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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 vulgar, ...

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 the...

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 which th...

‘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 to Beverly Hills Ninja, a...

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 follows a long line of politically and socially conscious plays that Jackson-Smith has put on at and outside of Oberlin. The Rev...

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 student at the fi...

On the Record with Kestrel Felt and Olivia de Toma, Pericles Stage Managers

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

This week, the Review sat down with Pericles stage manager and College junior Kestrel Felt and assistant stage manager and College sophomore Olivia de Toma to discuss their involvement in the upcoming adapted main stage production of Shakespeare’s Pericles. They were excited to share news about tr...

Keaton, Iñárritu’s Oscar Buzz Well-Deserved

Clark Sacktor, Columnist
December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is a creative and thought-provoking drama unlike any other film this year. Despite its nontraditional cinematography and jarringly strange scenes, Birdman leaves room to display the poignancy of the art of acting. The film has rightfully garnered Oscar buzz both f...

Nolan’s Latest Lacks Emotional Punch

Clark Sacktor, Collumnist
November 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi film Interstellar, currently showing at the Apollo Theatre, reaches for the stars both figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, the film falls short of the director’s past cinematic success, which includes the Dark Knight trilogy, Memento and Inception as well as less ...

Sharma’s Proof Aims to Promote Campus Discussion of Mental Illness

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Last night marked Oberlin’s first showing of David Auburn’s Proof in a series of five showings directed by senior Maya Sharma. The play, which she describes as “philosophically ripe” and full of “awesome, dynamic female roles” will run through Oct. 16 in the Little Theater. According to Sharm...

Students, Parents Attend Cross-Generational Tribute to SNL

Students, Parents Attend Cross-Generational Tribute to SNL

Liam McLean, Staff Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

A gaggle of bleary-eyed Obies and their guardians filled the rows of the Apollo Theatre on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 8, the second day of Parents Weekend, for journalist James Andrew Miller’s talk on his lauded 2003 book, Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live As Told ...

On the Record with Hinton Collection Curators

On the Record with Hinton Collection Curators

Tristan Cimini
November 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

This week, David Berger and Holly Maxson, co-curators of the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection, visited Oberlin to discuss the current exhibit of legendary bassist and photographer Milt Hinton’s photography at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Executors of Hinton’s estate also donated four of ...

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