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“The Wickerman” is a truly disturbing film

“The Wickerman” is a truly disturbing film

For those of you who are not easily frightened by the traditional horror/thriller films rushing into the theaters every Halloween, but would maybe prefer the effects of something more disturbing and less predictable, look no further than the original 1973 version of “The Wicker Man”. What appears to be the investigation of a missing girl […]

“50/50:” a funny and touching film

“50/50:” a funny and touching film

What are the odds that a film will make you laugh aloud and shed some tears? One in 100? Two in 100, maybe? Who knows? We’ll leave that kind of mind work to the statisticians. Regardless, “50/50,” starring the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam and the comedic Seth Rogen as Adam’s best friend Kyle, will […]

Patrick Dodd’s political prowess

People from many backgrounds have been inspired to “occupy” cities across the nation since Occupy Wall Street began its protest in New York roughly three weeks ago. It was no surprise to see the people of Ashland join in the movement last Thursday, Oct. 6. Roughly 250 protesters gathered in Ashland Plaza. While speeches were […]

Howlin’ Houndog howls the blues for debut performance at Alex’s

Howlin’ Houndog howls the blues for debut performance at Alex’s

A smoke-filled room was the only element missing from the decor at Alex’s Plaza Restaurant and Bar as Howlin’ Houndog howled the blues last Thursday night. Houndog singing the blues fit perfectly into Alex’s beautiful interior which itself takes you to another place and time, as does the blues. With its dark wood paneling and […]

“Bamboozled:” Reliving a poignant Spike Lee Joint

It seems that despite all that has changed since the times of segregation and extreme racism and evolved communications on race and racial identity, we still ignore many of the most obvious issues regarding race and how it is portrayed in mainstream America. More specifically, African-Americans’ portrayal in mainstream television has always been a hot […]

“Duck Soup” for the soul

“Duck Soup” for the soul

During the depression era, while the world struggled to deal with poverty and war was inevitable, many could still afford to go to the cinema to lift their spirits with a few laughs. The Marx Brothers were among the finest humorists of their day, their supercharged blend of slapstick and satire causing people to roll […]

“The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” is Seussian magic

“The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” is Seussian magic

Certainly, most of us are familiar with the wonderfully creative Dr. Seuss. Most of us probably grew up reading his books and, not surprisingly, some of us probably still do. What fun it is to twist one’s tongue over and through his wacky words. The characters he created are uncanny and are as brightly colored […]

“Hannah” is high-quality entertainment

“Hannah” is high-quality entertainment

Finally, after a bit of a wait, we get to see an action film with a strong female lead who is not dressed up in a small piece of latex or as some sort of femme fatale. Nor does she have the personality of a tough and seasoned prostitute totally lacking in refinement and book […]

Reviewing animated shorts of the Ashland Independent Film Festival

It has been a week full of film watching for Ashland as the Tenth Annual Ashland Film Festival kicked off this last Thursday. There have been many great pictures to be seen, yet so little time – and for us students, so little money. That is why opting to see a selection of shorts is […]

Exploring the limits of “Limitless”

What would you do if you could use 100 percent of your brain? Help people in need, save lives, gamble, become the president, play the stock market? You would probably need that 100 percent to even fathom what you would do if you could do anything. The whole notion of having complete clarity and extreme […]

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