Author: ndalessandrorollins-edu

Nicholas D'Alessandro is a theatre major with an emphasis in directing and a minor in film at Rollins College. He is also the founder and director of independent film company, Lopsided Films. Nick loves all kinds of film and loves discussing them. This is his first year writing for The Sandspur.

Satire or just sad? Trump in popular media

April 7, 2017

Do you remember when our generation was younger and we would peek at the television and see whatever our parents were watching? Many of us had our childhood years in the midst of the Bush era, so everywhere that you look, someone would be making jokes about George. Saturday Night Live had impressions out the […]

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‘Iron Fist’: As bad as everyone says it is?

March 30, 2017

When I was about ten years old, I started actively reading comic books and, in that time, became very familiar with the Heroes for Hire, a.k.a. Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Very shortly, they became some of my favorites. They were funny and tough, with amazing powers. The Netflix series Marvel’s The Defenders shows have […]

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What ‘The West Wing’ can teach us about today’s politics

March 9, 2017

You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in a time of more political activism than our generation has ever faced before. All eyes are on Washington D.C., and while popular culture can often provide an escape during these troubling times, some seek to see their reality presented in a different light. […]

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The Nicks review smattering of summer flicks

August 29, 2016

Suicide Squad Reviewed by Nicolas Nagaoka As the summer comes to a close, it is time to look back on what was expected to be DC Comics triumphant return to the big screen: Suicide Squad. Too bad that Suicide Squad was a good film that shot itself in the foot… several times. Directed by David […]

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Summer film lineup features duds, pleasant surprises

August 21, 2015

                                                     This summer was quite a mixed bag, in terms of quality films. On one end of the spectrum, there were amazing movies that blew past all expectations and amazed […]

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New exhibit features female artists

April 24, 2015

Launching into summer, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum opened their new exhibition, Women and Abstraction. The exhibition celebrates an art style which is often left unexplored and artists who are not celebrated nearly enough. Women and Abstraction features art across various different mediums. The art is in sculptures, paint, photography and even videos. The special […]

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Live action Cinderella exceeds expectations

March 26, 2015

Walt Disney Pictures is, quite simply, a cash cow. Not only do they have their Animation Studio films and a partnership with Pixar, they also control two of the biggest franchises in cinema: Marvel and Star Wars. On top of it all, they have slated a series of live action movies. These films are adaptations […]

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Online streaming moves towards domination

February 26, 2015

Netflix is a household name. When they started Instant Internet Streaming in 2008, the idea seemed foreign. No one knew how much the industry would boom over the years. Within the past few years Amazon has jumped on, adding their own instant streaming system, Amazon Instant. Currently, Netflix is said to have 50 million subscribers […]

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Selma

January 22, 2015

Right in the heart of Oscar season, a crazy thing happens. The flashy explosion-based world of cinema that makes up the summer box office is slowly replaced with quiet, beautiful, and powerful biographical dramas. Currently in theaters, there are at least seven such films (including Unbroken, The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher, American Sniper, Big Eyes, […]

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Critical, honest ‘Birdman’ delights audience

December 3, 2014

Birdman is the best movie of the year. I’m making this statement without any hesitation. Birdman stars Michael Keaton and was written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. This a masterful tour de force of emotion and imagery makes for the best film of the year. Wickedly funny in the most dark sense […]

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