‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Review

By Vivien Pong Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a cranky and cynical folk musician, Llewyn Davis, (played by Oscar Isaac) struggling to make his way in the world. The movie quickly turns into Davis’ journey to find his friend’s cat. His life and career are leading nowhere and he is broke and homeless. Llewyn lives on friends’ couches, specifically the Gorfeins’, an older and … Continue reading ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Review

Shorts Program 4 : Unique Worlds Review

By Vivien Pong and Nicole Koehn Fred : The Town Dog      This short directed by Ava Lowrey follows an interesting tale of how one dog brings a whole town together. Taking place in small town Rockford, Alabama, it showcases the directors love for the small town simple life and where a whole town can be brought together for a common goal which happened … Continue reading Shorts Program 4 : Unique Worlds Review

Festival Award Shorts 2 Review

By Nicole Koehn and Vivien Pong German Shepherd     This animated film, directed by Nils Bergendal (Sweden), was based off of an interview with David, the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Bergendal decided to animate the film in a simplistic manor to keep the audience focused on such a heavy topic. The film itself brings up many ideas and thoughts on how the Holocaust still … Continue reading Festival Award Shorts 2 Review

Belle Review

By Vivien Pong Belle is a beautifully shot costume-drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral. Set in 18th century England, Belle is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, Lord Chief Justice Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). Though she is brought up with love and given all the luxuries of … Continue reading Belle Review

Chef Review

By: Vivien Pong      Chef is hands-down one of the best films I have seen this year. At the end of the film, one could feel the entire audience smiling. Now that it’s returning to theaters this weekend in a wide-release, you can’t—and shouldn’t—miss it.      Chef has something for everyone: comedy, (some) romance, a stellar cast, and of course, tons and tons of food. … Continue reading Chef Review

Album Preview: The Black Keys

By Vivien Pong American rock duo The Black Keys announced that their new album, Turn Blue, is set to release on May 13, 2014. The Black Keys, consisting of Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums, have released several commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums in past years. Two of their early albums, Rubber Factory and Attack & Release, were well … Continue reading Album Preview: The Black Keys

‘Her’ Review

By Vivien Pong Her, written and directed by Spike Jonze, is adorable. The main character is named Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), which is the best old-man name I have ever heard. Theodore wears bright orange shirts and has a fantastic mustache. Since seeing Phoenix play a very different kind of role in The Master, his character in Her was a very welcome change. The plot reads like this: … Continue reading ‘Her’ Review