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Media Production Center virtual tour

By Cristina Aguirre

January 25, 2010

The Film and Video Department is on the move with the opening of the Media Production Center (MPC). The newly constructed building opens to students in the beginning of spring semester. This is Columbia College Chicago's first academic building commissioned by the college in its 120 years existence. The building is designed to initially fit the needs of students in the Film and Video, Interactive Arts and Media and Televisio...

‘The Book of Eli’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

January 25, 2010

Albert and Allen Hughes' new movie, "The Book of Eli," should not be known for it's tedious post-apocalyptic story line, but for its action-packed scenes. Denzel Washington plays Eli, a titular hero who has been on a 30-year quest after a cataclysmic war took over America. The Earth, which is now a wasteland, bares gangs and brigands. Eli fights his way westward with his sidekick Solara (Mila Kunis) to protect the one book...

‘Youth in Revolt’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

December 14, 2009

Based on the popular 1993 novel by C.D Payne, Youth in Revolt delivers the awkward meanderings of Nick Twisp (Micheal Cera), a sex-obsessed teenager whose parents are on the edge of divorce. While on vacation in a trailer park, Nick meets his dream girl Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doublesday). After finding out her classy ex-boyfriend is in the way, he soon develops a bad boy French alter-ego named Francois Dillinger. With blue con...

Chicago: one neighborhood at a time

By Cristina Aguirre

December 14, 2009

The Columbia Chronicle Operations Manager Kevin Obomanu will take you to four distinct neighborhoods to explore off-campus housing for students who don't want to live in the dorms. Obomanu will take you to the North Side neighborhoods of Streeterville, Lakeview, Rogers Park and Albany Park. Obomanu talks to Laura Dewey of the Chicago Apartment Finders....

‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

December 7, 2009

Directed by Werner Herzog, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans features Nicolas Cage as Terence McDonaugh, a rogue detective investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants in post-Katrina New Orleans. The film is a remake of Abel Ferrara's 1992 film. The Columbia Chronicle's Film Critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the dark comedy.Trailer courtesy of First Look Studios....

Framed: The World of Comics Exhibit

By Cristina Aguirre

December 7, 2009

Columbia College students showcased their comic book art installations at the Framed: The World of Comics exhibition at the Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. The show highlights the work of Columbia's set designers. Students from Keith Pitts and Jacqueline Penrod's Set Design classes constructed stage sets inspired by the work of Columbia College comic book artists. Justin Witte, Exhibition Coordinator, gives the Chronicle a t...

Question of the week: Are you sad Oprah is leaving her show?

By Cristina Aguirre

November 30, 2009

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey announced she is ending her daytime talk show after 25 years on-air. The Oprah Winfrey Show will close on September 9, 2011. The Columbia Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Cristina Aguirre, took on the streets of Chicago to find out what people think about the ending of her show.

Getting into the Swing

By Cristina Aguirre

November 30, 2009

Since the late 1920s, swing dancing has swung couples across the dance floor. Now, with the popularity of television shows like "Dancing with the stars," swing dancing is back in the lime light and you can find it here in Chicago.Studios like Big City Swing, 1012 W Randolph St., offers group classes, workshops, and private lessons for those interesting in swing and Lindy Hop dance lessons.Dave Rentauskas, senior dance instruc...

‘Gentlemen Broncos’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 24, 2009

Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Gentlemen's Broncos brings vibrant imagery to the screen. Seventeen-year-old Benjamin Purvis (Michael Angarano) is a home-schooled, sci-fi geek who has a strong passion for writing. He attends a fantasy writer's conference, where established fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) is a speaker and judge of an manuscript contest. Benjamin submits his book entry called Y...

Audio File with The Hue

By Cristina Aguirre

November 19, 2009

Some songs stick in a listener’s head because of their simplicity and charm, but that is not so with The Hue. The band’s complex interlace of dueling guitars and wordless verses sets the hook while its clear melodies keep listeners tuned in. The progressive four-person band features two guitarists, Jared Rabin and Marcus Rezak, drummer Brian Gilmanov and bassist Kyle Meyers. Three of the band members met at their alma mater...

‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 19, 2009

A lovelorn Michigan reporter (Ewan McGregor) meets up with an ex-army psychic warrior (George Clooney) amidst the war in Iraq. Based on a true story, the film brings to light some of the strangest practices of our military. The Columbia Chronicle's Film Critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the dark comedy, The Men Who Stare At Goats.(Courtesy: Overture Films)...

Columbia’s Student Government Association travels to State Capital

By Cristina Aguirre

November 19, 2009

The Columbia College Student Government Association (SGA) traveled to Springfield in October to lobby government officals to reinstate the Monetary Award Program for spring 2010. SGA joined hundreds of Illinois college students in support of the MAP grant. This comes after funding was cut in half in an attempt to balance the state's budget. The Illinois House and Senate passed a bill to restore MAP grant funding for spring 2010....

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