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‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

Cynthia Mao

November 24, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

  There’s one surprising thing about “Breaking Dawn Part 1”: Kristen Stewart took acting classes. On Nov. 18, Stewart returned as Bella Swan, the human girl with a vampire fiancé, for the fourth installment of the infamous Twilight series. Throughout the movie, we can see her acting has improved quite a bit. It sure beats Taylor Lautner’s ...

Film club starts production process

Film club starts production process

Emma Courtright

November 14, 2011


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Action! A boy wearing only shorts runs across the academic while a camera crew follows in pursuit. On Nov. 10, Film Club began shooting its first film of the year, a currently untitled “mockumentary.” “[The film] is about eco-terrorists who go and run around naked because they don’t wear fabrics since that harms plants,” junior ...

Film Club members volunteer at Palo Alto film festival

Film Club members volunteer at Palo Alto film festival

Howard Lee

October 31, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

Film Club members volunteer at Palo Alto film festival from El Estoque on Vimeo. On Oct. 21, two large bright spotlights turned in their sockets to display the intimate Aquarius Theatre on Emerson Street in Palo Alto. A line of forty-something people curled around the side of the venue and the smell of free espresso ...

Drive: A Fairy Tale of Blood and Motor Oil

Drive: A Fairy Tale of Blood and Motor Oil

Morahd Shawki

September 25, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

You shouldn’t see “Drive” if you’re looking for a good popcorn movie. That isn’t to say it’s bad, it’s actually one of the best films of the year. It follows a nameless protagonist, played by the always fantastic Ryan Gosling, who is a stunt driver and mechanic by day, and a getaway ...

Ultimate fighting gets its movie

Ultimate fighting gets its movie

Forest Liao

September 19, 2011


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Get your grappling gloves on, because “Warrior,” the new movie about mixed martial arts directed by Gavin O’Connor, is a solid hit—no pun intended. Joel Edgerton plays Brendan Conlon, a struggling physics teacher who needs to win an ultimate fighting tournament to keep his house from fore...

Movie: “I Don’t Know How She Does It” actually does it

Movie: “I Don’t Know How She Does It” actually does it

Smitha Gundavajhala

September 18, 2011


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Thoughts on Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It”: its jokes are mostly clichés, puns and innuendo. I could predict the plot as the movie went on and see the blatant foreshadowing of later events. Even most of the audience could. They’d collectively gasp at the “uh...

Movies: ‘Limitless’ soars above unoriginality

Movies: ‘Limitless’ soars above unoriginality

Derrick Yee

March 23, 2011


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‘Limitless’ artistically comments on society’s need for drugs for self-improvement Read More »...

Movie: ‘The Green Hornet’ is a different superhero flick

Movie: ‘The Green Hornet’ is a different superhero flick

Nona Penner

January 16, 2011


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Even with shortcomings, ‘The Green Hornet’ was a fun detour from usual gloom-and-doom Read More »...

Movie: Someday our princesses will come (back)

Movie: Someday our princesses will come (back)

Smitha Gundavajhala

January 13, 2011


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“Tangled” gives audiences their last princess movie for a while Read More »...

Movies: ‘Country Strong’ strikes out

Movies: ‘Country Strong’ strikes out

Derrick Yee

January 9, 2011


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Unnecessary character, clichéd love lines spoil potential Oscar contender Read More »...

Movie: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1:’ a Pottermaniac’s perspective

Movie: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1:’ a Pottermaniac’s perspective

Smitha Gundavajhala

November 19, 2010


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‘Deathly Hallows’ Part 1 is great, but stops shy of full potential Read More »...

Movie: ‘Hereafter’ overshadowed by trailer

Movie: ‘Hereafter’ overshadowed by trailer

Derrick Yee

October 24, 2010


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‘Hereafter’ puts all of the best moments in the trailer, leaving the movie dead   Read More »...