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Opinion: Columbus offers many alternatives to drinking for Ohio State students

March 26, 2015
Drinking is a social event for college students. With nothing to do, nowhere to go and nothing to talk about, students are thirsty — thirsty for entertainment and adventure. More often than not, students quench their thirst with booze at the dozens of nightclubs and bars catered to the students 21 and over. But what about the students under the age of 21 who are just as parched without the same access to happy hour? Or those who simply want to break up the monotony of party-going and barhopping? Regardless of the fact that I fall one month short of being legal myself, I truly believe Columbus is a city… Read more

Opinion: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ sequel unnecessary, but will appeal to masses

March 12, 2015
It might be warming up, but “Frozen” is coming back. The news of “Frozen 2” was announced at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders Thursday morning. “Frozen” is an Oscar-winning animated movie, released in November 2013, about sisters banding together with the help of a snowman to save a kingdom. No release dates or production details have been set yet for the sequel. But whenever it comes out, I anticipate another storm of Princess Elsa dresses and stuffed Olafs flying off the shelves along with my newsfeed being full of parodies asking to go to Starbucks or Chipotle or some other white girl paradise. That’s one thing I don’t understand about… Read more

Vince Vaughn talks state of comedy, ‘True Detective’

March 5, 2015
Vince Vaughn has made a name (as well as many paychecks) for himself in his comedy work. He’s starred in high concept movies like “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and “Wedding Crashers,” although he also made a mark in the ‘90s through dramatic roles as in thrillers like “Psycho” and “Return to Paradise.” Now this year, he’s returning to that genre when he stars in the second season of HBO’s “True Detective,” which had among the highest critical acclaim in 2014 television. He also returns to movies Friday with “Unfinished Business,” which, like “Dodgeball,” has him in a average Joe role in a buddy comedy that also stars Dave Franco,… Read more

Opinion: ‘The Last 5 Years’ echoes the trials of real-life romance

February 26, 2015
Relationships are hard. Can we all agree on that? When two different people try and do life together, there are undeniably going to be sacrifices and compromises. For the lucky ones, the positives outweigh the negatives, and that’s enough to keep them together. For the couple in the film “The Last Five Years,” however, the opposite scenario occurs. Through a compelling he-said, she-said narrative set in New York City, “The Last Five Years” is a film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical production by the same name. The plot unfolds by struggling actress Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick) and up-and-coming author Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) recounting the moments throughout the last… Read more

Opinion: Academy rightfully casts politics aside, gives the Oscar to the best movie

February 23, 2015
In recent years, the winner of Best Picture at the Academy Awards has all but been decided by Oscar night. “Boyhood” and “Birdman” each took home awards at the various award shows that come before the Oscars and both movies had a legitimate shot in taking home Hollywood’s top award on Sunday night. Ever since “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Oscar in 2009, the winner for Best Picture has been predicted by the winner at the BAFTAs and the Producer’s Guild of America. Since then, this was the first years in which the organizations were split, with “Boyhood” taking home the top prize at the BAFTAs and “Birdman” doing the same… Read more

Middle-earth comes to Ohio State for two-day festival

February 19, 2015
The last movie in the Hobbit trilogy was released in 2014, but for those who love author J.R.R. Tolkien, the magic doesn’t have to end just yet. The event Tolkien Days, hosted by Ohio State, is a fusion of the pop-culture phenomenon that Tolkien’s narratives created with the rigor of academics in a two-day conference beginning Friday at 9 a.m. Graeme Boone, the event coordinator and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at OSU, calls the event “an academic conference combined with a carnival, like a medieval fair.” Tolkien Days is the second event in a series sponsored by CMRS, called Pop Culture and the Deep Past.… Read more

Opinion: ‘Fifty Shades’ takes the easy way out in relationships

February 18, 2015
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. The series has sold more than 100 million copies (that’s more than every Nicholas Sparks book combined) and the movie made $81.7 million on its first weekend (that’s more than Avatar).  I’m not a fan of the whole thing, but I’m clearly outnumbered. People were undoubtedly attracted to the book because of the sex; that’s just human nature, but there has to be more to explain the wild popularity. The actor who plays Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan, is an attractive man, but surely he’s widely admired for more than just his looks (Grey started off as a literary character,… Read more

Marriage of dance and media engrained to film at Wex

February 10, 2015
“My ultimate hope would be that at the end of the show, the audience runs out screaming to Mirror Lake and jumps in, but does not set any couches on fire while doing it.” That’s what Mitchell Rose, an Ohio State assistant professor of dance, said about program he organized “Dance@30FPS.” “Dance@30FPS,” or Dance at 30 Frames Per Second, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Film/Video Theater. It’s a program split into two parts, Erik Pepple, spokesman for the Wexner Center, said. The first is a collection of international short films, and the second is the Columbus debut of the documentary “UPAJ:… Read more

Emerging aesthetics of globalism at heart of Hassan Hajjaj exhibition

February 5, 2015
The days of imperialism are gone, but their wake has left residual concerns over a creeping expansion of Western culture. While many developing countries struggle to hold onto their traditional cultures, Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj comes at globalism from a different perspective: A nation’s culture can be compatible with the outside influences now so ubiquitous in the modern world. That duality is a principal aesthetic of his new exhibition “My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1,” a video installation going on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts this weekend. The work features nine videos projected side-by-side in the Wex’s ground floor gallery. Each video features a performance by musicians,… Read more

Opinion: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Selma’ exemplify dangers of true stories as morality tales

February 2, 2015
Does art imitate life or is it the other way around? Hollywood has long aimed to make the latter true. Before people could even talk in movies, the silver screen was no stranger to projections of lessons of morality. “City Lights” (1931) showed we ought not judge a book by its cover, “Metropolis” (1927) warned of the atrocities greed creates, and “Birth of a Nation” (1915) taught us that great filmmaking and extreme racism are surprisingly compatible (a lesson master propagandist Joseph Goebbels learned so well). If there is any form of entertainment most appropriate for changing hearts and mind, movies are easily the go-to. They have universal appeal and… Read more