The Oberlin Review

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

April 10, 2015

This year’s Convocation Series ended on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the solemn tones of Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, reading his Pulitzer Prize– winning poetry. Born in India but raised in nearby Columbus, OH, where his father worked as a chemistry professor at Ohio State, Seshadri showed strong inclinations toward poetry and philosophy at a young age. At 16, he enrolled at Oberlin as a Math major but transitioned into Philosophy after an inspiring encounter with Pultizer Prize–winning poet Galway...

The Equalizer Entertaining if Conventional

The Equalizer Entertaining if Conventional

October 3, 2014

Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer avoids mediocrity through stylized cinematography despite being an archetypal action film. The movie, which is playing at the Apollo Theatre until Oct. 9, is the second of Fuqua’s productions to star actor Denzel Washington and is based on a 1980s TV show of the same name. While certainly a step down from their previous collaboration, Training Day, the film is not devoid of entertaining moments. The film begins with a meticulous home improvement depot employee na...

A Most Wanted Man Features Stellar Cast

Clark Sacktor, Columnist

September 19, 2014

A Most Wanted Man, which aired briefly at the Apollo Theatre this past week, has a surprisingly straightforward plot for a thriller. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the film is an adaptation of the eponymous book by John le Carré, author of The Constant Gardener and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Corbijn, who directed The American, another restrained spy thriller, makes use of what appears to be a hand-held camera to convey the paranoia seeping through the two-hour runtime. Corbijn does not rely on fancy camerawork, but instead adopts a minimalist approach, using various degrees of close-ups to place a focus on the actors’ individual performances. The movie is concerned with the international workings of spy organizations compe...

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