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“Moloch Tropical”

TV movies rightfully get a bad wrap. The Lifetime television network alone deserves a separate section at the Razzie awards. But, disproving the notion that TV movies are trash by nature, “Moloch Tropical” is an admirable attempt at making a lot with a little. The film follows fictional disgraced Haitian president Jean de Dieu Théogène’s […]

Reading for fun versus reading for school

It can be hard to do what you need to do. If you’re in an English class or any literature class, reading can feel like a burden. Where’d the fun go? Reading for class and reading for fun are obviously different, but why? What sets them apart? Generally, one looks forward to pleasure reading but […]

New Dances 2014

Sometimes, the most difficult ideas and questions can be faced with just a few dancers and a stage. “New Dances 2014,” a compilation dance show put on by the UAA Dance Department, will open with an exploration of conformity and the human urge to break away from it. The piece in question is called “is […]

‘The Day the Sky Exploded’ is just boring

Before Italian science fiction lost its collective mind with madcap creations like “Super Argo and the Faceless Giants” and “King of Kong Island,” there was “The Day the Sky Exploded.” “Sky” is Italy’s humble first entry into the science fiction movie genre. And it’s boring. Trading the insane for the sane, the film follows a […]

‘Brave New Alaskan Voices’ is safe space for Alaska youth

In 2008, youth poet mentor Trey “Freethought” Josey attended the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis., with the Alaska slam team. He and fellow poet Kima Hamilton returned determined to bring Alaskan voices to the national stage. “I literally woke up and was like, ‘I’m taking a team to nationals,’” Josey said. “There was no […]

‘House of Lies’ soundtrack only works for TV show

Everyone gets the blues every once and awhile, and no music is a better cure for the blues than the blues itself. The “House of Lies Original Soundtrack” has such a bluesy sensibility. From hard-hitting rock like Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights” to the less exciting pop tunes like Kim Cesarion’s “Brains Out,” “House of […]

Women in Hollywood: The gender gap

Both in front of and behind the camera, women are underrepresented. Like the “glass ceiling” that keeps women and minorities from advancing in the corporate world, the “celluloid ceiling” keeps them from advancing in the cinematic world. That term comes from a yearly report of the same name by the Center for the Study of […]

Art as Catharsis: Why make art?

Aristotle famously said that the purpose of art is catharsis. If looking at or making a piece of art leads to some outburst of emotions, it’s done its job. “Painting was a big therapeutic exercise for me,” said junior Accounting major Jacob Paiz, “I could transfer emotions onto canvas and detach them from myself.” Paiz […]

‘Bio Zombie’ is delirious fun

Title: “Bio Zombie” Director: Wilson Yip Genre: Horror comedy Release date: June 11, 1998 Country: China (Hong Kong) Rating: 3.5/5 “Bio Zombie” is “Resident Evil” through the eyes of “Shaun of the dead,” with enough goofy gimmicks to keep viewers entertained, at least for a while. After the misanthropic mall DVD store employees Woody Invincible […]

Art history whitewashed

The history taught in schools is propagandistic and white-centric. American kids are raised in a racist and post-colonialist education system. Students come out the classroom believing that, prior to the Enlightenment, people of color (PoC) did not exist in Europe. This is blatantly untrue and a shortsighted view of history. Often, history is a study […]

Be Patient

In a world of three second takes, Michael Bay movies and explosions, patience in cinema with long takes and wordless scenes are difficult. After all, why watch an old farmer herd goats and eat dust in “Le Quattro Volte” (The Four Times) or a washed up country star try to find redemption in “Tender Mercies”? […]

Wordless and Eternal: Love in Film

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” is what someone would say if they were never in love. That quote comes from the 1970 Romance, “Love Story.” It’s hard growing up with messages like this. Surrounded by movies like “Titanic,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Serendipity” and any Nicholas Sparks adaptation. In movies like this, love […]

‘Once’ is a bittersweet lullaby

Tales of star-crossed lovers have graced movie screens since the beginning of cinema. Some are fine with being sappy, others strive for realism, but less often do they become something truly special. “Once” is about an unnamed Dublin busker (Glen Hansard, “The Commitments”) and woman (Marketa Irglova) and their week in Dublin writing, rehearsing and […]

‘That Awkward Moment’ isn’t awkward or funny

Imagine a Woody Allen movie. Now, take away everything that makes a Woody Allen movie good and you’d get something a better than “That Awkward Moment.” Set in New York, the film follows three single yuppies: pretty boy Jason (Zac Efron, “Parkland”), the sardonic Daniel (Miles Teller, “21 & Over”) and recently divorced Mikey (Michael […]

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