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‘The Post’ engages, inspires audiences

‘The Post’ engages, inspires audiences

Tyler Manning

January 15, 2018

The Academy Awards are approaching and that signals the release of movies slated to be nominated, including the film “The Post.” “The Post” tells the story of The Washington Post publishing top secret government information given to them by a third party regarding the government’s in...

Senior documentary screenings to be held Dec. 15

Senior documentary screenings to be held Dec. 15

Tyler Manning

December 5, 2017

To showcase the documentaries students made in the senior production course this fall, the mass communication department will be hosting a screening of the projects on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Fain Fine Arts Theatre at 3 p.m. Students must take senior production to graduate with a major in mass ...

Justice League: DC’s latest failure

Justice League: DC’s latest failure

Tyler Manning

November 27, 2017

It is apparent that Warner Bros. does not have a solid plan for its DC film universe. Every bit of news regarding the latest endeavor, "Justice League," has been about last-minute changes to the film, including the reshoots that took up an estimated 25-50 percent of the finished project. News about future movies in t...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ presents fun space adventure

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ presents fun space adventure

Tyler Manning

November 7, 2017

This year has been great for Marvel. "Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2" was a touching character-driven story about what it means to be a family. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was a nice callback to John Hughes' films. Now there is "Thor: Ragnarok:" a funny, space adventure film. "Thor: Ragnarok" was a ...

‘It Follows’ calls back to ’70s horror

‘It Follows’ calls back to ’70s horror

Tyler Manning

October 31, 2017

Horror is one of the most creative film genres. There are plenty of themes to explore and with modern special effects, what can be filmed is absolutely limitless. That being said, however, horror movies today have become manufactured and lazy. The scares are cheap and unrewarding, the plots are thin and th...

Blade Runner 2049: a modern masterpiece

Blade Runner 2049: a modern masterpiece

Tyler Manning

October 9, 2017

"Blade Runner 2049" is a film that I have wanted to see ever since its announcement. With brilliant auteur Denis Villeneuve at the helm and one of my favorite modern actors, Ryan Gosling, set to star in the movie, I could not help but get excited. With so much anticipation for this film, there ...

Kingsman sequel misses the mark

Kingsman sequel misses the mark

Tyler Manning

September 23, 2017

    "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a breath of fresh air for the spy genre. Matthew Vaughn's style and visual flair blended with a conventional coming-of-age story made for a refreshing spy movie. The film parodied conventional spy flicks and overall made a mockery of the silliness of spy t...

‘Good Time’: layered character writing

‘Good Time’: layered character writing

Tyler Manning

September 19, 2017

A good sense of direction. Great acting. Beautiful cinematography. They all enhance a movie. However, none are as crucial to holding a movie together as character. Character is the avenue by which the writer gets the film's message across. A good character can tell us a lot about life. We, as an ...

IT remake: a safe yet good film

IT remake: a safe yet good film

Tyler Manning

September 12, 2017

I will be the first to admit that I was not rooting for "It." After hearing about the original director (Cary Fukunaga) leaving the project due to creative differences with the studio, I had doubts about the direction of the project. Fukunaga is responsible for directing the beautiful film, "Bea...

Train to Busan leads train to my heart

Train to Busan leads train to my heart

Tyler Manning

August 25, 2017

Fall is almost upon us, which means we're getting closer and closer to one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. I feel that in preparation it is only appropriate to discuss one of my favorite recent horror movies — Train to Busan. Train to Busan is a South Korean horror movie about a father...

Theaters, summer hits, movies to come

Theaters, summer hits, movies to come

Tyler Manning, Film Critic

August 17, 2017

Popcorn, snacks, comfy seats, big screens and low-lit rooms. Movie theaters are a popular form of entertainment with students. For a new student, unfamiliar with the area, the question pertaining to theaters is which of the two in Wichita Falls — Cinemark or AMC Classic Sikes Center — will give...

CGI: An important tool for filmmakers

CGI: An important tool for filmmakers

Dakota Mize

May 3, 2017

Computer-generated imagery is an essential tool in the production of movies, but sometimes it can look obviously artificial. The best kind of CGI is the CGI that the viewer doesn’t even know is there. An example of the extensive use of CGI would be in most establishing or wide shots of a cities or towns. There ...

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