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Review: Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ is flawed, but still enjoyable

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

Neill Blomkamp is one of the more interesting sci-fi directors out there.
Beginning in 2009 with his breakout debut feature, “District 9,” the South African director has become a unique voice among science fiction directors. His films have action, but are usually accompanied by some kind of deeper social meaning. “District 9” was about apartheid with aliens while “Elysium” was about the 99% versus the 1%.
This brings us to Blomkamp’s third feature as a director, “Chappie.” Continue reading

FDU theater students to perform ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

The Stephen Sondheim musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” will be performed at the Florham Campus beginning March 27. The musical will be presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, with FDU students serving as both the actors and production/tech team.
The musical follows the story of Franklin Shepard’s attempts to achieve wealth and success in show business over the span of three decades. Shepard is a “disheartened, middle-aged songwriter,” according to a press release prepared in advance of the show. The role of Shepard is played by senior Nolan Hennelly. Continue reading

Opinion: Oscar winners talk about social issues ... and that’s good

KRISTEN ORDONEZ
Digital Manager

As most know, the Academy Awards telecast was a few weeks ago. Men and women were recognized for their talents in films of all styles and genres.
There were many memorable moments from that night. Neil Patrick Harris, the host for this year’s 87th Oscars, was charming, witty and well-rehearsed in his pun-use.
What really made me happy, though, was how much these recognized people in Hollywood used their time in the spotlight to discuss issues that might be labelled as taboo or too controversial. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The 100’ is a complex show with diverse characters

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

Have you ever started watching something that you think is going to be great, but then find it slowly getting worse and worse as you wonder why you don’t just stop watching the trainwreck?
Well, that’s the exact opposite of what happened when I started watching the CW show, “The 100.”
I’m not entirely sure why I started watching the show. Maybe it was because I saw so much about it on Tumblr, or because some of my suitemates had watched a few episodes. But one day I found myself on Netflix, deciding to check out the show. Continue reading

Review: ‘Kingsman’ an absolute blast from start to finish

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

What do you get when you mix the director of films such as “Kick Ass,” “Layer Cake” and “X-Men: First Class” with the spy action movie genre?
A pretty entertaining film, as it turns out.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based off of the comic book entitled “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar, focuses on young Eggsy (newcomer Taron Edgerton), a delinquent who, after getting into trouble with the law as well as his abusive stepfather, contacts the mysterious Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Continue reading

Opinion: Student analyzes lack of diversity at the Oscars

AMIR MUHAMMAD
Staff Writer

By the time this article is printed, two white actors and two white actresses will have won Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22, was expected to be one of the most entertaining nights on television.
It also had the distinction of being the whitest Oscars since 1998. For the first time since that year, the four acting categories were occupied solely by white actors and actresses. Continue reading

Review: Cumberbatch a good ‘Imitation’ of Alan Turing

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

It never ceases to amaze me how good some people are with numbers. I was never great at math or numbers in general (I am a communication studies major after all), so I am always surprised when people use numbers to great effect and are able to solve complicated problems after some time or with relative ease.
Pair the story of one of the greatest mathematicians in the world with a potential Oscar-winning cast and story, and you have a great idea on your hands.
“The Imitation Game” focuses on the life of brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In the midst of World War II, he attempted and (considering this is a true story, this is not a spoiler), eventually succeeded in decrypting and breaking the Nazi Enigma Machine. The machine carried out secret messages from the Nazis that contained military secrets. Continue reading

Opinion: Stop killing off characters for shock value

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

I have noticed a trend in more than one of my shows in which the writers continuously kill off characters for no discernible reason other than the shock value it provides. Rather than delving into a character’s development or creating a plot line that is complex enough to interest viewers, far too many writers choose to simply throw away characters with potential. It is lazy writing, plain and simple. Numerous character deaths does not equal an interesting story.
Spoiler alert: If you aren’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” stop reading. Continue reading

Review: Satisfying first part of final ‘Hunger Games’ films

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

It seems that one of the newest trends circling around Hollywood is taking the final book of a wildly successful series and stretching it out to multiple films.
“Harry Potter” was the first to have done this.
Considering that that final film made at least over a billion dollars combined, many major film studios have attempted to keep their cash cow flowing for as long as possible (i.e. the “Twilight” saga and the upcoming finale to the “Divergent” series).
This brings us to today’s topic, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Continue reading

Aaliyah made-for-TV Lifetime biopic causes controversy

ORE OBIWUMI
Staff Writer

Lifetime’s recent biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” seems to be the topic of much controversy.
It has been ridiculed on many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages in the United States, and even those who are not involved in the debate are certainly well aware of it.
The movie attempts to chronicle the life of the iconic R&B artist, Aaliyah, a daunting task, especially since the star’s family refused to cooperate with Lifetime in the making of the movie.
Like every other terrible movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” was not all bad. Lifetime actually portrayed certain aspects of her life accurately, not the least of which was the almost perfect costuming. Continue reading