Cinema to the Max

January 27, 2012 • 0
The 69th Golden Globes have come and gone, sans excitement and upsets — sound familiar? The awards show hasn’t been relevant in years: not in presentation, not in star power, not even in choice of cable network. At most, the Globes offer a cooler, hipper venue for Hollywood’s elite to pat each other on the »

Finding Kubrick’s Heir

January 13, 2012 • 0
Acclaimed Hollywood auteur David Fincher’s latest picture, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” is a violently sexual change-of-pace film for the holiday season. After losing an expensive libel case against the shady Swedish businessman Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, journalist Mikael Blomkvist takes up the 40-year-cold case of a missing woman. In return, he receives incriminating information against »


December 2, 2011 • 0
INT. SILLIMAN COLLEGE L22 – EVENING For a long time, the film community at Yale was like extraterrestrial life — we were pretty sure it existed out there, somewhere, but no one had ever actually seen it. This is fascinating, especially considering that some of Hollywood’s biggest names once called Yale home (Meryl Streep, Edward »

‘Harvard Still Sucks,’ the film

November 18, 2011 • 0
After a Harvard friend sent him the “That’s Why I Chose Yale” parody video last year, Alex Goel ’14 knew he wanted to top it. And with the help of freshman filmmaker and fellow Berkeleyite Ryan Kline ’15 , Goel has set out to do just that. With The Game less than a week away, »

Lions, Tigers and Cowboys, Oh My!

November 11, 2011 • 0
With The Game just around the corner, Yale football fans everywhere face an all too-familiar problem: the currently 7–1 Harvard Crimson (undefeated in the Ivy League) are making the trek down to New Haven to face a 4–4 Yale squad that’s had just one win against their rival in the last decade. But if popular »

The Best of American Horror

October 30, 2011 • 0
The beauty of Halloween is its ability to give us time to reflect on one of humankind’s most pernicious emotions: fear. But it’s more than just a sensation — fear is a mood, an ambience, a building block for all things suspenseful, provocative and breathtaking. Fear also motivates the most compelling stories, and it has »

Cinema’s Fall Classic

October 14, 2011 • 5
With the end of the summer blockbuster season, moviegoers can now turn their attention to the film world’s Fall Classic – the steady stream of Hollywood’s Oscar-bound babies and arthouse cinema underdogs. The big-name films now scheduled for release are all noticeable in their own right, but some have generated more buzz than others, garnering »

Cinema to the Max: ‘Runaway’ from MTV

September 30, 2011 • 0
Last month marked the 30-year anniversary of MTV, or what used to be known more descriptively as “Music Television.” Once a 24-hour smorgasbord of the day’s most popular music videos, the network has since hit an artistic rough patch. Pregnant teenagers, over-greased Jersey meatheads and rapper redemption shows have supplanted the once-proud bastion of contemporary »

Cinema to the Max: Lucasfilm strikes back

September 16, 2011 • 0
George Lucas is tough to understand — he brought us “Star Wars,” and Jar Jar Binks; he introduced the world to Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and then shoved a knife in his back in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;” he gave a voice to an entire generation with “American Graffiti,” but »

Spielberg killed the summer blockbuster

September 2, 2011 • 0
The curtains have all but closed on the summer of 2011 — on “Pirates 4,” on “X-Men 5,” on “Harry Potter 8” — and Steven Spielberg couldn’t be happier. After all, the moviemaker-turned-billionaire-media-mogul has a lot to celebrate. He’s won two directing Oscars, his movies have grossed (unadjusted) over $8 billion at the box office, »

Duty-free riots

August 26, 2011 • 0
To be fair, I spent the whole summer quasi-Europe-hopping. London, to Amsterdam (I think — the whole trip was kind of hazy), to London, to Prague, and then back to London finally, just in time for the riots. Now, I’m not saying I took part in the riots themselves. I’m not saying I didn’t. What »

Karen Allen: Artist, Harmonicist, Raider of the Lost Ark

April 21, 2011 • 0
Actress Karen Allen is much more than Indiana Jones’ main squeeze. In a career spanning roughly 30 years, Allen has earned an impressive reputation — she’s starred in films opposite Harrison Ford, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray and John Belushi. Tuesday afternoon, Allen sat down with WEEKEND before her Berkeley College Master’s Tea to talk about »