Movies

Late-year run of memorable films define 2011

By Jackson Santy ’13
THE ROUNDUP

Alas, Christmas lights have been taken down, “Elf” is no longer being played six times a day and Dick Clark has signed off for the New Year.

As we enter into 2012, it is a time to reflect on the year that was.

The year of 2011 was particularly uncharacteristic for the film industry.

‘Moneyball’ strikes out on maudlin melodrama

By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP

“Moneyball” – Starring: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
2.5

Let’s be upfront here – I don’t know a lot about baseball; that being said, I do know enough to say that “Moneyball” isn’t a good movie.

First on the list of setbacks is simply the fundamental premise of the movie. This is a sports movie (always a niche market) that isn’t even about sports – it’s about sports management.

Summer brings comedy, action to the big screen

As summer approaches, students are counting down the days until that final bell rings and they rush to soak up some sun.

With summer break comes summer blockbusters, and this summer is jam packed with a remarkable lineup of movie releases.

Wiseau creates unbearable and unforgettable experience with ‘The Room’

By Sean Harris ’11
THE ROUNDUP

Cinema has simultaneously hit a new low and a new high with the transcendent soul-crushing experience of “The Room.”

This is it. This is that one film I will point to when asked about the worst movie of all time.

It’s not just casually bad.

It’s not “The Last Airbender” bad. It’s a freight train of unpleasantness helmed by a man who seemed to create the term delusions of grandeur.

Anniversary of 3D boom brings backlash, wasted potential

By Sean Harris ’11
THE ROUNDUP

3D is hardly a new trend in Hollywood, but to say that it hit a new boom after “Avatar” would be putting it lightly; it exploded with the force of a nuclear weapon.

It’s been more than a year since “Avatar” came to theaters and was subsequently declared as the highest grossing film of all-time, and studios are shamelessly trying to pump this new moneymaking gimmick for everything its worth.

Films like “Clash of the Titans” and “The Last Airbender” have audiences taking on a “fool me once, shame on you” attitude since wasting money on post-production 3D effects is essentially the same as burning the extra money for the ticket.

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ makes even the toughest men cry

By Jackson Santy ’13
THE ROUNDUP

There is no doubt that those who saw “Paranormal Activity” this season, suffered from prolonged insomnia and fear of turning the lights off in the house.

There is no objection that “Paranormal Activity 2” doesn’t fail to deliver the same bone chilling experience.

The focuses on the sister of the main character from the last movie.

Pull out the popcorn: Highly anticipated summer blockbusters coming soon

Anticipation can be a tricky thing.
It’s very hard to control but anticipate too much and the let-down can be tremendous.
Just look at the movies coming out this summer: Sure, there are some you should avoid like the plague (please don’t see “Twilight: Eclipse”) but it’s hard not to expect the best from some of the bigger blockbusters.