SIU Reviews

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SIU Reviews is a regular series on WSIU Radio featuring movie reviews and critiques by faculty and students in the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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SIU Reviews: Gone Girl

Oct 22, 2014

The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" is currently among the top-performing box-office hits.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Aug 29, 2014

Many listeners may remember the 1980's sci-fi movie Dune based on the writings of Frank Herbert.
The 1984 film was not the first attempt to transition the novel to the silver screen.

Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Walter Metz teaches film, television, theory and criticism at SIUC's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

 

The 2013 Musical Drama  Begin Again looks at what can happen when lost souls meet. Film critic Walter Metz has more for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Begin Again is in current release.

Walter Metz teaches film, television, theory and criticism at SIU-C's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

Metz is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

Snowpiercer is a 2013 Korean sci-fi action movie that is currently in limited release in the U-S.

SIU Reviews: Gravity

Jun 5, 2014

The 2013 epic sci-fi film Gravity won seven academy awards. Film critic Walter Metz takes a reflective look at the movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Gravity is in wide release at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a professor for film studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.
 

The Railway Man is a story of forgiveness and reconciliation. It's based on a bestselling memoir that tells the true story of British Army Officer Eric Lomax.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

The Railway Man is currently playing at a theater near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy based on the writings of Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig.

It chronicles the glory days of a fictional European hotel during the 1930's. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is currently showing at a theater near you.

SIU Reviews: Divergent

Apr 24, 2014
Lionsgate

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

The 2014 film  The Monuments Men is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Edsel.  The monuments men was an allied group during World War II tasked with finding and rescuing precious art and other cultural treasures from the Nazis.

August: Osage County is a dark comedy based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by the same name.
Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

August: Osage County is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

SIU Reviews: Frozen

Jan 30, 2014

The animated musical fantasy  Frozen  is Disney's 53rd animated feature film. Critic Walter Metz takes a look at this adaptation that's loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"

SIU Reviews: Frozen

Jan 30, 2014

The animated musical fantasy  Frozen  is Disney's 53rd animated feature film. Critic Walter Metz takes a look at this adaptation that's loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"

The latest comedy from the Coen brothers chronicles one week in the life of a singer-song writer in New York City's 1961 folk music scene. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at  Inside Llewyn Davis for this edition of  SIU Reviews.

Oscar Nominations were announced Thursday morning, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is among the Best Picture nominees.

In this week's SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the film and how it illustrates Scorsese's long career:
 

The Wolf of Wall Street is playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is Chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

The romantic adventure comedy  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  is a 21st century adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story.

Ron Burgundy is back in the 2013 comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.    Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is the Chair of Southern Illinois University's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

The 2013 dramedy  American Hustle stars Christian Bale as a con-artist in the late 70's who is forced by an FBI agent to set up a sting operation on corrupt politicians. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

American Hustle is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the SIU Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

In this edition of  SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz pays homage to the short-film with a look at the work of the late Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos.
 

Ulysses' Gaze and  Lumiere and Company are available on-line.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

The latest installment of the Hobbit film trilogy is currently in theaters. For this edition of  SIU Reviews, Critic Walter Metz takes us to Middle-earth for  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography.  He is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews
 

In today's edition of  SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the latest work from the twisted minds that created the reality series Jackass. 

Here's his take on  Bad Grandpa.

Bad Grandpa is currently playing in Du Quoin and is scheduled for DVD release in January.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

Film Critic Walter Metz reviews Dallas Buyers Club for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Dallas Buyers Club is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.  He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Suture

Nov 8, 2013

Film Critic Walter Metz continues his examination of how race and society is reflected in Hollywood cinema with a look at the 1993 film Suture for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Walter Metz is the Chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

Pixar

The Blue Umbrella is a short film by Pixar that was featured alongside the release of Monsters University.   The computer animated film makes use of several new techniques to bring life to regular everyday object. Film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the deeper meaning of The Blue Umbrella for this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Butler is a historical fiction drama that chronicles the life of a White House butler who eyewitnesses some of the most notable events of the 20th century.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU  Reviews.
 

The Butler is currently playing in Carbondale.  It is also scheduled for DVD release next month.

SIU Reviews: Prisoners

Sep 26, 2013

The new movie release Prisoners tells the story of Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, and a tangled web of events driven by deceit and desperation surrounding the disappearance of Dover’s 6-year old daughter and her friend.

Film Critic Walter Metz has his take on this 2013 crime-thriller in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Prisoners is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the Chair of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

SIU Reviews: Elysium

Sep 12, 2013

The sci-fi thriller  Elysium takes us to a future earth; an earth that is over populated and devastated while an elite aristocracy lives high above the surface in comfort.

Steve Carell is back this summer with a tale of a boy coming of age in The Way Way Back.

World War Z is a 2013 apocalyptic horror film starring Brad Pitt.  It is based on Max Brook's 2006 novel of the same name.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this summer release for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

Word War Z is still playing in limited release.  It will be out on DVD in September.

Warner Bros.

The 2012 historical thriller  Argo won best picture at this year's Academy Awards.  Despite its popular acclaim, the film has garnered criticism for its historical inaccuracies.  Film critic Walter Metz has his own take in this edition of  SIU Reviews.

The 2013 sci-fi film  The Host  chronicles the plight of the human race as extraterrestrials attempt to assimilate Earth.

Film critic Mark McCleerey takes a closer look at this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel  of the same name, for this edition  of SIU Reviews.
 


The Host is scheduled for DVD release July 9th.

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