Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters 2015 WCYT Winners

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Disc Jockeys, Entertainment Interruption overview, Local, Sports

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We would like to congratulate our student broadcasters on the great showing at the Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters 2015 state competition in Indianapolis. WCYT took home two first place trophies, two second place awards and two third place awards along with two students finishing as finalists for the live broadcasting portion of the Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters for the year 2015.
Casey Stanley – Radio Imaging

Austin Render, Garrett Willis, & Connor Fitzharris – Sporting Event Broadcast

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We Hate Books: Matt Reviews “12 Years a Slave”

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Entertainment Interruption overview, Movie Reviews, We Hate Books

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Michael Fassbender (Left) Threatens Chiwetel Ejiofor (Right) in “12 Years a Slave”

An estimated 10-12 million slaves were brought to the United States in the course of the slave trade; thousands more died during the course of slavery in the U.S. Our protagonist, Solomon Northup, was born a free man in early 19th century New York; he married and had children of his own. Solomon’s parents died free. Solomon remained a free man until the year 1841 when he was tricked into a job by two men; as Solomon travelled with the men they arrived in Washington and ate and stayed at the Gadsby Hotel; Solomon fell ill and the men offered him medicine. This would be the last thing Solomon would recollect as a free man before being tricked and sold into slavery. “12 Years a Slave” is a touching story based on real events as accounted by Northup. There has really never been a movie like this, and much like Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”, it’s an enormously important film.

Independent wunderkind Steve McQueen directs a film unlike any period drama the world has ever seen. Rather than following a typical Spielberg-esque narrative that’s common for this genre, McQueen’s film goes where it wants, not being afraid to allow long, roaming takes into the movie. The film works at times like a documentary in that respect, letting the camera remain on what is happening rather than using unnecessary cutting and sentimental shots that are often seen in films such as this. Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt was also a former CBS war cameraman, explaining much of the fluid and intuitive nature of the camera movements.

Indie Movies with Matt: Matt Prefaces his Review of the “Before” Trilogy

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Entertainment Interruption overview, Indie Movies with Matt, We Hate Books

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Julie Delpy as Celine (left) alongside Ethan Hawke as Jesse (right) in 2013’s “Before Midnight”

Beginning in the next few weeks on Indie Movies with Matt I will review three movies; 1995’s “Before Sunrise”, 2004’s “Before Sunset”, and 2013’s “Before Midnight”. Each movie written and directed by Richard Linklater follows the passionate love affair between Jesse, played by Ethan Hawke, and Celine, played by French actress Julie Delpy. Each successive film matures in quality and style over time as both the actors who play Jesse and Celine mature, as well as the film’s director, Richard Linklater. The three films are exemplary of the romantic drama that filmmakers have tried so hard to perfect, and each film is made with such a feeling of traditionalism yet creativity that they remain unique in a world of copycats. The films are also incredibly realistic with a great sense of chemistry between the leads that you can’t help but fall in love with the films yourself. But until I review those another time, I’m Matt Hamilton and I hate books (and mainstream cinema, and Colby Shoup).

 

We Hate Books: Matt Reviews “The Counselor”

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Entertainment Interruption overview, Movie Reviews, We Hate Books

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Javier Bardem as Reiner (left) alongside Michael Fassbender as Counselor (right)

“The Counselor” in all of its vagueness is essentially the story of greed; how it corrupts, kills, and makes one even thirstier. Surrounding the eponymous character played by Michael Fassbender, in Cormac McCarthy’s first direct screenplay he explores how the concept of greed changes and motivates people as the Counselor gets involved in the underworld of drugs. While some of the characters in the film are successful in their vicious endeavors, others are not, but this is a casualty of a screenplay which revolves around such a basic and human characteristic. The viewer is able to see a lot of things coming, and I hold the view that McCarthy‘s intention was for the film to be that way, and that may be why many critics were drawn away from the obvious nature of the movie. While still a work that is deep and psychologically complex with a myriad of subtleties intertwined in the script, it was almost as if the viewer could predict everything that was going to happen. I’m sorry Cormac, but you definitely lost some brownie points on that one.

Indie Movies with Matt: Matt Reviews “Mulholland Drive”

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Disc Jockeys, Entertainment Interruption overview, Indie Movies with Matt, Movie Reviews, Reviews, We Hate Books

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Laura Harring as Rita (left) alongside Naomi Watts (right) as Betty Elms

“Oh! I can’t believe it!” are the first lines in David Lynch’s psychological neo-noir masterpiece, and what an accurate summation of my feelings for the rest of the film. Originally conceived as a television series, “Mulholland Drive” is a dreamy, cerebral art-house-esque flick that struck it big with critics and movie buffs in 2001. This surrealist’s dream movie is almost incomprehensible, and as things unravel and reveal themselves in the movie, there is only less to understand if you’re a casual movie goer. You could argue that essentially there is no plot, and I understand where that argument comes from, but I disagree with that statement. The film paints itself as merely a simple story, but in that story there is in fact an intricate, multilayered plot. It is required, however, to delve deep within this movie’s complex structure to find this plot.

On the surface the film is the tale of an amnesiac, played by Laura Harring, who arrives in her state of amnesia from a car accident, and the perky Hollywood hopeful Betty, played by Naomi Watts in a breakthrough performance. Watts is incredible and is able to play a very polarized character, with Harring being a great support that can be both innocent and menacing. Together, the two try to discover the identity of Harring and are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a blue box, a director named Adam Kesher (played by Justin Theroux), and a mysterious night club named Silencio.

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