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Review: New ‘Avengers’ film is overstuffed but entertaining

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” had the incredibly difficult task of creating a film that was worthy of standing alongside its 2012 predecessor, which currently sits as the third highest grossing movie of all time.

With the idea to go bigger and better than last time, did director Joss Whedon create a film that was as satisfying and enjoyable as his first outing?

Yes … but there are some minor issues that I had regarding how I felt about the film. Continue reading

FDU celebrates 50th anniversary of Wroxton College

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

It has been 50 years since Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College in England first opened its doors to students. The university will be hosting events this year in both England and the United States in order to bring together Wroxton alumni, raise money for the England campus and celebrate 50 years of providing a study abroad experience for students.

Wroxton College provides the opportunity to live in another country for FDU students and others who wish to spend a semester studying in England. Continue reading

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

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

Nicole Franklin discusses film industry with students

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

Last week, as part of Black History Month at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham Campus, Nicole Franklin gave a lecture about small-time independent filmmakers and how difficult it is to get into the filmmaking business.

Franklin herself is an independent filmmaker who has been in the business for many years. The lecture was concurrent with the film course, “Blondes and Bombshells,” taught here on campus.

The 45-year-old filmmaker always wanted to tell the stories she viewed in her mind on the screen. In 1990, she moved out to Los Angeles in order to tell her stories. 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

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