70th British Academy Film Awards

Read more to find out all about the recipients of the BAFTA awards…

On February 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM PST, the 70th British Academy Film Awards took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall, bringing together actors and experts in stagecraft from all over the world to an event of pomp and celebration. Check this website for the full list of winners: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/12/baftas-2017-film-full-list-of-winners

This year, the nominations were dominated by Damien Chazelle’s La La Land with eleven nominations while Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals followed closely with nine nominations. Overall, keeping up with trends from previous award ceremonies such as the Golden Globes or the SAG Awards, many of the speeches contained political implications. Due to the political nature of many speeches, broadcasting companies told The Sun that some political materials had to be edited due to the influx of political content in speeches that could offend possible viewers.

Some notable events from the BAFTAs included the attendance of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William. Wearing a miraculous Alexander McQueen gown, this is the third BAFTAs ceremony that the Duchess has attended.

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Other notable events included the sweeping of five awards by La La Land out of their eleven nominations. Many speculate that La La Land will go on to win a number of awards at the upcoming Oscars on February 26th.

Ken Loach, director of the film Veteran won the Outstanding British Film trophy and delivered a somewhat shocking but bold speech to the audience about the “brutal” United Kingdom government. He claimed that the poor were treated disgracefully by the government and expressed further regret to the refugee children that the UK government refused to take in. “In the real world it’s getting darker and in the struggle that is coming between the rich and the poor and the wealthy and the privileged and the big corporations and politicians who speak for them.”

On the Best Dressed list included Best Actress winner Emma Stone in a Chanel couture dress and trousers, topping her look with Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Despite her look previously judged during the SAG Awards as a nominee for the “worst-dressed” list, Nicole Kidman made a statement at the BAFTA ceremony in a low cut halter dress by Armani Prive with 130 carats of Harry Winston Diamonds. Meryl Streep kept her look simple as she wore a sharp Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci trouser suit and wore her trademark glasses. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne arrived with his wife Hannah Bagshawe who also wore an Alexander McQueen gown just like the Duchess of Cambridge. Finally, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children actress Ella Purnell also made the best-dressed list as a relatively new face, wearing a Miu Miu gown with Atelier Swarovski jewels.

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Although not all of the movies that were nominated at the BAFTAs were shown in Korean theatres, start looking at some of the amazing movies nominated for the upcoming Oscars and make your predictions of who might sweep some awards!

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Movies for March

A preview of 9 astonishing movies soon to hit the theaters in March.

March is a month of blossoming. With warmth, we embrace a blossoming of new changes—that includes the season, temperatures, and, of course, movies. To perhaps aid you in planning for what movie to watch during spring break, here provided is a list of 10 movies that will hit the theaters in March.

Logan (March 3)

In the third and supposedly last chapter in the superhero Wolverine’s saga, Logan protects newly introduced character Laura, a young mutant girl who shares the same power as Logan, from a government organization Transigen that exploits mutant children as uses of weapons. You must not miss out on this one because it is most likely this will be the last time Hugh Jackman will play Marvel’s mutant Wolverine on the big screen after his 17 loyal years as Wolverine.

The Shack (March 3)

Faith—the single word that can sum up this movie. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by William P. Young, The Shack steers us through a character’s journey revolving around the forces of family and faith. The main character, Mack Phillips, weathering through a family tragedy alone, receives a mysterious invitation that is later proved to transform his life to one “full of wonder and miracle.”

Before I Fall (March 3) 

What would you do if you could live a day again? Before I Fall is a mystery drama literary adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s novel. Samantha Kingston, a young and charming woman with everything one can ever ask for—a boyfriend, friends, and the looks—is compelled to relive her last day over and over again while unveiling enigmas surrounding her death.

Kong: Skull Island (March 10)

Beauty and the Beast is yet another live-action adaptation of the animated and another classic and more or less familiar Disney fairy tale. With Emma Watson playing Belle, the bright, beautiful, and independent young woman, and Dan Stevens playing the Beast, the public’s expectations are high. Let’s hope the re-telling of the romantic and true love story allows us to relive the 90’s animated renaissance (And that the tea cup can still sing).

Life (March 17)

A science fiction horror film, Life is about a six-member crew trapped aboard the International Space Station in the middle of their research about extraterrestrial life on Mars. Get ready for the thrill as the movie is thought to resemble movies Alien and Gravity in various ways.

Power Rangers (March 24)

Chances are you all remember them from your childhood—and that they were for some reasonably period of time, your idols. Just like the film you faintly remember, Power Rangers features five ordinary (American) high school students with extraordinary powers and, most importantly, colorful suits to save the planet.

Ghost in the Shell (March 31)

With technology becoming a greater part of our lives, Ghost in the Shell shows a complete engulfment of humanity by technology. The main character is a human-cyborg hybrid, starred by Scarlett Johansen. And ironically, the movie is devoted to tell her battle against hackers.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (March 31)

Based on the real-life story of Antonina Żabińska,The Zookeeper’s Wife pictures the story of a woman who becomes a war hero during World War II. Putting her family and herself at great risk, Antonina opens her arms and the entrance of the Warsaw Zoo as refuge for people and animals in the midst of German invasion.

Boss Baby (March 31)

Dreamworks and animation. Putting those two together make perfection. The Boss Baby is not only hilarious with the most eccentric baby, Tim, who is boss like the title suggests wears a tie and speaks with the voice of Alec Baldwin, but also it leaves us with a heart-rending message about the value of family.

– Yoo Bin Shin (‘18)

Doctor Strange Review (Extreme Spoiler Alert!!!)

Re-live the hype from the newest Marvel Studios film Doctor Strange! MAJOR spoilers ahead! You’ve been warned.

The latest movie to join the long line of Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch (AKA Sherlock Holmes, AKA Khan, AKA Smaug, etc) as the renowned surgeon Stephen Strange. Director Scott Derrickson has done an extraordinary job bringing the beloved Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme himself, to life from the pages of Marvel comic books.

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After playing extremely serious and intense characters like Sherlock Holmes, it was a welcome change to watch Benedict Cumberbatch enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the arrogant and, quite often, rude Stephen Strange. In order to mend himself after his hands were damaged in a horrific car accident, Doctor Strange seeks the rumoured land of Kamar-Taj.

Despite Strange’s skepticism and arrogance, he progresses extremely quickly as a sorcerer, encountering the mystical Cloak of Levitation, which, let’s face it, had quite an attitude for a floating piece of cloth. The fact that so much character was given to a normally inanimate object provided a twist to Doctor Strange’s atmosphere, integrating some much-appreciated comedy and chemistry between the cloak and Doctor Strange throughout the second half of the film. (By the way, Benedict Cumberbatch just completely nails the look of Doctor Strange.)

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The Astral (“soul) Dimension, the Mirror Dimension, the Dark Dimension; Guardians of the Galaxy may have brought the cosmos to the big screen, but Doctor Strange really brings a whole lot of mysticism to the table. This allows the film to present itself as a distant cousin to the other Marvel Studios films we’ve had so far.

However, by far the most interesting aspect of Doctor Strange was the concept of bending space and time, especially during Cumberbatch’s showdown with Dormammu, a supposedly infinitely powerful being from the Dark Dimension. In an unexpected turn of events, Strange uses an artifact called the Eye of Agamotto to create an infinite time loop within the Dark Dimension, starting with Strange meeting Dormammu and ending with Strange’s death every time. It was painful to watch Cumberbatch die over and over again, in so many different, gruesome ways that only the video game Mortal Kombat’s fatalities can seem to match.

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The flow of Doctor Strange seemed a tad bit rushed in the beginning, with Stephen Strange seemingly mastering the elementary and intermediate skills as a sorcerer and already learning to control time by nearly the 70-minute mark of the film. Furthermore, Stephen Strange may be the most arrogant character we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. Nevertheless, as we saw in the film’s first mid-credits scene, Doctor Strange most definitely will become a hero and join up with the Avengers sooner than we might think, starting with helping Thor look for Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.

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Rather than another long, drawn-out fight between heroes and robots, Marvel Studios decided to spice things up a bit and bring us this intriguing and exciting new film Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange’s pure intellect but desire to help brought us back to the days when the first Iron Man movie was released, making the two moustached geniuses seem like long-lost twins.

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming up next, Marvel Studios has quite some hype to live up to. Let’s hope they deliver in 2017 as they did this year with Doctor Strange!

Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.

– Daniel Park (‘17)

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My Reaction from Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children

Tim Burton is back.

A twisted imagination. A sinister but enchanting world where darkness coexists with brightness. A gothic world full of weird creatures with contradicting personalities, wearing stripes and twisted curves that never end.

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It’s the world of Tim Burton – the artist, the idiosyncratic director of countless films that moved us with Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and the list can go on. And recently, his new 2016 movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has arrived to surprise us with his charm once again.

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Like many Burton heroes, Jake is an outcast. Growing up, his childhood is full of magical, but remarkably descriptive tales that his grandfather had always spoke of – the Welsh manor inhabited by headmistress Miss Peregrine and her “peculiar” children with bizarre abilities. But soon, the sudden, mysterious death of his grandfather triggers the astounding adventure full of time loops, engaging, unique characters, and horrendous monsters called “Hologausts.”

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As a passionate, heated fan of Tim Burton, I was thrown back the moment the movie was released. I remembered reading the book Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs years past, and I never imagined this would become a movie, and even more so, one by Tim Burton! In truth, I was not only surprised, but slightly hesitant, because I remembered the book being quite complex, elaborate, and full of characters and events. In fact, I even got lost in the middle of the book with its the rapid pace and so many happenings that constantly forced me to reread, just to follow the plot. But it turns out, I didn’t have to worry at all. 

The beautiful and decorative visuals with grand music set the motion for the fantastical adventure, along with Burton’s classic gothic production design. And at the same time, this film touched me with a different feeling. Unlike Burton’s other adventurous film Alice in Wonderland, Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children possessed a more intimate, humane connection with the main characters. It wasn’t just a display of the uncanny, but full of personal emotions like love, friendship, and coming of age. Beginning the scene in the busy, contemporary 2016 era with real-life “normal” humans for once, and Jake explicitly shown as an everyday teenager with conflicts with his parents, already felt like a new approach.

Moreover, there is an implicit tragic backdrop to this story. A true, historical depiction of tragedies faced during WWII and Nazism – where Jake’s grandfather Abe escapes from Poland and how the peculiar children are forever stuck in September 3, 1940, the day before their home is destroyed by the German bombs by a time loop, or even the name “Hologausts” for the monsters.  

I was impressed and shocked at not simply how entertaining and smooth the film went, but just the incredible scale of creativity and imagination Burton possesses. Nothing in the movie was what I pictured when reading the book. The exciting individuality in each character, the queer but alluring mood, and primely, the thrill during the fight between the children and Hologausts was so remarkably illustrated. I was captivated the entire time throughout the movie. Indeed, I admire Riggs for his novel book with his fresh, dynamic idea and plot, but for me, there was always that slight lack of delivery. I understand it must have been a great challenge to express all the dashing plotlines and ideas into simple words.

With this, I truly realized what an staggering job Fantasy authors must go through just to fluidly communicate the setting and plot for the readers, and what an unbelievable thinker Tim Burton is.

In other words, Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children is definitely another major film by Tim Burton that must be watched.

– Sammie Kim 18′

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Upcoming Superhero Movies

Superheroes, superheroes, superheroes. Whether they be from Marvel, DC, or any other franchise, there’s no denying that superhero movies have dominated movie theaters today. What’s the secret, you may ask? There’s something in these superhero movies that just clicks for everyone and anyone. Comic book nerds, everyday moviegoers, adults, children, you name it – there’s just something amazing about watching a man in a cape and red undies or a billionaire in a robotic suit save the day time and time again.

Marvel and Fox have been churning out their Avengers and X-Men movies for years, and DC’s recently entered the party with their release of Man of Steel in 2013. We get to see comic book pages spring to life, with all different types of super-powered characters joining in everywhere. The superhero craze is here to stay, and it’ll only get bigger as more and more movies are released in the upcoming years.

There are a LOT coming. Brace yourself.

1. Dr. Strange (2016)

The next movie in Marvel’s lineup is Dr. Strange. Starring the beloved and charismatic English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Steven Strange himself, Dr. Strange is the first comic book superhero movie to focus on the mystic arts of the universe, which include energy-binding spells and reality-manipulating powers. Dr. Strange is said to be the next Marvel superhero movie to truly shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its introduction of mysticism and parallel dimensions. The hype for this movie is booming, and we’re anxious to see what Marvel can pull out from under its sleeve.

2. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

This next movie is somewhat of an anomaly. The only 3D computer-animated movie on this list, The Lego Batman Movie is a direct result of the positive responses to The Lego Movie released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2014, which also featured Batman as part of the main cast. With Will Arnett voicing Batman, the humour that we enjoyed in The Lego Movie is definitely going to be twice as heavily featured in The Lego Batman Movie, as shown by the truly comical trailers of the movie that have been released to the public so far. The plot of The Lego Batman Movie isn’t clear as of yet, but who cares when you can watch a Lego Batman run around Gotham City, putting away bad guys with a plethora of unique gadgets? Oh, and did we forget to mention that the entire movie is in LEGO?!

3. Wolverine 3 (2017)

Possibly the end of Hugh Jackman’s famed portrayal of Wolverine on the big screen, Wolverine 3’s plot is also unknown. However, there are rumours that “Old Man Logan”, a version of Wolverine who’s grown quite old (despite his healing factor) and tries not to kill anyone with his adamantium – or vibranium, whichever you comic book nerds and movie fanatics want to call it – claws. We’ll certainly miss Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and we grow more and more excited to find out how Wolverine’s story will end!

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4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After the unexpected success of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, James Gunn has returned to direct its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, projected to be released in 2017. Hopefully we’ll see more of the dancing sapling (hint hint). The second Marvel movie to focus on the cosmic elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly on the universe beyond the Earth’s mightiest heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will reportedly reveal Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) mysterious father. Again, this upcoming movie’s plot is relatively unclear, but we definitely hope to laugh at the abundance of humour and story that we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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5. Wonder Woman (2017)

We loved her superhero debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last spring with her outstanding soundtrack; Gal Gadot is finally getting a full solo movie in 2017 in the upcoming movie Wonder Woman! The Amazonian member of the Justice League Triad (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) will participate in the First World War, and the trailer below shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 depicts just how outstanding the visuals will be in the upcoming movie. Let’s admit it: we’re mostly looking forward to the action scenes, and the supposed trench battle looks like it’ll blow our minds away. Keep yourself updated on this sword-and-shield wielding demigoddess’ upcoming movie!

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Another Spider-Man, you may ask? The Spider-Men depicted on the big screen have gotten younger and younger with every remake, and this one, portrayed by Tom Holland, is certainly no exception. Making his debut in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, this version of Peter Parker is only 15 years old, and Spidey’s action scenes in the movie reminded us just how enjoyable Marvel can make its characters, no matter how often they’ve been shown before. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s title seems to represent how we feel about Spider-Man on the big screen: we’re eager to see a truly comic book-accurate version in Marvel live action, and we’re sure that we won’t be disappointed with this upcoming movie!

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7. Thor: Ragnarök (2017)

Now this is a movie that comic book fanatics will be drooling all over their seats to see! Thor: Ragnarök will be the Norse/Asgardian god’s third solo movie after Thor in 2011 and Thor: The Dark World in 2013. We’ve seen him fling that unpronounceable/unspellable hammer Mjolnir and fly around different worlds, fighting bad guys all the way through. Like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier shook the Marvel Cinematic Universe (this was as spoiler-free as we could get it), Thor: Ragnarök will reportedly have universe-shattering moments throughout, including a supposed cameo by an armour-clad gladiator Hulk! Yes, folks, you heard that correctly: gladiator Hulk may be suiting up and fighting alien monsters on an alien planet with alien weapons! Gladiator and Hulk were just used in the same sentence! If that’s not enough to get you to the movie theatre in 2017 when this film is released, then you need to redefine your standards of awesome.

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8. Justice League (2017)

Finally. This is the moment in comic book/movie fan history we’ve all been waiting for: the Justice League is coming to the big screen in live action for the first time. That’s right. We’ll get to see Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg. That’s a heck of a lot of comic book stars right there, and every single one of them will appear in Justice League in 2017. Despite the relatively negative responses to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (we’re softening it up quite a bit), our hopes and support are still there for Justice League. Don’t ever call it “DC’s Avengers” to DC fans; it’s the quickest way to start a heated argument between superhero fans that you really don’t want to get in the middle of.

9. Black Panther (2018)

Chadwick Boseman’s debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War was nothing short of brilliant. He has all of the charisma, strength, and relatability that the Wakandan – a fictional, technologically advanced African nation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – king needs to dominate the big screen, leading Marvel’s charge into 2018. Essentially nothing is known about the plot of this upcoming movie, but after Chadwick Boseman’s performance as Black Panther earlier this year, we don’t think there’s anything to be worried about.

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10. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

In 2018, we’ll get something even bigger than The Avengers, even bigger than Captain America: Civil War, and possibly even bigger than Justice League. Avengers: Infinity War is supposedly going to be the ultimate culmination of Marvel’s films right up to this very movie. The story will reportedly be split into two parts, but still have more than enough substance to fill two movies back-to-back in 2018 and 2019. Not much is known about the plot, but the big purple alien – last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 – who’s been observing the Marvel Cinematic Universe all this time will finally get out of his chair and do something for once. With nearly every character that Marvel’s put to screen coming together, including both films and TV, there’s absolutely no way that the releases of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and its sequel in 2019 won’t become huge – and we’re talking HUGE – blockbuster events for both superhero fans and everyday moviegoers alike.

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The second decade of the 21st century is a good time, to say the least, to be a superhero fan, whether you support Marvel or DC. Of course, the age-old rivalry between Marvel and DC will still exist, and probably become an Infinity War (pun absolutely intended), but hey, that just adds to the fun!

– Daniel Park (‘17)

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Christmas Movies and Chill

Not in that Christmas spirit yet? Try watching these movies!

Warm up the hot chocolate and huddle around the crackling fire – Christmas is coming soon and so is the perfect occasion for movie night! It’s everyone’s favorite holiday, hands down, due to three big reasons: delicious snacks, good music, and most of all, the most heartwarming selection of movies. So start watching Christmas movies now and be ready to be smug in the knowledge that you’re not missing out on any celebration time. Thankfully, there are enough Christmas movies out there that you could watch one every day from now through December 25 and still not run out of options, but here are the top five that everyone channels into every year.

 

  1. Home Alone

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Ah, one can never go wrong with the classics – this one being the absolute golden oldie. Home Alone always has one of the most viewings any time of the year, as it takes on a special significance at Christmas time being with your family. After all, it is the most favorable time to be indulge yourself with some freshly-popped popcorn and Kevin McAllister, as he tries to defend his house against a pair of foolish burglars, and the antics he pulls will definitely crack you up.

 

  1. Elf

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Year after year, this movie just never gets old, as it is a classic feel-good Christmas movie you can’t help but love. Buddy the Elf is, along with Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s finest comedy creations, and he’s listed to be one of the most adorable movie characters in Christmas movie history. Unless you’re a cotton-headed ninnymuggin, there’s nothing about this movie not to love.

 

  1. The Holiday

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A British hottie to swoon over should be a must for every holiday movie. Not only that, but also the shining cast which includes Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black gives this movie the perfect mix of touching and hilarious. The Holiday is a story about about Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) who decide to swap houses for Christmas in order to get away from their normal lives. Of course, along the way, they get to conveniently encounter Graham Simpkins (Jude Law) and Miles (Jack Black) respectively. Grab a nice, fluffy blanket to put around you, and get ready to indulge yourself in a cozy romance movie you can get away with watching just because it’s Christmas time.

 

  1. Love Actually

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Yet another classic. Love Actually focuses on nine intersecting love stories mixed with another amazing cast that brings you on either a bundle of extreme mushiness or a festive heart-warmer. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of intense feelings of sentimentality inside as the movie dawns to an end. When pushy holiday shoppers and noisy little children running around the department store start getting to you, it’s good to remember that “love, actually, is all around us.”

 

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Animations certainly cannot be forgotten when it comes to serving a good ol’ holiday cheer. Like The Snowman, this production was made for TV, yet that hasn’t hindered it from winning a place in our hearts for over 50 consistent years. Sometimes getting caught up in the materialism of the holidays is tempting, but Charlie, Linus, Lucy, and a little fir tree help us remind the true meaning of  Christmas.

 

Alas, the festive period is now well and truly upon us. And to get into the spirit of the season, these family flicks will get you in the holiday mood, year after year. So grab a cup of warm eggnog, cuddle up near the fireplace, and soak up some holiday cheer with the best Christmas movies of all time.

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)

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Upcoming Disney Movies

(Most) of your favorite characters are coming back to the big screen.

Okay. It’s hard to refuse Disney movies, which captivates youngsters, relieves teenagers, and excites adults. Really, who doesn’t love Disney?

Disney has been pure magic to many of us, in fact, all of us. Disney movies were the source of every girl’s very first dream to become a princess. Whether it was deliberately dropping a shoe behind just to check, gaping at the mirror for longer than usual, just incase you miss it talking, our imaginations equally participated in this role of daydreaming. It built (albeit useless) desires of wanting to talk with animals like Mickey, Bambi, Stitch, Jaq and Gus, and the list goes on and on. On top of that, Disney dropped its four series of Pirates of the Caribbean craze with renowned Johnny Depp getting a new and even more noted identity, Captain Jack Sparrow. Frozen and Inside Out, recent additions to the Disney movie franchise, did not disappoint — children giggled and adults wept. With every movie adding more and more to the Disney fantasy and expectations getting higher than ever, the fans (such as yourself) isarepatiently waiting for the next movie release.

Let’s see what more magic Disney will bring to us!

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1. The Finest Hours (2016)

Based on a true story, The Finest Hours guides you through the mission of the Coast Guard, intrepidly attempting to rescue other lives during a winter storm. Chris Pine from a 2009 film Star Trek takes the role of the protagonist. This is one of the handful of Disney movies with physical castings, and it’s unmissable.

2. Zootopia (2016)

This might not be familiar to you because it’s “like nothing you’ve seen be-fur,” but don’t worry, because a new kind of fun is guaranteed. Zootopia is another Disney movie where the animals talk. Not just talk, but walk. Not just walk but live together in a society built upon just by different animals. The filmmakers even visited Kenya just to observe various animals and their movements. The story revolves around an optimistic main character, a rabbit, Judy Hopps, surviving Zootopia, with her phrase, “anyone can be anything.”

3. The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book is no longer a poorly animated, but now it is returning with an all-new-action movie. Mowgli, you’ve heard of the name, adventures in the jungle developing both foe and friend relations with animals.

4. Finding Dory (2016)

It was not long ago, Disney released its Finding Nemo that gave all clown fish, the name “Nemo.” Now it’s back again with Dory, the talkative blue tang fish. Instead of helping Nemo as an extra, in this new film, Dory takes the role of the protagonist that quests to collect pieces from her past.

5. Moana (2018)

Is Elsa getting too outdated? Do you want something new? Then Moana will definitely be your new favorite character. Meet Moana, Disney’s first Polynesian princess and the newest, and somewhat odd, addition to the original eleven, elegant princesses .

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

It’s the return of Captain Jack and Captain Salazar. Beginning with the escape of Captain Salazar, this series will, again, show us the invincible and fearless Jack Sparrow. Don’t miss out on Johnny Depp’s newest adventure!

With these exciting movies soon to be released, either next in a series or completely brand new, Disney will forever be our dream. Now, get your emotions ready cause you’re never too old for Disney!

– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

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Movie Review: The Beauty Inside

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest of them all?

If you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend — perhaps for a date with your love interest, or just with your best friends — The Beauty Inside is the movie for you. This Korean movie, featuring twenty-two talented main actors/actresses, depicts a philosophically enticing love story between an aspiring furniture designer and a furniture retailer. At first, this movie may sound like a typical romance movie, with a female and male character falling in love by chance, then getting married — however, it’s not. Instead, this movie has such a unique and revolutionary plot that distinguishes this film from other ordinary romance movies.

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What the viewers will inconspicuously notice about the movie is the eerie tranquility that the film possesses. The colors most used in the movie are a hue of cold tones and light gray, along with other light but slightly sad colors with a hue of blue or gray in them. These colors seem to distill a calm and peaceful but slightly melancholy tone to the film, which make the film’s mood hopefully disconsolate. Most of the characters in the movie and their personalities seem to match this tranquil mood. The two main characters, Yi-soo and Woo-jin, both have extremely peaceful features, particularly the female character’s soothing voice.

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However, this tranquility is contradictory and oxymoronic to the disastrous circumstances the film depicts. The odd “disease” that the main character has of waking up with a different physical appearance every single time after he sleeps, in reality, is something that would have been deemed crazy and out-of-this-world. However, in the movie, the peacefulness seems to veil the catastrophe. It is almost as if someone has been taking too many doses of alcohol that reality is being thrown behind the blurriness of the peace created by the alcohol and one’s unconsciousness.

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The romance is what ties the two contradictory aspects of the film together. The warmth of the love between the two main characters shines brightly on the cold, but crazy aspects of the movie. This is why so many audience members have enjoyed watching this movie; not because of the cheesy loveline between the two main characters, but because of the poignant and lovely emotions portrayed through a clever connection between two significant aspects of the movie.

I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone looking for love, or anyone in love. You may watch this movie not realizing the love cells that are existing inside of you, but after watching the movie, you will be able to find your emotions boiling up with the fierce fervor to find someone to love and perhaps create a artistic love story as this film.

– Ariel Hyunseo Kim (’19)

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Movie Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

A three part movie from three different perspectives, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is one for the books. “If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see.”

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is not your cliché, mellow romance movie. Its flawless actors, meaningful dialogue, and gentle setting, combine to generate a heart-aching film that’s presented in a fresh, inventive way. Even from the title, one can assume that the movie is going to be well crafted and encompass an antique touch. “Eleanor Rigby,” a classic song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, puts emphasis on loneliness and life’s triviality. Such hidden messages and profound meanings are consistent throughout The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, as it is composed of three separate films: Him, Her, and Them. Each film provides insight into the respective character’s perspective, overwhelming the audience with more thought and emotion than any other single movie could present. All three films include a set amount of repetitive scenes, but personal thoughts and experiences that cannot be fully explained in Them are perfectly crafted within Him and Her.

Written and directed by Ned Benson, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby features Jessica Chastain from Interstellar who acted as Murphy and James McAvoy from X-Men who acted as Professor Charles Xavier. From the start, the casting foreshadows a respectable outcome. And it surely shines through. In Rigby, Jessica Chastain, as Eleanor Rigby, and James McAvoy, as Conor Ludlow, are a married couple suffering – but slowly overcoming – a life changing loss. After a suicide attempt, Eleanor Rigby, as the title infers, disappears. The couple drifts apart amidst the tragedy that they are facing, and the movie craftily incorporates their past memories and aspirations that both Rigby and Ludlow shared. Their conflicts give a taste of the bitter reality that today’s movies fail to capture. The mournful yet enlightening experiences that the two experience cannot be explained merely with words.

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Still of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy (Sarah Shatz/The Weinstein Company)

Now, you may be wondering which version to watch first. By luck, I selected Them as my first runner. Thank goodness I did. To fully understand the context of the movie, I suggest that you watch Them  before moving onto the more thoughtful Him, and eventually Her. Her must, I repeat, MUST, be watched lastly, for it involves a final touch that wraps all three films into a complete whole. In Them or Him, Eleanor Rigby appears as a pessimistic and frail character, but with Her, you’ll be able to really understand Eleanor and sympathize with her.

If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see. Personally, I would be willing to watch all three films three more times, in the order I mentioned above. Thanks to the changing of the seasons, the lighting and general atmosphere of the movie perfectly reflects spring and early summer, making the watch an even more heartfelt experience. For those who carry a distaste for calm and relatively static films, however, I suggest that you pass on this one. But don’t miss out on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’s soundtrack by Son Lux, “No Fate Awaits Me.” It’s thunderous beats erupt every so often from the quiet and slightly eerie melody, which certainly gave tremendous weight to the ending of Them and Him.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

The Breakfast Club: #Throwback to 30 Years

It’s the 30 year anniversary of one of the most celebrated films in Hollywood.

Considered one of the greatest high school films, The Breakfast Club turned 30 two weeks ago and will return to theaters for an anniversary showing in the States in March.

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The Criminal, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess, and the Brain: The Breakfast Club is now considered a Hollywood classic, watched by kids even from our generation! (Universal Pictures)

Let’s have a quick throwback to when Judd Nelson was a total badass hottie who could light a match with his teeth. The year was 1985–a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal were trapped in detention on a Saturday, with a villainous principal. Little did they know, it would be one heck of a life-changing detention. As the film progresses, they come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes and eventually came together as friends, in spite of their social differences. It’s a truly touching and life teaching epic that left a great impact to survive decades of profound remembrance and fame. A relatable one too, considering it targets all types of teenagers and even adults by addressing the issue of stereotyping and bullying.

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A Man of Many Talents(?): Sure looks like that would hurt. And be very, very dangerous. (shynebox.tumblr.com)

We can’t lie, there are still cliques and stereotypes that define teenagers in high school and this can’t possibly happen in a detention in the 21st century because technology has taken over our lives and we’d find a way to sneak in phones and other fancy gadgets into detention.

But let’s turn away from that and take a moment to appreciate what The Breakfast Club taught us.

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More Than Meets The Eye: Sure, John comes off as a bit douche-y and rude, but there were serious reasons for the way he acted as well as his shady past. (Universal Pictures)

First – That even though it’s easy to pigeonhole people into groups, everyone is more complex than that.

Take Judd Nelson’s character, John Bender, for example, he’s the criminal he’s portrayed to be in school because his father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother was uncaring and unloving.

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Eat. My. Shorts. – Although a phrase made famous by John Bender, the modern generation’s memory was refreshed when Bart Simpson from The Simpsons reused the term. (differentplaneofreality.tumblr.com) 

Second – The phrase ‘eat my shorts’. So I guess this was considered a pretty rebellious insult.

Anytime you feel like rebelling to your teachers or parents, go ahead with this bizarre comeback. Although I must warn you, Bart Simpson also started saying it in the 90s and you might just get laughed at.

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The Cereal Sandwich: You can tell by her face how delicious that thing is. Just shove it all in, and try to not let the sugar fall out. (Universal Pictures) 

Third – How to make a cereal sandwich.

Get your sandwich out and open it up, throw away any filling to the side, sprinkle three packets of sugar all over the bread followed by some cereal of your choice on one slice and get the two slices of bread into one piece again and voila! P.S. Apparently, sushi isn’t a bad choice of lunch either. Just pack some raw fish and wasabi on a regular basis. No big deal.

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Pure. Utter. Boredom. – Need we say more? (Universal Pictures)

Fourth – You can learn a lot about a person by observing how they cope with utter boredom.

Pretty self-explanatory.

 

So kids (of all ages), it’s been thirty years and the last lesson the film taught us is an advice I’d give to you all who haven’t seen the movie is this: you’re better off defining yourself rather than letting everyone else decide who you are, and allowing them to treat you accordingly.

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
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