Last year, a British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, and Women’s Media Center’s study revealed that 65 percent of girls do not think there are enough strong characters in movies. The study also found that 85 percent of girls age 10 to 19 want to see more female superheroes. If 85 percent of girls want to see more female superheroes, then why have only five full length-female superhero movies ever been made? Children all across the world look up to superheros. Superheroes help the underdog, provide a moral compass, and save the day. The BBC study also showed that watching superheroes in movies make girls feelRead More →

Looking for a good Valentines date idea? Horror movies may just be your best choice. Why? According to an article published by Megan Logan, psychologist Javid Sadr. has theorized that there is an actual science behind why horror movies are best for a movie date. In Logan’s interview with Sadr, he explained how horror movies produce a measurable “arousal” response to horror movies. One major purpose of horror movies is to produce a response of fear, and Sadr says, “Any time you’re feeling any kind of emotion strongly … there will always be some measurable bodily response.” Sadr theorizes that the emotional response common toRead More →

From Sidney Poitier to Jordan Peele Black Americans’ representation and impact on film has been growing with no signs of slowing down. Because of this American audiences can take a moment to admire some of the irreplaceable people and contributions of the Black community on modern cinema. Since the 2000’s very few actors and actresses have been as highly revered as Viola Davis. She quickly cemented herself as one of best actors of modern film by bringing to life characters in “The Help”, “Fences”, and “Widows”. Davis has received three nominations from the Academy in the last six years. One best actress nomination and twoRead More →

College is hard enough as it is, from paying for books, getting to class on time, to just trying to balance life and a higher education. But what if, on top of all that, students also had psychological issues, and what if they didn’t even know they had these psychological issues, and even more distressing what if they didn’t do anything to cause these issues. For at least 64 percent of the general population this suffering is real, according to the Center for Disease Control.  According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, over half of the population suffer effects from Adverse Childhood Experiences,Read More →

  Despite being one of the lowest rated Academy Awards, the 90th Oscars still had some impactful moments and one of the most diverse group of nominees and winners ever. Highlights from the night included surprising winners along with a tribute to the armed forces and a multimedia memoriam to the members of the film industry lost in 2017. Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally took home gold for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” after being previously nominated 13 times. Past nominated work of his included cinematography on “The Shawshank Redemption,” “True Grit” and “Skyfall.” Director and writer Jordan Peele surprised audiences with his horror masterpieceRead More →

Director: Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) Starring: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars” episodes VII and VIII) Rating: R, for violence, bloody images, language, and some sexuality. Showing: Roseburg Cinema Many movies today are only skin deep, just offering an entertaining fun time. Not this one. Director Alex Garland has provided audiences with a puzzle of “Annihilation.” His film wants audiences to really question almost every aspect of the movie. From questioning “The Shimmer” to the nature of evil. “Annihilation” tells the story of Lena, a biologist played by Natalie Portman. Lena embarks on an expedition withRead More →

The #MeToo movement is giving victims of sexual harassment and assault a voice to expose their aggressors, even those who have seemed untouchable. These alleged aggressors have included Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, and Kevin Spacey. However, as the movement has grown, some of these stories don’t seem fully legitimate, and the movement has even been called a witch hunt in recent weeks. This may be due to the complete trust we give to the accuser. Most accusations and stories are accepted as true even if the story lacks definitive proof or if the story is decades old. Those accused in some of these stories seemRead More →