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Let's talk remakes and reboots: A type of endeavor once
lauded as everyone's worst
nightmare at the movies that
has become not–so–terrible. It turns out that if fan–girling
screenwriters actually put their
minds to it, remakes and reboots can turn out pretty great
(that's you, 21 Jump Street,
About Last Night, Evil Dead
and Jurassic World).
1. Halter Tops
Why spend money to be surrounded by sweaty crowds and marijuana clouds when you can enjoy a concert in your bed, surrounded by pillows (and marijuana clouds, if that’s your thing). That’s right, concert movies are the lazy man’s way of enjoying music. And since we doubt you’ll be able to move come the actual Fling concert, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite concert movies for you to enjoy.
IN: Going to see Fast 7. Vin Diesel declared it’s going to win an Oscar, and it has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, Paul Walker.
The Penn Student Film Festival has been around as long as the cinema studies major itself. It’s a fairly straightforward process, as frequent festival–goer Ann Molin (C ‘16) puts it: “The whole system is pretty simple. Submit a movie on time, and you’re in the festival.” There’s a time limitation—no movie can be longer than eight minutes—but otherwise students have free reign over the content in their films.
Illustrations by Amy Chen
Studying sucks. Procrastinate with one of these thematically appropriate movies at your locale of choice.
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Find out what Best Picture movie you are, with the help of Street's flowchart.
Illustration by Amy Chen
This cult classic is a quintessential horror comedy. A group of six friends spend a weekend in a cabin and unlock a zombie curse while going through old videos in the basement. The slapstick gore that ensues is kitschier than anything in Christian Greys's "Red Room of Pain." More than anything, though, it’s best known for one of the female characters’ sex scenes with a tree. See? You're totally hooked. And maybe a little turned on?
What to Get The F*** Out of Bed For:
Liberal Arts, a 2012 indie film streaming on Netflix, portrays a school exactly the opposite of Penn's over–scheduled, over–worked, over–tired student body. Every day is grassy quads, open intellectual debate, and dining halls for the students of Ohio liberal arts school Kenyon College.
Oscar–nominated film Foxcatcher tells the tale of crazed billionaire John du Pont during the 1988 Olympic wrestling trials. He eventually murders one of the wrestlers he sponsored after drama at the Olympics. But before all that John du Pont attended good old Penn. He’s pictured here with his fellow Zeta Psi brothers, better known as Zete. In our defense, du Pont didn’t even finish his sophomore year here. In fact, he graduated from University of Miami five years after his brief stint at Penn. We wonder why Penn has been staying away from this particular association.
When you get to Penn, you hear a million things about sorority rush. One girl says it’s the best thing she ever did, while another didn’t even think about trying it. One girl realized it wasn’t for her and dropped out, while another found her best friends. The one thing you won’t hear is what the girl who got cut has to say. I'm that girl.
Max Handelman is an accomplished Hollywood producer, with credits on films like Pitch Perfect. More importantly, he's Mr. Elizabeth Banks and her Penn Sweetheart, having graduated from Penn with her in 1995. This week, f & tv trolled his Twitter account for some thoughts about the entertainment industry, and found a good deal of sass...
"The DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend, that is) is more or less a typical high school comedy. However, protagonist Mae Whitman breaks the mold by looking like someone you actually could have seen in homeroom every day. Whitman, who plays title character Bianca Piper, is short, (very slightly) chubby and kind of plain looking.
“Life Partners” is about two female best friends—one gay, Sasha (Leighton Meester), and one straight, Paige (Gillian Jacobs)—and the movie is not about misguided crushes. That plot line is refreshing in and of itself. Where “Life Partners” really shines is in its nuanced portrayal of female friendships today. When Jacobs' character Paige lands a boyfriend (played by “O.C.” nerd–dreamboat Adam Brody), Sasha isn't left heartbroken because she's in love with Paige. She's left heartbroken because she and her best friend no longer have the bond of both being single.
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (“Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin) are best friends. We meet them at age 30 briefly at the beginning of the movie in conflict, then flash back to them at age 18 and grow up with them for 12 years over the course of an hour and a half. As 18–year–old Alex so aptly points out in the first 10 minutes of the movie, boy and girl friendships can get a bit weird.