Film & TV

Berg: These are the best and worst films of summer 2014

By on Tuesday, Sep. 9 at 2:32 pm.

The summer of 2014 has been an interesting time to be a fan of blockbuster cinema. With most of the year’s biggest films either pushed into November (Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) or delayed into 2015 (Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World) it has been an uncharacteristically tepid season. But in a year without an Avengers-sized super […]

Review: Obvious Child deals with the new scarlet A with humor and honesty

By on Wednesday, Jul. 23 at 7:46 pm.

A lot of people choose to deal with life’s problems through the route of humorous self-deprecation, or in psych lingo- defense mechanisms. For many, laughter is the best way to deal with pain. There’s even scientific evidence behind it. I, being one of these people, loved this film. Obvious Child‘s main character Donna Stern, played by former […]

Saramosing: ABC Family’s sitcom ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ sheds light on Asian-American experience

By on Sunday, Jun. 29 at 6:06 pm.

Since the cancellation of ABC Family’s 1994 Korean American comedy, All-American Girl, the experience of being Asian-American has received little to no attention from mainstream media despite being one of the fastest-growing races in the nation. The upcoming ABC Family sitcom Fresh Off the Boat will finally give Asian-Americans some time in the television limelight. The series premieres this fall. The comedy, which is […]

Summer blockbust: Movies to skip

By on Wednesday, Jun. 4 at 10:15 am.

On June 1, 1975 Steven Spielberg unleashed two monsters to audiences. The first was a giant man-eating shark accompanied by the sound of two repeating notes. The second was the summer blockbuster. Since that steamy summer when Spielberg’s thriller Jaws sold over 128 million tickets, several summer flicks have profited in what all media outlets […]

‘America the Beautiful 3′ highlights problems with early exposure to a sex-saturated society

By on Friday, May. 23 at 12:59 pm.

“America the Beautiful,” a documentary series directed by Darryl Roberts, forces us desensitized members of society to pull back for a minute and examine the severe problems with the culture of beauty that we’ve established today. The third installment of the series, called “Sexualization of our Youth,” was screened at the UO May 22, an event that […]

Here’s why you shouldn’t see The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 1:09 am.

It’s hard for a superhero film to be taken seriously. Summer blockbusters with men in masks aren’t Oscar winners. They’re shunned by many critics. They’re sold out to every level of the global marketing machine. With their explosive box office performance, it’s easy to dismiss the entire genre as a purely for-profit operation, leveraging the […]

Sleep deprivation and storyboards: students create film in 72 hours for Adrenaline Film Project

By on Thursday, May. 1 at 10:55 am.

Groups comprised of current and former UO students successfully wrote, shot and edited a film in 72 hours as part of the Fifth Annual Adrenaline Film Project, which is part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival, this past weekend. One group of cinema studies majors and first-time filmmakers began their journey Wednesday night. After senior […]

Cinematheque Cinema Scholars Club holds weekly free film screenings

By on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 10:30 pm.

Thursday night, the Cinematheque Cinema Scholars Club screened The Five Obstructions, an experimental Dutch film as part of a weekly film event collaboration between the Departments of Cinema Studies and Romance Languages. In a time when a movie ticket is upwards of $11 and even a Netflix subscription costs $8 a month, free film screenings […]

Recap: MTV Movie Awards appeals to younger fans

By on Monday, Apr. 14 at 1:53 pm.

Perhaps growing older means you stop understanding things like the MTV Movie Awards. The 22nd MTV Movie Awards featured Conan O’Brien in a space suit and a strange apocalypse theme. The opening video probably offended somebody, showing meteors smashing into large cities. In his opening monologue, O’Brien called them the “Satanic Cult” awards. O’Brien, who is […]

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ review — The Wes Anderson movie that made me a Wes Anderson fan

By on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 8:22 pm.

I’ll admit it — I have never been a Wes Anderson fan. Though I have tried everything from the classic The Royal Tenenbaums to the eccentric The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to the more recent Moonrise Kingdom, I have left each viewing with the same feeling — slightly charmed by and appreciative of Anderson’s highly unusual […]

How I Met Your Mother final review: The end isn’t always worth the wait

By on Monday, Mar. 31 at 9:50 pm.

Note: Major spoilers ahead.  Within about five minutes of the How I Met Your Mother series finale, I was already tearing up. Ted Mosby, who we’ve followed for nine years through multiple failed relationships on his way to meeting his future wife, stood outside with his five best friends. It was the night before he […]

Preview: ‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO for fourth season on April 6

By on Sunday, Mar. 30 at 7:16 pm.

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers to past seasons of “Game of Thrones.” Making a joke about winter having technically come and gone is almost too easy for the spring premiere of the fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” which airs Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. Time to get your viewing group together because […]

D’oh! Bart Simpson doesn’t live in Springfield, Ore.

By on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 1:27 pm.

New Sodom. America’s Worst City. America’s crud bucket. The Simpsons’ Springfield has adopted many names over the years. And in the spring of 2012, the city of Springfield, Ore. cheered when news hit that they were America’s crud bucket. “Springfield was named after Springfield, Ore.,” “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening said in an interview with […]