October and November prove to be bland for filmgoers everywhere
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
This murder mystery adaptation of the popular Norwegian novel, The Snowman, starts off with an intriguing and suspenseful first act, but fails to keep its excitement and credibility throughout the runtime of the film. The Snowman follows Oslo Police homicide detective, Harry Hole, and his investigations into the mysterious murders and disappearances plaguing the city. The film, overall, has decent pacing, and there are great scenes of suspense that will keep you at the edge of your seat. However, the movie confuses the audience on what it wanted its tone to be. The film’s tone is a mix between a modern day crime thriller and a neo-noir, but it never fully commits to one side. The acting is very bland, and Michael Fassbender, who is usually one of the better actors in the business, gives a rare honed in performance as Harry Hole. There are many plotlines that don’t seem relevant to the overall story arch, and the ending is unsatisfying and, quite honestly, uncomfortable. The Snowman is an extremely disappointing adaptation that fails to give a fluid and coherent story.
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Here’s our picks for some of the most under-watched and under appreciated films of the past two decades
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak and Joe Ramey
The Kings of Summer follows three unhappy high school friends who decide to run away from home and live out their high school summer in the middle of the woods. This 2013 coming-of-age comedy has a stellar cast, a creative and genuine script, witty humor, and is quite possibly one of the most underrated films from the past decade. While the film contains incredible leads such as Nick Offerman, Nick Robinson, and Moises Arias, the true star of the film is its comedic, yet heartfelt script.
Screenwriter Chris Galletta creates a story that will have you laugh in some scenes, and on the verge of tears in the next. The main protagonists Joe, Patrick, and Biagio are likable characters in that they are perfect representations of different high school archetypes. Continue reading “Underrated Movies”
Here’s a look at some of the most notable films that came out in the past month
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
This unique murder mystery provides an intriguing story that gives light to some of the forgotten social issues plaguing America today. Wind River follows Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a veterantracker, as he investigates the murder of a young Native American girl in a Wyoming Indian reservation. Make no mistake, this is a dark film. Both the script and cinematography contribute to the terror and discomfort of this realistic situation. Jeremy Renner is stellar as the main protagonist, and gives one of the best performances of his career. The true star of the film, however, is the script, which could be looking at a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the Oscars next year. The social injustice the Native American community goes through on a daily basis is touched upon as well, shedding light on an otherwise overlooked issue. Wind River is, unfortunately, very slow and it takes awhile for the story to fall into motion. Around 10 to 20 minutes of the film could have easily been cut to improve this. While in the midst of a very unoriginal year in film, Wind River provides a breath of fresh air and originality to the theater.
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A classic, Ann Arbor, hoagie shop is a must-visit eatery
By Jillian Chesney & Jacoby Haley
Izzy’s Hoagie Shop is in a strip mall located on West Stadium Blvd in Ann Arbor, Mich. This strip mall is not very appealing to the eye, but this should not steer you away from visiting this hoagie shop. Continue reading “The Hidden Gem Reviews”
MoviePass could change the way people watch movies everywhere
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
Moviegoers around the country were shocked and amazed when MoviePass, an app that allows its users to see one movie a day for a monthly fee, dropped its prices to only $9.95 a month. Continue reading “The Future of Cinema”
By Michael Bergamo
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Towards the end of the ‘70’s people started hearing whispers of a band called Motorhead, and their front man, Lemmy Kilmister. When the band released the album Ace of Spades in 1980, everyone knew who Motorhead was, and what they were about- not caring about anything, drinking and partying, and doing whatever they wanted. All of these band traits are heard in just about every song. Each track has the speed rock from the drums, every knob on Lemmy’s bass rig is turned to ten, and the fast distorted guitar.
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British Virtual Band Gorillaz Comes to Detroit
by Isabella Franklin
On September 18, Gorillaz, a virtual alternative rock band created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, performed a show in Detroit as part of its current tour, Humanz. The performance featured songs from previous albums, along with songs from the band’s newest album, Humanz, accompanied by energetic special effects, an animated backdrop, and several musicians such Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, and more.
Vince Staples opened the concert at 7:30 P.M. with loud, heavy bass that sounded throughout the entire theater. Many of the seats in the theater were still empty at this point, as most of the audience was buying food or merchandise at the building’s entrance. Staples’s performance was just less than an hour and was a good opener, but was not especially memorable. A little after 8:30 P.M., Damon Albarn stepped on the stage and began to perform. Continue reading “Gorillaz Concert Review”
By Joe Ramey
On June 25th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid a visit to lead drummer Chad Smith’s hometown of Grand Rapids. The performance was varied, ranging from softer deep cuts to their loud and catchy hits like “Can’t Stop” and “Californication” The band was accompanied by synchronized lights dangling from the Van Andel Arena rafters, that moved according to volume and pitch of the songs. Fans hands were raised throughout the concert, holding both their lighters and their cell phones.
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Krazy Jim’s: All But Typical; Nothing But Worth It
By Jillian CHESney & Jacoby Haley
Prepare to be yelled at, rushed, and made fun of, but love every second of it.
At Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger, the staff is harsh, but the food is great. Upon entering, one is welcomed by the clean restaurant and warm scent of anything greasy.
With more than two million different burger combinations, the obscure menu features an artistic take on everything they serve at the burger joint, and the choices are quite nearly endless.
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Here’s our rundown of this summer’s biggest successes and failures at the theater
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
This World War II epic follows the evacuation attempts of 400,000 stranded allied soldiers trapped in the French town of Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan pulls no punches in his 10th feature-length film and creates a tension-filled narrative that hooks the audience from start to finish. Rather than using dialogue, Nolan utilizes visual imagery to push the plot forward, making it a unique entry into the war film genre. Dunkirk received high praise from both fans and critics and could be looking at Oscar gold come year’s end. Analysis: Critical Success
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