The Columbia Chronicle

‘Holy Motors’’ dizzying narrative will divide audiences

By Sam Flancher

October 22, 2012

The divisiveness of “Holy Motors” was evident at its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.Met equally with cheers and boos, veteran French director Leos Carax’s film of audacious, polarizing proportions refuses critical consensus. With its grand assemblage of generic elements, “Holy Motors” frustrates as often as it astounds.The film begins with an image of Carax in a dream state as he surveys a movie theate...

CTA financially derailed

By Vanessa Morton

October 24, 2011

The Chicago Transit Authority may have found alternative solutions to financially stay afloat as it’s faced with a $227 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year. CTA riders could dodge fare hikes and service cuts under a 2012 budget plan announced by CTA President Forrest Claypool on Oct. 19.However, according to a CTA press release, the only way the transit agency could prevent possible fare hikes and service cuts is t...

Fleischer’s flick a dud

By Drew Hunt

August 11, 2011

The R-rated comedy, which saw a resurgence in the summer of 2005 with the box office hits “Wedding Crashers” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” has been taking a hit recently. Widespread complacency has plagued films like “Horrible Bosses” and “Bad Teacher,” which use four-letter words and suggestive sexuality like a crutch, indicating they have no real legs to stand on. For a genre that once thrived on audacity ...

Hope for Harvey

By HermineBloom

November 1, 2010

A large, eggshell blue sign still reads “Hardy Shoes” in white letters, but there is no enclosed space, as two of its walls have long since deteriorated. The ground is littered with weeds and debris and only a few fragile ceiling beams are visible, allowing the sun to cascade light on truly tragic urban decay—or the state of 80,000-square-foot Dixie Square mall in Harvey, Ill., for the past 30 years.The south suburban mall at 151st...

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 ...

‘Zombieland’ creates several cultural parallels

By David Orlikoff

October 12, 2009

As a society we have come to view certain films as timeless. The Wizard of Oz is as current in some households as the latest Disney venture.  Perhaps that’s because it’s a fantasy film and a witch or winged monkey looks no different in 1939 than 2009. But that doesn’t explain how films like Casablanca and Citizen Kane remain important generations after their historical ramifications have receded to mere tremors.As a medium...

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