10 reasons you need to go see Steve Jobs

On Wednesday night at the AvonIvy Film Fest and Brown Motion Pictures teamed up to bless Brunonia with a free screening of Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, Steve Jobs. Here are 10 reasons why you must go see it:

1. Michael Fassbender. Simply his presence in the film is enough of a reason to go. Should I just end the list now? Not only is Michael Fassbender unquestionably and extremely attractive, but he also just happens to be a fantastic actor. Can’t we all just take a minute– and by minute, I mean the two hours that are Steve Jobs— to appreciate him?

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You’ll have to go see the movie if you want to behold those ridiculous sneakers.

2. For the last third of the film, Fassbender wears what might very well be the whitest and most-clunky looking sneakers you have ever seen. They look like moonshoes. It’s awesome. They held my attention for so long that they should be billed in the credits as supporting actors.

 

3. Remember little B.B. from Kill Bill Vol. 2? She’s all grown up now and in her first recognizable role since Kill Bill (seriously, where do the child actors go?). And she’s actually very good as Steve’s semi-estranged teenage daughter, Lisa.

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If you haven’t seen the Kill Bill movies we have some bigger issues to discuss here.

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What to do this week: April 20 – April 26

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Monday, April 20:

Event: The Undeground Coffee Shop opening party
Time: 7 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: The Undeground

The new student-run non-profit coffee shop will be celebrating its grand opening tonight with food, live music, and of course, caffeine.

Thursday, April 23

Event: Borges y Yo: Maria Kodama discusses her life with Jorge Luis Borges
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Pembroke Hall 3rd Floor

María Kodama will be here to talk about life with, and the works of, her late husband, literary master, Jorge Luis Borges. The lecture will be conducted in Spanish.

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This week at the Avon: ‘The Skeleton Twins’ with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader

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After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Skeleton Twins is finally showing in theaters and fortunately for us, at the Avon.

Starring Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins is about Dean (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig), a pair of twins who had not spoken in ten years before reconvening after they both attempt and contemplate suicide on the same day. Pretty dark for two people who made Studio 8H roar in laughter and applause not too long ago, right?

The Skeleton Twins is not a comedy, but with Wiig and Hader, it reminds us that even in the most depressing parts of our lives we can find people who understand us and maybe make us laugh, or at least share a smile. Their performances are phenomenal and incredibly nuanced.

Maggie is married to an adorably oblivious husband, played by Luke Wilson, who wants to starts a family in the near future. Maggie, on the other hand, keeps her reservations about having children a secret, leading to questionable choices with other men. Dean has been living in Los Angeles, trying to make it as an actor but struggling to make ends meet as a waiter. His relationship with his boyfriend has evaporated, and he has no one to turn to. We finally see the twins together when Maggie comes to pick up Dean at the hospital to bring him to her home in New York after his attempted suicide. Through a series of flashbacks, we see the chemistry they’ve shared since childhood and eventually learn that their father committed suicide in their early teenage years, leading to further familial complications.

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This week at the Avon: Only Oscar-worthy allowed

The Avon is still feeling the Oscars excitement, so they’ve brought back two films that picked up a combined four Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave is back, for those of you who missed it the first time around. Having won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the film has done pretty well for itself. I have to admit that the promise of tears, fear, and depression kept me away before, but I’m committing to finally watching 12 Years this week.

Who doesn’t love watching Joaquin Phoenix being weird (in real life or fictionally)? Her is everyone’s new favorite love story which explores the increasingly relevant idea of alienation in an overly technological society and the question of whether artificial intelligence will always be so artificial. It is better summarized, though, as a man falling for Siri, our beloved alumna.

12 Years a Slave is playing at 1 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. daily, with Her playing at 3:40PM and 8:55 p.m. Don’t miss out on either one. Oh, and if you haven’t already, please watch this amazing video of kids acting out all the Oscar nominees. My personal favorite: The Wolf of Wall Street spoof, but I have to say the baby Joaquin does a pretty stellar job.


A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: ‘The Way Way Back’ at the Avon tonight

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The trailer isn’t even out yet.

The Ivy Film Festival’s advanced screenings for 2013 kick off tonight with a free showing of The Way Way Back at the Avon tonight at 7 p.m. The film is the directorial debut of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the Oscar-award winning screenwriters of The Descendants, and is due for official release July 5. Fox Searchlight bought distribution for a cool $10 million, which is the most spent on a Sundance film since the studio bought Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.

The movie reunites Sunshine alum Steve Carell and Toni Collette, and also stars Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Amanda Peet. The plot follows teen Dunan (Liam James) as he deals with summer at his mom’s douchey boyfriend’s beach house. Unsurprisingly, Collette plays the struggling single mom in the relationship with a man who is both cheating on her and hazing her son; very surprisingly, it is Carrell portraying said bad-guy. Sam Rockwell stars as the cool waterpark owner who gives Duncan a secret job and helps with the coming-of-age side of this dysfunctional family comedy. As far as Sundance movies go, this is as summer blockbuster-y as you can get. Plus, this is a good reason to go to the Avon for the first time  — we love free things!

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Study break of the day: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

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For this week only, the Avon is showing Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about Jiro Ono, a famous japanese sushi chef. We have been salivating over this trailer for months and could not be happier that the documentary is showing at the Avon. Conveniently playing at 4:40 p.m. daily, the film can serve as a perfect break between afternoon and nighttime cram-fests. I would not, however, go on an empty stomach.