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Cut! That's a Wrap Working for The Outlook

entertainment-matts-goodbye“So begins the first day of the rest of my life.” Growing up, I’ve heard this phrase many times but never understood it. As I prepare to graduate, I finally grasp what this really means as one part of my life ends and the next begins. With this final submission, my time on The Outlook concludes and as I lay out my last pages, I can’t help but recollect on how I got here.

After I transferred from Brookdale Community College, I began writing for The Outlook with my movie reviews, starting with the dark animated film 9. I continued to write weekly reviews, pursuing my passion for both cinema and writing. This was fun as I not only watched movies but felt like a real critic. As a commuter student, writing these reviews helped me become an active member of the campus community instead of just going to and from classes. I feel proud to say that throughout my time on The Outlook I wrote 48 reviews for films I loved like Source Code and those I didn’t such as Clash of the Titans (3-D). When I became Outlook Film Critic, I felt like I had finally made my mark on the paper.

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Cut! That’s a Wrap Working for The Outlook | Matthew Fisher's Senior Goodbye

Cut Wrap Working for Outlook“So begins the first day of the rest of my life.” Growing up, I’ve heard this phrase many times but never understood it. As I prepare to graduate, I finally grasp what this really means as one part of my life ends and the next begins.  With this final submission, my time on The Outlook concludes and as I lay out my last pages, I can’t help but recollect on how I got here.

After I transferred from Brookdale Community College, I began writing for The Outlook with my movie reviews, starting with the dark animated film 9. I continued to write weekly reviews, pursuing my passion for both cinema and writing.  This was fun as I not only watched movies but felt like a real critic. As a commuter student, writing these reviews helped me become an active member of the campus community instead of just going to and from classes. I feel proud to say that throughout my time on The Outlook I wrote 48 reviews for films I loved like Source Code and those I didn’t such as Clash of the Titans (3D). When I became Outlook Film Critic, I felt like I had finally made my mark on the paper.

The next year, I became the Comics Editor. While I had a wobbly first two issues, I grew to love this section when I started writing my weekly comic book articles.  This was a fun section because I could discuss whatever I wanted to from the latest DC and Marvel news to unique comic issues.  Whereas other sections always had to announce their story list, I didn’t.  Whether or not people read my section, I was proud of the column I created by informing readers about things they might not have known regarding comics.  Other times, I had the fortune of talking to people who were involved with comics like Janine Frederick and her comic, or Professor. Claude Taylor’s affinity for the medium. Sometimes, it wasn’t easy to write these articles, but I’m a comic book nerd and always found something to discuss one way or another. Of course, I also found the funniest comics to put in the paper and hopefully made you laugh just a bit.

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Graphic Design Majors Showcase Bold Works at Senior Art Exhibit

entertainment-graphic-design-exhibit-2The Art and Design Department hosted its second Senior Art Ex­hibit opening reception last Friday night at the Pollak Gallery and Ro­tary Ice House Gallery as gradu­ating students showcased their graphic design pieces.

Students, professors, family members and friends came to cel­ebrate with the artists while ad­miring their artwork. The gallery walls were decorated with logo and poster designs, including made up movie posters, digitally created creatures and environments and various products with artist de­signed packaging and labels. Each artist also shared a business card and resume for the attendees’ fu­ture needs in graphic design.

“Dead On,” a Grateful Dead tribute band, was playing at Pollak Theatre the same evening, allow­ing audience members a chance to view the art as they were pick­ing up tickets from the box office. Some Deadheads walked around the gallery as they waited for the show to start, pointing at pieces that caught their eye.

The poster designs showcased ranged from humorous and playful to serious and political, like graphic designer Rick Cappetta’s 2010 Global Understanding Con­vention poster which was recog­nized at that year’s award cere­mony. Jon Beebe offered a funny poster on the “Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Bro” that showed a “Bro” equipped with flip-flops, a pink polo and body spray (ap­ply thick and often), along with knowledge of drinking games. Beebe also displayed a three piece photo collage, the final portrait showing various Occupy Movement protestors holding signs in a united image.

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Zombies Aren’t the Only Lifeless Things in Operation Raccoon City

default article imageThe only things evil here are Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Capcom for putting such a broken and un­finished game on the market. The more I played this game, the more I asked myself, “How could Capcom let such a game that tarnishes one of their flag­ship series loose on the streets?”

Indeed, like the T-virus, this game will make you a blood­thirsty monster. The only differ­ence between the game and the T-virus is the virus will make you a zombie. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will make you shout profanities at your loved ones and land you in therapy.

As soon as I booted up the game, I noticed the company that developed it wasn’t Cap­com. Rather, they handed it over to Slant Six Games, a company I’ve never heard of because they only made four other video games. Let me tell you, it really, really shows.

Where do I even start in dis­secting this game? How about the plot? It had potential, but like everything else, it fell apart with a lack of a narrative and memorable characters.

The player takes control of an Umbrella Corporation wet works group known as the Wolf­pack. The Wolfpack’s job is to dive into Raccoon City in the middle of the T-virus epidemic and erase all evidence linking Umbrella to the outbreak. This could range from documents that need to be burned to survivors targeted for elimina­tion.

A cool feature is that several characters from Resident Evil 2 and 3 appear in story mode, like HUNK (you know, the guy in the gas mask. He’s basically responsible for the Raccoon City outbreak). It is cool to see them again, even if only for a few minutes. Ultimately though, what they do is remind players they could be playing much better games that came out ages ago like Resident Evil 2.

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On Screen In Person’s Final Film Was a BLAST!

entertainment-blastBLAST!, the final installment of this year’s On Screen In Per­son program, was screened on Monday, April 9 in Wilson Audi­torium. On Screen, In Person is a traveling film series along the East Coast that screens films and allows the audience to engage the director in Q&A sessions afterwards.

Used here, BLAST is an acro­nym that means Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope. The film focused on a team of scientists that developed the device, showing the emotional strain and all-too-real problems with scientific innovation.

The screening was hosted by Andrew Demirjian, specialist pro­fessor of communication. He felt such films, which showcase the science as well as the scientist, are great in general, but was quite im­pressed by director Paul Devlin. “I think the director did a great job at introducing detail, holding interest and creating tension. As a young filmmaker, it is so im­portant to learn to do that,” said Demirjian. He is excited about showing the film to his documen­tary film class.

BLAST! focused on Devlin’s as­trophysicist brother, Doctor Mark Devlin, who, with a team of gradu­ate students, set out to photograph the formation of new stars and galaxies throughout the universe. While most scientific documenta­ries would spend the majority of time describing the inspiration and mechanics behind the project, the director wanted a film that show­cased the hu­manity of those involved.

The film starts off with a bang, show­ing a balloon launching in Antarctica. The viewer doesn’t know much about the mon­ey or energy put into the device, but it looks big and expensive (not to mention the fact that the team is in one of the coldest locations on Earth, a situa­tion that could draw sympa­thy without the massive telescope project). At the last moment, the device gets caught in the launching apparatus, crashing back into place.

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Visit The Cabin in the Woods for Your Horror Movie Needs

entertainment-cabin-in-the-woodsOn the surface, The Cabin in the Woods might look like every horror movie about teens being pursued by a psychopath or super­natural forces, but underneath, it’s one of the wittier, more creative, and most unique horror films to come out in a while. Writers Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Drew Goddard (Clo­verfield) do a fantastic job of fol­lowing the blueprints of similar pictures like Evil Dead a nd t wist­ing them around to develop their own design.

For instance, the film answers specific questions that viewers might have had with horror films, like why characters decide to have sex when there’s something sinister on the loose. Maybe you’ve won­dered why groups split up when they should stay together or why the virgin is the lone survivor? All are answered. However, this isn’t the sole way the filmmakers work with- and around- the genre to cre­ate a very smart horror film.

The Cabin the Woods features five friends: studious Dana (Kris­ten Connolly), stoner Marty (Fran Kranz), new guy Holden (Jesse Williams), stud Curt (Chris Hems­worth), and hot blonde Jules (Anna Hutchison). The group leaves for a weekend at, where else, a cabin in the woods. While traveling, their GPS stops working and they meet an eerie gas station attendant, Mordecai (a creepy Tim De Zarn).

When they arrive at the cabin, it’s fairly homey but Marty feels funny about it. This isn’t quelled by a wolf head on the wall and a two-way mirror between rooms yet these friends still find ways to have fun.

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Comic Books Get a Dose of Reality Television

default article imageWhen you turn on the televi- sion, you will find a whole host of reality TV to enjoy. Some have wide appeal (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”), are edu- cational (“Pawn Stars”), or are just plain odd (“My Strange Ad- diction”).

However, while reality TV seems geared to this medium, it has found a way to be explored through the comic book pages. These books aren’t copying real- ity TV, but are using the platform as an interesting background for superhero tales.

One of the more recent comics to utilize the popularity of real- ity TV is “America’s Got Powers” from Image Comics, written by Jonathan Ross and illustrated by Bryan Hitch. The series focuses on Tommy Watts as he enters a super competition where vari- ous young heroes compete with one another using their powers to become rich and famous. They battle against each other on the hit show called “America’s Got Pow- ers.”

While talking to comicbookre- sources.com, Hitch mentioned how the idea for the series evolved to become more about the char- acters and the story rather than about the show itself. He said, “Jonathan’s original one line pitch was ‘X-Factor for Super Heroes’ and it was a great idea, but as we started putting a story to that idea, it became much less about the show. Once we put living breath- ing characters into the scenario of the show, it became their story, not the show’s story, and the show became an environment.”

It seems as if the idea of he- roes fighting on a reality TV show struck a chord as a second printing has been announced via a press release on comicbookre- sources.com.

However, competitions haven’t been the only way for the comic book medium to include real- ity TV in its pages. Sometimes, it could be just a real show about heroes trying to fight the good battle, which is what Marvel did when they redeveloped their ‘90s superhero team, New Warriors.

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Provost Film Series Struggles With Life Under the Bombs

entertainment-under-the-bombs-posterAs part of the Global Understanding Convention, the final film in this year’s Provost Film Series, Under the Bombs, was screened on April 5 in Pollak Theatre.

The evening included speakers Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Azzam Elayan, professor of chemistry, and Saliba Sarsar, professor of political science.

The movie was set during Israel’s brief but devastating attack against Lebanon during 2006. Here, hundreds of air raids, as well as other bombings, took place, killing thousands of civilians. This film focused on the fictional narrative of one woman, named Zeina Nasrueddi (Nada Abou Farhat), as she attempted to find her sister Maha and son Karim.

Pearson was very concerned with the social and political issues that created the situation in Lebanon. “I chose the film Under the Bombs because of the issues involving Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. I wanted a film reflecting those cultural interactions and collisions.”

It is difficult to find a movie that is simultaneously enjoyable and enlightening. Films like Under the Bombs, which are sometimes called docu-dramas for combining elements of fiction and documentaries, can have difficulty being judged as a quality movie because either the fiction doesn’t always blend well with the drama or such a film is written with too much focus on the documentary, leaving the fiction bland and tasteless. The viewer of a docudrama may often think the film is boring or “tolerable at best.”

Let me put this in the most direct manner possible: Under the Bombs was fantastic.

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These Short Stories Are a Real 'Knock' Out

entertainment-suddenly-a-knock-on-the-doorCritically renowned Israeli author Etgar Keret released another collection of short stories titled “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door” that fans will laud over for weeks. This is the fifth collection of short stories released in the United States by Keret, translated from Hebrew, and shows that even the most overused cliché can open a door to a world full of possibilities and strange people that make a story unique and life-like.

Keret has been publishing short stories since 1992, co-authoring some graphic novels released in Israel and working for the Israel film and television industry. Keret didn’t gain world recognition until 2004 when a collection of short stories (“The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Short Stories”) was released in the U.S. Now his stories can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Times and featured on NPR’s “This American Life.” His stories have also been portrayed in graphic novels and his novella “Kneller’s Happy Campers,” which was adapted into the independent movie, Wristcutters: A Love Story starring Patrick Fugit and Tom Waits (it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival). Keret has won prestigious writing awards including being named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

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The Material Girl Hasn't Lost Her Pop Sound

entertainment-madonnaSuper Bowl XLVI was the last time that I have seen Madonna perform live, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for all her fans.On her Facebook page, she updated her status on December 17, 2010 which stated, “Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most bad a** people to collaborate with. I’m just saying...”

The Facebook update had fans looking forward to her newest album, MDNA, which was released on March 23.

When I was growing up in the 90’s, Madonna was a music icon. Her hit songs such as “Like a Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Vogue” were heard on the radio and TV all the time.

Leading up to today, she has had a successful music and acting career. With the release of MDNA, Madonna is once again the talk of the year.

“Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj, became the first hit single for MDNA. Those who watched the Super Bowl had a chance to watch her perform it live during the halftime show with Minaj.

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Students Discuss the Ocean "Here, There, Then, Now"

entertainment-here-there-then-now-1“Here, There, Then, Now,” a performance presented by students as a part of the Global Understanding Convention and the ART NOW: Performance, Art and Technology series, took place on April 5 in the 600 building courtyard. The outdoor setting was an appropriate venue for a presentation since it was all about the ocean.

The University has a special connection with the ocean, and for some, this is its best aspect while others despise it. That is why Professor Deanna Shoemaker’s Performance and Social Activism class centered their performance on the sea.

The students were required to write their own short stories about the ocean as well as interview five other individuals about what their feelings were on the ocean.

In the actual performance, students came out chanting “Here, there, then, now” and recited a Lucille Clifton poem, “The Mississippi River Enters the Gulf.” The poem details how many only think of the present, ignoring all that came before and will come after.

Dahlia Elsayed, professor of Art and Design and one of the individuals behind ART NOW, said, “We all go to the ocean and leave a mark and the waves come and destroy it.”

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