By A.J. Newberry, Staff Writer Last year’s best picture winner, “Spotlight,” was a triumph of America’s values. Unity, justice and the freedom of speech — characteristics rarely emphasized by daily media that so often focuses on the affected and divisive accounts of our country. You may call the film “unglamorized” but not without calling it idealized, or just ideal. In “Spotlight,” we saw the best version of ourselves, whereas Aaron Sorkin took home the Oscar in “Steve Jobs” for the most honest version. Perhaps, then, it’s most fitting for 2016 to have a film that is honest and ideal....Read More
A.J. Newberry is a cartoonist, illustrator, photographer and commentator.
By A.J. Newberry and Hailey Hirata Close your eyes. Think of the joy of completely immersing yourself in a great film. Now imagine an experience of total cinematic immersion for four days straight, surrounded by people who are equally as passionate about cinema as you are- directors, actors, critics and students alike. Now add mountains that are so picturesque they look like they were created by the best production designer or computer graphics artist in Hollywood. It’s the picture of an idyllic utopia, and if you’re like five very fortunate Miami film studies majors, it’s also a reality. Three...Read More
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