Rugby is a sport that flows like soccer and plays like football. It’s not a sport appreciated by the majority of American sports fans. Still, it’s found a niche following in clubs and universities across the nation. Mizzou’s club rugby squad has seen tremendous success in recent seasons. Just last year, the team made it to the final four in their collegiate division. In 2017, the team is off to a 3-1 start. On October 28, the team did battle in a tight game against Iowa State resulting in a 17-15 victory.
Rather than just throwing away old clothes and buying new ones, the Mizzou environmental leadership allows students to swap out their old fashion for other donated items at the Mizzou seasonal clothing swap. At the event, students can bring in up to seven items to trade in, then shop around a wide selection of other clothes students have donated and swap out their wardrobes item for item. Amy Eultgen, the organizer of the event, explains how the event got started, as well as why reusing clothing is an important part of living sustainably.
Stephens College hosted the Citizen Jane Film Festival last weekend, Oct. 26-29. The festival showcases films directed by women. The report covers members of the audience who saw some of the films, as well as interviews with members of the cast and crew.
Recently there has been a push from students in Stephens College to get the school to accept transgender women. I spoke to Olivia, a student who transferred into Stephens last semester, on why they believes trans women should be allowed into the women’s college.
When the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would be allowing girls to join the organization, people across the nation responded fervently. I spoke with Greg Baker, the development director for the Great Rivers Council, about what changes this entails for the organization. He has been involved with Boy Scouts his whole life and thus had much to say about the subject.
The Columbia Genealogy Conference took place on Oct. 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The event involved sessions with speakers from all over the country, as well as personal consultations if attendees wanted to find more information. The mail goal of the event was discovering research skills so attendees could dig through their past and figure out their family history. The event was free and open to all, even those not members of the church.
Les Bourgeois Vineyards hosted their annual Crush Festival on Oct. 7-8, 2017. The free event consisted of grape stomping, pumpkin painting, bouncy house jumping, and live music. Children and adults alike got plugged into this event and enjoyed these two beautiful fall days.
Clarity Float spa is a new business, located near Providence and Elm St., that offers customers sessions in a sensory deprivation tank. The spa opened under a year ago by two University of Missouri graduates who were passionate about ‘floating’ and wanted to share the relaxing experience with others in Columbia. I had the opportunity to try out “floating” for myself, and described the experience as best I could. The story features interviews from Noah Barnes, a co-founder of the business, and Stenton, a first time customer.
Students from Mizzou and around the Midwest gathered for a 36-hour non-stop coding competition. The objective of the competition was to create a new program, app or product that would integrate modern technology with the field of journalism. The team organizing TigerHacks partnered with the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Microsoft and Major League Hacking to help fund and organize the event. Students that participated in TigerHacks are eligible to submit their project to the RJI app building competition, which continues for the entire second semester.
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival drew many people to Columbia, Missouri, from September 28-October 1, 2017. It was the eleventh year of the festival, and it took place at Stephens Lake Park instead of downtown, where it has been held in past years. The festival featured a wide variety of artists from genres like blues, folk, bluegrass, country, rock, soul, and gospel.
A poster in support of white supremacy was found on the University of Missouri campus.
The Mizzou Meat Market provides a learning opportunity for students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. From kill to sale, all aspects of meat processing are handled on campus. An on-site USDA inspector makes sure this process is handled ethically and safely for consumption.
I spoke with Alisa Carlson, curator at the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archeology, about an art exhibit showcasing Japanese prints from the Tokugawa period. Carlson framed the exhibit intentionally to explore the plight of women during this time.
Stephens College put on the show “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” this past weekend, and it was just as fun as it sounds. Five women in charge of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein face their worst nightmare when a nuclear bomb goes off and they become locked in their meeting room, with no way to make quiche.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a gap between the popularity of Airbnb between males and females. Dae-Young Kim and Grant Lee surveyed participants who used Airbnb and found that females tend to rate their experience on individual location, while men tend to rate a more positive overall outlook on the brand.
On April 12, the Student Health Center at the University of Missouri offered free testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to Mizzou students. This piece goes over how testing works and some sexual health programs at the university.
Wesley Lowery, a reporter for the Washington Post, talks with KCOU reporter Stephanie Hamann about his experience covering the Michael Brown shooting. He delves into the need to be aware of marginalized communities and the difficulty of prosecuting police officers.
Created by the Wellness Resource Center at 2009, the annual farmer’s market hosted by Mizzou at Lowry Mall continued on April 5.
Lowry Mall is the red-bricked, quick and easy path for students to get from Jesse Hall to Memorial Union, but soon it won’t be so quick and easy. Starting on May 15, Lowry Mall will be closed and will go under construction to repair the old steam tunnels below. This project will affect the path some students take to their classes and other activities.
On Mar. 20, KCOU hosted the 2nd Annual Hip-Hop Showcase at The Shack. The Showcase was for artists to come out show of their skills. Throughout the night, there were technical issues that caused some trouble that didn’t go unnoticed.
In this piece, Greyson Holliday, a Mizzou undergraduate student studying psychology, found a strong correlation between philosophical religious thoughts and epilepsy.
In this on-air segment of the Pulse, KCOU’s daily news show, the hosts converse with Amuche Nwafor, a participant in Mizzou’s annual Women’s Poetry Night. Female poems (and males are allowed to participate) perform poetry in a supportive and appreciative space during the night. Nwafor talks about her experience with poetry and shares some pieces of her own.
In this piece, reporter Alex Neuhalfen examines a part of Mizzou many not hear about– the publishing section of The Mizzou Store. Students at Mizzou can publish their own books and works of art through the University of Missouri. She examines the process and the benefits of publishing through the Mizzou Store. The piece also looks at other student authors who have published their own work through this process as well.
In this on-air section of the Pulse, KCOU’s daily news show, our hosts bring in DNA, a local Columbia musical artist who performs in many genres. He talks about his opinions on music, explains the process of how he makes them and more.
From being a theater professor at the University of Missouri to a pastor at Columbia’s historic Second Baptist Church, Clyde Ruffin began a new career in politics. Ruffin was elected as First Ward City Council member in 2015 and is running for re-election.
In this week’s Mizzou View, learn more about Clyde Ruffin, a city council candidate for Columbia’s First Ward. Also in this week’s episode is a science piece analyzing a new type of relationship– LAT, or Living Apart Together. It’s when a couple remains in a committed relationship but do not live with each other. Check […]
KCOU’s very own Alec Stutson watched a variety of films from Columbia’s True/False Festival two weekends ago. Listen to his takes and summaries on two of his favorite films: a movie about the struggles of Chileans with Down syndrome and a documentary about a murder of a child beauty pageant.
At the University of Missouri, assistant professor Jacquelyn Benson is exploring LATs or “Living Apart Together” relationships and delving into how it works, how it impacts family members and its role in the historical context of relationships.
In this week’s Mizzou View, we cover last week’s tornado alert and some of what has happened in Mizzou sports. Then, we have an in-depth science feature on nursing homes by Madison Seehusen.
Just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Board of Elections Commissioners Chairwoman Brooke Wiggins announced that Nathan Willett and Payton Englert won the 2017 Missouri Students Association presidential election with 54 percent of the vote.
An audit released Monday found that The University of Missouri System paid around $2.3 million in “inappropriate bonus payments” to top executives and administrators over the past three years. The payments total up to $1.2 million in incentives to 18 executives, according to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, and include more than $1 million in luxury vehicle allowances and other compensation such as retention bonuses that were not disclosed to the public.
Mizzou was put under a tornado warning on Monday night. Many students gathered in basements of several buildings during the warning. Severe thunderstorm warning lasted until 11 PM and a tornado watch lasted until 4 AM. Alec Stutson briefly reports on this.
In The Road Movie, director Dmitrii Kalashnikov uses footage from dashboard cameras of cars in Russia to form a collection of stories. Each clip is its own anecdote with its own set of circumstances. Kalashnikov varies these short episodes so that in the movie’s 72 minutes, we feel terrified, confused and entertained. We are passengers […]
Blood streaks dry on the floor while nervous round children dance and an Irish woman describes “topsy-turvy” Syrian bomb-outs in a utopia where men cry and exiled hippies dress the entrails of cyberhell in corporate manifestos. Adam Curtis’ mammoth HyperNormalisation addresses the collapse of established reality in the wider world, examining substitute narratives, suicide bombings, […]
A group of little blonde girls flood into the frame all dressed in the same red, white and blue, pageant-like outfit. There’s a loud, overall chatter as these girls giggle and converse with each other. Among the discourse, you can hear one girl distinctly murmur “JonBenet Ramsey”. Then, the scene cuts to a little girl […]
Welcome back to the Mizzou View! In this episode, we cover on the recently implemented X-points system and how Mizzou Rec is using it. We take a quick look back at Mizzou Idol and its talented contestants. Finally, a science story about a software set to trend in the scientific community. Listen to the Mizzou […]
At the University of Missouri, something is trending. With the right tweaks and changes, it could potentially transform the research world and even beyond. Professer Steve Van Doren, a MU Biochemistry Professor, along with his research assistant Jia Xu, has developed TREND, an acronym for TRack Equilibrium or Non-equilibrium shifts in Data.
On Saturday, Mizzou Student Life hosted the annual Mizzou Idol, which brings together students with a passion for singing into competition. Neuhalfen reports on this event, talks to some of the contestants and gives an inside look into a more artistic side of student life.
With the 2016-2017 school year coming to a close soon, elections for the next Mizzou Student Association’s president and vice-president is under way. Alex Roper introduces the three slates– Tori Schafer and Riley de Leon, Josh Stockton and Shruti Gulati, and Nathan Willett and Payton Englert– and looks into some of their policies and goals.
Listen to this week’s Mizzou View, where we take a look at the MSA race for president and VP, as well as a sit-down interview with Four Directions.
In this on-air interview of the Pulse, the guest is vice president Lisa Aguilar of MU’s Four Directions, a Native American group on Mizzou’s campus. She talks about the change in leadership, the shift away from protests and the group’s effort to “spread a positive message” about indigenous people in Columbia, Missouri. National issues concerning Native Americans are also touched upon. This was aired Feb. 17.
In this on-air interview of the Pulse, Ryan Burke, a student at Mizzou and a comic book writer, talks about his work and the process of creating a comic with the two hosts of The Pulse. Tune into KCOU 88.1FM 5-6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays for more on-air discussions like this one.
Listen to this week’s Mizzou View, where we sit down with organizers of March For Science Mid-Missouri and Andrew Hutchinson, a MU senior running for the local city council in Columbia, Missouri.
In this on-air interview of the Pulse, Anahita Zare and Matt McCune, organizers of Mid-Missouri’s March for Science protest talk about why they decided to form one here in Columbia and what events they plan. They also touch upon personally what the new Trump administration means for science and how scientists should and will react. This was aired Feb. 13.
While most college seniors are busy finding a job or applying to graduate school, Andrew Hutchinson is running for the First Ward City Council seat. With a strong background in advocating for social justice issues, Hutchinson decided to run his campaign focused on affordable housing, infrastructure and community policing.
The term ‘fake news’ has been thrown around quite a bit during last year’s presidential campaign and throughout President Donald Trump’s first month in office. Listen to a breakdown of why more and more people are questioning the media.
A researcher at Mizzou has done studies with children, working memory, and learning ability. Reporter Seeheusen delves into what working memory is and its implications in educating children.
Welcome back to the Mizzou View. Check back every Friday morning to get a good view of the campus and around Mizzou.
On Monday, dozens of teachers from Columbia Public Schools and other mid-Missouri schools held a demonstration outside U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office in downtown Columbia. They called on Blunt to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos was confirmed yesterday in the Senate by a 51-50 vote as Blunt voted in favor of confirmation.
Last Thursday, Theo Schwinke and Rebecca Shaw from local advocacy group CoMo For Progress were interviewed on The Pulse by Brett Stover and Titus Wu. They discuss the Indivisible guide, how grassroots groups on the left are utilizing tactics made popular by the Tea Party and more.
Last Sunday, January 29th, hundreds of people gathered outside Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to protest Donald Trump’s actions during the first week of his presidency. In particular, the protesters expressed opposition to Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and green card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County hosted an annual town hall at the Columbia Public Library on Thursday. State legislators addressed people’s questions concerning everything from gun laws to the right-to-work bill. Missouri Representatives members Cheri Toalson Reisch, Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens and Chuck Basye attended, along with Missouri Senator Caleb Rowden.
We are back for another semester of relevant campus news. This week, the Cafe Berlin break in, and news from MU researcher Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld. Be sure to subscribe and check back in every Friday morning for more campus updates.
Canned food may not be safe. Mizzou researcher Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld experimented with canned dog food and realized BPA concentrations increased dramatically in the body when dogs consumed them. The BPA primarily comes from the plastic linings in cans, and the results of this experiment may translate into something bigger for humans themselves.
On Jan. 15, Cafe Berlin, a popular space in the community of Columbia, Missouri where local artists often gather, was broken in by an unknown person. Nothing was stolen, but damage was severe and expensive. Despite the negative impact, the community stepped up and helped chip in. Juliet Furlong gets in the personal side of the story in this piece.
At noon Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office in downtown Columbia to protest President Donald Trump’s recent cabinet nominations and executive orders.
In your guts are millions of probiotics, also known as good bacteria in layman’s terms, that live and thrive. It has been established in the scientific community that these bacteria help one’s body digest food, breaking down things that the body cannot. But at the University of Missouri, Dr. Daniel Davis, Dr. Aaron Ericcson, and Dr. Elizabeth Bryda have considered the possibility that probiotics, specifically Lactobacillus, can also help reduce mental stress. They used zebrafish to establish this theory, but the implications for humans can be huge.
Listen to the best of KCOU’s live election night coverage from Nov. 8, 2016, featuring on-site reporting by our staff and analysis from outside sources:
This week we’ve got the scoop on the campus Mump outbreak as well as an interview with the Owners of the Bridge(in the SC).
Filmmakers Emily Robinson, Margaret Byrne and Dionna McMillian discuss their movies in the Citizen Jane Film Festival and the role of women in the film industry. Each director offered a unique aspect to the film world not just as a woman, but as a dimensional human being.
Race plays a huge part in many aspects of our daily life, from policing to government to day-to-day interactions. But Dr. Antoinette Landor, a professor studying human development and family science, has discovered that race and skin tone play an important factor in — surprisingly — sex. She claims that there is a relationship where darker skin tone means a higher chance of engaging in risky sexual behavior. How is this possible? Listen to the story for more.
This week’s episode is about, you guessed it, the election. Where does this all of this fit into MU, lets find out.
Among the fury of the 2016 presidential election, one voice resounds. This is the man who united these states with his unwavering devotion to the issues. You’ve never heard Ken Bone quite like this. We called Bone at home and he told us about death threats, energy, his conservative past. How did he get here? KCOU found out. When it was all over, Ken Bone went to sleep. But one mystery remains now and forever: Who did Ken Bone vote for?
With the upcoming election coming next Tuesday, the race between the two candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is coming down to the line. This past election has already been a crazy one, by American standards, especially with Trump who has defied and overturned many political norms and conventions. Yet, Pierce and Titus were curious about how people from other countries viewed this US election.
Computer analysis of presidential debates? Voting in Columbia? A special election edition of the Mizzou View. Featuring Jared Kaufman, Katie Rosso, Jackson Kinkhead, Claire Colby, and Matt Horn Produced by Pierce Porterfield w/ additional production by Matt Horn
The Pulse spoke to director Tracy Tragos on air yesterday about her movie Abortion: Stories Women Tell. Tragos touched on what inspired her to make the movie and the variety of voices featured in her movie. You can catch Abortion: Stories Women Tell at the Citizen Jane Film Festival this weekend or on HBO in 2017.
Earlier this year, Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, the Dean of the College of Engineering at Mizzou, made an important discovery regarding the journey to finding ways to cure osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that affects particularly older woman, causing their bones to break easily. Using and observing stem cells, Loboa was able, for the first time, to track the development of stem cells to bone cells in real time. This allowed her and her team to uncover an important pattern, and it shows clues to the next steps of fighting osteoporosis.
RHA granted the African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub (AISH) $2575 after much deliberation, the money going toward their screening of The Forgotten Kingdom. This is one of the six movies in AISH’s African Film Series, and this is the first year the series is occurring.
Alec Stutson goes out into downtown Columbia to see how artists in the local area exhibit and establish themselves in the area. He explores how local artists find avenues to showcase themselves and the impact it has on the community, and vice versa. Listen to learn more about the art scene in Columbia.
In this episode of the Mizzou View, we talk to Ken Bone. There’s other stuff in there too, but you’re really here for the Ken Bone #content. The Mizzou View is a joint production of the Maneater and KCOU.
Halloween is around the corner, and one of the biggest attractions in this celebration are haunted houses. While many people go to haunted houses for the scare of it, I went to one to explore the real life personalities of those who work at haunted houses.
Elena Cruz dives into and explores the local anti-Planned Parenthood protesters’ thoughts and beliefs. She takes a look into some of MU students’ views as well as other citizens of Columbia.
Inside the Student Recreation Center at Mizzou, there’s a rock wall. And with every rock wall, there’s also a rock-climbing club. Juliet Furlong takes a look into MU’s Rock Climbing Club.
This week we’ve got LBC Homecoming and an inside look at cancer research at Mizzou.
MU Chemistry Professor Silvia Jurisson and fellow researcher Alan Ketiring are currently experimenting with different elements, other than the commonly used Technetium, to image and treat cancer. Listen up to see more of their research, why their research matters, and their current status.
With Ellis Library’s recent take-away of 24-hour service and with student’s complaints in such a decision, KCOU’s Emmett Ferguson takes a look inside the budget and financial issues of the library and more.
What is MU Tonight? This piece will dive into and explore MU-TV’s newest program, how it came about, and much more.
On the Mizzou View this week we discuss the new book Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, written by associate political science professor James W. Endersby. Also, we go deep into Ellis Library and the special collections section. (You can find the full story from Titus Wu here.) The Mizzou View is a […]
In this piece, take a look inside a section of Ellis Library, known as Special Collections. It’s more than just a section of rare books; it’s a valuable and precious resource of the Mizzou community and beyond.
By Brett Stover With voter ID an important topic both in Missouri and around the country, Democratic candidate Robin Smith sits down to discuss the controversial Amendment 6. A former journalist from St. Louis who’s currently running for Secretary of State against Republican Jay Ashcroft, Smith also talks about the state of the 2016 […]
This year, freshman students were required to read a book called Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, which talks about legal injustice in American courts and prison. To give students hands-on experience, Mizzou Honors College faculty gave students a trip to an infamous Missouri Prison to see what it’s like.
As the headline says: Tattoos, explained.
What is ROTC? What does it even stand for? Juliet Furlong dives into this prestigious organization on the campus of Mizzou.
Lt. April Colvin has been working for the MUPD for 18 years and currently assists in teaching several self defense classes that range from Rape Assault Defense training to Citizens’ Respond to Active Threats. These classes are made readily available at the police station and free. Members of the Columbia community, students, faculty and staff can participate as well.
KCOU News digs in to the controversy around the Tiger Plan and Campus Dining Services.
In this piece, we take a brief look into LBC (Legion of Black Collegians) preparing for the special tradition of Homecoming. They discuss about the recent racial incident at Mizzou, the racial protests that happened last year on campus, the effects of both events, and how they are moving forward.
You know those things that pass by you everyday when you’re driving a car? Those big things? That thing you hear in the background? Those things you should probably use to save the environment? Yea, I mean buses.
This week on the Mizzou View we look at the newly unveiled plaque in remembrance of James Scott, a black janitor from the University of Missouri who was lynched in 1923. Also, we look back at the Tiger football team’s brutal loss to LSU as well as the Missouri Students Association’s response to last week’s […]
This week we cover the recent incident of hate speech, the library fee, and Como Connect. The Mizzou View is a joint production of KCOU and the Maneater. New episodes are released every Friday morning.
This week on the Mizzou View we look at coming changes to the Craft Studio. We review last week’s heartbreaking loss to Georgia in football and look ahead to their next game against the Delaware State Hornets. We go over the biggest stories from around campus and the community. We also get an inside look […]
This week, we look at the Mizzou students affected by high EpiPen prices and the lack of enrollment in a new sober living community in Discovery Hall. We review the sports action from around campus last week, and we take a deep dive into whether or not the new Tiger Plan is really worth it. […]
In week zero we take a look at summer happenings on Mizzou’s campus. We also get a sit down interview with professor and Astronaut, Linda Godwin. Tune in weekly to stay in touch with what affects you at MU.
In an open forum hosted by the Missouri Student Association on Thursday night, approximately 20 students gathered to share their questions and concerns with the new MU Alert system.
After Missouri Students Association Senate Speaker Mark McDaniel gaveled in the meeting, conversations and discussions ranged from diversity, to elections and more. However, there was one topic that was brought up again and again: the university’s budget. Or, more accurately, the cuts to the budget.
The True/False Film Festival is a fusion of festivity and creativity that citizens of Columbia enjoy for one weekend out of the year. The 2016 season brought 45 nonfiction films to venues around the city, and I was able to attend the last screening of “The Pearl” that was held at the Blue Note. “The Pearl” features four middle-aged transgender women that are living in the Pacific Northwest. Nina is a part-time pizza deliverer who rarely dresses as herself in public, Jodie and Krystal are two sisters that live together, and Amy is the eldest who operates a safe house for trans women. Film-makers Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LeMarca film the four women as they go through their daily routines discussing their personal journeys.
The Missouri Students’ Association had, in essence, four vice presidents in the last 24 hours. Payton Head is both the former and current president of MSA. None of the six candidates in last fall’s election are occupying either of the top two positions in the government.
Every year, the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism awards the Missouri Honors Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. This award, which has been presented to numerous outstanding journalists since its creation in 1930, stands as a tribute to “advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world.” These journalists, selected by the faculty of the School of Journalism, are selected on the basis of “lifetime or superior achievement,” and are presented with an award each year at the University of Missouri Honors Medal Banquet.
Ready to leave the Missouri Student Association’s presidential debates, I listened to the moderator’s announcing of its end, but I missed the sound of any applause or acknowledgment of good performance from the audience members. The lack of applause translated to me a collective sigh. I knew, at that point, that the rest of the people in Bengal’s Lair felt the same as I did: that the MSA a) fails to relate to its students or its issues and b) that none of the candidates maintain the students’ interest or praise. The three groups running—Haden Gomez and Chris Hanner, Jordan McFarland and Jonathan Segers and Syed Ejaz and Heather Parrie—all showed a general understanding of the issues, and all spoke well enough to convey their platforms. The sad fact is that none of these candidates will raise that number, making the MSA presidential race a pile of dust, with the candidates being individual specks.
Steve Jobs reaches all the goals it had set out for: a clear demonstration of the man behind Apple, exposition of Job’s work and family life, and dazzling presentation akin to the sleek, artistic model of his products. Directed by the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle, who is best known for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, the movie entertains you and baffles you with a nearly unanswerable question: is Steve Jobs a better man than his products? The movie attempts to answer this in a three-part plot, one in 1984, one in 1988, and the final in 1998, finally tying together plotlines involving his daughter Lisa, his prevalent egoism, and his relationship with lifelong friend Steve Wozniacki. And although the movie covers the development of Apple, I am not sure I agree with Fassbender’s Jobs when he says, “The two most significant events of the twentieth century: the Allies win and this.”
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It is not too much of a stretch to view all of history as a desperate attempt to change what has happened in the past. Both in war and in peace, the essential goal of all of humanity has essentially remained the same: to correct past wrongs; to gain what is rightfully one’s own; to ensure that one’s offspring will never have to endure the hardships endured by preceding generations– in essence, to ensure that justice prevails. Therefore, if the human race didn’t have, by and large, a warped and self-centered sense of justice, we would live in a paradise.
There is a moment in Actress when Brandy Burre, the film’s subject, is sitting alone in a playroom, her back against a wall littered with board games and action figures. Brandy looks around her and says softly, “I moved to Beacon, I’m not acting, so this is my creative outlet.” She pauses as though seeking an affirmation from the toys surrounding her, and her voice gains a hint of certainty as she announces again, “I moved to Beacon, I’m not acting, so this is my creative outlet”.
Nightcrawler is a legitimately thrilling film that is at the same time terrifying.
The film follows the story of Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a go-getter who is doing anything to survive. When the film opens up, he is trying to parlay selling stolen chain link fence and copper wire into a construction job and gets shot down. After witnessing freelance cameramen cover the aftermath of a gruesome roadside crash, Lou turns his efforts to broadcast news. He teams up with Nina Romina (Rene Russo), the graveyard shift news manager at a station whose motto is “If it bleeds, it leads.” The rest of film follows Lou as he delves into dark ethical territory in order to get the juiciest footage.
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is not a superhero movie. It’s a movie about what happens to superheroes after they hang up their masks. The film centers around Riggan Thompson, (Michael Keaton) a washed up actor best known for playing Birdman who attempts to mount a comeback by starring in a play he writes and directs. But when he loses a cast member right before the play is set to debut, he’s forced to bring on veteran Broadway actor Mike Shiner(Edward Norton). Thompson is forced to make adjustments to his play, all while dealing with a frustrated girlfriend, an upset ex-wife and a bitter daughter fresh out of rehab (Emma Stone) all while Thompson’s flustered friend/ manager Jake (Zach Galifianakis) tries to hold the play together.
Director Ira Sach’s latest offering, Love is Strange is slow and deliberate, but undeniably charming.
The Guest is quite possibly the most endearing slasher film ever made.
Gone Girl is one of the most unnerving and simultaneously gripping films you will experience this year. At risk of spoiling your own experience with the film, I will try to keep as many spoilers as possible out of this review. But the basic premise of the film is that a man, Nick Dunne, comes home one day to find that his wife Amy is missing and he soon becomes the prime suspect. Though as the clues begin to present themselves Nick and the town begins asking the same question: “What really happened to Amy Dunne?”
World-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall spoke to a packed crowd at the Missouri Arena on Wednesday. Nearly 5,000 people attended her lecture, entitled “Sowing the Seeds of Hope.” Dr. Goodall achieved worldwide renown through her work with chimpanzees, and has been a U.N. Messenger of Peace since 2002.
“We’re not trash, we’re good people.” In American society people are judged on intelligence, appearance, and socioeconomic status. But as thirteen year old Andrew will tell you, these judgments and labels are so often inaccurate.
Last week, Ragtag Cinema welcomed the movie Frank. Directed by critically acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is an offbeat drama infused with comical humor. The film tells the story a man named Frank, who is played by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender, starred in the recent movies 12 years A Slave and X-Men: Days of future Past.
In Under the Skin, director Jonathan Glazer takes viewers on a visual journey like none other. An extensive number of surreal scenes occur as alien Scarlett Johansson (or Laura, as her character is actually named) scours the Scottish roadways, posing as a human to lure lone men back to her lair.
The affair between British author Charles Dickens and his mistress, actress Nelly Ternan, lasted for 13 years, until the author’s death in 1870. In The Invisible Woman, the newest film by Ralph Fiennes, the actor-director paints a slow-burning tableau of their life together, crafting less of a story than a series of vignettes that continue to haunt Nelly after she marries and establishes a family of her own.