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Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

February 16, 2017

The zany, self-referential and ridiculous antics of the Dark Knight’s LEGO equivalent continue in Warner Animation Group’s new animated feature, “The LEGO Batman Movie,” a spin-off of the 2014 smash hit, “The LEGO Movie” focusing on the Batman character. Will Arnett returns as the titular...

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

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

January 26, 2017

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 ...

“Amanda Knox” a raw look at the media

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2016

This past week, I attended a meeting for students planning to study abroad. Around 20 students and myself anxiously sat together, waiting for the speaker talk us through the process of choosing and applying to the available programs. As my eyes scanned down the long list of cities and countries where I cou...

Recapping the Summer Movie Season

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

September 8, 2016

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...

Hong-Sang Soo’s filmmaker fetish

Vincent Warne

March 29, 2015

As is any self-respecting art form in the modern and post-modern era, film is often a self-reflexive medium. Whether it be in canonized classics like "Man with a Movie Camera" and "8 ½", arthouse fare like "Pastoral: To Die in the Country" and "Ulysses Gaze", or popular recent Oscar-winners like "The...

Lav Goes Long

Vincent Warne

February 25, 2015

It's been a while since I last posted, but that's because I've been watching a lot of movies. Long movies. I've watched bunch of long movies this year overall, from the intimate 3-hour opus "Yi Yi", to the 4-hour mindfuck "Love Exposure", to the dense 4.5 hour "Historie(s) du Cinema". But longest ...

The survival guide for upcoming Springtime movies

Nathan Fisher

January 29, 2015

As I start my last semester at Whitman, the terror of the fast approaching real world is looming.  I'm starting to be expected to have answers for questions such as, "What do you want to do?" or "What are you going to do for the rest of your life?"  Luckily, I can ignore the dread of my impending "jobs"...

The Awesome Mind Puzzles of Alain Robbe-Grillet

Vincent Warne

October 27, 2014

I've been watching the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet lately. He's best-known as the writer of Alain Resnais's "Last Year at Marienbad" but after "Marienbad" he went on to write and direct quite a few films of his own. I'll be looking at three films by him in this post, which show an interesting progression...

“You Murdered the Future”: A David Cronenberg Double Feature

Vincent Warne

October 10, 2014

The Criterion Collection recently added two David Cronenberg films to Hulu Plus: "Scanners" and "The Brood". I've been in intrigued by Cronenberg for a while, but I've only seen a couple of his movies so far ("The Fly" and "Videodrome,", to be specific). So I watched these two in a double feature, and...

Stranger than Paradise: The “Cool” Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

Vincent Warne

September 28, 2014

Welcome to "Lights, Camera, I Like Movies!" As you may be able to tell from the title, this is going to be a blog about movies. But not just any movies. I'm going to mostly write about films that are foreign, old, challenging, "art house" or any other descriptor that usually scares people away. But I'm ...

Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Nathan Fisher

April 17, 2014

Whitman College professors have lives outside of the Whitman campus and classroom, right? Well, I decided it would be interesting to assume they did, and I took the bold step of seeking out a handful of Whitman intellectuals to see what movies they enjoyed and why. Even though I was a bit disappointed...

“Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight” Make for Unlikely, Enjoyable Double Feature

Nathan Fisher

November 8, 2012

Two new releases caught my eye this week, "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight," and because I thoroughly enjoyed both of these polar opposite movies, I'm writing a twofer this week. Enjoy! First up, "Wreck-It Ralph" is an animated kids' movie about video game characters in an arcade. After the gamers leave the arcade, the characters of each video game have their own lives and c...

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