Ohio Wesleyan To Host Spanish Film festival September 18

<>Free Series to Screen, Discuss Contemporary Spanish, Latin American Movies

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will screen five contemporary Spanish and Latin American feature films between Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 as part of the university’s second annual Spanish Film Festival. Admission is free for all films, which will feature English subtitles.

All screenings, and subsequent discussions, will be held in the Benes Rooms inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The 2014 Spanish Film Festival includes:

6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – “7 cajas” (“7 boxes”): Víctor receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content through Market No. 4, but things get complicated along the way. (Thriller/Paraguay). The film will be presented by VIVA, OWU’s Latin American culture group, and Glenda Nieto Cuebas, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 – “Wrinkles”: An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility (Drama-animation/Spain). The film will be presented by David Counselman, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 – “Un cuento chino” (“Chinese Take-Out”): Roberto sees a young Chinese man named expelled from a taxi and helps him to stand. The man does not speak Spanish but has an address tattooed on his arm. Roberto becomes involved with a fruitless search for the man’s uncle and learns the man’s dramatic story along the way (Drama/Argentina). The film will be presented by Andrea Colvin, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 – “También la lluvia” (“Even the Rain”): As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply (Drama-history/Spain, Mexico, France). The film will be presented by Juan Armando Rojas, Ph.D., associate professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – “Pan negro” (“Black Bread”): In the harsh, post-war Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child who belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest (Drama-crime/Spain). The film will be presented by Eva París-Huesca, M.A., instructor in modern foreign languages.

The Spanish Film Festival is made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture. The series is presented in collaboration with Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, the Water: Rites and Rights Course Connection and Department of English, Spanish Program, Film Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Office of the Provost, and VIVA cultural organization.

For more information, contact Nieto Cuebas at gynietoc@owu.edu or Colvin at arcolvin@owu.edu.

The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

I love superhero movies. I’ve seen every Marvel superhero movie, however I was not a fan of this superhero movie. My brother and I were dying to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But once we got there, we were really upset with this movie.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows the first movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. The movie is about Peter struggling to keep his promise to Gwen’s father by staying away from her. Peter constantly beats himself up in fear that if he loves Gwen, her life will be put out on the line. But he loves Gwen too much to leave her alone. Then there’s the pressure of being Spider-Man and saving every crime from the city. When Peter’s old friend, Harry Osborn, comes to him asking to see Spider-Man so he can be saved, Peter now faces more problems. Should he let Harry down by saying Spider-Man won’t help? Or give Harry the blood that he needs to live? Peter decides to turn Harry down which creates an enemy for Spider-Man.


But Peter has more problems added to his life, there’s a second villain in the picture. Jamie Foxx plays the incredible villain, Electro. Electro is a troubled villain. Before the accident causing him to gain his powers, he was a nobody with an obsession over Spider-Man. But when Electro believes that Spider-Man is trying to take all of the fame, he snaps. Now Spider-Man has two villains on his plate along with the struggle of staying away from the love of his life.


Sounds like a pretty intense movie? Wrong. Even with the two villains trying to destroy Spider-Man there was NO action. It was all romance. I know I’m all for the romance, but I was looking forward to seeing some butt kicking going on!
So, if you’re looking for a movie to see this weekend. I would recommend to not see The Amazing-Spider Man, unless you want to see more romance than action. This movie really disappointed me in the end.

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Romeo and Juliet A Movie Review

Everyone knows the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet. The play is originally written by William Shakespeare, however the 2013 version adds more to the play causing it to have more romance and humor. The changes gives the movie more spice, and gets you more attached to the characters.

The movie stars, Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and Douglas Booth as Romeo, whom are newer actors in hollywood, that started out as small parts to soon become the leads in Romeo and Juliet. Both actors are new to Shakespeare, whom did an outstanding performance.

          The movie was filmed in Rome which gave it a beautiful setting which stuck to the original storyline giving it the setting Shakespeare originally aimed for. Along with the setting, the costumes and makeup turned out well too.

As soon as Steinfeld was casted as Juliet, the script did change some. On the wedding night of Romeo and Juliet, they have a love scene which called for some nudity. Once Steinfeld was casted they switched the script around to make the script nudity free. They wanted it to be appropriate for the Steinfeld’s age, since she is a sixteen year old actress. Even though the script writers changed some things around the movie did an overall amazing job.

Something new they added to the 2013 version to really make the viewers cry is when they laid Romeo and Juliet’s bodies together in the church during the funeral, Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, went up to them and placed their hands together. As a viewer, I did cry, a lot.

If you and your friends, or date, are interested in a romance movie with some action and a sprinkle of comedy then the 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet is the perfect treat for you to see!