Critic’s Corner: “Colossal” Differs from Expectations

Kaiju, a popular Japanese film genre, typically features a giant monster attacking a city (think Godzilla and King Kong). Earlier this month, director Ignacio “Nacho” Vigalondo’s latest film Colossal starring Anne Hathaway put a fresh face on this straightforward science fiction concept, straying away from the action and gore of its predecessors. VIA TOY FIGHT […]

Shedding Light on Minorities

Whether or not you consider yourself involved in media, there is a high chance that you have been involved in a conversation about it. In film, controversial releases like “Ghost in the Shell” and “The Great Wall” have driven conversations on whitewashing, while Oscar-winner “Moonlight” was almost not awarded. CECI ESTALA • THE SPECTATOR Meanwhile […]

“Life” Reminds Us Why We Should Be Scared of Space

There is a recent Hollywood trend of setting a cast of characters in outer space and have things go terribly wrong in a beautiful symphony of worst-case-scenarios set in the final frontier. This concept is barely original, dating back to films like “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and 2014 and 2013 blockbusters, “Interstellar” and “Gravity”. COURTESY […]

Critic’s Corner: “Song to Song” Too Philosophical

If you haven’t had a two-hour long existential crisis lately, get to the theater and see “Song to Song.” Like the typical Terrence Malick film, “Song to Song” gives audiences an elaborate look into the human mind and soul through philosophical lines, symbolism and deliberately mapped out scenes. VIA THEPLAYLIST.NET Considering the intricacy of the […]

As Film Incentive Grows, So Does the Washington Community

As Seattle University film students surge toward graduation, the local landscape they are entering is more conducive than ever to practicing their crafts and contributing to a larger film culture. MANDY RUSCH • THE SPECTATOR The Washington State Production Incentive program is up for another vote in Olympia, and hopes to support that mission with statewide […]

2017 Oscars Shows Small Step Towards Inclusivity

“And the award for Best Picture goes to…” Warren Beatty said with some hesitation at the end of the 2017 Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday. He glanced at the card, seemingly for dramatic effect, before he handed it to co-presenter Faye Dunaway. Dunaway announced, “La La Land!” and the packed audience at the Dolby Theatre […]

Critic’s Corner: Lego Batman Review

The film industry has spawned a variety of fantastic movies over the past century; films such as Titanic, Slumdog Millionaire and Avatar were not only hugely successful, but enormously acclaimed. Unfortunately, not every film can be a winner. VIA DC ENTERTAINMENT After the success of The Lego Movie in 2014, the creators sought to create […]

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