On Tuesday night the Hofstra Film Club provided a screening of the film If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, as well as a Q&A with the director. If A Tree Falls tells the story of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a radical faction of the environmentalist movement, alongside the personal story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member brought to trial for eco-terrorism.
What’s most shocking about Hanna isn’t its opening scene of the titular 16-year old, hunting and disemboweling a deer in the wilderness of Finland. Nor is it the penultimate sequence, wherein Erik Heller (Eric Bana) forces a rusted steel girder through his adversary’s ribcage. The truly amazing thing about this film is that its life began as the senior film project of Seth Lochhead, a student of the Vancouver Film School.
Source Code is essentially two related movies. The first asks the question: If Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a helicopter pilot for the American army in Afghanistan, how did he end up in a metallic pod, obeying the orders of strangers via computer screens? The second seeks to stop a domestic terrorist from detonating a nuclear device in downtown Chicago. Mystery plots make
The countless filmmaking errors committed by Battle: Los Angeles make it difficult to choose which is the most salient.
It would be easy to criticize the characterization, or near absence of it; this movie doesn’t sculpt real people. Instead, it does one of two things: 1) relies on a series of war-themed tropes (male feelings thinly veiled beneath machismo, a soldier speaking by an unknown gravestone before shipping out; the loner gadfly who questions orders) to give the audience an idea of a person, and 2) includes extra bodies in a scene for the sole purpose of receiving bullets.
“The Adjustment Bureau” tries to be about a lot more than men running through doors in New York City in suits and fedoras. It takes on the idea of free will, determining just what true love can overcome, with plenty of hastily explained science fiction. It tries to mess with the audience’s head without knowing exactly what buttons to push, so it pushes every button at once and hopes for the best, ultimately leading to disappointment.
In “Cedar Rapids,” Ed Helms stars for the first time as Tim Lippe, a more naïve, sympathetic version of Helms’ “The Office” character, Andy Bernard. Lippe is an insurance salesman who is sent from his tiny hometown to the slightly less small, eponymous city in Iowa to participate in an insurance conference after his agency’s star broker dies in a tragic autoerotic asphyxiation accident.
I Am Number Four, starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron, is about an alien that comes to Earth to escape his the invasion on his home planet. Nine children from this planet escape, and are being hunted and slaughtered one by one by the same aliens that invaded their home.
With any luck, the Oscar’s red carpet will have a place this year for Hofstra seniors Luz Pena and Phil Robibero. The anchor and videographer team entered mtvU’s “Oscar Correspondent” contest along with college students from all over the country, and have earned a spot in the final three.
Within the span of five days, Columbia University’s Center for Palestinian Studies showcased the highest quality films currently being produced in or near this Arabic nation. Beginning Wednesday and ending Sunday, short films and feature lengths were shown depicting the artistic, political and individual conflicts and ideas of Palestine. There were also academic panels and cultural events featured throughout.
What is the purpose of a movie? Is it meant to be a visual novel, opening the minds of it’s viewers through interesting plot progression and deep characters, or can it merely be a sound and light show entertaining its viewers with innovative score and art direction? This was the question I kept asking myself while watching Tron: Legacy. Can style be so good that it trumps substance?