Reviews

The Not-As-Great Gatsby

Maddy DiGiovanni ‘13 Photo courtesy of static.biola.edu The Great Gatsby has been causing quite a flurry of conversation lately. Opinions of the new movie range from adoration to disgust, although everyone seems to agree that the soundtrack was…. unique. Jay-Z is nowhere near Roaring 20s jazz, but for some viewers, the music somehow fit, despite…

“The Silver Linings Playbook”

Joy Liu ’14 Hollywood and popular media have created the standard of a perfect life: a happy ending with success, love, and an overall unrealistic presentation.  So what should happen if someone made a non-Hollywood Hollywood movie?  Well, you would get The Silver Linings Playbook.  Pat Solitano (played by Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany Maxwell (played…

Downton Abbey Outclasses Itself in Third Season

Natalie Kane ’14 I don’t watch a lot of TV. Actually, this is the only current show I do watch. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Downton Abbey is quite different from most other shows on television, at least on American television. Often classified as either a high quality soap…

Super Looper?

Natalie Ruddy ’15 Photo courtesy of flixster.com The film Looper follows a young man named Joe ( Joseph Gordon Levitt) who is a looper, which is a hired hit for the Mafia. The twist? He kills for the future Mafia by the use of time travel. The Mafia wants to tie up the loose ends,…

Go On

Harrison Charwat ’13 Photo courtesy of nbcumv.com Matthew Perry, the only unsuccessful post-Friends cast member of Friends, has finally struck gold with the new sticom go On. the show incorporates the heartfelt comedy of Friends with a touch of cynic wit. It focuses on the life of Ryan King (Perry), a recent widower, and his therapy group. His interactions with the other therapy…

Last Resort

Harrison Charwat ’13 Photo courtesy of abc.go.com We have finally reached the point in television when shows are no longer seeking to become the “next Lost.”  This is a huge development, because trying to recreate can only leave the viewer disappointed. Last Resort features the large cast, complex mysteries, and intrigue that made Lost a…

Let’s All Go See Argo

Alice Schoneman ’13 Photo courtesy of  warnerbros.com Argo, a fast-paced historical thriller, follows the story of six Americans who manage to escape the American Embassy in the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979). These Americans take refuge inside the home of the Canadian Ambassador to Iran. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is a CIA operative…

The Revolution is Here

Harrison Charwat ’13 Recently there has been an increase in popularity in cable shows, from Mad Men to Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead to Homeland.  The reason is that cable shows do not have to follow the strict guidelines of censorship that network shows, such as NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX, must follow. …

‘Downton Abbey’ Lords Over All

Harrison Charwat ’13 and Gina Tomarchio ’13 On September 26, 2010, Downton Abbey premiered on PBS (yes, that PBS with the boring old people and telethons).  But this is not the product of your average filmed-in-somebody’s-basement PBS–this is Masterpiece Theatre, which ports over shows from BBC (yes, that BBC with the British news).  That Sunday evening,…

Thatcher McGhee’s Brings Us the Taste of Ireland

Natalie Kane ’14 Ever since Thatcher McGhee’s opened in Denville in January, the new Irish restaurant has been generating a lot of buzz. I assure you that this attention is well deserved. As soon as one enters the building, a large lot between Main Street and Broadway, it is apparent that this restaurant has something…