Film & TV

5 flicks to catch in the theater this Thanksgiving

By on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 10:46 am.

The Imitation Game: It’s late fall, that means one thing: Oscar season is here in full force. One performance almost guaranteed to land a Best Actor nomination this year is Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in this anticipated biopic. The film chronologues the British genius’ years working to decode German transmissions in the heat of World War […]

What to binge-watch while you binge-eat this Thanksgiving

By on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 9:11 pm.

Bob’s Burgers: One of the most underappreciated comedies of the past year, this is a show that just wraps you in its sensibility. The great alternative comedy; the genuine positive energy, and even the commitment to having new, original musical numbers in every episode. 23 minutes isn’t long enough to appreciate the genius of Bob’s Burgers; it’s […]

Dumb and Dumber To leaves you with a few less brain cells

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1:53 pm.

I never thought that the qualities of stupidity, hilarity and (seriously mindless) entertainment could balance one another out so perfectly. After 20 years, directors and brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly have brought back the dynamic dimwitted duo, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) to the silver screen to make us feel a […]

Kevin Hart screens ‘The Wedding Ringer’ at VRC, says college is something he missed out on

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1:45 pm.

Scroll to bottom for an audio recording of our short Q&A with Kevin Hart. Saturday was a day of madness in Eugene. Hundreds of people staked their spot in a line that trailed all the way outside into the harsh winter cold. Kevin Hart would be making an appearance that morning at Valley River Center […]

Review: ‘Birdman’ is sharp, powerful filmmaking

By on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6:20 pm.

Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the fifth feature film of Alejandro González Iñárritu, is billed as a black comedy film, but it seems more like a slapstick drama. It follows Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful, none of which were exactly laugh riots. It’s as hilarious as it is stressful and it is sharp, powerful […]

The CMAs: proof that country is suffering from “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder”

By on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3:45 pm.

Last Wednesday marked the 48th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and it was one of the most unusual in country music’s history. Expected: the disappearance of Taylor Swift, who finally made an overdue step down from her soapbox to accept the inevitable genre classification of pop — something she should have done two years ago, when her last […]

Kevin Hart to host free screening of his upcoming new movie The Wedding Ringer, exclusive to UO students

By on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5:53 pm.

Eugene’s Valley River Center mall is an ideal place to indulge in overpriced cinnamon rolls and retail therapy, to relieve the stress of school and immediately replace it with a large credit card bill. However, it’s the last place anyone expects to spot a celebrity. Until now. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will make an appearance […]

Review: ‘Big Hero Six’ doesn’t change the comic book formula, but offers a thrilling take on it.

By on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 9:08 am.

Frequently, comic books are called the modern American myths. They’re tales of gods, monsters and men that serve as parables for our time. While the beats never change, new artists revisit the same basic structure of story – finding new meaning in old ideas. In many ways, Disney’s Big Hero Six feels like proof of […]

Laika: A new dream for animators right in our backyard

By on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:25 pm.

Los Angeles is too often considered the end all, be all of everything cinematic. But before you make the big move to L.A., listen up, film fanatics. Especially those who are artistic and/or reluctant to leave Oregon. Have you ever heard of Laika? It’s not necessarily a household name, but many of their movies are major animated […]

Farming and demolition derbies encompass ‘Dryland’

By on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 5:37 pm.

The sprawling, rural farmlands of Lind, Washington found themselves projected on the quaint screen of the Bijou Metro Theater as a part of the Eugene International Film Festival Saturday evening. Filmed over a timespan of a decade, Dryland, directed by Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, focuses on the lives of two families who have been dryland […]

Review: ‘Interstellar’ may be Nolan’s most ambitious film, yet it delivers in spades

By on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7:02 pm.

Christopher Nolan has become a divisive filmmaker in the past couple of years. 2008′s The Dark Knight was the film of a generation, setting in stone the “gritty” format for blockbusters that has become Hollywood’s new standard. His stark visual style, slower pace and emotionally earnest dialogue earned a legion of followers. Inception bolstered those feelings among hardcore fans, as […]

One example of how the Eugene International Film Festival brings fantastic to the big screen

By on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7:17 pm.

Eugene’s best kept secret is finally here. This weekend from Nov. 7-9, located at both the Regal Valley River Center Cinema and the Bijou Metro Theater, you can find a variety of films ranging from 3 to 98 minutes. These individual films come in multiple genres and from all over the world. I was fortunate enough […]

A review of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please: Hitting the funny bone in all the right places

By on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:19 pm.

Christmas came early this year. On Oct. 28, comedian, SNL alum and current Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler released her first book, Yes Please. These words, when together, bring forth power and preciseness, according to Poehler. “Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting […]

Live on election night: Stewart and Colbert hope you didn’t forget to remember to vote

By on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 1:37 pm.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart “Democalypse 2014: America Remembers It Forgot to Vote.” Jon Stewart starts his show by clearing the air. Earlier he appeared on CNN saying he “doesn’t normally vote in midterms, but did vote today.” He said he didn’t make it clear enough that he was joking in a genuinely serious […]

Nightcrawler review – Gyllenhaal portrays unfamiliar monster in best role of his career

By on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 11:29 am.

Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler highlights the exact character we all didn’t know we instinctually would find extremely unsettling. When we first come across Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), we see him as a thief and an obvious sociopath trying to find a job. He attempts to sell himself to people wide-eyed, in a spiel radiating with self-obsession […]

Saturday Night Live Recap: The best and worst of Chris Rock’s controversial performance

By on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:44 pm.

Chris Rock and the one and only Prince put on quite a show last night as hosts of one of the most talked about Saturday Night Live episodes in a while. It was Rock’s first time returning to SNL since 1996. Obviously people expected something worthwhile from the previous SNL cast member – ratings wise, […]