Tag: Film

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

| August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

From director Adam Wingard, who’s been steadily dipping his talents into the horror genre with his independent ventures in ‘The Guest’ and ‘Blair Witch,’ comes what’s been deemed as a dark fantasy thriller in ‘Death Note.’ While its fantasy elements are surely present, taking influence from the manga of the same name, the thrills never […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

As struggling stand-up comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) stumbles his way through the trials and tribulations of becoming the next big thing in Chicago, one night on stage leads him to cross paths with graduate student Emily (Zoe Kazan). Though quickly dismissing each other after one night together, Kumail and Emily eventually begin dating, keeping their […]

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Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

This year’s Gold Reel Student Film Festival gave way to an evening of unpredictable brilliance and audacious filmmaking as students from across the globe offered up their best work in front of and behind the camera. From visual journeys across the stars of an animated world to a puppet-human romance, the fourth annual Gold Reel […]

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The best films of 2016 so far

| June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
The best films of 2016 so far

At the halfway point of the year, I come to reflect on the best films of the year thus far, as to give some lesser known films my love before Oscar season seeks to tear down the films from the first half of the year. Forgoing wordiness, here are my top 10 films of 2016 […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Walk in the Woods’

| September 7, 2015 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Walk in the Woods’

During this past summer, a friend of mine and I went to the movies; during which we saw a preview for “A Walk in the Woods”. At that moment my friend and I both looked at each other, rolled our eyes and groaned. However, while we looked upon this movie with resentment, the two elderly […]

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OP-ED: Why you should go to the Gold Reel Student Film Festival

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Why you should go to the Gold Reel Student Film Festival

Music, art, culture and love – it’s more than just that vitamin C we don’t get our recommended daily dose of. The second annual Gold Reel Student Film Festival takes place April 25, at 5 p.m. in the McKnight Hall in the Cone Center. Short films, music videos and documentaries will be shown to celebrate […]

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Margaret Cho is bringing her comedy show to Charlotte to prove she’s still the supreme

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Margaret Cho is bringing her comedy show to Charlotte to prove she’s still the supreme

Perhaps I may be a bit biased, but Margaret Cho is the queen of everything. Okay, let me regain some journalistic props and re-state that. Margaret Cho has been a driving force in my life, and one that has kept me going since middle school when I was an insecure, closeted homosexual boy. Cho was […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inherent Vice’ is a pot-fueled fever dream of the surrealist proportion

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inherent Vice’ is a pot-fueled fever dream of the surrealist proportion

It’s strange that while Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most masterful working directors in Hollywood, he’s never been my favorite. I love his movies, his casts are fantastic, he takes risks and follows through on them, but why hasn’t he made a more lasting impression on me? Here’s where my hopes for “Inherent […]

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FILM ANALYSIS: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
FILM ANALYSIS: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

  It’s hard to talk about this film without some knowledge of the director, Fritz Lang. A Jew, Lang was one of the preeminent directors in Germany during the years between the World Wars. Obviously, being Jewish in Germany in the 1930s (and really even before then) was not a good thing, what with the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “No Good Deed” is sorta good movie

| September 14, 2014 | 2 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: “No Good Deed” is sorta good movie

Home invasion movies scare me simply because they literally hit home; they don’t involve a ghost, or a possessed girl or even a night where all crime is legal. It’s a simple, frightening premise of fear in your safe place. Unfortunately, recent home invasion flicks have not only been scarce, but also underwhelming, taking less […]

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Health Communications teacher and students take a walk down hunger lane

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Health Communications teacher and students take a walk down hunger lane

Dr. Jillian Tullis, professor of Comm 3051 Health Communication, Film and Technology, recently created what she calls the “SNAP Challenge,” inspired after watching the documentary, “Food Inc.” “Food Inc.” discusses corporate farming and the food system in the United States. From watching the film, she learned that the average food stamp recipient in North Carolina […]

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‘A Funny Man’ is compelling, but isn’t so funny

| September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
‘A Funny Man’ is compelling, but isn’t so funny

Bio-pics are very hit or miss. On one end the film can be a compelling look at a figure and tell the truth without pulling any punches like 2003’s “Monster.” Then there can be ones that distort facts to the film’s advantage and make the person seem wholeheartedly better than he or she really was, […]

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Manifesto Retrospective Film Festival celebrates young filmmakers’ accomplishments

| March 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Manifesto Retrospective Film Festival celebrates young filmmakers’ accomplishments

The Manifesto Retrospective Film Festival, held this past Thursday at the Spirit Square, was a delightful event that showcased some prominent local student filmmakers of the Charlotte area. The five filmmakers, who are all graduates of the Arts Institute of Charlotte, presented some of their previous award-winning works from past festivals, along with special premieres […]

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Erik Button shares his struggles and triumphs as a student filmmaker

| February 21, 2012 | 0 Comments
Erik Button shares his struggles and triumphs as a student filmmaker

UNC Charlotte Senior Erik Button is a busy man. As the president of the UNC Charlotte Film Club, an Open Mic host at The Evening Muse, member of a folk-punk band and leader of his own film making company, Button does all of this and more while being a full-time student at UNC Charlotte. He […]

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