Streep will receive the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s annual Monte Cristo award, given each year to an individual singled out for their contributions to the theater.  The award will be presented at an April 21 ceremony in New York City.  Past recipients include Michael Douglas, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey and Brian Dennehy.  For more information […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 16

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Lost creator Damon Lindelof has decided to deactivate his Twitter account.  Lindelof was an previously highly active on the social media site and was one of the first film and television producers to use it as a way of communicating with fans.  However, many viewers used the site as a way of criticizing his work.  His […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 11

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Idaho residents will not be able to see Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color due to the state’s obscenity laws.  The Flicks, the only arthouse theatre in the area, has declined to screen the NC-17 rated film, which violates Idaho Code 23-614.  The law prohibits any acts of simulated sex, as well as any […]

‘Waking Ned Devine’ is a modern classic

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It may be slightly premature to call Waking Ned Devine a classic – after all, it was released in 1998 – but I’m reasonably certain that it will stand the test of time. Written and directed by Kirk Jones, it’s a sweet, simple comedy with plenty of heart and just enough bite. The film is […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 9

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Disney has decided to close Pixar Canada, which operates out of Vancouver.  The shutdown will eliminate 100 jobs.  ”The team at Pixar Canada is incredibly talented and we are so proud of the excellent work we have produced there,” a Pixar spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.  ”However, as we look at the creative […]

OCUpella encourages support, begins practice for semester

OCUpella, a student-run a cappella group, is preparing for another year of performances.

The group has about 25 members with a wide variety of majors. Twelve new members were added into the group this year.

Student run theater group focuses on intimate, dramatic texts

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The Out of the Box theater season opened this past weekend.
Out of the Box is a fully student-run theater company, and produces shows that only play late at night for two nights. An all-student committee picks the season early in the semester.

Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ brings new life to classic play

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Shakespeare purists may not be too fond of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s not that it’s unfaithful to the original text, per se – on the contrary, the integrity of the script itself is well maintained, save for a few minor changes – it’s just that the presentation of said text is quite a bit more relaxed than is often the case with such elevated, archaic language. For the open-minded, however, the film is an undeniable triumph.

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 2

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Paramount Pictures has announced its plan to lay off 110 employees, or about 5% of its workforce.  The cuts will mainly effect those in the finance, human resources, information technology, international home media distribution, legal and marketing departments.  “As our industry continues to adapt to an increasingly competitive environment, we are always ensuring that Paramount is […]

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