Dunkirk: True Immersion in 2017

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a masterful portrayal of  World War II history. [Park Theater]
Dunkirk creates the most impressive and immersive experience on the big screen by using demoralizing imagery, historically accurate details, and thrilling action. The director, Christopher Nolan, successfully recreates a horrific event of World War II of the British and French Navies fighting against Nazi Germany. Specifically, the movie focuses on a military tactic which most historical movies do not focus on: retreating. By skipping the events of a lost battle, the somber tones of war resonate insurmountable danger to the escaping soldiers. The story emphasizes the several aspects of war throughout the entire movie; furthermore, the movie alludes that the enemy, the Nazis, present a formidable threat. The movie focuses on the soldiers, the fighter pilots, and civilian reaction towards helping in war.

The movie uses details perfectly to immerse its audience. The development of Dunkirk skillfully limits the CGI used in contrast to providing actual props including fighter pilots and battleships; furthermore, the movie became filmed in the actual Dunkirk region. The action scenes in the movie never lighten up and, due to their realism, feel genuinely horrific yet intriguing with several surprises. Most notably, the dogfight scenes put most other movies to shame in their impact and movements. Finally, the movie constantly shifts the perspective from soldiers to pilots to sailors, who purposely sail to help in rescuing the soldiers from Dunkirk. By splitting the perspectives, all at varying timeframes, the tension increases until all three stories collide.

Dunkirk proceeds as an under-appreciated movie of the century which defines the war genre while infusing action and thrill. Through realistic war fears, shivers encloud the audience as they view this horrific historical event. Details encompass the story to correctly recreate the events that transpired during that terrible loss. The sporadic nature of the plot only furthers the thrill of a movie which seldom uses dialogue. Dunkirk powerfully recreates a memorable but tragic event while redefining the movie scene entirely.  


Rogue One: a Film for the Fans

By Jack Adams

Posted on April 15, 2017 by 

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Star Wars: Rogue One is a force to be reckoned with. [Making SW]
After two movie trilogies in the Star Wars franchise and a third in progress, it was refreshing to get a film that existed outside the other episodes and didn’t focus on the Jedi, Sith, and Skywalkers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of multiple anthology films currently being made by Lucasfilm. The movie focuses on a small team of ragtag rebels, led by Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor, on a mission to steal the Death Star plans, which ultimately leads into Star Wars: A New Hope. While offering a new perspective into the galaxy far, far away, Rogue One also pays tribute to the prequel movies and originals, while also offering slight nods to the two animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.


Throughout the film, Jyn Erso evolves from a girl in hiding from the Empire to a hero of the Rebel Alliance. She meets new people who become friends, including Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, the Guardians of the Whills, as well as Cassian Andor, whom she eventually develops an almost romantic bond with towards the end of the film.

For any diehard Star Wars fan, one of the best parts of Rogue One were the easter eggs and references scattered about. In the earlier scenes of the movie, we’re taken to the Wobani labor camp. For those clever enough to see it, Wobani is an anagram for Obi-Wan, a fan favorite Jedi. Later on in the film, Obi-Wan is referenced again when Bail Organa tells Mon Mothma of a Jedi who “served him well during the Clone Wars.” Not long after Wobani, we see the all-too-familiar Rebel Alliance base on Yavin 4. There, both Mon Mothma and Bail Organa make an appearance. Mothma originally starred in the original Star Wars trilogy and showed up again in the prequels, which is also where fans first met Organa.

Among other things, Rogue One continually ties into the original movies. Grand Moff Tarkin and the infamous Darth Vader reprise their roles as terrifying figures of the Galactic Empire. Other original-trilogy characters make short cameos, such as the iconic duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 on Yavin 4, the cantina ruffians Evazan and Ponda Baba on Jedha, and even Princess Leia just before the final credits roll.

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Friends: Where Are They Now?

By Mariah Martin

Posted on February 8, 2017 by

Many actors and actresses cast on Friends are still acting today. [FOX]
Friends is a TV show about three men and three women who are friends that live in the same apartment complex in New York. It is a comedy in which the friends face life together. The very successful show aired from 1994 to 2004, having made million-dollar worthy episodes for ten years. But, the question is: What did the actors do after the show ended? Jennifer Aniston, an actress who played the character Rachel Green, has starred in multiple independent and big production movies. One movie was called Marley and Me (2008), which made more than $14 million in ticket sales. She also earned a golden globe nomination for the movie Cake. Other movies that she starred in were We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses. Courtney Cox, the actress who played the character Monica Geller, also starred in movies since Friends was cancelled. Some of the movies include Scream 4 and Just Before I Go. She received a golden globe for her show Cougartown as well.

Matt LeBlanc, actor who played Joey Tribbiani, stuck with acting for television after the show ended. He made a spin-off series of Friends called Joey, but it was cancelled mid season (during its second season) because it did not get enough views. Later on he found tv success again with the show Episodes, in which he would win a golden globe for in 2012. He also starred in a movie called Lovesick in 2014. His TV show Man With a Plan debuted in 2016. Matthew Perry, actor who played Chandler Bing on the show, also continued to act on TV and in movies. He starred in a TV movie called The Ron Clark Story (2006). Other movies Matthew starred in were 17 Again with Zac Efron and independent movies such as Numb and Birds of America. He acted in a TV show called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strips, but it was later cancelled because of low ratings. He also acted in the show The End of Steve.

David Schwimmer, actor who played Ross Geller, was very successful after Friends with acting on tv shows, acting on broadway, and directing. He voiced the character of Melman the giraffe in the Madagascar movies. In 2006, David acted on broadway for the show The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Schwimmer also starred in the TV shows American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and in Morning Has Broken, which were both set to air in 2016. Not only did David act on shows, he also directed them. Some shows he has directed include Run Fatboy Run (2007) and Trust (2010).  Lisa Kudrow, actress who played Phoebe Buffay, also continued to act. She starred in films such as Happy Endings (2005) and P.S. I Love You (2007). Lisa starred in the show The Comeback (2005), which she co-created and co-wrote. It aired for 13 episodes then was cancelled, but was revived in 2014.She earned a 10th Emmy Nomination for her work in the show in 2015. In 2008 she launched the web series Web Therapy, which became a tv show in 2011 and aired for 4 seasons. Kudrow was also an executive producer of the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, with which she starred in a 2010 episode.


A Deeper Look: The Great Gatsby

By Miguel Castaneda

Posted on February 8, 2017 by

The Great Gatsby offers an inside look at the glitz and glamour of 1920s life.

The Great American classic, The Great Gatsby, lets the present-day teenage mind experience the post-Prohibition period of the 1920s. The book provides extensive detail into what people wore and what they did, from hosting crazy, booming ‘soirees’ night to day to tragic deaths, scandal, and intrigue.

Fitzgerald’s adaption of the time period lets readers have a better mental picture and a more descriptive mental image of the ever-so forbidden love between Jay and Daisy. The two can’t be together, yet Gatsby does everything in his power to restore their relationship. He even lives across the river from her home and has loud, extravagant parties in order to lead Daisy his way. With Daisy’s selfish, careless attitude along with her husband’s wealthy, elegant aura, it seems very little could deter her from straying tin Gatsby’s direction.

In one instance, Daisy flees to another city with her husband and daughter. Even so, no one, not even Gatsby’s work friend, steps in to pay their respects. This shows the carelessness of humanity; one man could care for all without them caring for him. A classic to this day, The Great Gatsby shows how human emotions can be grounded despite a time period of relative recklessness. Gatsby can serve as a reminder of the importance of appreciating those around us. Even for a fictional story, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work reminds the reader to be weary and respectful of human emotion.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers make a comeback with California [Pop Matters].

Red Hot 90s Revival

By Colin Hinkle

Posted on September 30, 2016 by

The 90s are definitely back. Pokemon is in vogue again, and two famous bands of the 90’s are back at it. Blink-182 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers released California and The Getaway respectively. Each album has the core elements that made each band who they were. At the same time, both also are spun in a new direction. The songs in California are definitely more of the punk rock genre. Each has a very deep meaning, which was something that songs in the past lacked.

Also included in the album are short songs, like “Brohemian Rhapsody” and “Built this Pool”, each about 30 seconds long. In terms of The Getaway, the Chili Peppers brought back the same old sound that won over numerous fans. What they did differently this time, though, was that they added more electronic instruments, such as a drum machine, to add a more modern feel to each song. Also, they wrote about more deeper topics, which can be found in the songs “Detroit” and “Dark Necessities”.

All in all, both albums were exactly what fans of both bands had been waiting for. Popular songs: “The Getaway”, “Dark Necessities”, “Goodbye Angels”, “Bored to Death”, “She’s Out of Her Mind”, and “Cynical”.


Questioning a National Hero

By Andrew Harvey

Posted on October 31, 2016 by

image5977627The movie “Sully” was directed by Clint Eastwood, and was released on September 9, 2016. The main character (Sully) is played by Tom Hanks, along with Aaron Eckhart as Captain Jeff Skiles. On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was hit by a patch of birds and lost control of both engines. The plane immediately turned back for Laguardia airport in New York, but quickly realized that the chances of making it back were very slim. With limited options, Captain Sullenberger made the heroic decision to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

The movie is filled with suspenseful moments including a reenactment of the event itself. When the whole world was praising him as a national hero, there was some controversy that Flight 1549 could have made it to Laguardia Airport. During the hearing, FAA had about 20 simulated flight, but Sully said that they took the human factor and the decision time out. The FAA redid the simulations but with 35 seconds to decide, and the airplane could not make it to any airport in the area. With that they listened to the recording of the flight and the hearing was over, with Captain Sully and his assistant Skiles being innocent. I rate this movie very highly and would recommend this to many people. It does have some mild language so it might not be the best for kids, but is appropriate for teens. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it an 8 because of the plot and the work put into this movie. It is put together very well.


Batman vs Superman: Super Film?

By Brendan McCoy

Posted on May 12, 2016

Batman vs. Robin is sure to entertain with Marvel’s focus on morality. [Marvel]
As the credits rolled down the screen on the latest film installment for the DC comic universe, I could not help to question the direction the movie took and formed an obviously biased opinion of the film. But I also had to bring into question, was this a good superhero movie?

In recent history, the past five or so years, our only comparison has been the Marvel movies and the universe they have created. Marvel, after having many film installments, have created a stereotype for their movies; usually, the Marvel superhero films are family flicks that have an upbeat story, witty humor, and a happy, fulfilling ending. Batman vs. Superman was not this kind of film. It was not a happy movie full of laughs and fun action, rather it was a dark film which questioned the morals of men and the line that separates what is right from what is wrong. So, the new DC movie was not what audiences were expecting, since most believed it would be like a Marvel. This may have been the cause for the film receiving negative reviews.

Personally, I found this to be a film for the fans. It held true to the aspects of the comics and played on the moods found in them. So, when judging the film without any outside influence, I would consider this to be a good superhero film, although, it is much darker than anticipated.


Movies in Review: The Good Dinosaur

By Sam Johnson

Posted on May 12, 2016

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Disney’s Arlo teaches friendship and determination in this prehistoric film. [Disney]
The Good Dinosaur is a Pixar film that was released in 2015. It follows the story of a small dinosaur named Arlo and his family that farms the land to survive. Arlo is a very small dinosaur who can’t do as much physical labor as his brother and is not as fast and creative as his sister. In response to a family tragedy, Arlo has to shoulder more of the work load and begins to harbor hate for humans who have caused great suffering to the family. However, he is saved by a human child he calls Spot. Spot and Arlo begin an adventure back to Arlo’s family, meeting many new and interesting dinosaurs in a world Arlo has barely seen due to his previously sheltered life.

Along they way they confront pterodactyls, T-Rexs, and a multitude of other dinosaurs. Arlo is able to make his way throughout the harsh world, coexisting with his once hated rival, Spot. Although a Disney movie, The Good Dinosaur is appropriate for all ages because of the important messages shared and lessons taught to the audience. Most importantly, it teaches the value of friendship and determination in never giving up. These messages are what Disney does best.


 The Revenant

By Patrick Rickman

Posted on May 12, 2016

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Dicaprio’s struggles with enemy and environment are highlighted in his Oscar winning feature, The Revenant. [IMDB]
If you are looking for a movie that will have you gripping the edge of your seat, The Revenant is the movie for you. Based on a true story, the movie is centered around main character Leonardo Dicaprio and his involvement in the fur trade business.  Think it’s a pretty straightforward story line so far? Trust me, it’s far from that. Dicaprio fights for his life, whether it be from a tribe of Indians or a bear trying to maul him to death.

As if all of this was not enough, Dicaprio is on his own because his people left him for dead.  He is being hunted and attacked, and it does not help that the climate he is dealing with is quite cold.  After watching the movie, it is mind-blowing to remember that this did really happen.  The movie is already a must-see, but now you have to respect the people who endured those tragic events.

Cardinal Ritter students Johnny Siener and Brendan McCoy shared their perspectives on the movie.  Johnny Siener said, “This is my kind of movie, and I am happy to see that Leo won an Oscar for the movie.”  Brendan said, “One of the best movies I have ever seen. May need to go watch it again.”  All told, if you can handle blood and want to see why Leo finally won his Oscar, The Revenant is surely the movie for you.



By Johnny Siener

Posted on May  12, 2016

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Ryan Reynolds plays a sarcastic crime-fighting mutant well in Deadpool. [Comic Book Movies]
Recently, I went to theaters to see the newest Marvel movie, Deadpool. In my opinion, it was one of the best movies in the franchise that has come out in recent years. They did a great job of making the movie independent, but at the same time skillfully tied in other elements of the Marvel universe.

Story aside, I thought the acting by Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool was great. His character  was sarcastic and seemed to fit the role perfectly as a superhuman mutant, determined to fight crime throughout the movie. From my observations, he redeemed himself after the Green Lantern because so many people thought he did a poor job with it. There is no doubt in my mind that viewers of this movie will find his role much more enjoyable and natural. He does a great job of capturing Deadpool’s sarcastic essence and bringing it to life on screen.


Panic! At the Disco

By Noah Bush

Posted on March 11, 2016

Panic! at the Disco in concert last year [Billboard]
With the release of the new album Death of a Bachelor it was only expected that the only remaining member of Panic! at the Disco, Brendon Urie, would top the charts (Week ending with Jan 22). The band dropped the single “Hallelujah” which peaked at number three in May which could only foreshadow the new album’s success. Other singles released include “Victorious” (No. 7), “Emperor’s New Clothes” (No. 5), “LA Devote” (No. 15) and “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time”(No. 10). Fans are eagerly awaiting Panic!’s summer tour with Weezer, kicking off at Purdue University April 14th.


Taylor Fights Back Against Kanye West

Posted on March 11, 2016

By Sidney Nash

Kanye stole the show at the 2014 Grammy Awards. In response, Taylor Swift has worked to spread a positive message to young women to not let others “undercut your success.” [EW]
A couple of days before the Grammys, Kanye released his anticipated album, “Life of Pablo”. However, people were shocked when his track, Famous, notoriously dissed Taylor Swift in saying that his track  made her famous. Taylor and her famous squad fought back against the claims Kanye made in, Famous. Once Taylor Swift won Album of the Year, she believed it was the perfect time to speak her mind.

“I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said to the crowd. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you … you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

Taylor inspires young women to stand up for themselves and to not let anyone take away what their hard work had earned. Taylor clearly directed this speech towards Kanye’s allegation that he “made her famous.”


Anticipation at the Oscars

Posted on March 11, 2016

By Tiara Schafer

Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in “The Revenant” won him an Oscar for the first time. [Time]
The 2016 Acadamy Awards were one of the most highly anticipated Oscars yet. From celebrities boycotting the show for the lack of minorities being represented, to Leo Dicaprio’s potential win, the weeks leading up to the awards show were filled with excitement.

On the big night, comedian Chris Rock hosted in front of the show’s estimated 36.6 million viewers. Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road was the big winner. The film and its makers walked away with six awards: Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup And Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Though the film lost out to Spotlight, for the Best Picture category it still came out as a clear favorite.

Perhaps the biggest moment of the Oscars was Leonardo Dicaprio’s long awaited win. The fan-favorite actor finally won a coveted “gold man” for his performance as Actor In A Leading Role in The Revenant. Dicaprio took the time in his acceptance speech to talk about the problem of climate change. He closed the iconic moment saying, “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world… For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”


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