Where Film Criticism Belongs

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April 3, 2009

People try too hard to attach a sense of purpose to film criticism. Coming from an aspiring film critic, this statement seems blasphemous, I know. Stick with me, though, I'll explain. For years, people have complained about film critics, calling them "film snobs" and overly negative people. First...

Flicks for Kicks: ‘What Just Happened’

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March 18, 2009

Sorry I have been inconsistent in updating this feature. For those of you who have forgotten, "Flicks for Kicks" is my weekly rant about recent movies I've seen. It gives me a chance to review new releases on DVD as well as older movies. This week's flick for kicks is...(drum roll)... "What Just Ha...

Why So Serious? The Age of the Superhero and Other Shenanigans

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March 16, 2009

These past few years have been the Age of the Supehero. "Watchmen," "The Dark Knight," "Spider-Man 2"--the list of rich, genre-defying comic book adaptations goes on. Why have these movies been so successful and more importantly, resonant? At first, I thought people responded to these movies so strongly...

Oscars Breakdown

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February 25, 2009

I was not looking forward to this year's Oscars ceremony. The winners seemed awfully  predictable and after watching the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, etc., I dreaded hearing the same speeches and seeing the same eyes tear up. However, I am pleased to say that...

Flicks for Kicks

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February 2, 2009

"Flicks for Kicks" is a category I will update at the beginning of every week from now on. What is this category, you ask? Well, this category gives me a chance to chat about the movies I saw over the weekend. Once again, these are not formal reviews. Up first: "REVOLUTIONARY ROAD..." Kate Winslet...

Thoughts on Oscar Nominations

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January 25, 2009

Before I begin, I'd like to let everyone know that I am not attempting to write formally with these blog entries. So, that's why this blog comes across as a random rant most of the time. Just a heads up. Now, without further ado, here are my initial thoughts on the 2009 Oscar nominations... First,...

‘Gran Torino’ summarizes Eastwood’s career


January 23, 2009

By Sam Watermeier swatermeier@hilite.org “I finish things. That’s what I do,” Walt Kowalski, the belligerent codger at the center of “Gran Torino,” says threateningly. Clint Eastwood, the actor behind this character, is also finishing something: his amazing acting career. And with the fant...

The 10 Best Films of 2008

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December 31, 2008

By Sam Watermeier Although my colleague, Mitch Ringenberg and I compiled a list of the five best films of the year earlier this month, I'd like to present my own full Top 10 list as it represents a tradition withheld by all film critics. I have yet to see some of the major contenders ("Frost/Nixon," ...

Recovering from ‘The Dark Knight’

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December 28, 2008

Everyone needs to chill out over "The Dark Knight." Yes, it is a great movie and yes, it transcends the comic book genre. Unfortunately, though, people have talked it to death. I find myself tired of it by now when I try to watch it on DVD and I know I am not the only one. Now, don't get me wrong--...

Hollywood’s Hall of Presidents


November 6, 2008

With a new president and changing government, we present the top five political films, as well as a soon-to-be classic “W.” may well be the best film of the year. However, it is only one of many great political based movies in film history. Here are some more political films worth watching to c...

‘W.’ stuns with emotional portrayal


November 6, 2008

In an early scene from “W.,” a character says, “Politics do not define a human being. There’s more to people than how they vote.” This statement is the key to director Oliver Stone’s (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) take on George W. Bush. WARNING: “W.” is far from the...

A look back at the sequels to my favorite film

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October 30, 2008

It should be well-known by now that my favorite film of all time is "The Matrix." It is the perfect blend of "popcorn entertainment," thought-provoking philosophies, and human drama (the three main attractions to moviegoing in the first place, right?) With its high quality as both a sci-fi action spectacle...