Movie Review: Saviors in the Night
"Saviors in the Night" is truly a film about isolation and the vigilance of the human spirit that just happens to be set in Germany during World War II.
Movie Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Film adaptations of novels are always difficult because a simplified plot is the only thing that can really transfer easily. Everything else, including the language, syntax and character development is usually lost.
Despite Positive Reviews, Lone Star Canceled
The cancellation season has started early this year. Fox's "Lone Star," critically praised but troubled with a small audience, was cancelled after just its second episode. It's unknown whether Fox will air three other finished episodes.
Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
From the opening Universal logo, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" is simply a different type of film. It takes its source material, a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and dutifully attempts to replicate the experience.
Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right
"The Kids Are All Right" is about the institution of marriage, yet it is also about a same-sex couple. One of the things the film does best is make the gender of the leads secondary yet essential.
Opinion: Lolopolis Comedy Group Generates Laughs
Lolopolis, born from the visionary genius of junior and theatre arts major Alex Beard, has a unique chemistry that makes one imagine what we did for comedy before it came along.
PBTV: The Lolopolis Comedy Group
The Lolopolis Comedy Group is a student-run improv group at Virginia Tech. On Friday, the group performed in front of 140 people in Theatre 101. Planet Blacksburg was able to interview Lolopolis after its first performance to find out more about its origin and plans for the future.
The Temptations, Four Tops Bring Back Motown Magic
As I sat down in the second row to seeThe Temptations and The Four Tops, the man next to me was checking his phone. He had a Lamb of God wallpaper, which made me question his motives for coming. Was he dragged here? My question was answered only halfway through The Four Tops' section of the concert when we were both singing along joyously to "Baby I Need Your Loving."
Movie Review: The King's Speech
"The King's Speech" is the type of film that wins Oscars. With 12 nominations and a host of Best Picture awards in the past few months, it seems destined to sweep March's ceremonies.
It's tough to disagree. While "The Social Network" may be praised for its modernity and "Inception" for its inventiveness, "The King's Speech" is undoubtedly a great film. However, because the film is a historical drama and the climax involves a man with no power speaking into a microphone, many audience members may take that against the film. They should not.
Mighty AMC has finally struck out.
They cancelled the stylish, slow burn thriller "Rubicon," the first of their critically acclaimed shows to be cancelled.
An Interview with Andrew McMahon, Lead Singer of Jack's Mannequin
On Oct. 14, Jack's Mannequin played at Burruss Hall after a summer touring with Something Corporate. Planet Blacksburg sat with him just before the show and asked about the next album, his progression as a songwriter and a recent shakeup with the lineup of Jack's Mannequin.
TV Review: Mike and Molly
To me, CBS has two types of shows: Crime shows and character driven comedies. The comedies are all very similar and the material itself might not be that funny. The humor often relies on lazy stereotyping. Despite these drawbacks, the characters are enjoyable enough for 30 minutes a week. That's why "Mike and Molly" ultimately shows promise.
PBTV: Kevin's Kitchen
Planet Blacksburg presents the pilot episode of "Kevin's Kitchen," a cooking show that offers college students a chance to learn how to create simple and delicious food.
TV Review: Outlaw
"Outlaw" is your basic procedural: A lawyer show with a big name TV star and a notable guest star as a defendant. However, it shoves too many other ideas into one episode, and each idea is handled poorly or not at all.
Wrapping Up the Summer TV Shows and Films
It was a tough summer for TV and movies alike. Theaters were filled with silly comedies, mindless thrillers and unemotional dramas. TV dredged through spurless reality shows and repeats of procedurals. The Writer's Strike of 2008 is partly to blame, as projects often take years to enter into development.
Movie Review: Winter's Bone
A winner of two awards at Sundance, "Winter's Bone" is a chilling, hopeful story about community, family, and the goodness of human beings.
The setting is a world we hope we never have to inhabit. Still, this version of the Missouri Ozarks is unmistakably real. Society has abandoned this community. However, the opposite could be true as well as in that the characters don't seem to care about the outside world. The town and atmosphere becomes a character of its own, and no character has a black or white morality.