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Freedom in music: ‘Follow Me Down’ demonstrates the power of music in Louisiana prisons

Freedom in music: ‘Follow Me Down’ demonstrates the power of music in Louisiana prisons

Erik Summerville

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV, Music

Perhaps the vital importance of music has never been seen more clearly than in prison. It becomes, rather than a means of artistic expression, part of yourself that is totally free, even if you are in captivity. In Ben Harbert’s new documentary, “Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison ...

Netflix nostalgia: Streaming means never having to say goodbye

Netflix nostalgia: Streaming means never having to say goodbye

Megan Daley

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

There’s just something about gathering a mountain of fluffy pillows, sipping on a liter of Diet Coke and nestling on the couch for a binge session of your favorite show. Some 21 hours later, eyes still glued to the TV, you’ve finally finished “Breaking Bad.” Despite the amount of spoilers const...

Review: ‘St. Vincent’ only offers showcase for famed Bill Murray

Review: ‘St. Vincent’ only offers showcase for famed Bill Murray

Mike Horky

October 16, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

Old man meets kid, doesn’t like him, but by the end they’re best friends. It’s been done before (see “Up” if you haven’t), and “St. Vincent” is no exception. It’s a welcome return for Bill Murray as a leading man, but does the film offer much else other than a showcase for the n...

A love-hate relationship: Television’s anti-hero archetype reflects society

A love-hate relationship: Television’s anti-hero archetype reflects society

Cooper Packard

October 12, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

As fall television season kicks into gear, viewers are dusting off their remotes and preparing for the return of their favorites. It’s time to say out with that Netflix documentary, and in with the likes of “Modern Family,” fresh after nabbing its fifth Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series in a row. Meanwhile, the Drama Seri...

In a zombie apocalypse, no character is safe in ‘The Walking Dead’

In a zombie apocalypse, no character is safe in ‘The Walking Dead’

Eric Domingo

October 12, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

In season four of AMC’s popular TV show, “The Walking Dead,” the directors and writers of killed off three main characters — Lizzie, Mika and Hershel. In season three, Andrea, Lori and Merle departed. It seems every season of this zombie show, some main or secondary character gets the ax. ...

Review: ‘Miss Julie’ flops at Chicago International Film Festival

Review: ‘Miss Julie’ flops at Chicago International Film Festival

Andrew Morrell

October 12, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

Do you want to see some exciting, gripping, boldly innovative film at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival? Looking for thrilling stories of love, betrayal, vengeance or other stirring adjectives? Wishing you could’ve attended opening night of CIFF and seen the movie, Liv Ullmann...

Review: Horror film ‘Annabelle’ unable to capture terror of predecessor

Review: Horror film ‘Annabelle’ unable to capture terror of predecessor

Adam Bevel

October 9, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

If you saw 2013’s excellent The Conjuring" you probably remember the doll that Annabelle is titled from and based around. She was the fairly creepy doll introduced in the first scene of "The Conjuring" that established the real life demon hunting couple Ed and Lorraine Warren. The doll suitably cr...

50 years, 5 films: A preview of the Chicago International Film Festival

50 years, 5 films: A preview of the  Chicago International Film Festival

Andrew Morrell

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

Though not quite on par with big-name film festivals such as Cannes or Sundance, the Chicago International Film Festival is still in the major leagues, and has the distinction of being the oldest film competition in North America. This year is its 50th anniversary, which means a host of special event...

Race, identity and family in ‘Black-ish‘

Race, identity and family in ‘Black-ish‘

Adina Babaian

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

In America, we encourage individuality and uniqueness. But what happens when you feel like those traits are isolating you from your peers? Do you lose them and assimilate into your community, or do you continue to celebrate what makes you different? These are the main questions that the pilot of A...

Winners and losers: Weighing the need for film awards

Mike Horky

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

Some have argued in recent years that award shows, like the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Emmys do not honor the best work of the year, while others believe that the shows are meant to entertain; they’re less about the films, more about the spectacle. While there’s nothing wrong with en...

Newest ‘Supergirl’ TV show fights sexism

Newest ‘Supergirl’ TV show fights sexism

Eric Domingo

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

In 1959, Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics No. 252. She wore a long-sleeved blue shirt, appeared average and wore a blue skirt that reached mid thigh. In today’s comic books, Supergirl is showing her belly, wearing a short-sleeved tight shirt and her breasts are exaggerated. Although Kara Ken...

Review: Horror film ‘Tusk’ a ‘one-of-a-kind’ experience

Review: Horror film ‘Tusk’ a ‘one-of-a-kind’ experience

Adam Bevel

October 2, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Film & TV

Let’s just get this out of the way: “Tusk” is a horror movie about a man who is kidnapped by a serial killer and surgically turned into a walrus. There’s really no way around it, there’s no other way to start this review. If you’re not a fan of horror movies, gore, or are at least the sligh...

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