“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.
“Suffragette,” which opened last Friday at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema, is a rarity in Hollywood. Not only did it retain its director, screenwriter and producers from the earliest stages of pre-production through its completion, but all four are women. In a thoroughly white and male industry, this qualifies as a surprise, though director Sarah Gavron hopes that will change.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Student Life heard from Steven Spielberg during a college press conference call about his latest film, “Bridge of Spies.”
“The Imitation Game” is the latest in a long line of airbrushed cinematic biographies so enamored of its subject’s significance that it fails to pair a great story with great storytelling.
There’s still hope out there for all the comedically inclined psychology majors at Washington University. Sara Taksler, a 2001 graduate and psychology major, is a senior producer at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the director of the upcoming documentary “Tickling Giants.”
As usual, there is much speculation about who will be taking home the trophies come Sunday evening, and Cadenza’s staff is here to throw in its own two cents (about the big five categories at least) about who will be up on stage giving that teary-eyed speech and letting you know if we think it should be someone else.
Precious few filmmakers would dare attempt it; fewer still could execute it. Leave it to Paul Thomas Anderson, compulsive daredevil and artistic genius of the first order, to once again venture into uncharted territory and emerge unscathed.
This year, Cadenza picks the worst mistakes from 2015’s Oscar nominations.
ooking for something to do this holiday season? When you’re bored in your respective hometowns, heading down to the movies is almost always the popular option, partly because you can feel social while sitting in silence in the dark. And with Oscar season rushing upon us, winter break is usually filled with a wide array of movies for every type of audience member.