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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

Film explores social depictions of labor on money

January 29, 2015
Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based artist William E. Jones presents paper currency from all around the world. His film, titled “Model Workers,” brings color and perspective to currency. The film focuses on currency art that depicts human labor, Jones said in an email, adding that the bills tended to come from poorer and socialist countries. “These countries may be proud of their traditional agriculture or of industrial development, but what they have in common is the decision to honor not ‘great men’ but working people on their money,” Jones said. Jones began his relationship with the Wexner Center in 1991. Since then, he has made numerous visits to the Wex to work… Read more

Opinion: Live-action adaptations keep the Disney dream living on

January 26, 2015
Growing up just a mere 45 minutes from Walt Disney World, I lived out my childhood days regularly watching all the classic Disney movies, usually the movies that contained the beautiful, seemingly perfect princesses that I dreamed of becoming when I was older. As a little girl, I couldn’t care less about whether the princess on the screen was a cartoon character or not; I just loved the colorful and cheerful scenes, the glorious singing voices and, of course, the moment that the princess and prince finally found true love and lived “happily ever after.” Although I hold the same love for the classic Disney movies today, I prefer to… Read more

The buffoon and a neurotic princess: Actors Pine, Kendrick talk ‘Into the Woods’

January 25, 2015
When the Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this month, many filmmakers and actors possibly felt either surprised or snubbed to see which of them would be walking down the red carpet in Hollywood on Feb. 22. One film whose backers might have feared a lack of acknowledgment from the Academy is “Into the Woods,” Disney’s adaptation of the hit Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. While the film boasts an impressive cast and an Oscar-nominated director in Rob Marshall (for 2002’s “Chicago”), the  live-action musical has not done well at the Oscars lately. The silver screen once shimmered with an aural spectacle ­— it was a time when the “triple threat”… Read more