Age of Ultron’s Cliffhanger Ending Disappoints

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
May 8, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Avengers, Assemble! Or, you know, don’t. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine about Marvel’s most recent blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon explained his deliberate avoidance of one of the most iconic lines in comic book history at the close of the... Read more »

Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Despite rumors of past rivalry between freeform improvisational comedy troupe Primitive Streak and shortform troupe Kid Business, Oberlin's improv community appears to be tighter than ever. Members of the troupes filled the majority of seats at other’s shows this weekend, marking a transition to... Read more »

Murphy, Wilson Flop in Failed Spy Comedy

Nate Levinson, Columnist
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Back for one final installment, this week’s column takes a look at the 2002 box-office disaster I Spy, an espionagethemed comedy film starring Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy. Just 20 of the 132 critics who viewed it on Rotten Tomatoes gave I Spy a positive review — good enough for... Read more »

Caucasian Chalk Circle Succeeds with High-Energy Production

Caucasian Chalk Circle Succeeds with High-Energy Production

Claire Murchison
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Five years ago, I sat in a circle with 12 other aspiring actors and read “Flight to the Northern Mountains,” a scene excerpted from German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s renowned play The Caucasian Chalk Circle. We had specially selected this piece for its action and suspense, and our reading... Read more »

Senior Recital Features Gory Plot, Catchy Music

Senior Recital Features Gory Plot, Catchy Music

Alice Fishbein
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

“Pro Tip: Don’t wear anything too nice to this,” warned senior TIMARA major Kaeli Mogg on the Facebook page for their senior recital, REPO: Testify!. I took this advice to heart and was happier for it. I obviously attended the event — which Mogg held in Wilder Main Friday evening and... Read more »

New GoT Season Shows Promise

Clark Sacktor, Columnist
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones seasons one through four and the first episode of season five follow. Overhearing conversations about the last episode of Game of Thrones on the first floor of Mudd library has become commonplace once again with the beginning of the... Read more »

Gags Hit and Miss in 2000 SNL Comedy The Ladies Man

Nate Levinson, Columnist
April 3, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

After a six-week hiatus, this column returns to assess the artistic integrity — or lack thereof — of the 2000 comedy The Ladies Man. The film earned positive marks from just 11 percent of the 72 critics who reviewed it, and the consensus from critics seemed to be that the movie was overly... Read more »

Fifty Shades of Grey Falls Flat

Clark Sacktor, Columnist
March 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Fifty Shades of Grey, adapted from the widely popular trilogy of adult novels, made its highly anticipated debut on Feb. 13 and has quickly become one of the most talked-about films of the year. I cannot comment on how faithfully the film adheres to the original storyline given that I have not... Read more »

Director Connects to Play on Personal Level

Director Connects to Play on Personal Level

Daniel Cramer
March 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Few directors have the privilege of personally knowing the playwright of the play they are directing, let alone sharing a close friendship with them. I’M ALIVE YOU BASTARDS AND I ALWAYS WILL BE is a unique opportunity for playgoers to reap the benefits of this special relationship, one in... Read more »

‘Rotten’ Flick Features Last Farley Appearance

February 20, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Nate Levinson Columnist This column is the first in a series that will review movies that receive the dubious distinction of an under-20 percent rating on the Tomatometer on rottentomatoes.com: the movies we love that the critics didn’t. This week I turn my attention... Read more »

On the Record with Caroline Jackson-Smith

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
February 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record, Theater & Film

Over Winter Term, Caroline Jackson-Smith, professor of Africana Studies and Theater, directed Dessa Rose, a musical about slavery in the antebellum South. Dessa Rose... Read more »

Cast Lends Dramatic Punch to Whiplash

Cast Lends Dramatic Punch to Whiplash

Clark Sacktor, Columnist
February 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

Whiplash may not be a thriller, but the movie contains moments more terrifying than any horror film released this year. Despite the lack of buzz over Damien Chazelle’s dramatic jazz flick Whiplash, the movie is a standout in the 2014 Oscar lineup. Miles Teller plays Andrew, a first-year... Read more »