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Cinderella: A Visually-Stunning Treat

Cinderella: A Visually-Stunning Treat

Ever since the 2010 live-action adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” became a bona fide, trailblazing hit, it seemed as though every major Hollywood director jumped at the chance to create…

Faults: Evidences a Growing Trend in Indie Horror

Faults: Evidences a Growing Trend in Indie Horror

“Faults” (2014) opens with the sounds of chewing. Dr. Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a man in his forties, is sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant eating breakfast. He’s…

Jupiter Ascending and the Elitism of Mainstream Film Criticism

Jupiter Ascending and the Elitism of Mainstream Film Criticism

Like some kind of annual burning at the stake, critics this year have chosen Lana and Andy Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending” to vent their wrath. I saw this film at the…

Kingsman Review

Kingsman Review

My brother had seen Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, the night before and excitedly told me that I had to see it, that it was so good.  “Oh, but…

A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where director Jia Zhangke won Best Screenplay, A Touch of Sin is a Chinese film well deserving of these merits…

Go Set A Watchman: Harper Lee’s Recovered Manuscript

Go Set A Watchman: Harper Lee’s Recovered Manuscript

We all remember the high school English class assigned reading of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Unlike the other mandatory classics to be read, this novel was actually widely enjoyed. In…

The Interview Review

Directed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, The Interview is a comedy film that takes-on the world’s most isolated and antagonistic country: North Korea –a place that has never been…

A Review of American Sniper

A Review of American Sniper

In terms of the quality of the films produced the 2014 film year was a major comeback in cinema from the slate of films that bowed in 2013.  Notable in…

Selma: Overall, an Evocative and Timely Piece

Selma: Overall, an Evocative and Timely Piece

Snubbed for an Oscar, Ava DuVernay’s Selma powerfully depicts the events surrounding theO impavid march led by Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in the mid 1960’s to…

Hawaii International Film Festival Turns 34

Hawaii International Film Festival Turns 34

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) started in 1981 with only 6 films and an audience of about 5,000 people. Now, in its 34th year HIFF has turned into an international…

Mr. Turner – HIFF Film Review

Mr. Turner – HIFF Film Review

Roger Ebert once stated that, “no good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” With a running time that rivals installments of The Lord of the…

Big Hero 6 – The Next Frozen? (no spoilers)

Big Hero 6 – The Next Frozen? (no spoilers)

From Walt Disney Animation Studio comes the new addition to the family of Disney movies. Most of us remember when Frozen came out in 2013, and everyone was either humming…

Behind the Scenes with HIFF’s Director of Programming: Anderson Le

Behind the Scenes with HIFF’s Director of Programming: Anderson Le

For some, going to the movies is a hobby. But for Anderson Le, director of programming at Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), watching movies is a full-time job. Le has…

The dark side of international coffee trade: Last Viewpoint of the semester screens ‘Black Gold’

The dark side of international coffee trade: Last Viewpoint of the semester screens ‘Black Gold’

The end of the spring semester is drawing near, and on Friday the Viewpoint film series screened its last movie of the term.  Putting the spotlight on the international coffee…

Unforgiven, a film by Lee Sang-il

Unforgiven, a film by Lee Sang-il

It was a few weeks ago during that run of days where it got down to something ridiculous like 60 degrees. The winds were hammering down on me as I…

Blackfish – Viewpoint screens debated documentary

Blackfish – Viewpoint screens debated documentary

HPU’s Viewpoint series screened the much-discussed documentary “Blackfish” earlier this month. Released in 2013 during the Sundance Film Festival, “Blackfish” is the story about Tilikum, the 12,000 pound bull Orca…

Viewpoint: Biography of French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir was recognized as one of the leading Impressionist painters and one of the most famous artists of the early 20th century. He originally started out as…

Ol’ Man River: a review of Diamond Head Theater’s ‘Showboat’

Ol’ Man River: a review of Diamond Head Theater’s ‘Showboat’

Last weekend the Diamond Head Theatre Company opened their production of the Broadway musical “Showboat,” directed by John Rampage.  Having grown up in musical theatre, while at the same time…

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ premier a hit!

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ premier a hit!

HPU has done it again! At the Dole Cannery Stadium, HPU students were granted premiere viewing of the newest Marvel motion picture “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” And unlike the…

Hayao Miyazaki’s «Ponyo» – Japanese Animation Screens at Viewpoint

Hayao Miyazaki’s «Ponyo»  – Japanese Animation Screens at Viewpoint

When I first had a look at this semester’s Viewpoint schedule there were a handful of titles that really caught my eye. One of these was “Ponyo”, the award-winning animated…

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