When I decided to write about UW’s Housing sustainability projects, I didn’t expect to get a two for one during my interview, but indeed that is what I got. The program manager for sustainability is a brand new position in the housing department, acting as a testament to the importance of sustainability on this campus, and Laura Shere is the first person to hold this esteemed title.
By Ethan Safran
Of all the working filmmakers today, Ang Lee may be one of the most diverse. He has tackled martial arts in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the superhero genre in “Hulk,” Jane Austen in his adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” and most recently, Woodstock in his 2009 film “Taking Woodstock.”
Writer-director David O. Russell is on a roll. His 2010 film “The Fighter” showcased some excellent acting, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo taking home some awards hardware for their efforts. His previous films, including “I Heart Huckabees” and “Three Kings,” were but a preview of his now cemented talents.
Based on David Mitchell’s 2004 bestselling novel of the same name, “Cloud Atlas” puts a capital A in ambition and B in bold.
With “Argo,” Ben Affleck has forever demonstrated that he is an extremely skilled director. His acting roles in “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Daredevil” and “Paycheck,” the roles that helped to make him a movie star, appear so far removed from his career these past few years that it seems impossible that these two Afflecks are the same person.
Five years removed from his 2007 masterpiece, “There Will Be Blood,” director-writer Paul Thomas Anderson returns with “The Master,” a haunting and dreamy film containing a pair of superb performances and perplexing ideas.
French director André Téchiné’s 2011 film “Unforgivable,” which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight selection of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, strives to show life’s jagged edges but is ultimately weighed down by the filmmakers’ inability to fully flesh out characters and story. It is a film that gets better as it goes along, yet its superficialities still hinder it from reaching its full potential.