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Fordham Law Professor Discusses Zero Dark Thirty

February 6, 2013

Filed under Culture, Film and Television

By DEVON SHERIDAN Nearly four weeks ago, Zero Dark Thirty opened nationwide in theaters to a unique deluge of laudation and criticism. With a subsequent Best Picture nomination, the movie remains a topic of discussion as entertainment pundits continue annual Oscar debates while everyone looks forward to the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24. Yet, before its widespread release (the movie screened for a short time in select the...

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in Review

January 30, 2013

Filed under Film and Television, Review

By JAKE KRING-SCHREIEFLS STAFF WRITER Zero Dark Thirty, the brilliantly crafted film from director Kathryn Bigelow  (The Hurt Locker), opens with a black screen and a mosaic of panicked voices. The voices are from 9/11 and they set both the mood and the motivation for the entire film.  The film is a deftly and passionately handled chronicle of the hunt and raid to kill Osama bin Laden. But it is also prominently about Maya,...

2013 Oscar Results

January 23, 2013

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By PATRICK MULLEN STAFF WRITER The 85th Academy Awards may be the tightest, most unpredictable yet. The Best Picture race in particular has no frontrunner unlike most previous years. While there have been surprises before, one is usually able to narrow it down to two or three films that are certain to win the Oscar. This year that does not prove to be the case, as most of the nine films nominated have strong cases. To...

The Academy Awards: Beware the Snub

January 23, 2013

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By DANIEL FINNEGAN STAFF WRITER The Academy Awards, while being one of the most prominent cultural award ceremonies in the world, has been criticized in the past for its predictability. Whether it is the Academy’s supposed weakness to the influence of big money marketing rather than sheer movie quality, or the folly of obvious frontrunners, the Oscars are never short of controversy. With notable snubs in this year’...

Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comedians in Film

November 28, 2012

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By DANIEL FINNEGAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER Over the years, many comedic actors have made successful forays into the dramatic acting field, displaying depths that audiences never suspected they possessed. While there have been many effective performances like this, the following five actors were particularly triumphant in their ability to reveal the darker side to their typically comic natures.  5. Marlon Wayans in Requiem ...

‘Lincoln’ in Review

November 28, 2012

Filed under Culture, Film and Television, Review

By PATRICK MULLEN STAFF WRITER Lincoln is not the movie most were expecting. It is not a large-scale, fast-paced Spielberg film, but rather a slow, talky, very political film unlike anything the director has ever done. The narrative focuses not on Abraham Lincoln’s life as a whole, but a span of about a month in early 1865 when the 13th Amendment, which would put an end to slavery, was being debated in the House of...

David O’Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ in Review

November 28, 2012

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By PATRICK MULLEN Although Silver Linings Playbook is a comedy, the film presents the viewer with an incredibly morbid story of a man suffering from mental illness who constantly lies to his wife. The film is a challenging one because you want to laugh at times when you feel you should not and, on occasion, you fail to laugh when you feel you should. Still, Silver Linings Playbook is a great movie. It is a comedy film...

The 23rd James Bond film, ‘Skyfall,’ in Review

November 13, 2012

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By PATRICK MULLEN Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond film, seems like a conscious effort by filmmakers to compete with the blockbuster superhero films of the past few years. The action is bigger and more intense, the camera is more free and flowing and the villain more indestructible. Despite all that, Skyfall is its own movie. Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) brings his signature direction to a series that ma...

‘Flight,’ Starring Fordham Alum, in Review

November 7, 2012

Filed under Culture, Film and Television, Review

By JOHN BONAZZO COPY EDITOR Made with the perfect mix of drama, suspense, and comedy, and featuring a great lead performance, Flight is a must-see! The film focuses on Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington, Unstoppable), a pilot fighting deep, personal demons.  His struggles come to a head one day when he saves his plane from crashing in what many call a miraculous rescue. The circumstances of Whip’s heroic act come i...

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