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Welcome back to the number one place for all things movies, The Screening Room. The gang had a lot to talk about on this Sunday’s broadcast so if you missed the live show, you’ll want to read on for a recap!

News on the March

The film community honors the life of actress Maureen O’Hara who is known for her role in Miracle on 34th Street. O’Hara, at 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She died while listening to the music from her favorite movie, The Silent Man.

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The nominations for this year’s best documentary have been released. Amy, the film devoted to the late Amy Winehouse, was named the highest grossing documentary in sales.

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The time to celebrate female superheroes is now! Wonder Woman, set to hit the big screen in 2017, will star Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Despite Wonder Woman’s invisible vehicles, most of the action for the film will take place on the ground.

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Leonardo DeCaprio proves that actors will go to great lengths for the success of a film. During production for his new movie, The Revenant, DeCaprio had to sleep in an animal carcass during a shoot. The gang thinks he should get an Oscar just upon that alone.

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Award season is here and the list of nominees are rolling out. However, the best news of all is that Chris Rock will be hosting the Oscar’s this year! The 80th Academy Awards will air in February 2016.

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Feature Story

For this week’s interview, Tommy smart got to talk with John Rutland, the cinematographer for the new movie Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. After graduating from the American Film Institute with an MFA in Cinematography, Rutland went on to work on many short films and TV series. Rutland’s passion for film, especially the horror genre, becomes more apparent through his conversation with Tommy.

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Tommy Smart: So, what’s your favorite horror film?

John Rutland: My favorite horror movie would have to be the Exorcist. I love that period of horror film. The Shining is another one. One interesting thing about that film is that it’s really bright and wide-angled and open. Usually you would expect horror films to be dark.

TS: As a cinematographer, what does using a wide-angle lens do to the audience member?

JR: The way Kubrick used wide angle it really immerses you in the story. It’s especially important in Paranormal because the person holding the camera is one of the characters in the film.

TS: How did you get involved in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension?

JR: This project came to me through my agent. I had done two movies with Edwardo Sanchez. One of them was the Blair Witch Project. But that’s how they found me, through my agent. I interviewed with the director and producer at the time. They liked me, and hired be based off of that.

TS: They’ve been rehashing this found footage style and then Paranormal Activity 1 comes up and it’s fresh, people saw this movie and they were freaking out. Do you see this trend continuing?

JR: It’s hard to say. It feels a little bit like it’s weaning but all it takes is a creative filmmaker to come and reintroduce the genre. There are a lot of factors that are making that happen. I think part of what was interesting about Paranormal Activity is that it’s so relatable. It’s something that you can do at your house, which made it so scary. It’s something that could happen to you which is why I think these movies will continue to be a success.

TS: Are you fine with working on a project that is different from your normal style? Do you think that limits you own creativity?

JR: Well, the Paranormal Activity franchise itself is not supposed to look beautiful. It’s supposed to look amateurish. It’s weird as a cinematographer. Your first instinct is always to create these beautiful images but for this movie I had to let my ego go and do what’s best to tell the story.

You can go see Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension now in a theatre near you!

Reviews

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Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, a chef who, after destroying his career with drugs and childish behavior, returns to London in hopes of redeeming himself.

Tommy liked Bradley Cooper playing an unlikeable character for once. The gang agreed that directing was great and the shots of the food were spectacular. This was rules as an SR approved film and you should definitely go see it.

Suffragette

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Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter play the women of the foot soldiers earliest feminist movement. Mandela explains how he really liked this film and the fact that the girl power was in full swing. “The film provides a great history lesson and you’ll learn a lot about women and their flights,” says Mandela.

This is another film you should go and see!

Paranormal activity: The Ghost Dimension

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Using a special camera that can spot spirit, a family must break away from the evil entity inside of their home.

At number 6, the Paranormal Activity franchise is getting a little outplayed (to put it nicely). Not much was said about this one but overall, the gang urges you not to waste your time.

Box Office: Weekend Gross

  1. The Martian – $15,900,000
  2. Goose Bumps – $15,500,000
  3. The Last Witch Hunter – $11,365,000
  4. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – $9,000,000
  5. Bridge of Spies – $8,200,000

Top 10 Films with Beheading Scenes

  1. The Omen
  2. Final Destination
  3. High Tension
  4. Halloween
  5. Jason goes to Manhattan
  6. Friday the 13th
  7. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  8. Sleepy Hallow
  9. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex
  10. Indiana Jones: Last Crusade

Well screeners, that’s all for this week’s update on all that you may have missed  on The Screenign Room. Stay tuned for next Sunday’s show and be sure to listen live on 88.7 FM WRHU Radio Hofstra University.