In the not-so-distant future, America has fallen and through the rubble emerged Panem. This dystopian country is divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Katniss Everdeen lives struggling, starving and fatherless in District 12. Her problems become infinitely worse when her sister, Prim, is chosen in the Reaping to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. Without hesitation, Katniss volunteers to go in place of her sister, her district's first volunteer in recent memory.
When you're given a script which calls for obvious, impending doom and you have a cast that includes Al Pacino and Christopher Walken it's best to just get out of the way and allow the magic to happen. However, in "Stand Up Guys" there's a sense that director Fisher Stevens was overreaching for something too complex and putting too many fingerprints on a canvas better left to the brush of the actors involved.
The story revolves around two friends, Val (Pacino) and Doc (Walken) who at one time decades ago were involved in organized crime. Val is being released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence in connection to a gunfight. Doc greets him outside the prison gate and a trip down memory lane ensues.
The history department's World Civilizations Film Series kicked off its second year on Friday, Feb. 24, with a screening of the 1947 film, "Crossfire." The series is the brain child of a group of World Civilization instructors, said organizer Jo Behrens.
"Religion has nothing to do with this, nothing at all." A film about a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage rooted in Catholic tradition, "The Way" leaves proselytizing at the doorstep. It ventures out on the Camino de Santiago–the Way of Saint James–following Martin Sheen as Tom Avery, a 60-something Californian who travels to Spain to recover the body of his deceased son Daniel, played by real-life son and the film's director, Emilio Estevez.
Is there anything more divisive than holiday movies? Some people love them and start pulling them out in early November, while others pray for the time when they stop playing on constant rotation. But there are some movies that have ingrained themselves in my mind and the minds of others.
The last scene in "Django Unchained" (no spoilers, I promise) felt tone-deaf to me; it threw away any semblance of a point the movie had been trying to make. I wondered if Quentin Tarantino had begun parodying his own movies.
If you've seen it, you know what I mean.
One of my favorite movies as a child, "The Goonies," is playing at Film Streams until Dec. 1. "The Goonies" is produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. It's interesting to see Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green and Jeff Cohen as young actors in the 80s.
One of the most anticipated films of 2011, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1," premiered over the Nov. 18 weekend, breaking opening day box-office records. The film is the fourth installment in the Twilight Saga.