St. Bonaventure students anticipate upcoming movie

By Josh Svetz  @Svetz17

After a couple months of sub-par movies, it is finally time for the world of cinema to release the best movies they can offer to the viewing public. Films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Creed, The Hunger Games Mocking Jay part 2 and many more have been generating buzz in the film community. Not surprisingly, many students at St. Bonaventure are anticipating a variety of movies.

One such film is the new entry in the popular Rocky series, Creed. The new film introduces Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) as Rocky’s (Sylvester Stallone) new pupil as Rocky attempts to train and mentor Johnson.

“I always loved the Rocky series, so that will be fun to watch,” said Steve Tomaino, a sophomore education major.

Paul Maurizio, a sophomore accounting major, is also intrigued by the film.

“I’m really interested to see how Rocky grooms Apollo Creed’s son,” said Maurizio.

Another film generating huge buzz is the final entry in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part 2.

“I’m excited to see Mockingjay Part 2,” said Christina Spezio, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media major.

Sophomore journalism and mass communications major Katie Tercek is also extremely excited for The Hunger Games.

“I’ve seen all the other ones and love them, and it’s just a fun thing to do with friends back at home!”

Of course, not every student is looking forward to the main releases. Actually, many students are anticipating a few of the films that could be in Oscar contention this year.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Revenant,” said Emmy Kolbe, a sophomore journalism and mass communications major. “The cinematography looks absolutely incredible. I think this might be the movie [Leonardo] DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar for.”

“I’m very excited to see the new Steve Jobs movie,” said Liam Comerford, a junior journalism and mass communications major.” I feel like it will have a lot more depth than the first one that was made. It was amazing what that man was able to do.”

“There’s this movie called Spotlight that comes out in November that highlights the investigation into some scandals that took place in the Catholic Church around the Boston area,” said Matt Hoey, a senior strategic communications and digital media major. “It should be pretty cool.”

Outside of the possible Oscar contenders, some students are just looking forward to certain actors returning to the big screen.

“There’s a film about NFL concussion (issues) with Will Smith,” said Eli Morales, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media major. “He is one of my favorite actors, because he’s versatile and has a comedic side but can also be more dialed in for more emotional films.”

Some students are just interested in cool concepts finding their way onto the big screen.

Sarah Jupinka, a sophomore education major, is excited to see the new Peanuts movie, based on the popular cartoon.

“Growing up, I loved all those [cartoons], and I just thought they were the funniest (cartoons), and I’m sure that this one won’t disappoint.”

Kirk Windus, a senior journalism and mass communications major, is anticipating the new Macbeth adaptation.

“Michael Fassbender is going to be a badass version of Macbeth,” said Windus. “I can’t wait to see a super action movie version of a Shakespearean play.”

Despite the variety of movies students are excited for, one film in particular piques the interest of almost everyone. After a ten-year hiatus, Star Wars is back. The seventh entry in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to premiere in late December and students are excited.

“Because it’s Star Wars,” said Windus. “Harrison Ford is back, and it had the best trailer I’ve ever seen.”

“My family and me always loved watching those movies growing up with my brothers,” said Caroline Power, a strategic communications major.

“I’ve always been a fan, and I’m pretty excited that they decided to continue on with the story,” said Ty Holmes, a sophomore undecided business major.

“J.J Abrams rarely has you leaving the theater wanting more,” said Will Tighe, a senior strategic communications and digital media major.

“The second trilogy was just coming out when we were kids, so it’s exciting to see this new trilogy kick off when our adult lives seem to be kicking off at the same time,” said AJ Loughry, a sophomore accounting major.

While students carry heavy anticipation for these films, we won’t know if they can deliver until they come out gradually this year. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope that these films are everything we hope they will be.

Oscar Season Preview

By Josh Svetz @Svetz17

September symbolizes things to come. Whether it’s football kicking off or the Fall TV season gracing our televisions, the transition from summer to fall is an interesting time in the world of pop culture. In the movie world, it means Oscar season is upon us. Although the awards are not given out until late February, the majority of the movies in contention come out during the months of October, November and December. That said, let’s dissect the films with the most anticipation surrounding them.

The Danish Girl: Tom Hooper’s latest film about the real life pioneering sex-change of Lilli Elbe may have opened to mixed reviews, but strong performances by Ex-Machina’s Alicia Vikander and last year’s best actor award recipient Eddie Redmayne mean that this film could end up taking home a couple awards at least in the actor department.

The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino’s new western revenge film is generating a lot of Oscar buzz, especially in the supporting actor and actress category. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Leigh are all in the conversation for supporting actor and actress nods.There’s a good chance that Tarantino could get nominations in the best picture and best director slots, but is unlikely to win, not necessarily based on the quality of the film, but more from his history with the academy.

Joy: At this point, if David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence make a movie together, you should expect the film to be in the Oscar conversation. The trio seem to put out great movies annually, as evidenced by 2013’s American Hustle and 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook. Other than an obvious Oscar nomination for Lawrence, O. Russell’s Joy could find the director in contention for the best director and best picture nominations.

Black Mass: Welcome back Mr. Depp, we missed you. Yes, it looks like the actor that captured our hearts with brilliant performances in films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands and Blow may be making his return to the elite. Depp’s latest film puts him in the role of James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious gangster himself. While the film is getting mixed reviews, Depp’s performance is receiving universal praise. Don’t be surprised if the academy favors the comeback story this year and gives Depp the award

Room: You may have not heard of this one at all, because, its buzz is relatively new. The film based on Emma Donoghue’s novel has received high praise from the Toronto International Film Festival, most notably for the performance of Brie Larson. While it’s tough to envision the film taking home a lot of awards altogether, Larson’s performance is getting rave reviews, so don’t be surprised if she takes

Steve Jobs: You knew this was coming. We finally get the Steve Jobs movie we’ve been clamoring for— we aren’t going to talk about that abomination Ashton Kutcher did. Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender take the lead roles, the latter taking the role of Jobs himself. As much as I believe Depp and Larson could be winners this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if this film takes home a boatload, especially best actor and best actress.

Carol: Todd Haynes’ latest project has caught the attention of the Academy early, but not necessarily for the quality of the film. Actually, the Oscar buzz for this project comes from the excellent performances by the two lead actresses, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Both Mara and Blanchett should be up for the best actress award and, according to,  Mara is an early favorite to take it home in either the lead or supporting actress category.

Bridge of Spies: Two words: Steven Spielberg. One of the greatest directors of all time is returning to the director chair after a three year hiatus. Since Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln, The acclaimed director has been linked to multiple projects, including Indiana Jones 5. However, with his Cold War inspired thriller Bridge of Spies, Spielberg actually has a legitimate product completed. While the film has not yet been released, the anticipation for it is growing, and I’d expect at least a best picture, and a best director nomination for Spielberg, as well as a best actor nomination for Tom Hanks.

Best of the Rest: Everest, Suffragette, Trumbo, Brooklyn, The Revenant, The Martian, Beasts of No Nation, Spotlight, Inside Out, Sicario