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First foreign film to win Best Picture makes Oscars history

By Jacob Baker | February 10, 2020

Korean film “Parasite” won big and made history Sunday at the 92nd annual Oscars, taking home best picture, best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay.This is the first time in Academy Award history that a foreign...

Oscar nominations lack diversity

By Jacob Baker | January 20, 2020

The highlight of the 2010 Oscars was when female director Kathryn Bigelow took home a total of six awards for her film “The Hurt Locker” and became the first woman to win best director. In 2010, the academy featured diversity in it’s selections,...

‘Jexi’ fails to make a homicidal phone funny

By Parker Otto | October 13, 2019

At a first glance, “Jexi” seems like an interesting comedy, but while having a creative premise, the film fails to earn the title of comedy with a dull plot and a lack of humor. “Jexi” stars Adam DeVine as Phil, a socially awkward introvert who...

Robert De Niro stars in The King of Comedy as Rupert Pupkin, a mentally deranged stand-up comedian who longs for acceptance in society.

Top ten things to watch if you liked “Joker”

By Parker Otto | October 11, 2019

The film “Joker,” released Oct. 4, has become a box office sensation with the film having the highest grossing opening weekend of October, a record previously held by “Venom.” For those who enjoyed the film and wish to explore types of media,...

Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, tries to put on a happy face in Joker.

‘Joker’ creates a narrative worthy of the Clown Prince of Crime

By Parker Otto | October 6, 2019

“Joker,” while controversial and violent, is easily one of the best films of 2019 due to its complex character development, strong atmosphere and beautiful filmmaking techniques. Rather than being part of a larger cinematic universe with a budget...

Emmanuelle Seigner displays the Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy, directed by Roman Polanski, during the awarding ceremony of the Venice Film Festival Sept. 7. Polanski did not attend the festival so his wife, Seigner, accepted the award in his place.

“Joker” wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, convicted child rapist Roman Polanski wins Grand Jury Prize

By Parker Otto | September 11, 2019

The 76th Venice Film Festival captivated critics and filmmakers from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Several prestigious films were exhibited, with some being screened in competition for the prestigious Golden Lion prize while others were shown out of competition...

Sex, drugs, ‘vices’ depict hippie culture in drama

By Arthur Aumann | January 12, 2015

A drug-fueled adventure of a man searching for his ex-girlfriend — or what sounds like an average Friday night in DeKalb — is the subject of the film “Inherent Vice,” released Jan. 9.Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a befuddled...

Top five movies about America

By Sarah Contreras | November 10, 2011

In writing about American movies in honor of Veterans Day, I didn't just want to make a list that consisted of the powerhouses of American Cinema or of movies solely about American triumph. I decided to choose movies that, during my limited lifetime,...