The Columbia Chronicle

Soccer is back

By Nader Ihmoud

October 3, 2011

The Columbia Renegades have added indoor and outdoor co-ed soccer teams to the list of sports available at Columbia.The teams were added during meetings held the week of Sept. 26 after several students volunteered for leadership positions, according to Kevin Hartmann, president of the Renegades.“Soccer’s always been a sport that’s had a lot of interest at Columbia, but we’ve never had a student really step up to ta...

Harvesting humor from illness

By Drew Hunt

September 26, 2011

Cancer and comedy: Ne’re the twain shall meet, unless you’re Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Together they star in “50/50,” a new comedy from Jonathan Levine, director of the criminally underrated film “The Wackness.”Gordon-Levitt and Rogen star as friends Adam and Kyle, a pair of regular dudes who work for public radio. After experiencing chronic back pain, Adam learns he has a rare form of spinal cancer and...

New look, new career for “Superbad” star

By Drew Hunt

September 19, 2011

After starring in a string of hit comedies, actor Jonas Hill is starting to branch out and take on roles that are something of a departure for the 27-year-old actor. He’s starting with “Moneyball” the new film from “Capote” director Bennett Miller. As the math whiz Peter Brand, Hill effectively sheds his brash persona in favor of a far more quiet and dramatic role. The Chronicle spoke  with Hill about undertaking ...

‘Capote’ director returns with follow-up

By Drew Hunt

September 19, 2011

Numbers don’t lie—or so goes the premise of the new film “Moneyball,” the story of Oakland A’s head-honcho Billy Beane who, in 2002, hatched a harebrained plan to reinvent the game of baseball by rejecting tradition and embracing the rationality of mathematics.Played by Brad Pitt, Beane is an ex-player turned general manager who runs his team like he’s still in the league. With a swagger in his step and an eve...

Sundance hit picking up buzz

By Drew Hunt

September 6, 2011

After its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is now prepping its theatrical run. Elizabeth Olsen stars as a young woman who flees an abusive cult, only to find hardship and increased paranoia as she adapts to a more stable life. The Chronicle sat down with Olsen and director Sean Durkin to discuss the aesthetics of the film, how they prepared for the shoot and the effects cults can lea...

“Attack the Block” brings the goods

By Drew Hunt

July 28, 2011

One of the most practiced activities in the film geek community is predicting the next “cult classic.” Considering cult classics usually earn the title after years of obscurity and glacial word-of-mouth, predicting one is a difficult task—especially considering the influence of the Internet, which has effectively erased obscurity and word-of-mouth. But in a world where the Internet didn’t exist, “Attack the Block,...

Will Gluck’s third film a winner

By Drew Hunt

July 22, 2011

Though Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher may have been the first to harvest the seeds of non-committal sex in “No Strings Attached,” Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis can rest assured that they avoided any sloppy seconds with their film, “Friends With Benefits.”As directed by Will Gluck, who helmed last year’s head-turning surprise hit “Easy A,” Timberlake and Kunis star as Dylan and Jamie, a pair of recently acqu...

‘Dark of the Moon’ dumb as a rock

By Drew Hunt

June 29, 2011

Because it just wouldn’t be summer blockbuster season without a Michael Bay film, the latest addition to the “Transformers” series is locked, loaded and poised to make millions. Shia Labeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, friend to the galactic Autobots who are exiled on Earth after losing a war to the nefarious Decepticons. Along for the ride is his new girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). The two are soon wrappe...

Latest Pixar flick a dud

By Drew Hunt

June 24, 2011

As the summer sequel machine barrels forward, yet another franchise has been born with “Cars 2,” the latest offering from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Though the original “Cars” is widely considered to be one of the less alluring additions to the Pixar canon, John Lasseter, chief creative at Pixar and one of its founding members, has decided to return to the director’s chair for another go.Picking up where ...

Cameron Diaz fails to make the grade

By Drew Hunt

June 24, 2011

Making good on its promise to sully the name of America's educators, the new film “Bad Teacher” is full of mean-spirited humor centered around one highly self-involved instructor, whose less than professional demeanor is a forced to be reckoned with. Directed by Jake Kasdan, this spiritual sequel to the popular “Bad Santa” is 89 minutes worth of blue humor and raunchy sex. The film makes sure to delivering on thes...

“Tree of Life” poses unanswerable questions

By Drew Hunt

June 13, 2011

Reclusive director Terrence Malick has unleashed into theaters his latest, Palme d’Or-winning film. Ever the introvert, Malick made sure to keep any information close to his vest, amassing a slew of buzz. With his having made only five films in 35 years, each new release from the Illinois native is something of an event.The new film, “The Tree of Life,” wrestles with our world’s most unanswerable questions, and from ...

Michelle Williams anything but meek

By Drew Hunt

May 9, 2011

Known for her documentary-esque tales of 20-somethings in transitory funks, Kelly Reichardt explores new ground in her period Western “Meek’s Cutoff,” a harrowing story that represents a substantial stylistic leap forward for the young filmmaker.Along for the ride is Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, who plays Emily, matriarch to a group of pioneers headed west in the year 1845.Based on a real-life incident, mem...

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