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Female-Directed Films of 2018

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Culture

The 91st annual Academy Awards were this Sunday, and while there were some great takeaways (looking at you Spike Lee, Regina King and Alfonso Cuaron), there were also decisions that left audiences walking away with a bad taste in their mouth. In a highly contested award season — complete with controversi...

Wakanda Forever: The “Black Panther” Effect

Dewayne Goforth, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the weekend Black Panther crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, smashing countless box office records and cultural milestones along the way. Though it’s impact on the big screen can clearly be seen through the numbers it continues to produce, what cannot easily be seen is its cultural significance, s...

SJU Alum Participates in Hollywood’s HollyShorts Film Festival

SJU Alum Participates in Hollywood’s HollyShorts Film Festival

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

When Jared Adkins graduated from St John’s 2 years ago, he never imagined that having a college roommate who was film-savvy, and taking advice from his then public relations professor would influence his passion for film production. A Far Rockaway native, Adkins’ latest film, Note To Self, was a participa...

What’s Poppin’: “John Wick Chapter 2”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

It’s easy to love Keanu Reeves, isn’t it? Especially his John Wick character, who shoots through bad guys like the Patriots shot through the Falcons in the second half of this year’s Super Bowl. “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the sequel to the surprisingly amazing, action-packed and beautiful...

“The Lego Batman Movie” bricks free of standard kiddie fare

David Rosario, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a movie inherently designed to sell toys, while simultaneously flaunting two of the most popular toy brands in one shiny package for 100 minutes while quietly hoping that the sheer entertainment value becomes enough to cancel out any cynicism. The gamble pays off, as “The...

Jared Leto set to play Andy Warhol

Abhishek Joshi, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Celebrity, Culture, Movies & Television

The last couple of years have been seemingly interesting for Jared Leto. After the release of Warner Bros. pictures’ distributed production, “Suicide Squad,” Leto has signed up to play the role of artist Andy Warhol in a biopic -  titled “Warhol.” Along with that, Leto has also signed to co-produce...

Review: “Goat” is electrifying

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

September 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

“I feel like I’m a p----.” “Maybe you should just quit.” “I can’t quit.” “Why not.”.... “Goat” depicts the dark side of Greek life. Whether people would like to admit it or not, most colleges have stories about hazing; stories of shirtless “overly masculine” boys...

“Snowden” falls short of its own lofty ambitions

David Rosario, Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

Making films about the lives of complicated men isn’t exactly uncharted territory for director Oliver Stone. After chronicling former presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and George W.  Bush throughout the course of his career, Stone returns to direct a film that attempts to shed some light on ...

“Don’t Breathe” will leave you breathless

Raven Haynes, Contributing Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

“Don’t Breathe” is a thriller /horror film that has three thieves in Detroit plotting their biggest heist of an old blind man’s fortune. Rocky (Jane Levy) the female thief is the most desperate for this score, she has dreams of escaping the reality of her life and going far away to California...

SJU Screens “The Tough Guise”

Kailey Licata, Contributing Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

The Tough Guise: Violence, Media and Crisis in Masculinity, an hour and a half long documentary, discusses how society portrays “tough men.” Jackson Katz depicts the ways in which men are represented in the media and how it affects young men’s actions. Released in 1999, the documentary mainly...

Remembering Gene Wilder

Paige Pope, Contributing Writer

September 8, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

On Aug. 29 we all had to say goodbye to a man that had a big impact on every kid's childhood. Gene Wilder known for his iconic role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tragically passed away due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease. Although the younger generations may onl...

“Hell or High Water” is breath of fresh air

David Rosario, Staff Writer

September 8, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies & Television

Who would have thought that at a time when originality in Hollywood seems to be at an all-time low, a film about a sheriff trying to hunt down two brothers on the wrong side of the law would be the breath of fresh air that the industry desperately needed? It’s not a remake or connected to an older...

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