Matthew McConaughey: Rom-Com to All-Out Dram
It’s hard to overlook Matthew McConaughey’s devilishly good looks, and it would be remiss to say that his chiseled features and Adonis-like golden locks haven’t had some sort of impact on his early career roles. But with his turn as a homophobic AIDS victim in “Dallas Buyers Club” making the critical rounds, we have to »
CINEMA TO THE MAX: Sports Movies That Put Points on the Board
With The Game just around the corner, Yale football faces an all too-familiar problem: we’ve won just once in the last twelve years, and that was in 2006—when I was a freshman in high school. But if popular Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that, on any given day, anyone anywhere is capable of pulling out a win.
How Horrifying are Horror Films?
By the time you read this, Halloween will have passed, and hopefully you enjoyed a nice fright or two. After all, the popular point of Halloween is to scare the hell out of yourself. And what better way to scare the hell out of yourself than to watch a scary movie? Some of the greatest »
The Revolution Will be Televised
Television was always my first love. Don’t get me wrong, I love great movies — it’s why I write this column. But most young kids don’t tend to see a lot of them, typically watching the same small handful of films over and over and over again. Case in point: I’ve seen “The Lion King” »
Those Summer Movies Before Senior Year
All the best movies from the last few months hit the same kind of emotions. “Mud,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “This Is the End,” “Man of Steel,” “The Heat,” “The Way Way Back,” “The Spectacular Now” — these have been truly sentimental films that have in many ways forced us to look a little inward. Especially now, at the start of what is, for many of us, the last eight months of our Yale career.
Buddy Cops Face “The Heat”
I can count on one hand the number of new releases I saw this summer: “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “This Is the End” and “The Heat.” All wonderful films, all very different. “Star Trek” is an adventure and a half, and “The End” is astonishingly offensive and hilarious.
With March now solidly behind us, students everywhere grudgingly turn their attention back to work — while keeping one eye set on the summers before them
Best Picture 2012: ‘Argo’?
Ben Affleck has completed the career turnaround of which we all hoped he was capable—shrugging off his string of horrendous late-90s/early-00s films to reinvent himself as a potent filmmaker with wide ambitions. So maybe there’s more to “Argo” than meets the eye. (We are astoundingly quick to criticize blockbusters, to be fair.) At the very least, I’m willing to reexamine the film.
Why ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Won’t Win the Oscar
Anyone at all remotely interested in films knows that the Oscars are a bit of a sham, and just to be clear, we’ve known this for a while. By 1942 — when “How Green Was My Valley” beat out “Citizen Kane” and “The Maltese Falcon” for Best Picture — the trend was set. Each year’s Academy Awards ceremony almost never rewards the year’s truly best film. The winner needs a killer story, an aggressive producer and the eyes of the nation.
Rebel Without a Pause
Coming-of-age movies are pretty self-defeating when you think about it. You see, the problem with any given one is that it’s usually pretty difficult to translate across time: “American Graffiti” doesn’t hold the same weight for an ’80s audience, just as Emilio Estevez and “The Breakfast Club” are a bit out-of-date for someone from my »
A Case for Cinematic Stories
Three weeks ago I read in this publication an interesting guest column, written by Becca Edelman ’14, that drew a distinction between cinematic story and style. As Edelman argued, stylistic films have carried and should continue to carry the day in Hollywood, thrusting aside more moderately-tempered movies for bold, daring narratives told in bold, daring »