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Chalif: A Poorly Framed Hobbit

(01/16/13 4:00am)

Sound was introduced to cinema in the 1920s, issuing in the era of "talkies." Color arrived a decade later, memorialized when Dorothy stepped into Oz and exclaimed, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." And now, film director Peter Jackson is hoping to make high frame rates the next revolution in filmmaking. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) is the first feature film to be shot entirely in 48 frames per second, doubling the industry standard.

Chalif: Upholding American Values

(11/06/12 4:00am)

At a Dartmouth Film Society meeting last week, we were asked to name classic American films. My first thoughts were of those famous, old masterpieces "Citizen Kane" and "Gone With the Wind." Then I thought of movies featuring a pure, historic American setting like the gritty, flat brush of Texan oil prairies in "There Will be Blood." People brought up such iconic, innovative movies as "The Graduate" and "Annie Hall." The difficulty that we had in generalizing a definition of classic American cinema stems from the complexity of the word "American" itself.

Chalif: Pixar's Folly

(10/16/12 2:00am)

Remember the Pixar films of yore? Those sweet, innocent, simple productions free of convoluted plots and overly elaborate settings? Those feel-good movies you could watch again and again and again? Those movies made first and foremost for kids and their imagination? The first two "Toy Story" films, "A Bug's Life," "Monster's Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" were all films released before Disney purchased Pixar for $7.4 billion in 2006. You'd be hard-pressed to find a single person who honestly dislikes any one of these films. However, Pixar movies produced after the acquisition do not share the same unanimous respect that the earlier movies inspire.

Chalif: Pre-Health Trepidation

(10/04/12 2:00am)

I arrived on campus a short three weeks ago, and I have already been inundated with an overwhelming amount of pre-med advice, lectures, shadowing opportunities and potential research positions. As usual, Dartmouth offers a plethora of possibilities so many that, on top of the pre-health requirements, it seems that I'll fall behind if I don't start early. I've been told that if I don't take any science or math courses as a freshman, I might end up having to spend time and money to complete the prerequisites after graduating.

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