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Review: “Isle of Dogs” is Beautiful but Disappointing

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

May 3, 2018


Filed under A&E

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is a visual spectacle that never quite escapes the stereotypes of a large-budget Hollywood release. Set in a near-future Japan, an authoritarian leader banishes all canines from Megasaki City to Trash Island after a vicious virus spreads through the population. ...

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2018


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

In an industry that has been flooded with remakes, sequels, prequels and franchises, the place for creative film directors and screenwriters has diminished into obscurity, with the few films that are genuinely new or groundbreaking either slumping in the box office or being relegated to art house cinemas....

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) is the antithesis of J. J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). “The Force Awakens” was a nostalgia trip for old fans and an easily digestible introduction for new fans. In 2015, audiences met new faces as well as old, but the...

Minute Film Festival: Sixty-Second Creative Endeavors

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2017


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What can you do with a minute? This was the challenge posed to students taking part in the Minute Film Festival in Kimball Theater on Friday, Oct. 27. The festival, put on by the Fine Arts House, premiered 36 different films submitted by a variety of students. As with all film festivals, this one...

Spotlight on A&E Related Internships

Zuhra Amini, Staff Writer

September 2, 2017


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Coming out of internship season, the Wire sat down with three students who participated in internships that involved film this past summer. Allison Hall, a junior film and media studies major, interned with a team at Seattle Children’s Research Institute that studies the intersection between adoles...

New “Beauty and the Beast” enchants audiences

Afton Weaver, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 musical “Beauty and the Beast” has captured the hearts and minds of viewers since opening on March 17, recounting with a modern twist the beloved tale of a confident yet gentle girl who is able to find love and compassion in an angry beast. With...

Harper Joy’s “A King Lear” brings mixed media, innovation to Shakespearean text

Harper Joy’s “A King Lear” brings mixed media, innovation to Shakespearean text

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

The traditional and rich language of Shakespeare, combined with modern forms of mixed media, filled the stage in Harper Joy Theatre’s production of “A King Lear.” The play, performed first for Encounters classes before playing to regular weekend audiences, was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King...

The 89th Academy Awards: Another year of gains and snubs

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and, much in the vein of past ceremonies, featured some welcome improvements from years past while also maintaining or establishing some troublesome trends. Nine films were nominated for the coveted Best ...

“I Too Am Whitman” gives voice to marginalized students, identities

“I Too Am Whitman” gives voice to marginalized students, identities

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

November 3, 2016


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

Stepping into the Stevens Gallery in Reid, one is faced with an interesting set of images and writings. To the left, pieces of poster paper are taped to the wall, each one with a short statement. To the right, portraits of Whitman students, each one holding their respective piece of paper, allow vie...

Recapping the Summer Movie Season

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

September 8, 2016


Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

More than any other summer in recent memory, the current summer season has proved deeply troubling for the state of the film industry, in regards to the quality of films, the kinds of films that were released, and which films were rewarded and which fell flat with audiences. Arguably, the mo...

An Interactive Podcast about the Latest Movies and Everything Film

Allison Hall, Staff Writer

April 14, 2016


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Senior Evan Martin, a Film and Media Studies major, combines three things he loves—film, music and improv—to create a podcast about film that has something in it for everyone.

Senior John Lee Creates Whitman’s Own Sitcom

Megan Hearst

April 7, 2016


Filed under A&E

"Saturdays" is the brainchild of Whitman student John Lee.

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