Recent discourse about “The Birth of a Nation,” one of the most acclaimed film during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has steered away from the story of Nat Turner, the film’s protagonist, and towards the story of Nate Parker, the film’s director.
While Wash. U.’s film program might not be as acclaimed as the University of Southern California’s or New York University’s, there’s still a small, but active, film scene right here on the Danforth Campus—and CMF gave our student filmmakers a chance to explore their passions and show off their talents in a less formal setting.
Washington University’s African Film Festival celebrated its 11th year of spotlighting African cinema and transporting American audiences to the beauty of Africa.
Raunchy sports comedies have become quite the popular genre within the past 15 or so years. The mid-2000s in particular had a glut of them—from “Dodgeball” and “Kicking & Screaming” to “Talladega Nights” and “Blades of Glory,” there’s no shortage of opportunities to watch comedians like Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell get kicked and hit in the crotch.
Anyone who has been tuned into popular culture this year can’t have missed the intensive media campaigns of two giants in their field, both fighting to come out on top in one of the fastest escalating competitions in recent memory. Of course, I am talking about the struggle between Marvel and DC Comics.
As soon as I finished “Darby Forever,” I immediately restarted it. The short film, which runs for less time than it takes to make an omelet, pulled me into a fantastical world of technicolor delight from which I did not want to emerge.
As much as Cadenza loves awards shows, sometimes we also find them frustrating. This year, we’re all worked up about the Oscars, which air this Sunday at 6 p.m. on ABC. It would be nice to see the Academy take some of our suggestions, but if not, we’ll be back ranting and raving next year.
Didn’t have time to make it to the movies last year? Need to impress the host of that Oscar party this weekend? Just want to be educated on the impressive cinema of 2015? Don’t worry friends—I endeavored to watch all of the Best Picture nominees so that you didn’t have to, and I’ve written up this guide so that you have all you need to pretend you watched them as well.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” tells the story of the 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and CIA station, referred to as “the Annex,” in Benghazi, Libya. Although this historic event has made its way into politics and has caused suspicions to soar, director Michael Bay’s film strives to capture the truth behind the night and to honor those who witnessed it firsthand.
“If this fails, I’ve failed all these people.” Alison Carrick, Washington University special collections assistant and independent filmmaker, is discussing her most recent work, “The First Secret City,” which she co-directed with investigative journalist C.D. Stelzer.