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Walla Walla Sees Increase in Indie Movies

Nathan Fisher

December 5, 2013

How hard is it to bring independent movies into theaters? When I first came to Whitman College, I was disappointed at the lack of indie movies at the local theater. In fact, I don't remember seeing non-blockbuster movies my first year. Recently, however, I've noticed an increase in "lesser known" movies...

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Nathan Fisher

November 14, 2013

Think about the formula for some of the most successful movies in recent history: a little humor, maybe a touch of violence and throw in a superpower or two and I'm sold. Add in Marvel's magic and the whole world will line up to see the movie. This past week I donned my Avengers t-shirt and headed do...

Happy Ending for ‘Ender’s Game’

Happy Ending for ‘Ender’s Game’

Nathan Fisher

November 7, 2013

When it comes to movies, I pride myself on being on top of what's new and what's coming out soon. This week, however, I lost track of the Hollywood hype regarding the release of the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic young adult book from the 1980s, "Ender's Game." Naively, I went to see the movie an...

Find Pride In Your Guilty Pleasures

Find Pride In Your Guilty Pleasures

Nathan Fisher

October 23, 2013

Admit it: You have at least one secret show you watch when no one is looking.  The show you just can't live without seeing, no matter how stupid, corny or predictable it may be. We all have our little guilty pleasures, but why be ashamed of them? Why not admit and embrace the ugly and horrible tastes th...

Let’s Drink to ‘The World’s End’

Let’s Drink to ‘The World’s End’

Nathan Fisher

October 17, 2013

With my 21st birthday approaching in February and the end of three-fourths of my college years looming in May, I feel a crisis coming on that I might actually have to grow up and make adult decisions... Nah, that's not gonna happen just yet, because denial is still an option/my best friend. This week I saw anothe...

‘Don Jon’ Reveals More Than Just Naked Bodies

‘Don Jon’ Reveals More Than Just Naked Bodies

Nathan Fisher

October 3, 2013

Moviegoers in Walla Walla hit the jackpot this weekend when several promising new movies were released. My choices were boiled down to porn versus drinking buddies, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new comedy about porn addiction, "Don Jon," won. That's right, an R-rated kind of pornographic dramatic comedy entertained! "Don Jon" follows the day-to-...

A Whirlwind Tour of 14 Weeks of Movies

A Whirlwind Tour of 14 Weeks of Movies

Nathan Fisher

September 12, 2013

After a tough spring semester rendered me fried and spent, I limped back home to Tacoma, Wash. with no plans for my 14 weeks of summer except vegging at the movie theater and camping at the Gorge for the Sasquatch Music Festival. After a couple of days of sleep, I was ready to head back to Eastern Wa...

‘Oblivion’ Visually Stunning, Lacks Plot

‘Oblivion’ Visually Stunning, Lacks Plot

Nathan Fisher

April 25, 2013

After a grueling week of studying, I looked forward to escaping to the theater to sit back, relax, have a few laughs and be entertained. Unfortunately, the only new movie released this week was the sci-fi movie "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise. I halfheartedly convinced one of my RA buddies that the movie would be good. Well, the movie st...

The Strokes’ Comedown Machine Falls Short of Cohesiveness

The Strokes’ Comedown Machine Falls Short of Cohesiveness

Emma Dahl

April 18, 2013

The Strokes, one of the greatest modern post-punk bands (in this reporter's humble opinion), is a group that has a clear evolutionary arc in its style; beginning with the debut album Is This It, The Strokes' sound was beautifully unassuming. The instrumentation of their first album was simple, just what you'd find in a typical punky garage...

A Movie Reviewer’s ‘Hair’y Adventure

A Movie Reviewer’s ‘Hair’y Adventure

Nathan Fisher

April 11, 2013

For almost two years I've had the awesome job of writing movie reviews for The Pio––Friday night: the theater with a tub of popcorn; Saturday morning: Zip off a short review. Easy! Never thinking that I would have to work and write a real article, I was shocked to see an email from my editor asking me to look into a ...

Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’

Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’

Nathan Fisher

February 21, 2013

Disclaimer: I am a HUGE "Die Hard" fan, and in my book, Bruce Willis is THE MAN.  Needless to say, for months I've been anticipating Valentine's Day, not for the sugar high or the "love is in the air" feeling, but for the premier of "A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment of one of my favorite franchises. After a marathon...

Arnold’s Back in “The Last Stand”

Arnold’s Back in “The Last Stand”

Nathan Fisher

January 24, 2013

After the break, I wanted to start off the new year with a bang. Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen as the sheriff in "The Last Stand" seemed like a good bet. Unfortunately, the Governator's comeback flick after a 10-year hiatus did not deliver the pop I had anticipated. "The Last Stand" is pr...

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