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Each film possesses a magical, lyrical quality and quickly proved to be the perfect bedtime story for a budding adult like myself.
"I see the role of a documentarian in the plural. I’m not against a filmmaker making a film that preaches at you. That’s just a film that I’m personally not interested in. I’m interested in the psychological inquiry, like in Hearts and Minds."
"I think Emerson to a certain extent is its own bubble and isolated from the harsher realities of the outside world. I don’t know if it’s something I expected or didn’t expect. I guess you hear the stories, and you hear there are going to be some less-than-savory types in the film industry."
There’s something so problematic about boiling a film’s worth down to a percentage. I’ve seen plenty of objectively terrible movies that stir something in me that a number could never represent. No movie is above critical evaluation, but plenty are above a one-size-fits-all rating system.
“The movie is an opportunity to get into either the skin of someone who looks like you or someone who doesn’t,” said Simien. “It’s nice when white people can see themselves as black characters. That’s the power of storytelling.”
We shouldn’t let the narrative of this year’s films be boiled down to an essential few. As Julianne Moore said while accepting her Best Actress award last month, “There is no such thing as a ‘Best Actress.’” I fully agree with that sentiment—being the best is subjective and arbitrary.
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"The more I learned about the history of the guild, the more fascinated I became."
“It’s hard to dislike that kind of music,” said Mueller. “Intense music doesn’t make me feel as happy.”
Nothing warms a snowed-in college student like the warm glow of a television. Here are The Berkeley Beacon’s picks for the best way to spend your day off.
Emerson has canceled classes after 4 p.m. Monday and all classes on Tuesday. The dining hall will remain open Tuesday, with shorter hours; all other campus cafes will close.
With hits like Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficent raking in globs of money in 2014, that statistic seems surprising. But for anyone who goes to the movies on a somewhat frequent basis, it’s not shocking. Going to a movie theater is becoming an increasingly less desirable option.
When critics and magazine columnists compile a list of the greatest film comedians, the answers are always the same: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, maybe Robin Williams or Bill Murray. But there’s one name you almost never see: Jacques Tati.
There’s a decidedly less spooky horror movie that holds a special place in my heart this time of year.
Modern filmmaking has been defined by extremes. Today, movies are either self-indulgent, money-grabbing blockbusters, or pretentious, award-baiting art house films.
With the school year officially started, now is the time to decide just how, and with whom, you want to spend your time.
“I wanted to put something into the evening that would help highlight a metaphor that helps deal with tragedies that were both within ourselves and larger than ourselves,” said DePaola.
On Wednesday night, RareWorks Theatre Company is giving audiences more treats than tricks with their latest production, Unwrap Your Candy.
“That is incredibly affirming and rewarding because I get to look into the eyes of someone who is also struggling and tell them that it gets easier and it also gets harder,” said Benincasa “I just want to provide whatever answers and help I can.”
A staged reading of the Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced is the latest example of The Office of the Arts’ effort to showcase stories with many perspectives.
This past Tuesday night, Emerson College announced that Daniel Beaty will be the latest artist-in-residence. Beaty will be with the college for three years on a $350,000 grant.
The Beacon's in-house selections for Oscar gold.
The Berkeley Beacon's Art Editor Jason Madanjian interviews Emerson grad and American Idiot star Mariah MacFarlane.
Without the Academy Awards, which have been going on for 86 years, the quality of movies would drastically decrease.
An exclusive interview with Jillian DeFrehn, Emerson grad and co-producer of the new film Vampire Academy.
"Our goal is to highlight stuff that’s never been seen. Something that’s never been nominated for an Oscar."
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Senior Rebecca Isenhart presented the creative aspect of her honors thesis, a photo installation, this past Monday night.
EAGLE sponsors this Bright Lights event, which examines the depiction of gay characters in film from 1930 to 1970.
Emerson alum Julian Higgins returns to Emerson College to showcase three of his short films.
The Berkeley Beacon's exclusive Q&A with Emerson alum, and Morton Downey Jr. Movie producer, Graham Wright.
Arts Editor Jason Madanjian reviews Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie.
Jason Madanjian reviews columbinus, ArtsEmerson's premiere show for their fourth season.
Ricky Downes III created Conservative Arts, a political satire television pilot that's part Colbert Report and part Spongebob Squarepants.
The almost two-hour show featured four vignettes chronicling various married couples who stay in the same hotel room at different times of the year.
On Sunday night, freshman Alex Frapech was browsing the Great Northeast Athletic Conference website when he noticed his name — he was selected as rookie of the year for his work on the men’s volleyball team this season.
An audience of over 100 students and faculty filled the Bright Family Screening Room as Mutchnick held a candid discussion and presentation about his latest television show, Partners, which was canceled this past fall after only six episodes aired on CBS.
Like the Twilight Zone and Edgar Allen Poe-themed shows before, Chocolate Cake City anchored its latest performance piece around a continuous idea, this time spoofing the increasingly viral global conferences that focus on a myriad of subjects: TED Talks.
Written by first-time playwright Lizzie Milanovich, a junior performing arts major, A Yellow Watermelon premiered Tuesday night in the Greene Theater as one of two plays selected for Rareworks’ annual Playwright’s Festival, which produces student-scribed texts.
Daniel Gold came to Emerson hoping to write screenplays and direct films. Now, less than a year after graduation, he is writing game plans and directing plays on the lacrosse field.
Aust describes the film — which follows one nightmare creator as he falls in love with one of his victims — as fast, loud, and out of control. It’s a dash of Freddy Kreuger mixed with Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible.
After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in communications and cinema studies in 2011, Kelly Soule said she found Boston to be a desert for the filmmaking community in a city brimming with a pool of talent.
Directed by junior marketing communication major Eric Maxwell, this tuneful take featured the standard tropes of the glass slipper, Prince Charming, and the pumpkin carriage. But Maxwell said he also wanted to leave his own visual mark on this timeless tale.
I like those types of movies that have magical elements to the reality.
The resulting film Odysseus in Ithaca was screened alongside five other shorts on Tuesday night in the Bright Family Screening Room for the event An Evening With Experimental Filmmaker Peter Rose.
Fox was only 21 when she traveled to Beirut at the end of 1981. For three years, she and her editor tweaked the script, creating a new cut annually. And then Fox spent years looking for distribution before finally breaking through at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988.
Three Emerson students are looking to turn up the volume with a new television show on the Emerson Channel called AMPED!. It aims to be a music series that focuses on new albums, shows around Boston, and live performances.
Ballad will be performed on Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m in the Greene Theater of the Tufte Performance Production Center. This original marriage between two texts is the brainchild of senior performing arts major Kelsey Jayne Hogan and junior performing arts major Nicky Maggio.
X Dance, held on campus in the Greene Theater, starts next Thursday at 8 p.m. and runs through the weekend.
His ride raised $2,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that helps service members transition back to civilian life and provides relief and programs to wounded vets in America.
On Feb. 2, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), in conjunction with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), will honor her achievements in innovative teaching with a ceremony held on Cape Cod.
During the bash, WECB aired a snippet from an in-progress documentary about the station by Veltser. Since the spring, he has been conducting interviews with alumni, as well as gathering archival radio transmissions and old newspaper clips.
A time crunch sent Sender and the other Jimmys scrambling to make the best possible show in a short amount of time.
The musical follows the characters as they stagea play. Five homeless men and women present an “urban fairytale” of struggling musician Taylor Collins and Faith, the love of his life.
According to Blaszko, his production follows tradition for a show that was sexualy charged, even in ancient times.
Chamberlain writes, directs, edits, and often stars in his videos, which have gained notice among the Emerson community after his parody of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy And I Know It.”
immy’s eclectic team of writers and performers created a kaleidoscopic medley of jokes.
The second annual International Experimental Cinema Exposition demonstrated 12 16mm short films, projected in their original formats.
The family-friendly sports drama follows Abigail Brooks, a thirty-year-old rower who has trained for the Olympics her whole life and has learned once again that she did not make the team.
he documentary follows Mazwi, a South African who is the youth leader for Abahladi base Mjondolo, a protest organization formed to fight The Slums Act. Mazwi, along with the documentary’s co-director Dara Kell, took questions from the audience after the viewing.
On Thursday night, ArtsEmerson kicked off its third season with investigative theater troupe The Civilians’ world premiere of Paris Commune in the Paramount Center Mainstage.
The Tribeca Film Institute helped fund the project by awarding an undisclosed grant to the undertaking in August.
The event was held in The Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center and hosted by Jonathan Wacks, professor and chair of the visual and media arts department. Werner served as executive producer on numerous television shows including The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and That 70’s Show.
And for the second year, Emerson College found a spot on the list. The college placed at number nine, soaring past its position at number 18 during the inaugural year.
The Uplink, which aired at 9 p.m. on Tuesday each month of this semester, is Emerson Independent Video’s only tech news show produced by and for geeks.
Fifty-three people filed into the Charles Beard Room in the Little Building April 4 to hear Nick Flynn’s sarcastic wit and to offer the writer a hodgepodge of questions.
Presented by Rareworks last Saturday and Sunday in the Piano Row Multipurpose Room, Under Milk Wood, written by famed poet Dylan Thomas, is about the denizens of a fictional Welsh town, Llareggub.
Childhood cartoons and pop culture of yesteryear spilled off the TV screen and into the Little Building Cabaret March 28 in Pokémon: The 90s Rock Show, a gaudy musical from the mind of sophomore visual and media arts major Andrew Barret Cox.
A year ago, Patrick McDonald didn’t have an inkling of the idea that would become the black comedy Rough & Tumble.
The day after he spoke at his alma mater March 20, author/screenwriter/producer Seth Grahame-Smith talked with the Berkeley Beacon.
Apatow Productions, whose film Bridesmaids became the comedy event of last summer, has produced a rare misfire with Wanderlust.
Saturday night, Emerson College’s avid gamers found their little slice of virtual solace in WECB’s event Saturday Night Geekout.
Imagine a world where you couldn’t read road signs, letters from your daughter look like gibberish, and bank bills are a headache-inducing riddle. This is the harsh reality for the patriarch of a family in Kidding Around’s performance of José Cruz González’s play Salt and Pepper.
The Artist, a silent, black-and-white movie, has defied modern Hollywood conventions by becoming the breakout film of the awards season.
My Week With Marilyn is about more than Monroe. It tells the story of her tryst with a member of her fan club, Colin Clark.
Agnieszka Holland’s new film, In Darkness, offers a glimpse into a horror few have ever known. The film, based on the book “In The Sewers of Lvov” by Robert Marshall, takes place in Nazi occupied Poland during World War II. Its characters bring that nightmare to life on the screen.
Emerson Comedy Workshop (ECW) celebrated their 35th anniversary Friday in the Cabaret with a 16-piece sketch show — suggestively and tellingly titled Love is in My Hair — that leaned toward the uproarious and racy.
In a dark theater, a film projector hums a family’s silent black and white home movies project onto a screen. Before any lines are spoken, it is clear the performers have embodied emotionally passionate characters. Monday and Tuesday in the Cabaret, Mercutio Troupe offered an uncompromising portrayal of family life with Dancing At Lughnasa.
Through both fiction and non-fiction, local filmmakers showed what it means to be a visual story teller last Tuesday night during the first installment of the visual and media arts department’s Bright Lights Series.
The audience roared with delight this past Thursday and Friday night as the Shakespeare Society rocked the Cabaret with their two-night, four-performance tour de force in the Shakespearean Jazz Show.
After 26 acts submitted, it’s down to five. On the line: a one year recording contract with Emerson College’s student-run record label, Wax on Felt.
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