How NOT to Write An Email: 5 Golden Rules on E-Survival

How NOT to Write An Email: 5 Golden Rules on E-Survival 0

Whether it’s personal or business-related, a good email is a good email and a bad email is an awful one. There’s a certain art to mastering this electronic form of communication– yet it seems to privilege so few. Since emails come from a mechanical medium, they themselves are often written, well, mechanically. Grammatically strong or […]

The State of Higher Education: An Interview with Andrew Rossi

The State of Higher Education: An Interview with Andrew Rossi 0

Tom Beaver talks with Ivory Tower’s director Andrew Rossi in this interview exclusive to The Final Take. Written by Tom Beaver It wasn’t too long ago (not long enough) that George W. Bush uttered the phrase: “is our children learning?” It was a telling slip from our former commander-in-chief that signalled doubt that this man was indeed […]

Inside the Mind of a Teenager: “Palo Alto” Review

Inside the Mind of a Teenager: “Palo Alto” Review 0

Written by Tom Beaver Emma Roberts had my attention with her performance in last year’s Adult World opposite John Cusack. And here she is now in Gia Coppola’s writing and directing debut Palo Alto, which serves to solidify this young actress as a force to be watched. Roberts plays the shy, intelligent, and sensitive teen […]

The Frissons of Francois Ozon: “Young & Beautiful” Review

The Frissons of Francois Ozon: “Young & Beautiful” Review 0

If this were 1966, Young & Beautiful would star Charlotte Rampling in the lead role here played with similar wisps of mystery and elegance by newcomer Marine Vacth. Vacth has the same heavy-lidded, freckled, and inscrutable stare that has and still defines Rampling’s mystique – what actor Dirk Bogarde called “The Look” in the 2011 […]

Labored: “Neighbors” Review

Labored: “Neighbors” Review 0

The clever idea behind Neighbors, casting Seth Rogen in a gross-out comedy as a domesticated daddy, fails to achieve its full potential of hilarity. Neighbors tries so hard to amuse audiences with a bombardment of dick jokes and profanity that enjoyment of this movie can only really come from caving to the film’s arbitrary pace […]

A Man in Transition: “Locke” Review

A Man in Transition: “Locke” Review 0

Locke is a very good film about the ordinary man – named here as Ivan Locke played by the extremely diverse English actor Tom Hardy. The title “Locke” will have historians drawing abstract references to another Englishman: John Locke, one of the early Enlightenment thinkers of the seventeenth century, who believed that the self was […]

Love in the Time of Slavery: “Belle” Review

Love in the Time of Slavery: “Belle” Review 0

Like Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Amma Asante’s Belle, with stately precision, examines slavery not just as some atrocious institution, but also a major influence on the laws and customs of a particular country. In Amistad, the focus was on the U.S. Supreme Court; in Belle, it’s on England’s Court of King’s Bench and the Kenwood House. […]

“The Other Woman” Review: At Wylie Writes

“The Other Woman” Review: At Wylie Writes 0

The Final Take has contributed an article on the new Nick Cassavetes movie to a local movie review outlet! A quote: “For what The Other Woman sets out to do, I suppose it achieves.  It’s a very minor divertissement by Cassavetes, who’s made better films like Alpha Dog and My Sister’s Keeper.  Still, this director has a weird way of […]

Parkour Pyrotechnics: “Brick Mansions” Review

Parkour Pyrotechnics: “Brick Mansions” Review 0

How Brick Mansions vaults over The Raid 2 Brick Mansions is defined by a great ability to move, not for any cornucopia of complex characters or socio-political themes. Its raison d’être is to showcase (and show-off) the holistic training discipline, Parkour, founded in the 1980s by David Belle. Essentially a combined remake of District B13 and District B13: […]