Rob Steffen

International Cinema provides Intentional Fun

This semester, the Cinema Studies program is excited to be partnering up with the International Center to bring UVU students some of the best foreign films around. The series will begin on Sept. 10 with the classic Okamoto film “The Sword of Doom,” a tale about a sociopathic samurai and his descent into madness. Other essential films will be on tap for the semester, such as Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal,” as well as more contemporary pieces, like Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture.

International Cinema provides Intentional fun?

This semester, the Cinema Studies program is excited to be partnering up with the International Center to bring UVU students some of the best foreign films around. The series will begin on Sept. 10 with the classic Okamoto film “The Sword of Doom,” a tale about a sociopathic samurai and his descent into madness.

Actualities

UVU documentarians are making their mark in 2009. In the weeks and months to come, we have several documentaries from current and former students to look forward to. Here are two to keep your eye on. The Sonosopher Filmmakers Travis Low and Torben Bernhard paint a portrait of the life, the art and the sound of Alex Caldiero, UVU’s Artist in Residence and self-termed Sonosopher.

The CleanFlicks Treatment

Andrew and Josh’s film chronicles the rise and fall of the CleanFlicks empire. But it’s a real shame CleanFlicks is not around anymore, because we still need them. There are plenty of movies that could use the CleanFlicks technique to make them morally suitable for viewing.

Fall has Fell

It’s back. We’re back, I mean. The annual migration of late teens and twenty-somethings from parents’ basements into overpriced, college-accessible housing has reached its peak. The D.I. is crowded on Wednesdays again, and the bookstore staff are cashing their fat, fat paychecks, with a lack of shame rivaled only by Disney and Lucifer himself.

Notes from Underground

I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. And so, for the purposes of this paper, I am just the man to take you on a guided tour of the seething underground of our Utah Valley. First things first: Fifthmeal Ride with me. It’s 3 a.m. and we’re hungry, so let’s tour the food options.

Wall to Wal-Mart

You hear a lot about the need to support local businesses lately, but rarely do you hear about those unsung heroes of local business: Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is as local as it gets. No matter your locale, bam, there’s a Wal-Mart. Orem, Lindon, American Fork, Saratoga Springs, even the cross-eyed illiterates in my hometown of Payson have one (it’s right next to the corpse of the ill-fated Starbucks.

Who Gives a Shift: Why Change Behaviors?

The house of representatives passed the climate change bill last week, and I am very upset about it. Come on, people, this passes now? Now is not the time to start caring about the environment. It’s already over. We’re screwed. The end is extremely nigh. Just try to stay gluttonous, while the gluttony’s good, that’s what I say.

The fearsome foursome of Top Fours

It’s the Fourth of July again, and before passing out during the family volleyball game due to a mixture of heat exhaustion, beef ingestion and those seventeen mai tais that seemed like such a good idea, we thought we’d bring you a fearsome foursome of Top Fours.