Aug 27, 2014
Hey, this past week the Emmys were on (a Monday no less, because of the MTV VMA Awards. Seriously) and Mad Men was up for a number of awards, including as usual, the acting! Did it win anything? Of course not, don't be silly. But regardless, for one on of the best shows on television and since we've been recapping it, it seemed as good of a time as any to finally put up our last recap of the midseason finale.
It's been a while we know, and we recorded it in a Hooters so there's that. Anyway, there's a lot to go over in this one including, but not limited to, Bert Cooper's dance number finale, the moon landing, Cutler's power play and Roger's response and much, much more. Also, a number of bonus material including Quentin Tarantino, the article on the Cannes Film Festival that we wrote for Taste of Cinema, Louie and more!
"Objectively, Garland should've won the Oscar."
That's the thought that catapulted while watching George Cukor's A Star Is Born during Judy Garland's run on TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars' - in 1954, Garland was nominated for the Best Actress category in her first role in four years. She was tapped to be the favorite of winning the Oscar that night, except the problem being that Grace Kelly won for her performance in The Country Girl. In one of the tightest races in Oscar history (Kelly supposedly won by around seven votes), we look at the race between the two women, their roles, why Kelly should've won the award like she did and ultimately why Garland should've been standing next to Marlon Brando that night with one of those statues.
Two years ago, the production of Into the Storm hit Michigan and established sets at a number of places including Oakland University. The film, through Warner Bros. Pictures, hit theatres this year on the summer blockbuster slate and it seemed like as good of a time as any to share these photos that our incredible friend Aaron Segel took of the sets on Oakland.
Check out Aaron's pictures in the article!
With the new fall semester just a few days away (!!!), this summer we got the opportunity to speak with one of our good friends on the Oakland University campus, Josh Nagy. Working at the campus' radio station, WXOU (three-time college radio of the year by the way, not to bury the lead or anything), and Detroit's 97.1 The Ticket, Josh discusses what he's looking forward to this year with the station, new programs, his own show, his influences and much, much more.
Being the pro-wrestling nerds we are, we also talk about the WWE for the last half hour in this podcast as well. It's a great discussion of a podcast, and we're always happy to get a chance to speak with our WXOU friends!
Jul 8, 2014
The filmography, animation and themes of Japanese auteur Hayao Miyazaki has enthralled the world all over through his works; ranging from the blockbuster Princess Mononoke to the award-winning fantasy Spirited Away. One of the most compelling attributes of Miyazaki's work is his nuanced and carefully rendered portrayals of female protagonists in his stories. What makes these characters so compelling and different from one another while serving an overall similar function is where Miyazaki shines in the shojo genre. Cinema Studies major (and Vice President of the OU Classic Hollywood Club!) Tayler Mandziara provides an excellent primer to the genre and to the impeccable films of the recently retired filmmaker.
"The Silver Surfer has been described as the Cosmic Messiah, even in this piece, and numerous of writers over the years have attuned his story to that of Jesus (if Christ rode a silver surfboard among the galaxies during the Summer of Love that is)..."
- Tobi Ogunyemi, in Toomie, My Surfer.
The Silver Surfer is one of the most iconic characters in all of Marvel Comics' canon, since he was created by the greats of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1962. So why is he considered to be so difficult to write everlasting stories for? Just like that of DC Comics' Superman, there is the perceived concept that overwhelmingly 'powerful' characters such as these two hold no drama to them since they can by all means just do everything. Not only is this completely false and wrong, but the fact that they can do everything and 'do the impossible' can be creatively incorporated into their characters.
Which is thankfully what the startling team of Dan Slott, Michael and Laura Allred have done for the current volume of 'Silver Surfer' on All-New Marvel NOW!, and what the new addition of John Romita, Jr. looks to bring with Geoff Johns on DC's Superman #32 as well.
Focused on Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning epic and from the exact analysis of Cinema Studies major Bradley Cooper, the ideologies of There Will Be Blood stretches out to the encompassing nature of America's dynamic and history involving gender, racial, sexual parameters - especially through the overall aspect of 'white patriarchal capitalism', embodied by Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview. Dominance. Greed. Hatred. Power. Ruthlessness. What fuels this man and his ambitions, and what does the film say of how these influences drive the ambitions of the country that gave raise to him?
May 27, 2014
The 67th Cannes Film Festival ended just this past Sunday (Winter Tales! Julianne Moore! Xavier Dolan?) and in a great surprise and honor, we were invited by the website Taste of Cinema to list a comphrensive collection of 25 of the best Palme d'Or winners (or top winners of the festival in general since it wasn't always the Palme).
Check out the list we were able to come up with; everything from Fellini's La Dolce Vita to Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Campion's The Piano and much more! Let us know what you think of the list, if we got it right or we just missed everything that was good.
Thanks again to Taste of Cinema for the opportunity, and we're looking to have some more articles with them down the line.