The Columbia Chronicle

‘The Housemaid’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

South Korean director Im Sang-Soo's newest film, "The Housemaid," is a re-imagining of a classic melodrama that falls right into place among the countries latest cinematic output. A film of many moods and tones, "The Housemaid" is a thrilling and seductive experience that wowed audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film made it's Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Feb. 4. The Chronicle's film critic Dre...

Indie drama feels staged, unconvincing

By Drew Hunt

January 7, 2011

There is a distinct air of intrigue surrounding “Blue Valentine,” the debut film from director Derek Cianfrance. While a groundswell of anticipation can only be a good thing for an up-and-coming filmmaker, such as Cianfrance, more often than not the buzz can backfire. This is the case with “Blue Valentine,” a film which does very little in delivering on said intrigue and instead feels more like a novelty in its execut...

‘True Grit’ unfortunately low on grit

By Drew Hunt

December 20, 2010

After trying their hand at a myriad of genres, Ethan and Joel Coen delve into the Western in their newest movie, “True Grit,” a remake of a 1969 film of the same name that won John Wayne his only Oscar. In their rendition, the Coens switch the Duke for the Dude, giving the reins to Jeff Bridges who re-imagines the role and infuses it with gruffness unbecoming of the persona of Wayne.The film looks beautiful—another s...

Faculty members deemed full-time

By Drew Hunt

December 13, 2010

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences has officially joined The School of Fine and Performing Arts as well as The School of Media Arts in having an official ranking system that determines which instructors receive the title of professor.Twelve faculty members in the School of LAS have officially been given the rank of professor by the college. Instructors in the Departments of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics and English were selected based...

Top ten films of the year

By Drew Hunt

December 13, 2010

10. "Tiny Furniture (USA, Director: Lena Dunham) Lena Dunham’s film is a fiendishly clever effort—one that bears no marks of a debut feature. Dunham stars as Aura, a film theory major and YouTube video maker who moves home after graduating college only to find disillusion. “Tiny Furniture” is an honest self-examination and a sort of denigration of post-grad malaise that satirizes New York-style bohemia. But Dunham is never ...

Staff union resolves pay negotiations

By Drew Hunt

December 13, 2010

After months of negotiations between the United Staff of Columbia College and the college administration, the two parties have come to terms on the details of a pay increase for all unionized staff. The agreement includes a 1 percent increase in salary, retroactive to Sept. 1, as well as 1 percent bonus to come on Jan. 15, 2011.Earlier this year, the college offered non-unionized staff and full-time faculty an identical pay i...

First-time filmmaker finds herself

By Drew Hunt

December 6, 2010

Toeing the line between candid self-reflection and pitiable narcissism, “Tiny Furniture” could end up becoming the runaway indie hit of the year. Writer/director Lena Dunham stars as Aura, a recent college grad who returns to her mother’s Tribeca loft and subsequently finds herself in an existential funk, fighting with her younger sister and aimlessly gadding about with her directionless friend.Proving the old adage of...

WikiLeaks blowing the whistle

By Drew Hunt

December 6, 2010

Actions taken by WikiLeaks were met with resounding indignation, although not everyone is upset for the same reason. Diplomatic officials labeled the leaking of the cables as an act of outright terrorism, and the Obama administration is considering harsh legal action against the organization. But while the government’s ire stems from what it deems a “serious violation of the law,” others are appalled by what can aptly...

Documentary uncovers health catastrophe

By Drew Hunt

November 29, 2010

In the past decade, Jeff Spitz, associate professor in the Film and Video Department, has experienced continuing success in his independent film career—so much that he now stands at the forefront of a movement dedicated to righting the wrongs of an environmental disaster.It all started in 1997, when Spitz was approached by a man who came across an old film his father shot, which featured a group of Native Americans.According to Spitz, what initially began as a simple idea to return the f...

Aronofsky returns with fantastic effort

By Drew Hunt

November 29, 2010

The art of dance has often been explored in films of varying success. The most sterling example remains Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s lavish masterpiece “The Red Shoes,” a film in which vibrant energy and vivid cinematography belie a sinister tone unbecoming the gracefulness of ballet.In his latest film, “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky treads similar ground. In equal turn, he examines the physica...

Board will extend president’s contract

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2010

In his 10th year as Columbia president, Warrick L. Carter has signed a contract extension that will ensure his leadership through the 2014 academic year.The decision, which was announced in a press release on Nov. 8, was reached unanimously by the college’s Board of Trustees during the summer.“The trustees are generally very happy with Dr. Carter’s work,” said Len Strazewski, associate journalism professor and facul...

‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2010

Despite all the hoopla—the award show tantrums, the braggadocio soap-boxing, the outlandish fashion choices—Kanye West remains, without question, the most captivating figure in pop music today. He surpasses the likes of Lady Gaga because his artistry is ultimately the driving force behind his every move.Although his logic isn’t always the most sound—proclaiming Lil Wayne to be the next Jimi Hendirx is among his most grou...

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