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Classic film returns to the big screen

By Danny Marchant

October 8, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Last Thursday, Cinemark Theatres screened “Lawrence of Arabia” as part of its ongoing Classic Film series. The movie, directed by David Lean, has remained in the top ranks of “Greatest Movies” lists since coming out...

A Beacon of Knope in a Sea of Woe

By Danny Marchant

September 27, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Much has been said about the diminishing quality of  “The Office.” George Harrison once said that he believed the spirit of The Beatles was transferred into Monty Python. While that is probably just hippie nonsense, it could explain why “Parks and Recreation,” a show from the s...

“The Office” somewhat returns to form

By Danny Marchant

September 23, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Last season, NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office” returned to the airwaves without Steve Carell. For seven seasons, Carell played Dunder Mifflin’s clueless but lovable boss, Michael Scott. Fans wondered if the show could sustain itself without its endlessly offensive but well-meanin...

Finding a Gimmick

By Danny Marchant

September 17, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

This Friday saw the re-release of “Finding Nemo,” a contemporary classic and one of Disney and Pixar’s most successful and beloved collaborations in theatres. The film is still as funny and charming as it was in 2003. The ...

Tom Hardy Shines in Plotless “Lawless”

By Danny Marchant

September 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

If 2011 was the year of Michael Fassbender, then 2012 is the year of Tom Hardy. Since his breakthrough role in “Inception,” Hardy has stolen the show in film after film. Last seen trying to blow up Gotham City with a nuclear device as Bane i...

Summer cinema competes for top spots

By Danny Marchant

September 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The summer is over, and with it, the summer movie season. Though the summer of 2012 saw the release of highly-anticipated films like “Prometheus” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” the rest of the blockbuster season was comparatively low-key. As usual there were threequel...

The State of the Superhero Movie

By Danny Marchant

September 3, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Superhero movies are not going away. For those who enjoy them, excellent. For those who don’t, too bad. In 2000, Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” was released and started the modern era of superhero movies. But in the 12 years that Hollywood has been kicking off and rebo...

Podcast: ‘A View from the Director’s Chair’ – Peter Jackson

By Danny Marchant

April 29, 2012

Filed under Arts Multimedia, Arts Podcasts

In the ninth and final episode of 'A View from the Director's Chair' podcast, Collegian producers Danny Marchant and Kevin Romani review the work of Peter Jackson. Jackson is most known for the masterpiece that is "The Lord of...

Podcast: An offer you can’t refuse

By Danny Marchant

April 23, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Arts Multimedia, Arts Podcasts, Movies

Last Thursday night, Cinemark Theater made an offer to audiences they couldn’t refuse: The chance to see “The Godfather Part II” on the big screen. Regardless of how many times you’ve watched them at home, ther...

10 fantastic films with mind-blowing twists

By Danny Marchant

April 19, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

A well-executed and well-earned movie twist can vault a film into the Cinema Hall of Fame. A director that can successfully pull the rug out from under an audience without making it feel like a gimmick (ahem, M. Night Shyamalan)...

Podcast: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Episode 4

By Danny Marchant

April 17, 2012

Filed under Arts Multimedia, The Dark Knight Rises

Episode four of "The Dark Knight Rises" podcast focuses on the film's confirmed - and potential -  antagonists. Collegian Producers Danny Marchant and Kevin Romani discuss the man who breaks the bat himself  - Bane (Tom Hardy)...

Podcast: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Episode 3

By Danny Marchant

April 3, 2012

Filed under Archives, Arts Multimedia, The Dark Knight Rises

In the third installment of 'The Dark Knight Rises' podcast, Collegian producers Danny Marchant and Kevin Romani discuss Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's take on the Batman himself. Danny and Kevin look at how Bruce...