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On the cinematic horizon

Becquer Medak-Seguin

September 20, 2009

There exists an awkward correlation between climatological change and quality of released cinema. As leaves become more and more chartreuse and sweaters more and more necessary after sundown, films become better and better. I don't know why; it just happens. In any case, a cadre of hyped films (this...

‘The Great Buck Howard’ shies away from all-out satire

Becquer Medak-Seguin

June 2, 2009

In film, there is fine line between satire and feel-good ersatz. The former understands the imperfections of life and employs hyperbole to point it out while the latter takes itself much too seriously and believes that these situations always turns out well in the end. Sean McGinly's 'The Great Buck How...

‘Rudo y Cursi’ misses the goal

Becquer Medak-Seguin

May 27, 2009

Carlos Cuarón, brother of acclaimed Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón (''Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' 'Children of Men'), has finally done it: he has cinematically reunited Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna since their erotically charged rendezvous in his brother's 2001 film 'Y tu...

‘Dry Creek’: Second episode creates romantic parallels

Becquer Medak-Seguin

May 6, 2009

The second episode of 'Dry Creek,' the new web series from writer/directors Evan Cartwright and Ben Kegan, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of actual content - because of its brevity -, but will satiate the cinematic hunger cliffhanger- and love triangle-lovers everywhere. The opening scene di...

Postmortem meditation drives ‘Dry Creek’

Becquer Medak-Seguin

May 5, 2009

The inescapable concept of death both suffocates and drives the first installation of Evan Cartwright and Ben Kegan's web series 'Dry Creek.' Affectingly silent and cinematographically precise, the web series revolves around the recent death of Charlie (Kevin Moore) and Grace Barrow's (Eliza Young) ...

Subtlety lacks in conceptual ‘Thinking of You’

Becquer Medak-Seguin

May 2, 2009

Sean Day, Obreanna McReynolds, and Jessie Neill's 'Thinking of You,' a short film about a stalker's stalker, presents a profound shift in style from the insert's first film 'EmPlosive.' Whereas the latter is a technologically-savvy, artistic attempt at at short film, the former is a plot-driven, ironic...

Artistic weight drowns ‘EmPlosive’

Becquer Medak-Seguin

April 28, 2009

  The first film in the insert, Tyler Calkin's 'EmPlosive,' is perhaps the most difficult to grasp because of its lack of plot. That's not to say, however, that it needs one. Calkin's exercise here is one of artistic ingenuity. The film is a montage of symbolic images that seemingly have nothing...

‘blue moon’ short films leave much to be desired

Becquer Medak-Seguin

April 28, 2009

Our award-winning art and literary magazine, 'blue moon,' added something welcomely new to this year's issue: visual media. Until now, 'blue moon' has been a seemingly traditional annual college literary magazine, displaying unique student poetry, photography, art, and prose within its covers. The adven...

‘Hunger’ satiates

Becquer Medak-Seguin

April 26, 2009

Painfully patient and dauntingly deliberate, Steve McQueen's (not to be confused with the American actor) film 'Hunger' is an intrepid look at the last few weeks of IRA hero Bobby Sands without the glossy, feel-good swathe you'd expect from a new feature film director. The artist-turned-feature-film-director is no...

Women’s lacrosse duo selected as NWLA all-stars

Andy Jobanek

April 25, 2009

Diane Feuillet and Andrea Seymour, two women's lacrosse players on Whitman's club team, were selected as Northwest Women's Lacrosse Association all-stars today. The Whitman women are currently in fifth place in the NWLA, one spot out of the playoffs. Seymour is a senior captain for Whitman who now will o...

Festival de Cannes Selection Announced

Becquer Medak-Seguin

April 23, 2009

  The 62nd installment of the most prestigiuos film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24), announced their official selection today. All of the big directors with new films this year, with the notable exception of Woody Allen, submitted their new cinematic projects. The f...

Iron Mike is Back in ‘Tyson’

Becquer Medak-Seguin

April 22, 2009

It's difficult to imagine how such a complex and intriguing story, like Mike Tyson's, didn't reach the big screen earlier. Told with fidelity and a genuine interest in the subject, James Toback's documentary 'Tyson' is as honest a documentary as you will find: he lets Tyson talk - a relatively straightforward endeavor few inve...

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