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Tina Fey, Paul Rudd Discuss “Admission” Process

February 20, 2013

By DANIELLE GARRAND ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR In the upcoming film Admission, Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) plays Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan, who searches for the best and brightest students, but e...

‘Identity Thief’ in Review

February 14, 2013

By JOHN BONNAZO COPY EDITOR Though it is not up to par with some of the best comedies of recent years, Identity Thief  still makes for a hilarious night at the movies. It also proves that Melissa McCarthy is one of the best comedic actresses working today. The story centers on Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman, The Change-Up), a working stiff living with his family in Denver trying to make ends meet at a new job. His life is...

Handing out The Other Oscars

February 14, 2013

By VINCENT PELLIZI Receiving much less attention than the headline-making, star-studded rush of “major” awards handed out at the Oscars every year are the awards given to the men and women behind the camera— names of people that we often do not recognize but who bear the unsung burden of taking raw films and refining them into the finished products that earn the big prizes The technical and artistic categories not o...

Sundance Strives to Maintain History, Prestige

February 14, 2013

By DANIEL FINNEGAN When the Sundance Film Festival first began in 1978, the festival’s goal was to highlight and increase the visibility of American independent films. In its 35 year history, it has provided unknown films with the much needed exposure and press attention needed to garner distribution, as well as an experimental platform for new emerging directors. The festival currently contains competitive sections for dr...

Directing Race Historically Full of Surprises

February 14, 2013

By JOHN BONNAZO COPY EDITOR Steven Spielberg is an unlucky man at the Oscars. This blockbuster filmmaker has won two Best Director trophies, for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, but only one film, Schindler’s, took home Best Picture gold (Ryan lost to Shakespeare in Love). This year is another year of mixed blessings for Spielberg – he is the frontrunner for Best Director for Lincoln, but Argo is favor...

Saving Money on Movies

February 6, 2013

By PATRICK MULLEN Living in New York City can be a pain sometimes. It is so expensive to do just about anything that a Fordham student needs to put him or herself on some kind of budget.  A good deal of knowledge can carry someone a long way. Take movies, for example: if someone does not know what they are doing, they could end up spending almost twenty dollars on a single movie ticket. This is made even worse consider...

Fordham Law Professor Discusses Zero Dark Thirty

February 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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