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“Lost” writer enters the woods

By Drew Hunt

April 17, 2012

After collaborating with the likes of Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, Drew Goddard has long been poised to step into the director chair himself. He finally got his chance with “The Cabin in the Woods,” a unique horror film that has fans of the genre dizzy with curiosity. Recently, The Chronicle had the chance to sit down with Goddard and discuss the genesis of the film, how genre cinema became so popular and whether or no...

Recycling Program salvages 178.5 tons of waste

By Heather Scroering

April 15, 2012

While the college has referred to the Recycling Program in its sustainability plan as “arguably the most robust sustainability-related program at Columbia,” the 10-person operation has been recommended for reorganization since the beginning of the prioritization process.Though the program faces possible staff cuts and decreased funding, the student-operated organization recycled approximately 48 percent of waste on campus...

‘Cabin’ critiques, celebrates horror flicks

By Drew Hunt

April 9, 2012

As the reigning King of Geekiness, Joss Whedon’s every move is scrutinized and discussed ad nauseum by the comic book community. During the last decade or so, he and the likes of J.J. Abrams have contributed to projects that have had undeniable crossover appeal. Essentially, Whedon, who’s best known for his work in TV (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) made nerdiness cool, not to mention highly profitable. ...

‘Damsels’ a fine return to form

By Drew Hunt

April 1, 2012

After a 13-year hiatus from filmmaking spent in Spain working as a sales agent for local filmmakers, Whit Stillman has returned to American shores with a new film called “Damsels in Distress,” a comedy starring Greta Gerwig. The film had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival last September, and U.S. audiences have been eager to see what Stillman has in store ever since.In the film, Gerwig plays th...

Mayor touts economic plan

By Kaley Fowler

April 1, 2012

By Megan Purazrang, Contributing WriterThe Chicago region could see its economy grow as it implements a new development plan that seeks to use strategic job and networking ideas to compete againstother regions.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international association that assists governments in programs and research that fight poverty and foster prosperity, partnered with the City of Chicago, the sta...

‘Kid with a Bike’ adds to Dardennes’ success

By Drew Hunt

March 19, 2012

For nearly two decades, brothers and Belgian directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have been prominent figures in international art cinema. The two-time Palme d’Or winners have earned a worldwide following thanks to a body of work that has remained strikingly consistent.Their newest film is called “The Kid with a Bike,” and the titular kid is the impetuous 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Douret) who’s been living in st...

Lady Eagles set records, win big

By Lindsey Woods

March 18, 2012

Standing at the foul line, Christina “Mighty” Barnett, of the Robert Morris University Eagles, had the game on her shoulders. The Eagles had gained and lost the lead several times during the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal game March 1 against the top-seeded Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. With eight seconds left, the Eagles led 100-97. Standing 5 feet 4 inches, Barnett held the basketball and ga...

Watercooler streams internationally

By Lisa Schulz

March 18, 2012

In the contemporary office, the water cooler is a key place for the free flow of information. At Columbia, however, WatercoolerJournal.tv is an online undergraduate- and instructor-run academic journal the Television Department started in September 2010 to stimulate critical dialogue.TV episodes are critically analyzed by students, but due to an increasingly international following, the journal is accepting submissions from...

John Carter’ reimagined on screen

By Drew Hunt

March 5, 2012

Not unlike his cohort Brad Bird, Pixar mainstay Andrew Stanton has stepped out of the realm of animation and entered the world of live action. Disney’s adaptation of “A Princess of Mars,” the first novel in a pulp sci-fi series from novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs initially published in 1912, is his latest directorial effort.In the film, retitled simply to “John Carter,” the titular protagonist (Taylor Kitsch) is a for...

Janitors rally for wage increase

By Aviva Einhorn

March 5, 2012

With the spotlight shining ever brighter on income disparity in the U.S., Chicago’s janitorial workers are taking proactive measures to demand economic security.At the Good Jobs for the 99% Convention Feb. 26, city janitors and supporters filled the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Negotiations for a new contract were detailed at the event organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1.The union’s curren...

‘Being Flynn,’ looking backward

By Drew Hunt

February 29, 2012

Director Paul Weitz (“Little Fockers,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”) opens his newest film with an aged but no less ubiquitous Robert De Niro as he walks into a parking garage and gets behind the wheel of a bright yellow taxicab. An image as loaded as that one is enough to pull an audience straight out of your film, but Weitz is content to let minds wander. And why not? After all, the biggest criti...

The Chicagoan reimagined

By Trevor Ballanger

February 27, 2012

Buried under years of history, a beacon of Chicago’s promising early industrialism lay hidden. Decades later, it would be uncovered and resurrected as a luxury for the 21st century.That is until Neil Harris, author of “Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age,” stumbled upon it. Harris, a professor at the University of Chicago, said he was browsing through stacks of published works at the library when he came acro...

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