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‘Swallow’ stands out with a chilling portrayal of domestic isolation

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‘Swallow’ stands out with a chilling portrayal of domestic isolation

April 23, 2020 0 comments

Writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ directorial debut, the psychological-thriller “Swallow,” reveals the horrors of a woman’s alienation from her marriage, struggles with mental illness and battles with an eating disorder. 

‘The Invisible Man’ haunts audiences with modernization of classic tale

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‘The Invisible Man’ haunts audiences with modernization of classic tale

March 10, 2020 0 comments

In an era of large-scale Hollywood reboots that too often collapse into a cesspool of critical disdain and overwhelming disappointment, writer and director Leigh Whannell offers a sophisticated adaptation of H. G. Wells’s classic novel “The Invisible Man.”

Opening up about her struggles with body image, sexual assault, career pressures and feminist views, Swift finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story through a medium beyond music in “Miss Americana.”

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‘Miss Americana’ sparks empathy for Taylor Swift

February 11, 2020 0 comments

On Jan. 23, the release of Taylor Swift’s intimate documentary “Miss Americana” took Netflix by storm. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Lana Wilson, the documentary follows Swift on her search for “happiness without anyone else’s input,” highlighting her struggles against criticisms, loneliness and constant visibility.

Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline

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Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline

February 5, 2020 0 comments

“Uncut Gems,” an American crime thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, is an action-packed cinematic masterpiece. Adam Sandler plays the movie’s main character, Howard Ratner, a gambler and businessman who runs a jewelry store in New York’s diamond district.

Portraying main characters Nicole and Charlie, Scarlett Johannson and Adam Driver communicate the painful process of divorce in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix last December.

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‘Marriage Story’ examines the judicial arbitration of love

January 23, 2020 0 comments

In his characteristic imitation of the mumblecore aesthetic, director Noah Baumbach tackles the transformation of love in his most recent project, “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix in December.

Dipping bread in wine, known as Intinction, speaks to the shared Catholic traditions of Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro). © 2019 Netlfix US, LLC. All rights reserved.

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‘The Irishman’ chronicles mafia history, lacks modern depth

December 5, 2019 0 comments

On Nov. 27, renowned Italian-American filmmaker Martin Scorsese — known for films including “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Departed” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”— made his Netflix debut with his newest film “The Irishman.”

"Parasite," Bong Joon-Ho’s award-winning film about class conflict in South Korea, is currently playing at Avon Cinema.

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‘Parasite’ stuns viewers with class commentary

November 14, 2019 0 comments

The South Korean film “Parasite” has continued to shock audiences across the globe ever since it won the Palme d’Or award at the May 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Award-winning filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love” is an atypical Chinese drama-romance. The films stars Tony Leung as Chow Mo-wan and Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen, who portray forbidden lovers.

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‘Foreign Flicks’ series screens romance drama ‘In the Mood for Love’

October 4, 2018 Comments are Disabled

Last week, the Center for Language Studies’ “Foreign Flicks” series screened “In the Mood for Love,” an atypical Chinese drama-romance whose brazen, erotic commitment to traditionalism prompts audiences to reconsider the role fidelity plays in modern love.

195 Angell St. is home to the Center for Language Studies, which recently named Jane Sokolosky as its new director. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., CLS will screen a foreign language film in Metcalf auditorium.

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Center for Language Studies institutes film series

September 24, 2018 Comments are Disabled

When Distinguished Senior Lecturer in German Studies Jane Sokolosky was named the new director of the Center for Language Studies this past June, she decided that she wanted to give students the ability to access languages in a “study break, daily routine, casual” sort of way. 

“Searching,” directed by Aneesh Chaganty, is a hyper-modern thriller told solely through the technological forms of communication used in daily life, such as FaceTime and text messaging.

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‘Searching’ fails to realize Asian American cinema

September 24, 2018 Comments are Disabled

“Searching,” the debut film of director Aneesh Chaganty, opens up by presenting a very Silicon Valley family in a very Silicon Valley way.