Arts & CultureFilm & TV

'Lincoln' does its best at making political history watchable

The plot of “Lincoln”@@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/@@ revolves around the sixteenth president’s last year in office and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. You can tell from the get-go that this is a Steven [email protected]@[email protected]@ picture. I may not have caught this movie in the theater had it not had his name attached …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Film: The democratization of film

The democratization of film in the form of readily available cameras threatens the Hollywood paradigm. They just don’t know it yet. Before DSLR cameras came around, if you wanted to make an indie movie, you needed money. Lots of money. You could ask rich people for help (good luck on …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Film: 'Skyfall' underwhelming due to its familiarity

“Skyfall” is a revenge story wherein Javier Bardem is an ex-00 agent wanting to kill M (Judy Dench), whom he blames for the months of torture he had to endure after being captured. Explosions ensue. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was beautifully shot. Some of the lighting and composition …

READ MORE →
ArchivesFilm & TV

Kendall: Why James Bond is the worst spy ever

James Bond is the worst spy ever. Strong words, I know. Let’s compare and contrast James Bond, super spy extraordinaire, and Tony Mendez, real life intelligence for the CIA played by Ben Affleck in “Argo” (easily one of the best films of the year) in an imaginary scenario. Against this …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Downton Abbey: A slice of humanity in a historical set piece

“Downton Abbey” is a marvel. A historical drama set in the post-Edwardian period in England’s history, it takes place just a dash before World War I. It follows a family of wealthy landowners in Yorkshire in their country estate, as well as the servants working for them. Admittedly, it strays …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Movies: 'Cloud Atlas' is creative but a little too ambitious

“Cloud Atlas” is remarkably ambitious in its scope. Some have complained (including me) that Hollywood has no ambition or creativity; that it’s all about the money and not about the art. Cloud Atlas is the exception to that rule. I just wish that it were a successful exception. Six different …

READ MORE →
ArchivesFilm & TV

Film: Horror is in the eye of the beholder

The Halloween season has me thinking of the horror genre. My two favorite horror movies are “Waxwork” and “Waxwork II: Lost in Time.” They’re not scary. Not at all. The horror movies I tend to like aren’t even scary. In fact, most horror movies in general tend to fall in …

READ MORE →
ArchivesFilm & TV

Film: Argo wows with strong performances and art design

“Argo” is an excellent film, a suspense thriller done right. For many, Ben Affleck at the helm was a turn off. They see him as somebody that has burned them in “Gigli.” And while it is right to hate that film, (many of whom say that it is one of …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

The Walking Dead subtly raises the question, 'What would you do to survive?'

The zombie craze has taken hold of the country. It happened a few years ago, and really reached its pinnacle when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established their zombie apocalypse preparedness plan. So what does this mean? It may mean that a 12-year-old boy is the director of FEMA. …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Hell rides on two wheels in local indie flick 'All Hell Breaks Loose'

What do you do when your bride is captured by a group of bikers from hell and then kills you when you try to fight back? You exact your own brand of roadside justice with the help of a crazy priest and an alcoholic country sheriff. That’s the premise of Frenetic Films’ new indie feature filmed in Eugene, “All Hell Breaks Loose.”

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Kendall: The business in show business

Recently in “Hollyweird” there’s been a huge push for remakes of films that seem a little too recent to bring back. As of this writing, they’re in the middle of redoing “RoboCop”@@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1234721/@@ and this summer just released another “Total Recall” [email protected]@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386703/@@, both originals directed by Paul Verhoeven. “The Amazing Spider-Man” …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

'Looper' review: The creative filmmaker got a chance and we all win

There’s so much to say about this film, but I must leave it at this: it’s worth it. It really is. I love it when Hollywood comes through. Sometimes, filmmakers with creativity still get a chance. And when it works, we all win.

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

TV/Film: Despite a couple bad characters, 'Looper' seems believable

“Looper” is a Sci-Fi thriller that doesn’t insult its audience with ridiculous “splosions” or trite characters. There is a theme about abandoned children growing up to be lost and twisted adults reminded me of some sort of Peter Pan or Pinocchio story gone horribly awry with time traveling gunmen, drugs and …

READ MORE →
Special Sections

Auditions coming soon for Duck TV, a UO student multimedia lab

If you ever wanted the opportunity to try your hand at producing, writing or directing a TV show or short series of films, Duck TV is an excellent chance to step into the limelight. Broadcast news and sports are at the foundation of Duck TV, but comedy and drama have …

READ MORE →
Special Sections

How to tell time without technology

With most people surgically joining their cell phones to their heads, there usually isn’t a need to tell time without a device. But when the heavens are clear, and you’re without your technology, there are a few tips that can get you the results you’re looking for.

READ MORE →
Special Sections

Bijou Art Cinema not as haunted as people think

Sitting along 13th street in a squat complex of buildings that looks like a church.

READ MORE →
Back to the Books

Lewis Integrative Science Building a sustainable masterpiece

The Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University is one of the most expensive ever built at the University of Oregon. It is also one of the most impressive, with a slew of green engineering marvels contained in its 100,000 square feet. Standing in the atrium surrounded by windows on …

READ MORE →
Law SchoolSpecial Sections

Craft beer guide — Four of the best local brews

Coming to a new town to go to school can be a daunting commitment. Many people find [email protected]@haha…great use of this [email protected]@ in comfort foods. One of my comfort foods is beer. “Beer isn’t a food,” you may say. Perhaps this isn’t the kind of food that nourishes the body, but these …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Five of the best films made about filmmaking

Some of my favorite films from Hollywood are films about the process of filmmaking. Sometimes, the most entertaining characters are the ones behind the camera as opposed to in front of it. I always feel as though I’m there with them, realizing a boyhood dream of being a filmmaker alongside …

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

No asses went to Mars in ‘Total Recall’ remake

Many of the scenes were near carbon copies of the original. Any new scenes lacked ‘the balls’ to push the film further.

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

The Dark Knight Rises entertains despite continuity, pacing issues

“The Dark Knight Rises” is exactly what you would have expected from the latest Christopher Nolan Batman film. It comes through the pacing problems, a few flat performances, a sprinkling of some choppy dialogue and some continuity errors smelling like roses. Normally, when a film has these kinds of problems it sinks, but this one did not.

READ MORE →
Arts & Culture

Dave Chappelle is wiser and just as funny at the McDonald Theatre

Comedian Dave Chappelle hit Eugene with only a few days’ notice on July 23, performing to a sold-out crowd at the McDonald Theatre. Appearing to do improv for most of the show, Chappelle pleased the crowd with anecdotes and wit that was, at times, subtle and profound. To make a comparison to Mark Twain might be apt, as the comedian seems to have mellowed with time. Chappelle seems almost to have a collected calm about him surrounding his tenure on “Chappelle’s Show,” which appears to hound him at every turn.

READ MORE →
Arts & Culture

Disco and dodgeball hits coming your way at City of Eugene’s third annual dodgeball tournament

“Just remember the five Ds of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and…dodge,” said seven-time dodgeball all-star Patches O’Houlihan (played by Rip Torn) in the 2004 movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFood

Get your weird on at the Oregon Country Fair

What started as a fundraising event in 1969 for a school has grown in lively fashion.

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

‘Prometheus’ review: In space, nobody can hear you scream for your money back

“Prometheus” is a studio-produced betrayal of the original subject matter. Ridley Scott straight up pulled a “Star Wars: Episode One” on the “Alien” franchise.

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Surprisingly, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is actually worth a watch

If you want to see this movie, then do it. If you are like me and couldn’t be dragged to this for love or money, maybe reconsider. I promise that it was actually enjoyable.

READ MORE →
Arts & Culture

’90s television shows are lies wrapped in deception

As a thought exercise let’s explore the context of three ’90s shows and then I will overlay a slightly more likely scenario.

READ MORE →
Arts & CultureFilm & TV

‘MiB3’ comes out of nowhere and entertains … a little

“Men in Black 3” was better than I expected. But going into a film with remarkably low expectations can do that.

READ MORE →