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Notes on “Muppets”

Notes on “Muppets”

Thomas Benton

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

There’s a new Muppets movie, “Muppets: Most Wanted.” If your heart still beats and occasionally sweats sugar, you’ll be most wanting to see it. The team behind the 2011 “Muppets” is mostly reunited--no Jason Segel, who was the heart of that film. His absence is noted, but “Muppets: Most...

“300” sequel: 1D film, 3D sex

“300” sequel: 1D film, 3D sex

Travis LeClair

March 27, 2014


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“300: Rise of an Empire” takes battle to the seas and continues the stylistic gore and glory that was introduced to audiences in the original 2006 release. The film follows the Greek General Themistocles, played by Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom,” “Gangster Squad”) as he fights a...

Thawing out “Frozen”

Thawing out “Frozen”

Ben Simone

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Tuesday night I made the decision to watch Disney’s newest animated film: “Frozen.” For weeks, I had been hearing people across campus singing, “DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A SNOWMAN.” So I decided, with a notably heavy heart, to take the icy plunge into “Frozen.” As...

It was the hard-knock life for Ali

It was the hard-knock life for Ali

Josh Lemay

March 27, 2014


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To many people in my generation, Muhammad Ali is just a boxer, and a damned good one. Most of his power as a legitimate icon has been lost in time. “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” is a film that dives into the man as he is caught in a battle of religion, race, and dissent against a brutal war. Ali’s...

An appeal on behalf of “Veronica Mars”

Thomas Benton

March 15, 2014


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What rose-scented antidote is this? What flash of Hera’s bosom? What bellow from Heaven, startling jumpers back away from their ledges? What feminine hand, throwing funds into the cups of the spiritually destitute? I see a forgotten vision of neon beams cutting through the dark; seven years’ rainfall...

Goldfingered

Goldfingered

Jim Union

February 20, 2014


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Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as "K."), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. &nb...

“Ender’s Game” still enjoyable almost 40 years later

“Ender’s Game” still enjoyable almost 40 years later

Lisa Kent

February 19, 2014


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Orson Scott Card’s "Ender’s Game" first came out in 1977. I read it then, and enjoyed it so much that I went on to read the rest of Card’s work as it came out. I didn’t expect to read this particular book again, but since it showed up on our "New Books" display last month here in the Willey Lib...

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Travis LeClair

February 18, 2014


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Imagine living in a reality where war criminals are celebrated as heroes for mass murder. Imagine that genocide goes unpunished and untried after 50 years. Now imagine befriending one of these executioners and making a film documenting the reenactment of torture and murder committed by his hands. ...

“Dallas Buyers Club” gives AIDS outbreak a personal look

“Dallas Buyers Club” gives AIDS outbreak a personal look

Travis LeClair

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

This year Hollywood delivered an unadulterated and personal view into the AIDS outbreak that shook the United States in the 1980s. An almost unrecognizable Matthew McConaughey stars in the sad and brilliant “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey is known for being able to bring a film to the next level,...

“Independent Lens” opens at JSC

“Independent Lens” opens at JSC

Mariah Howland

November 14, 2013


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  The “Independent Lens” documentary “The State of Arizona” is playing at JSC on Dec. 3. The film documents the ongoing debate over immigration in Arizona. It is the most recent film from Vermont Public Television’s (VPT) Community Cinema program to come to Johnson State Coll...

“About Time” Marvel learns about passion

“About Time” Marvel learns about passion

Tom Benton

November 14, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

  Richard Curtis is awfully undervalued. He’s the English chap who wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and wrote and directed “Love Actually.” He is the master of the rom-com. He absolutely believes in what he writes, and it...

“Gravity” sinks, “Machete” kills

“Gravity” sinks, “Machete” kills

Tom Benton

October 16, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“Gravity” and “Machete Kills” reach for the light in opposite ways. “Gravity” sees it in the stars; “Machete Kills” sees it in the Mexican sunlight. Which movie you prefer boils down to whether you’d rather see Sandra Bullock in a spaceship, panicking, or Mel Gibson in a spaceship,...

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