Film & TV

‘The Boy Next Door’ review: Jennifer Lopez finally sheds her rom-com actress image

By on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 9:39 pm.

January is known for moving slower than molasses, and the release of quality films during this winter month tends to move at the same pace. Filmmakers over-advertise in the fall, bringing a buzz from social media portals to TV commercials. For months, The Boy Next Door had us all talking and not just about Jennifer Lopez’s […]

‘The Bachelor’ week 4 recap: Bidding adieu to Ashley S. and Jillian’s booty, too

By on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 4:54 pm.

We approached week 4 at full speed ahead as many surprises were unloaded on to the ladies, including a camping trip and a drop-by at the mansion from Chris’s three sisters to pick one lucky woman to spend an enchanting evening with Chris. Cue Disney Cinderella plug. Well played ABC, well played. Down to just […]

Review: ‘Still Alice’ depicts Alzheimer’s through the eyes of the afflicted

By on Friday, Jan. 23 at 4:19 pm.

For an eye-opening and humanizing perspective on a disease that you think you’re familiar with, Still Alice is the film to go see. The novel-turned-film, which was released into theatres on Jan. 16, addresses a condition that is so often a minor part of films and left unanalyzed in terms of its effects. This is […]

Berg: Is ‘American Sniper’ a work of propaganda, or an accurate portrayal?

By on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:35 pm.

This past weekend, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper blew away every reasonable estimate on box office earnings and took home $107 million in its opening three-day weekend and made it the highest-grossing film to premiere in January. That’s a figure of which most summer blockbusters would be envious and is uncommon for an R-rated picture opening in the midst […]

Popcorn and tissues required: 5 romantic films coming to theaters in 2015

By on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:23 pm.

Calling all hopeless romantics: Are you sitting down? Because I’m about to make your day. The good news is that Fifty Shades of Grey is not the only romantic film coming out in 2015. This year has everything: unexpected love, musicals and a new film from Mr. Cupid himself, Nicholas Sparks. So get out that […]

‘The Bachelor’ recap week 3: Cut throat clever and Costco

By on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 4:34 pm.

ABC’s producers managed to make all our dreams come true this week by combining The Bachelor with one of our favorite talk show hosts, Jimmy Kimmel, as he crashed Chris’s dating parade. This situation was as if America sent in a representative of what we’re all thinking at home. Not only did Kimmel give insightful dating […]

Oscar nomination predictions – Part Two

By on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 9:40 am.

On Thursday, Jan. 15, the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards will be announced. You can find part one of my predictions (which cover the directing and supporting acting categories) here.   Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) – Redmayne’s accomplishments in The Theory of Everything are nothing short of stunning. The physical transformation […]

Boyhood’s sweep leaves others sweating at the Golden Globes

By on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:11 pm.

All week, as word buzzed around about the Golden Globes this Sunday, it almost always followed with, “what are the Golden Globes, exactly?” The 72nd Golden Globes handed out awards last night ranging in all categories for both film and television. The Golden Globes welcomed back hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in […]

Recap: The Bachelor Part One

By on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 4:05 pm.

“I’d rather chew glass and swallow it with a bag of hair than lose to her,” stated one of the lucky ladies competing on ABC’s 19th season of The Bachelor. The three-hour premiere included women holding roses, women in tears and me, polishing off a bottle of Chardonnay. The Monday highlight for millions across the country is […]

Review: ‘The Babadook’ terrifies from first to final frame

By on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 5:03 pm.

Glass shards from a wrecked car’s passenger window rain around a woman in slow motion. Unintelligible hysterical screaming gradually becomes prominent and clear. Then returns the woman suspended in fear from her nightmare and back into the real world. The first shot of The Babadook informs the viewer instantly that there is no time to rest while the Babadook is […]

Bromfield: Why the Animal House Saloon is a bad idea

By on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5:42 pm.

It’s almost surprising nobody opened an Animal House Saloon until now. Once the establishment at 11th Avenue and Mill Street opens, Eugene will finally have the perfect tribute to a movie that has defined the town’s culture for nearly four decades – and given the film’s classic status, it seems likely the saloon will never […]

Year in Review: Best Films of 2014

By on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 11:41 pm.

Films of 2014 certainly didn’t suffer from lack of variety. There were brilliant documentaries about whistleblowers and indie bands and bio-pics about enigma-decoding mathematicians and Olympic wrestlers. There was a reefer-toking detective, a boy growing up a dozen years in 3 hours and more robots pulverizing architecture. Without this medley of stories, it would have […]