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A web of mediocrity

A web of mediocrity

Patrick Larkin May 9, 2014

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures Some movies are good. Some are bad. Some simply exist. Like a twenty-four-hour cold, they happen suddenly and then fade away into the ether. They briefly screen in...

Divergent doesn’t seperate itself

Divergent doesn’t seperate itself

Patrick Larkin May 2, 2014

Courtesy of Summit Entertainment The young adult novel film adaption genre is over-saturated, and while some of it is quite good (Harry Potter, Hunger Games), on the whole, these are unremarkable and...

Noah and Winter Soldier duke it out in the box office

Noah and Winter Soldier duke it out in the box office

Patrick Larkin April 10, 2014

Noah: Two at a time, please Photos courtesy of sciencefiction.com and theresurgence.com Adapting Biblical stories is a tricky undertaking. Stray too far from the text and you’re liable to offend...

Orphan Black: The best TV series you aren’t watching

Orphan Black: The best TV series you aren’t watching

Patrick Larkin March 28, 2014

Photography Courtesy of BBC On Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m., the little-seen cult-favorite BBC America series, Orphan Black, returns for its second season. To explain why Orphan Black is so great requires...

Backstabbers: Scandal vs. House of Cards

Backstabbers: Scandal vs. House of Cards

Patrick Larkin March 7, 2014

Photos Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org and www.expertbriefings.com The return of two popular political dramas, House of Cards and Scandal, has left me constantly comparing the two shows. Although both are...

Robocop is a Cop, Robocop is a Robot ...and he is coming back to town this year

Robocop is a Cop, Robocop is a Robot …and he is coming back to town this year

Patrick Larkin February 28, 2014

Photo courtesy of  www.hdpaperwall.com The original Robocop (1987) was a rarity: an action blockbuster with a cult classic’s heart. The film reveled in cartoon violence, satirized the military-industrial...

Oscar Worthy Films, No Oscar Nod

Patrick Larkin February 7, 2014

In last week’s issue of The Lafayette Staff Writer, Jaclyn Moses’s ‘17 article “The Super Bowl of Award Shows,” commented on the limitations of the Oscars as a bastion of quality. Namely due...

Dallas Buyers Club’s bull market

Dallas Buyers Club’s bull market

Patrick Larkin January 30, 2014

Self-proclaimed film connoisseur, Patrick Larkin ‘14, discusses the evolution of the conversation of HIV/AIDS in film from the past 20 years. His review of Dallas Buyers Club draws parallels from the...

Thor lacks thunder

Thor lacks thunder

Patrick Larkin November 22, 2013

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Thor: The Dark World faces two challenges. The film lives in the shadow of The Avengers, which has set a new bar for comic book movies, and it fights...

courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures

Gravity breaks cinematic precedents

Patrick Larkin October 25, 2013

Gravity is an audacious piece of filmmaking. Similar to Life of Pi (2012), Gravity has a story that makes it seem shocking that the film was funded in the first place. Centered on two struggling astronauts...

Insidious 2: merely mediocre

Patrick Larkin September 26, 2013

Photo courtesy of Film District Director James Wan broke into Hollywood with his film Saw. The blood-drenching shock tactics helped spawn an increasingly dismal six sequel franchise that, helped inspire...

Easton presents Supersize Me director

Patrick Larkin September 20, 2013

To kick off the Fifth Annual “Movies at the Mill” festival, Easton is bringing in a relatively big name. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, famous pop-documentary director known primarily for his Oscar-nominated...

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