Category: Entertainment

Blue Valentine

By Kyle Hintz. Published March 14, 2011.

clip_image002Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, is a juxtaposition of the past and present in the marriage of Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams). Aside from The Social Network, this is the best film of the year. It calls to mind the raw and powerful films of John Cassavetes with frequent use of claustrophobic camera work putting us right in the thick of things along with, and especially, an astonishingly honest script which captures the addled state wherein we all live.

It’ll Get Messy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By: Kyle Hintz. Published: February 11, 2011.

imageBased on the international best seller by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Danish film directed by Neils Arden Oplev and starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Blomkvist. Don’t worry, I’m aware that you have no idea who these people are, I didn’t either until I saw this film. This is one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in recent times, not surprising, given the source material.

“Who is Zala?”: The Girl Who Played with Fire

By: Kyle Hintz. Published: February 11, 2011.

girl who played with fire_normalThe Girl Who Played with Fire is the second film adapted from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, this time helmed by a new director, Daniel Alfredson, brother of director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and a new writer, Jonas Frykberg. Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist reprise their roles with equally great performances as in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Dralion

By: Chris Moore. Published: February 11, 2011.

dralionAs I walked into the darkened arena, my eyes drawn to the circular stage set up in front, I wondered what I’d be in for. I had never been to any sort of circus, least of all the one that had dominated my thoughts for weeks. Would my younger sister, who sat by me in the front row as we watched the colorful lights on stage undulate back and forth, be as captivated with the spectacle as I was sure to be? Could the show possibly compare with the fanciful scenes that I had built up in my head ever since hearing about the St. Louis show? Would it be worth the rather pricey sum for two front row tickets to what I long considered must be the true greatest show on Earth?