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DDE uses the art of dance as a powerful means of self-expression

(05/25/05 9:00am)

After months of intense rehearsal -- often consisting of fifteen or more hours in the studio per week -- the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble is ready to present their latest show, "Movement and Music," tonight in Spaulding Auditorium at 7 p.m. The program, which will be free to the public, is officially a three-part senior project, in which members Marisa Clementi '05 and Mary Chris DeBelina '05 will present their independent studies in choreography, and Kristina Rodriguez '05 will unveil her senior thesis in music. The entire ensemble -- comprised of nine women and three men -- will aid the seniors in bringing their distinct visions to life.

Tap-dancing visionary Glover electrifies audience at Lebanon

(04/18/05 9:00am)

Tap-dancing legend Gregory Hines once said, "There is Savion Glover, and then there are the rest of us." Best known for his Tony-winning work on the 1996 Broadway hit "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," Glover has been wowing audiences since he was 12 and is indeed considered by many to be the greatest tap dancer of all-time.

Weekend concert strives to present Mozart's true vision

(03/30/05 10:00am)

When Christopher McMullen-Laird '05 decided not to take classes his senior year, he was not suffering from the loss of motivation that often afflicts Dartmouth students; it was quite the opposite. McMullen-Laird chose to forgo the usual senior routine in order to pursue a fellowship more in line with his actual interests, and on Sat., April 2 at 7 p.m., McMullen-Laird will hold a concert in Rollins Chapel that he hopes will instill a passion for his work in others.

Foxx shines but 'Ray' sadly hits all the wrong notes

(11/01/04 11:00am)

The pre-release buzz surrounding Jamie Foxx's performance in "Ray" was deafening, and indeed, the "In Living Color" star more than lives up to the hype. Foxx is an absolute shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, and it should surprise no one if he wins the whole thing come February. I had remained unconvinced of Foxx's talents even after his laudable turn in "Collateral" this summer, but I can no longer justify such skepticism. The man can act, pure and simple, and if he never does anything worthwhile ever again, he can at least be proud of his accomplishment here.

Tune in, turn on, drop out, but maintain your GPA

(10/04/04 9:00am)

Television just isn't a high priority for Dartmouth students these days. Network programming has become increasingly pathetic, and moreover, there's that pesky "not flunking out" issue that gets in the way. The 2004 fall season certainly isn't going to change anything; in fact, the schedule this year could be the worst in quite some time.

Fresh Prince, evil robots face off in future flick

(07/20/04 9:00am)

When one reflects on the quality of Will Smith's recent work, the skepticism surrounding "I, Robot" becomes understandable. However, there is a world of difference between directors such as Michael Bay and those like Alex Proyas, mainly in that the former suck and the latter don't. Proyas is a talented director who has earned the benefit of the doubt, and his attachment to this project was cause for hope that the film would be more like "T2" and less like "Wild Wild West."

Leffler '04 gives campus a new look at the Holocaust

(05/20/04 9:00am)

Television legend Carol Burnett once observed that "comedy is tragedy plus time." This weekend, Rebecca Leffler '04 will host a film festival based on her thesis that explores this theme of finding humor in pain. Titled "To Laugh . . . or Not to Laugh," the three-day festival will screen five films that, while distinct in tone, all demonstrate how French cinema has recently straddled that thin line between happiness and sorrow in dealing with the emotional aftermath of the Holocaust.

'Eternal Sunshine' not only spotless, but also flawless

(03/31/04 10:00am)

What does it mean to love, really? If one were to believe Hollywood, love would be defined by airport meetings -- cute, passionate embraces, and dramatic declarations of eternal devotion as a James Horner score swells in the background. There is nothing wrong with unabashed romance in the movies, of course, but if the world were to follow the Hollywood definition of love, then only a select, lucky few would ever experience it.

'Samurai' can't match Zwick's past 'Glory'

(01/05/04 11:00am)

Hailed as a surefire Oscar vehicle for Tom Cruise, "The Last Samurai" is, in fact, something less than the hype would indicate. The film is suitably epic, and in the course of its 144 minutes, it adheres to the heroic movie formula almost exactly. However, for all its grandiose gestures, "Samurai" is strangely passionless, and what results is a movie that seems at times unsettlingly disingenuous.

Eastwood triumphs with 'River'

(10/21/03 9:00am)

"Mystic River" is easily Clint Eastwood's finest work since he released his seminal anti-Western "Unforgiven" 11 years ago. Once again, he takes a genre that has been done countless times before (the whodunit, in this case) and turns it on its head to create something of startling depth that goes well beyond the genre's conventions. It's hard to imagine how anyone could have watched "Unforgiven" and still doubted Eastwood's place behind a camera. However, if these skeptics do exist, then "Mystic River" will be the film to silence these critics once and for all.