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Opinion: Tim Burton tries again, Chris Nolan to release big-name blockbuster in upcoming movie season

October 28, 2014
While this year’s (and last year’s) crop of movies hasn’t quite been as strong as it arguably could be — especially in comparison to 2012’s terrific roster — it’s still got a number of award contenders and original stories on the horizon. Whether it’s in one bizarre director’s attempt at a comeback in “Big Eyes,” one acclaimed superstar director’s space odyssey in “Interstellar” or a strange take on the superhero genre in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” there are a few movies that I know I will be going to see. “Birdman,” in limited release, opens at AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Thursday “Birdman,” directed by Oscar-nominated… Read more

Gateway featuring short films in Halloween competition

October 26, 2014
For anyone who wants to get terrified in brief increments, the Gateway Film Center is probably the place to be Monday. The movie theater, located in the South Campus Gateway, offers a film competitions throughout the year, and this week, there’s one focusing solely on Halloween this week. It’s a popular version of the monthly competition “Show Us Your Shorts” — your short films, that is.  It’s like an open mic night for independent filmmakers, and takes place on the last Monday of each month at 9 p.m. Anyone can submit their film of 12 minutes or right up to half an hour before it starts.  During these events, the… Read more

Review: Jodie Mack brings still images to life in experimental film at the Wex

October 23, 2014
The Film/Video Theater at the Wexner Center went completely black. Big white numbers popped up on the screen counting down to the beginning of the show, the same numbers you would see in old films. Jodie Mack, an experimental filmmaker who teaches at Dartmouth College, showed her five-part series “Let Your Light Shine” Wednesday night to an almost full auditorium. The showing consisted of five short films made and shot by Mack on 16mm film. The first part, “New Fancy Foils,” showed mostly still shots of fabrics, foils and papers with different patterns printed on them. The prints were shown with a rhythmic pattern, although the only sound you could… Read more

Filmmaker Jodie Mack to show ‘visual delights’ at Wexner Center

October 19, 2014
For one artist, the film is not complete until it is shown — and performed — live. The Wexner Center for the Arts is set to host Jodie Mack on Wednesday as part of its Visiting Filmmakers series. According to the center’s website, Mack has been gaining recognition and respect the past few years for her homemade 16mm films and is set to show her program titled “Let Your Light Shine.” Mack, 31, was born in London and teaches animation at Dartmouth College. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in film, video and new media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I think people see her… Read more

Environmental filmmaker Josh Fox set to speak to Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
An Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winning director and activist is set to make an Ohio State appearance. Josh Fox — who is known for his 2010 documentary “GasLand” and its 2013 follow-up “Gasland Part II” — is slated to speak to students Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union in an event sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. “Gasland” exposes the issue of hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — for natural gas in the United States and its effect on the environment. The controversial film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, features, in 2011 and won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding… Read more

Movie review: Breathtaking atmosphere, acting make ‘Gone Girl’ unsettling

October 13, 2014
Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s newest film, “Gone Girl,” is an engaging and hugely entertaining thriller and drama. I’m not sure that its dark sense of humor or sordid plot will ensure its success come awards season, but its eerie cinematography, gorgeous atmospherics and fine lead performances make it a worthwhile watch. The film, adapted from a bestselling novel by author Gillian Flynn, has an intriguing and thrilling premise that unravels to become a deeper, more cynical take on marriage. The script, helmed by Flynn herself, keeps the viewer engrossed in the premise (even if sometimes it becomes a little campy or easy) with its quick wit and taut dialogue. Better… Read more

‘Shawshank Redemption’ set to be screened at Columbus film festival

October 10, 2014
The Film Festival of Columbus is set to feature a throwback. On Sunday, along with a number of new independent films, the festival is set to screen the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption” in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary. The film was shot at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. John Daugherty, co-founder of FFOCOL and member of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, said the choice to shoot the movie in central Ohio was influenced by a few factors. “The old Mansfield prison, where it was filmed, was the perfect location,” Daugherty said in an email. “Since the film was a period film, the age of the prison… Read more

Review: Ohio State professor puts audience through unforgettable experience at film showing

October 10, 2014
They told me experimental film isn’t necessarily about what specific message the filmmaker is trying to relay. They told me it’s just about the experience I have while watching. Roger Beebe, experimental filmmaker and an associate professor in the Department of Art since January, was welcomed Wednesday night as a relatively new faculty member of Ohio State with a screening of his work at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Dozens of people came to support Beebe and his work, from students, to colleagues, to community members with a passion for art — and an admiration for Beebe himself. It is evident that Beebe is a beloved addition to OSU… Read more

Opinion: ‘American Horror Story’ said to be ‘too scary’; Michael Phelps in the deep end again with DUI

October 6, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “American Horror Story” too scary? Pop-culture powerhouse “American Horror Story” is slated to make its return to the small screen at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. America’s favorite televised gore-fest returns with its fourth season, subtitled “Freak Show,” and features many of its beloved cast members from seasons past. While season three of the horror series replaced some of the chilling terror of the first two seasons with a more twisted and campy humor, executive producer Ryan Murphy claims that “Freak Show” will return to the anthology’s terrifyingly taboo… Read more

Artists use old caravan to put film into motion

September 16, 2014
A local couple has turned a automobile into a piece of working art. “Caravan: Double Feature” is an upcoming, one-night only cinema event produced by collaboration between Evan Dawson and Paige Phillips, both graduates of Ohio State. The couple took Dawson’s family’s 2001 Dodge Caravan and replaced the headlights with 16-mm projectors. Hosted by the small art gallery Mote 078 Gallery, a film will project from the new headlights Friday onto the side of a building near the Ohio Exterminating Co.’s location at 1347 N. High St. “In the film, you will see us walking in front of a car driving down the road,” Dawson said. “It is a fairly… Read more