Crimson staff writer
Sorrel L. Nielsen
One Direction channels Mumford & Sons in their new maudlin track "Story of My Life." Lady Gaga goes in a new direction of her own: straight up to outer space with her new single off ARTPOP, "Venus." And Avril Lavigne teams up with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on her new track "Let Me Go."
Denis Villeneuve weaves a tense thriller in his latest film, "Prisoners," which stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano. While his directorial talent is clear in the first half of the film, the substantial promise and skillful storytelling falls apart by the conclusion of "Prisoners."
The real problem at the core of the movie seems to be restraint: Luhrmann has none. In fact, the film is packed so full of confetti and sex that there seems to be little room for one key element: the source text. This makes for an entertaining film, perhaps, but not for a successful adaptation of one of the great American novels.