Archive for 'March 2016'

    Film Review: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'


    (L-R) Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ TM & © DC Comics. © 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC.

    Warner Brothers and DC Comics' long awaited feature, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is an exciting combination of superhero fantasy worlds. We are finally viewing a reality where both Batman's Gotham and Superman's Smallville and Metropolis, exist in the same universe. Written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel and the most recent Batman film trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan), and directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Watchmen), so many of our favorite superhero tropes come into play that the film is explosive from the get-go and is really for the comic book nerd in all of us.

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    Film Review: 'Remember'

    It’s hard to imagine an almost 90-year-old nursing home resident with dementia embarking on a solo cross-continent journey in search of revenge. But that’s exactly what Zev Gutman, played by Academy Award-nominee Christopher Plummer, does in director Atom Egoyan’s unusual Canadian suspense film, Remember.

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    Fine Art Alum Lauren Chai Sends Love to Her Missing Mother With Series of Paintings

    The artworks are an expression of emotion and love, and explore the healing process


    Hong Kong by Lauren Chai. Oil on canvas. 36” x 60”.

    Missing persons poster spopulate a billboard in a painting depicting a Los Angeles street. Letters litter the sidewalk where a young woman in a polka dot dress holds a baby in a bowl. The baby is Lauren Chai, an Academy of Art University School of Fine Art alum, who painted the canvas for a class project three years ago. The woman is her mother, Mira, who disappeared in 2002 when Chai was 11 years old.

    In an effort to send her a message of love and support, Chai has created six paintings, each one depicting one of the last places her mother was known to have been. Entitled Last Known Locations, the series will be exhibited at Little Raven Gallery (1015 Howard Street) from Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7.

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    School of Illustration Student Wins SURTEX International Student Design Competition

    Mirta Rotondo will head to New York in May to showcase her portfolio

    Mirta Rotondo is excited. As one of four winners of the SURTEX International Student Design Competition, the Academy of Art University School of Illustration student will go to New York in May to present her portfolio at SURTEX—the leading trade show for art and design sourcing.

    “To have her design showcased at a professional trade show is a great opportunity, it could be a launching pad for her career,” said School of Illustration instructor Shari Warren, who introduced Rotondo to SURTEX in her Illustration for Consumer Products class last semester. “It’s very competitive out there for any type of art and design. That she won this award is an honor—it speaks to the professional quality of her work and her talent.”

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    Meet Your Models: Bob Webb


    Deep in thought as a pensive monk. Photo by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

    While perusing art books in Shenzhen, China a former Academy of Art University student stumbled upon a familiar face on the cover of a masters guide to drawing.  Bob Webb’s twinkling eyes, full beard and quiet dignity are unmistakably a source for international inspiration. After receiving training as a stage actor, Webb found himself deeply influenced by Butoh [a form of Japanese dance] which has become a driving passion for the past 20 years. A talented man of many hats, Webb varies his time between figure modeling, stage managing, producing local shows and working as a choreographer. Whether behind the scenes or the main attraction, Webb is no stranger to pulling out all the stops to ensure the best of performances.

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    Meet Your Models: Theresa Shugrue


    Shugrue’s memorable locks are an artist favorite. Photo by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

    Many who know her can’t help but picture Theresa Shugrue bombing down a San Francisco hill on a pair of roller skates, her long braids catching the wind behind her. Just as much a maverick as she is a muse, Shugrue is part comedian and part blonde bombshell with a healthy pinch of panache thrown in for spice. After entertaining students and instructors for 17 years, she has perfectly honed her skills as both a lyrical figure and character model. When Shugrue is present, it is not a hard stretch to believe you are in the company of a striking Valkyrie goddess or feeding chickens with a back woods frontiers woman, depending on where her whimsy takes her.

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    A Classic Comedy With Modern Charm


    Sally Field and Max Greenfield in Hello, My Name Is Doris. Photo by Aaron Epstein.

    Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field stars in writer/director Michael Showalter’s heartwarming new film Hello, My Name Is Doris. Following the death of her mother, Doris finds herself stepping out of the shadows as she forms an unlikely friendship with her young new co-worker John (Max Greenfield). Earlier this year, Academy Art U News had the opportunity to sit down with both Field and Showalter to discuss their new film.

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