The Sundial

There’s more to do than listen to music at festivals

Photo courtesy of MCT

Patrick J. Wilkinson

March 27, 2014

Maybe we’ve been doing music festivals all wrong. Yes, we’ve shown up to the shows, enjoyed the music, ate when we had to, and fell asleep when our bodies couldn’t take it any longer, only to wake up the next day and do it all over  again. But is that the right way to go? Apart fro...

Director Alexander Payne on his new film, “Nebraska”

Director Alexander Payne on his new film,

Patrick J. Wilkinson

November 29, 2013

It only seemed inevitable that director Alexander Payne would pay homage to his beloved home state of Nebraska by naming one of his films after it. His film credits brim with love for the state, so much so that he has shot and set three of his six films there, just don’t ask him why he keeps coming...

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is bold, messy and brilliant

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is bold, messy and brilliant

Patrick J. Wilkinson

November 9, 2013

Director Abdellatif Kechiche’s realism is fascinating. It’s also the driving force behind “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a raw filmic meditation on loneliness, affliction, love and letting go. And all of that is excruciatingly difficult for Adele. (Adèle Exarchopoulos) She’s uncomfortable in her own s...

Hitchcock Masterpiece to have a free screening at CSUN

Patrick J. Wilkinson

October 26, 2013

“Don’t give away the ending,” warned many of the promotional materials that amped up the mania surrounding “Psycho,” in an effort to keep moviegoers scrambling out of theatres screaming in shock and horror after experiencing Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. While Hitchcock may have been modest i...

The harrowing ‘12 years a slave’ will knock you flat

The harrowing ‘12 years a slave’ will knock you flat

Patrick J. Wilkinson

October 17, 2013

If you thought director Steve McQueen’s last two films, “Hunger” and “Shame,” didn’t out right define his goals as a filmmaker, his latest, “12 Years a Slave,” further propels his predilection for charting uniquely raw and bleak territory. CSUN had the distinct pleasure on Saturday of viewing an advanced ...

“Gravity” goes the distance

“Gravity” goes the distance

Patrick J. Wilkinson

October 9, 2013

“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron’s follow up to “Children of Men,” is an excitingly peculiar film. Half one-woman stage piece, half human drama set in space rendered across a dark and cold desolate sky. It’s a glorious achievement in filmmaking and a precious piece of imagination in the age of obligatory superhero reboots, w...

Police department holds crime prevention workshop for CSUN students

Patrick J. Wilkinson

September 22, 2013

CSUN Department of Police Services (PD) held its first free crime prevention workshop on the second floor of the police station in the training room last Thursday. The workshop was open to students, faculty and the community, and more workshops will be offered throughout the remainder of this school ...

Religious Studies Department hosts its 7th annual lecture honoring a famous Bengali poet

Religious Studies Department hosts its 7th annual lecture honoring a famous Bengali poet

Patrick J. Wilkinson

September 12, 2013

The Religious Studies Department hosted its 7th annual Kazi Nazrul Islam lecture on Sept. 12th in the USU West Valley Room. The lecturer was keynote speaker Dr. Rachel Fell McDermott, professor and chair of Barnard College Asian and Middle Eastern cultures department. McDermott specializes in the ...

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