The Columbia Chronicle

A broader look at the border

By Drew Hunt

October 11, 2010

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., opened a new exhibition titled “La Frontera: The Cultural Impact of Mexican Migration,” which details the cultural, social and political impact of Hispanic immigration history.Rod Slemmons, director of the MOCP, is curating the exhibition. He combined his experience working with art communities in Mexico with his familiarity with documentary photography to create an exhibition he hopes will showcase the imp...

‘No Where Boy’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

While Elvis Presley was creating music history in the 1950's, John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was coming of age and looking for guidance between his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), who raised him and his mother that left him as a child. Lennon turns to art, which would be the start of the Quarrymen and gains a growing friendship with young Paul McCartney. In 'No Where Boy', John Lennon faces the challenges of an adolescent to ...

‘Nowhere Boy’ a strong but unsuccessful effort

By Drew Hunt

October 11, 2010

It is both a strange wonder and a great blessing that Hollywood has yet to roll out a Beatles biopic. Although it probably has more to do with stringent copyright laws than anything else, it’s encouraging to know an unauthorized feature film of the Fab Four has yet to come to fruition.Although biopics such as “Ray” are popular and often critically acclaimed, they rarely offer any new or original insight on their subjects. “I’m Not There,” the Bob Dylan film written and directed by Todd Haynes, comes close to r...

Columbia, CPS to collaborate

By Drew Hunt

October 4, 2010

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships received a four-year grant, worth $1.1 million, from the United States Department of Education that will provide funding for a program called Transforming Education through the Arts and Media Initiative, or TEAM.The proposal underwent a highly competitive peer review process facilitated by the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program. It was one of 33 programs to receive a grant out of 200 appl...

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 4, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) looks for a quick getaway from his stressed-out life. He attempts to check himself into a youth psychiatric hospital, but is instead put into the adult ward. A patient, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), takes Craig under his wing during his stay. Craig learns there are more stressful problems than what he was experiencing prior to checking in, such as life, love and growing pains into ...

New comedy misses mark

By Drew Hunt

October 4, 2010

There was a time when Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the duo behind the 2006 film “Half Nelson,” were considered to be among the boldest and most daring young filmmakers in the country. The film was heralded as a masterpiece of sorts, with critics lauding its gritty realism and pensive tone.Unfortunately, Fleck and Boden’s new film, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” is a veritable cream puff by comparison, wholly lacki...

Skillful examination of 21st Century social mores

By Drew Hunt

September 27, 2010

In the current Internet age, words like “spam” and “meme” have taken on a whole new context. The word “troll,” which normally brings to mind images of mythical beings in funny hats, now also describes a kind of cretinous individual who purposefully slanders others online. Trolls have the reputation of being spiteful and condescending for their own whimsy.David Fincher’s newest film, “The Social Network,” chronicles ...

Game design major wins national recognition

By Drew Hunt

September 27, 2010

GamePro Magazine, one the of the leading video game publications in the country, selected Columbia as one of “Six Game Design Schools to Watch.” The game design major was singled out for its unique take on the theory and culture of gaming.According to GamePro, Columbia is notable for its emphasis on the aesthetics of gaming, opposed to the more technological side.Tom Dowd, coordinator of the game development concentration within the game design major, said the program draws strength fr...

Staff opposes fees for union

By Drew Hunt

September 20, 2010

In response to alleged irresponsibility on the part of United Staff of Columbia College—Columbia’s designated staff labor union—Jennie Fauls, assistant director of First Year Writing, has formed the US of CC Opposition Forum.The group was born after Fauls and other staff members received a letter from the US of CC demanding they submit a series of forms to the Illinois Education Association to complete their union membership. Additionally, a numb...

Romanek’s achingly sad sci-fi done right

By Drew Hunt

September 20, 2010

In his second feature film, Mark Romanek continued to prove he’s adept in deception. His debut effort, “One Hour Photo” (notable for its exploration of Hitchcockian themes of voyeurism and obsession, as well as its deft use of Robin Williams), appeared creepy on the surface but had audiences stewing in sentimentality once the end credits started rolling.His newest movie, “Never Let Me Go,” which is adapted from th...

Fuller to face prison time

By Drew Hunt

September 14, 2010

Former Columbia faculty member Kevin Fuller, who was arrested in November 2009 on child pornography charges, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office. On Aug. 24, her pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on two of the three counts against him, which include distributing and possessing images of child pornography. Fuller will face a mandatory five-year prison sentence and could potentially be subject t...

Underrated filmmaker given spotlight

By Drew Hunt

September 13, 2010

Jacques Tourneur, one of cinema’s most overlooked directors, is receiving the retrospective treatment at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The run started Sept. 1 and will continue through Oct. 3. Using the theater’s ongoing weekend matinee series to feature Tourneur’s notable works.He is perhaps most famous for his work with RKO Studios and producer Val Lewton during the 1930s, when he was hired to direct a n...

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