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“Somewhere” a benefit to Sofia Coppola’s burgeoning career

John Michael Simko

December 17, 2010

The simplistic subtly showcased in “Somewhere” solidifies Sofia Coppola as a bonafide filmmaker. Rarely does a director rebound so successfully and gracefully from a film like “Marie Antoinette.” Sofia, like her Academy Award winning father Francis Ford Coppola with his gangster films, has created...

Kevin Spacey makes “Casino Jack” a movie worth seeing

John Michael Simko

December 6, 2010

Very few actors can capture compelling, conniving characters effectively. Yet Kevin Spacey succeeds once more in a memorable performance as Jack Abramoff in “Casino Jack.” Like Humphrey Bogart, Alec Guiness, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro before him, Spacey has seamlessly...

Final Take: December Movie Releases

John Michael Simko

December 6, 2010

Instead of the conventional format, this month’s recommendations look a little different to include the numerous new releases that are coming out in December just in times for the awards season. The five best films to look into include: 1) “Black Swan” (Dec. 1, limited release) 2) “The...

Final Take: December DVD Releases

John Michael Simko

December 6, 2010

12/7/2010 “Inception” Suggested Retail $28.98 DVD/ $35.99 Blu-ray Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” the year’s surprise box office hit, stars preeminent Leonardo DiCaprio and sidekick Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an astonishing film that dumbfounds your mind. If you haven’t already seen it...

“Black Swan” delivers a strong movie with few shortcomings

John Michael Simko

December 1, 2010

Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” soars as a modern day masterpiece. Aronofsky brilliantly cast charismatic Natalie Portman in the devastating, dark role of ballerina Nina. Once again, Aronofsky has proved his enormous insight and talent for creating compelling dramatic...

The top five: new rules of gym etiquette

John Michael Simko

November 28, 2010

Over the weekend, I frequented the gym, ran on the treadmill and discovered something astonishing. I felt really out of place and couldn’t figure out why. I slowed down my tempo and gazed at other gym patrons when I was thunderstruck. I didn’t grasp the latest gym rules and must have overlooked...

Predictions for the upcoming Hollywood awards season

John Michael Simko

November 24, 2010

Talent takes Tinseltown by storm during this time of year. Award season creates Hollywood’s prominence, renown and reputation. The fans, the media and the film industry cherish this juncture. It’s still too early, but here are predictions for all of the award ceremonies like the Critics Choice Awards,...

International Idol Talent Show competition includes dancing, singing, playing instruments

John Michael Simko

November 17, 2010

Among the burgers, burritos and bottled drinks, Pub patrons were treated to a talent show hosted by international students Tuesday afternoon. The International Idol Talent Show captivated students and Pub patrons during a lunchtime performance showcasing various talents including dan...

New TBS show, “Glory Daze,” flunks with its premiere episode

John Michael Simko

November 15, 2010

Before NBC’s “Community” captured the hearts of primetime TV, Fox’s acclaimed yet prematurely cancelled “Undeclared” prevailed as a fabulous college show. Therefore, TBS rationalized and risked producing a show with a college setting. “Glory Daze,” the latest college TV dud, is their...

Halftime report gives students a look into the new Student Recreation Center

John Michael Simko

November 2, 2010

Under the sultry sun, students gathered on the Matador Bookstore lawn to celebrate the halfway building point of the new Student Recreation Center opening Spring 2012. The University Student Union (USU) hosted a celebration to commemorate the building of the new recreation center during the Student ...

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