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by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009

On a nonspecific afternoon, comedian Chris Rock was spending time with his daughter. The little girl, who recently admired the hair of her Caucasian friend, turned to her father and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”

The question inspired Chris Rock, along with director Jeff Stilson, to travel to hair salons, barbershops, and trade shows to ask haircare professionals, clients, barbers, and beauticians alike to share their stories and definitions of “good hair” in an effort to educate himself enough to be able to respond to his daughter’s question.

In his travels, Rock manages to keep the conversation educational and humorous. He speaks to regular Janes and Joes, and also talks to celebrities—such as Ice-T, Al Sharpton, Paul Mooney, and Dr. Maya Angelou—to get their perspective on what “good hair” is, how it can be attained, and if it’s a realistic goal to have. The film will hit select theaters on October 9th, with a wide releasing coming October 23rd.

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009

Well-known actress Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of a Texas teenage girl Bliss (Ellen Page) who decides to rebel against her beauty pageant upbringing and trades in her chances for a crown in for a pair of roller skates to enter the world of roller derby. “You are my new hero,” Bliss tells one roller derby star who she watches pass out flyers for an upcoming event. The derby star tells her, “Well, grab a pair of skates and be your own hero.” Her mother (portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden) vehemently disapproves against her choice and makes her opinions known as her father secretly supports her efforts.

The movie is about relationships, focuses on female empowerment and the world of derby gives Bliss the opportunity to find out where she belongs, make some friends and find herself along the way.

by Ashley Cooper

1 Oct 2009

Zombieland wants to make zombies funny. Other zombie/infected people films have done so, some intentionally (Shaun of the Dead) and others not (Doomsday). It’s a hard feat because the idea of being devoured by a creature is anything but funny, but the fine line is successfully drawn and tip-toed on by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.

Inspired to make the film by the aforementioned Shaun of the Dead, Fleischer says that it is America’s turn to laugh at the grunting, moaning and bloodthirsty creatures that scared us so in the landmark film Night of the Living Dead He promises that his zombies are not the slow, mumbling and easily defeated creatures of the original Romero presentation, but more the 2004 Dawn of the Dead version, who can run, sprint, climb, and are strong enough to be formidable foes and also have the ability to solve logical problems, like opening and unlocking doors.

The film takes place in an post-apocalyptic United States, where a super virus is turning most of the population into zombies. A group of uninfected survivors begin to fight back. The movie focuses on the dynamic between two men, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who is a fear-driven coward, and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a gun-toting lover of killing zombies who is on a quest to find and eat the last Twinkie before it expires. They join up with sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to seek solace in an old amusement park that they believe to be free of zombies, but with plenty of shooting and maiming to be had along the way.

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009

Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton engage in what appears to be feature-length japery at the expense of the contemporary art world. One character in the trailer says, of an artist’s work, “What attracts me to his work is how uncomfortable it makes me feel.” Goldberg’s character centers his performance art around the kicking of a metal bucket. If you are of a mind that thinks “contemporary art is impenetrable nonsense”, you’ll probably find a few chuckles at a culture depicted as being as self-important as it is asinine, but if you find that notion frustrating to no end, maybe avoid (Untitled) when it hits theaters October 23rd.

by Eleanore Catolico

23 Sep 2009

An adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Road will be released on October 16th in theaters. The film stars Viggo Mortenson, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce as survivors amidst a wasteland caused by an unknown natural disaster, and centers on the story of a man (Mortenson) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they trek the desolate landscape. Their journey is not devoid of hazard as they must escape the clutches of cannibalistic tribesmen. Monochromatic and dirty, The Road‘s barren visuals have a distinct numbing effect. Hillcoat gives The Road an undeniably haunting and biting realism.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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