Entertainment, Film

UPB Rates Superheroes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an advanced screening of Justice League! Want to know more about the members of the Justice League for the advanced screening on 11/14? UPB rates Justice League members.

 

This is Superman.

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Powers and abilities: flight, super-strength, super-speed, vision powers, superhuman intelligence

Weaknesses: kryptonite, magic

Origins: Born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton, but was rocketed to Earth before Krypton’s destruction.  Adopted by a couple from Kansas

Alias: Clark Kent

An American cultural icon and played by Henry Cavill, we rate Superman a 10/10

 

This is Wonder Woman.

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Powers and abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, healing, technology (Lasso of Truth, tiara)

Weaknesses: vulnerability to Piercing Weapons

Origins: sculpted from clay by her mother and daughter of Zeus. Her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta

Alias: Diana Prince

A compassionate warrior, advocator of peace, and strong female role model, we rate Wonder Woman 13/10

 

This is The Flash.

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Powers and abilities: superhuman speed, superhuman reflexes,

Weaknesses: mortality

Origins: Police scientist in Central City.  Lightning-struck chemicals spills over Barry, and he gains power through the speed force

Alias: Barry Allen

The fastest hero is the DC Universe and has the potential to change reality, we rate The Flash 8/10

 

This is Aquaman.

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Powers and abilities: amphibious, marine telepathy, strength, speed

Weaknesses: water deprivation

Origins: Son of a lighthouse keeper and exiled Queen of Atlantis, was taught to control his powers and would eventually inherit rule of the seven seas

Alias: Arthur Curry

Interested to see Aquaman played by Jason Momao, but the ability to talk to fish? We rate Aquaman 3/10

 

This is Cyborg.

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Powers and abilities: mechanically enhanced body, intelligence, strength, speed

Weaknesses: focus

Origins: Body is destroyed in a tragic accident, but was saved through experimental technology that replaced body parts with machinery

Alias: Victor Stone

Also a member of Teen Titans, half man and half machine, we rate Cyborg 6/10

 

Come to Grafton on 11/14 for a FREE advanced screening of Justice League at 9:30pm!

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Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized

Is Leo Actually Going to Win the Oscar?

The people have spoken, but what will the Academy say?

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Since 1994 (before some of us were even born), Leonardo DiCaprio has been receiving Oscar nominations. In 1994, it was a Best Supporting Actor Nom for his performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In 2005, Leo was nominated for Best Actor in The Aviator and then again in 2007 for Blood Diamond.

Seven years later in 2014, America’s favorite non-Oscar-Winner was nominated for Best Actor in The Wolf of Wall Street. There was some speculation that 2014 might finally be the year, but in the back of our minds, we all knew Matthew McConaughey deserved it for Dallas Buyers Club. (Come on, the man lost 38 pounds for the movie)

It’s 2016 now and Leo is once again nominated at the Oscars for Best Actor for The Revenant. People (the internet) really, really want Leo to win this time. So we decided to dig in to see if Leo is likely to bring home a little golden man on Sunday.

 

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So far Mr. Dicaprio’s performance in The Revenant has won him a…

Golden Globe 

  • BAFTA Film Award
  • EDA Award
  • Australian Film Institute International Award
  • Awards Circuit Community Award

Critics Choice Award

  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award
  • Chicago Films Critics Association Award
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award 
  • Denver Film Critics Society
  • Dorian Award
  • Georgia Film Critics Association
  • Kanas City Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Sierra Award
  • Nevada Film Critics Society
  • North Texas Film Critics Association
  • Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award
  • Satellite Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • Seattle Film Critics Award
  • St. Louis Film Critics Association
  • Utah Film Critics Association Award
  • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

The award that’s most revealing in this long list is his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award. 
For the past ten years, the actor who’s won Best Actor at the SAG Awards also won the Oscar for Best Actor. Every year. For the last ten years. This seems like a VERY promising sign for Leo. If he doesn’t win, it’ll be destroying a ten-year streak.

If you saw the movie, you can also safely conclude, Leo killed it in his performance!

He spent hours in a make-up chair everyday. He braved real elements (cold, snow, physical strain) to film this movie and he only had about one hour a day to nail his performance because the director wanted to shot using only natural light. Without giving anything away, for a good chunk of the movie all Leo can do is grunt and moan, and it’s the most passionate, pain-filled, believable and telling grunting and moaning ever. He steals the camera without saying a cohesive sentence.
The blogosphere and the past precedent seem to point to a clear Leo-Victory… but we will have to wait and see on Sunday. 

Let us know if you think Leo should take home the Oscar or if you are rooting for another leading man!

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio (fingers crossed) win on Sunday at the Oscars and watch his award-winning performance in The Revenant for just $3 at Grafton, March 16-19 at 9:30p.

Written by Film Committee Chair Brenna Cashen
Film, Uncategorized

University Program Bat

We’ve all heard the stories of the Grafton Ghost. You may choose not to believe. You may have felt a slight chill on your neck that you attributed to the heartfelt “okay”s in The Fault in Our Stars or maybe when we learned to feel out all our emotions in the animated tearjerker “Inside Out”. Maybe we don’t believe in the supernatural and the most frightening thing to us is realizing we have no dining while in line at Dunkin during finals week or waking up to 30 missed emails from Kathy White of the Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club, a recurring nightmare of mine. You can doubt the presence of the Grafton Ghost all you want, but there is no doubting the presence of the UPBat. December 11th, 2015 UPB tweeted “Tonight, there sadly will not be any movies showing due to a bat in Grafton. Yes, we are being completely serious.” After a twitter poll was administered, the bat was affectionately named Eugene. He reappeared on UPB’s twitter feed January 27th. “Eugene is back you guys…” While there have been no UPBat tweets since, one projectionist can attest that she has seen the bat and believes it to be fluttering around Madison Union somewhere.

Written by Film Committee Member Jenna Stone
Film, Uncategorized

A Personal Take on an American Horror Story Season Theme

American Horror Story: Sandman/Wonderland/Dreamers

The idea here is to delve into the realm of dreams and nightmares. And not wholly Nightmare on Elm Street territory, though Murphy is free to go there if he wants to. Here’s what I’m thinking: Fairies.

Why? Well, Fairies in the old lore weren’t so much Tinker Bell as they were like housecats with the destructive capability to literally shatter your mind. See, Fairies comes from the name “Fair Folk.” They were called so because, while some of them were very pretty and fair, the people back then didn’t want to call them anything bad because they didn’t want to piss Fairies off. If they did, Fairies would work their magic to smash things, bring roofs down atop a family’s heads, spoil food and drink, plague their vision with terrible sights, and even steal their souls away. Plus, these Fair Folk lived in an environment that wasn’t safe for any mortal to live in. Two examples would be 1) if you ate the food, you’d either be trapped in Fairy Land forever or lose all desire for human food and you’d eventually starve to death, and 2) if you happened to look into a mirror made in that Land, your soul would be sucked into in an instant and you’d die if it shattered.

Oh, and they had a habit of stealing away human babies and replacing them with one of their own babies. It was called a Changeling. How did they behave? Remember that little girl from Asylum? The near emotionless one that killed her playmate and mother? That’s how those Changelings usually behaved if they lived to be older than five. Only, they can bypass locked doors, they can read your mind, and they can call their real mommy and daddy if they’re in trouble.

Inspiration: Guillermo del Toro, Fairy Folklore, and Neil Gaiman

 

Written by Film Committee Member Michael Shipley