Live-action short film round-up

French filmmaking collective HOTU’s three-minute 87 Bounces is not your typical short film. Somewhat of a cross between a supercut and a flipbook, follows a basketball as it bounces through cinematic history. What it lacks in story it makes up for in slick nostalgia. Watch it here. Six-minute short Snooze Time, from director Ivan Barge and writer Matthew Harris, feels […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 19

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League wants to end the decline of 35mm film usage in modern movie theaters. “We should be finding ways to inspire a young generation to fall in love with going to the cinema just like Tarantino, Nolan and many of us theater owners did when we were kids. I want a […]

Entertainment news round-up for Oct. 10

A review of the entertainment industry for this week

Information expo hosted for campus community

Students, faculty and staff can explore 50 vendors from the area during the first Benefits and Wellness Expo. The expo is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.

Let’s Talk About It series discusses a “Capitol Offense”

By Submitted “Capitol Offense,” by William Bernhardt, is the next book to be discussed in the Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series. The discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Walker Center, Room 151. This year, the series is focusing on crime novels which take place in Oklahoma. “Capitol Offense” […]

On the Town: what to do this weekend in OKC

By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Welcome to the first edition of “On the Town,” a place to let you know what’s going on off-campus this weekend. The Oklahoma City community is redolent with events, festivals, and cultural opportunities, and the Student Publications staff encourages students to get off campus and get out on the town. […]

U.S. Department of State official to speak at International Energy Conference in OKC

Matthew McManus, an official from the U.S. Department of State, will be one of the featured speakers at Oklahoma City University’s International Energy Conference. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. It is presented by OCU’s Meinders School of […]

Short film round-up

Despite coming from such a strong animation background, French filmmaker Loïc Bramoullé seems to draw up a rather lifeless character in Space Cat Hob. The six-minute short follows the titular astrokitty Hob, whose spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet. Although the world around Hob is lovingly crafted and stunningly beautiful, the cat’s misproportioned body and face straight out of […]

School of Theatre dean and alumnus host “Grapes of Wrath” talk

Brian Parsons, associate dean of the OCU School of Theatre, will host a reception and pre-show discussion with Donald Jordan, founding Artistic Director of CityRep Theatre, for the current production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Wanda Bass Atrium inside the Wanda L. […]

Comic book author and artist to speak on campus

  Ande Parks, comic book author and artist, will give three presentations on campus next week. The first presentation, entitled “Behind the Page,” will detail Parks’ work on the graphic novel Capote in Kansas. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Room 214 of the Dulaney-Brown Library. During this discussion, Parks will detail […]

Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie doesn’t suck

At first glance, Only Lovers Left Alive seems like a stupid movie. The plot summary reads like the back cover of a Stephanie Meyer novel: two ancient vampire lovers, one a cosmopolitan intellectual and the other a sadsack recluse, reunite after years apart, only to be antagonized by a wacky younger sister. However, due to […]

Entertainment news round up for Sept. 18

Disney is building a Frozen attraction at Epcot, the Mouse House announced Friday. Based on the hit film, it will feature a pavilion where park visitors can meet Anna and Elsa.“We think these Frozen elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film,” said Walt Disney Parks […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 21

Matt Stone and Trey Parker have taken aim at the Washington Redskins in the teaser for the new season of South Park. The NFL team recently lost its name’s trademark, which a U.S. patent office ruled “disparaging to Native Americans.” The new season of South Park will premiere during the Redskins-Eagles game on Wednesday at 10 pm ET. […]

Renowned sculptor Rosalind Cook to present at OCU

By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Famous sculptor Rosalind Cook will give a presentation about her work at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. Cook will also describe her new book, title “Capturing the Spirit in Bronze,” which is being released this month. She will sign copies of the […]

Alumni Association hosts Downtown Lunch and Learn

The OCU Alumni Association will host a lunch and learn session titled “Living, Working, and Playing in the Urban Core.” The session will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. The session will be led by a discussion panel of local business professionals from BetterBlockOKC: ·         […]

Powerful Prose series features book about Nazi suppression

The Powerful Prose book discussion series will continue with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Full Circle Bookstore. The featured novel is titled “The Nicest Nazi: Childhood Memories of World War II,” by Oklahoma author Christiane Brant Faris. OCU President Robert Henry will lead the discussion along with Faris, who is a […]

University hosts OCU Week at the Museum

The OCU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host “OCU Week at the Museum,” from Sept. 9-14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the museum for free (OCU ID is required for entry). Currently, the museum is featuring the exhibit: “Gods and Heroes: […]

“Let’s Talk About It” book series focused on Oklahoma crime novels

The 2014 “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series will feature novels of investigative crime taking place in Oklahoma. The first discussion will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept 9 in Walker Center room 151, and will feature the novel “The Old Buzzard Had It Coming,” by Donis Casey. At each session in the […]

Critic frightened and fascinated by ‘No Country for Old Men’

Do not watch No Country for Old Men by yourself.  More specifically, do not watch No Country for Old Men by yourself, at night, when the wind outside is howling something like a banshee.  If you do – and if you’re a wimp, like I am – you will end up cowering under your covers, because there are parts […]

Short film round-up

There’s a Man in the Woods might just be my favorite short of the year so far.  The four-minute animated film from Cal Arts student tells the tale of a teacher whose life is destroyed when a rumor told by a selfish child wrecks his reputation.  The images are rough and dark, and when paired with […]

Entertainment news round-up for May 1

True Grit and Ender’s Game star Hailee Steinfeld has signed on for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 film about college a capella groups.  Anna Kendrick and Brittany snow are reprising their roles, and Elizabeth Banks is set to direct.  The film will be released on May 15, 2015.  For more on the project and on Steinfeld’s […]

Entertainment news round-up for April 30

HBO is bringing back Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Project Greenlight, which gave an inside look at the challenges posed to a first-time director.  Damon and Affleck will be back to executive produce.  “Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” said Affleck in a statement. “Now that  technology has caught up to the concept, we thought […]

Entertainment news round-up for April 29

The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy star Drea de Matteo has teamed up with Endemol Beyond USA for an original digital series, entitled The Muthaship Starring Drea de Matteo.  The show will launch this spring.  “Drea built her audience through her roles on some of the best series on television,” said Will Keenan, president of Endemol Beyond USA. […]

Critic dazzled by ‘A Single Man’

Tom Ford must make more films.  It’s his calling.  Though he is best known for his long and illustrious career in the fashion industry, his 2009 movie A Single Man makes it clear that should he continue with filmmaking, he stands to make his mark as a great auteur.  Not only is it a stylistic masterpiece, it […]

Critic finds major flaw in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

I very much want to like David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, but I can’t help but feel that there’s one element that brings the whole film down, and that’s the performance given by Jennifer Lawrence.  Though the film itself is quite skillfully crafted, the miscasting of such a vital character knocks the whole thing askew, […]

Critic finds great joy in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

What with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scheduled to hit theaters so soon, I thought it would be fitting to revisit its predecessor, if only to emphasize to those who haven’t seen it that they truly must.  Vastly better than all three film’s in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, it brings a fresh new perspective to the franchise that includes a […]

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