By Alex Lamb

New ‘RoboCop’ has more brain than brawn

New ‘RoboCop’ has more brain than brawn

RoboCop is such an iconic movie character that a 10-foot-tall bronze statue of him is currently in production for the city of Detroit. Since the original film is a classic of the ‘80s, of course Hollywood would target its remake zealotry toward it now that we live in a technology-driven age, where the ideas of […]

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Another young adult fantasy novel adaptation, another weak attempt at starting a new hit franchise. “Vampire Academy” combines the setting of “Harry Potter,” the high school politics of “Mean Girls” and the watered-down vampire depictions of “Twilight.” Though it doesn’t carry misogynistic themes like “Twilight” and actually features empowered female characters, it totally sucks the […]

Excess Hollywood: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Excess Hollywood: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

On this week’s Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Kirby O’Neal pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman in the wake of his recent death, discussing his legacy as an actor and their favorite performances of his.

LinkedIn connects students, future employers

      Between seventh and 10th grade, most of us realized the social importance of having a Facebook, so we created profiles on the site. Now, between beginning college and entering the job market, comes the realization of LinkedIn’s importance as a tool for the professional world. A LinkedIn profile essentially serves as your […]

Movie Review: 'The Monuments Men' gives lighthearted view of WWII

Movie Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ gives lighthearted view of WWII

Leave it up to America’s golden boy George Clooney to make a WWII movie so traditionalist that it feels straight out of the ‘60s. “The Monuments Men,” directed by Clooney and co-written with his writing partner Grant Heslov, plays out like an educational Saturday morning cartoon. It uses a winsome ensemble cast to remind viewers […]

'The Lego Movie' lets audience relive childhood memories

‘The Lego Movie’ lets audience relive childhood memories

I admit, “The Lego Movie” is in fact another example of Hollywood cashing in on toys that we all loved during our childhoods. That being said, the filmmakers have done a damn fine job creating an immensely enjoyable, complexly animated film and the first must-see of 2014. Seamlessly combining stop-motion animation and CGI, “The Lego […]

Review: 'Labor Day' exceeds typical romantic expectations

Review: ‘Labor Day’ exceeds typical romantic expectations

Though its marketing gives the impression of a higher grade Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “Labor Day” is more than a mere romance between two lost souls; it’s a thematic departure for writer and director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”), who pulls off a balancing act between low-key thriller, romantic drama and coming-of-age tale. It […]

Excess Hollywood: Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor

Excess Hollywood: Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor

This week on Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Kirby O’Neal discuss recent prestige picture releases Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor.

Lamb: Top 10 movies of 2013

Lamb: Top 10 movies of 2013

1. “Her”  Spike Jonze’s vision of the near future speaks volumes about how our society feels more connected through technology as we grow further apart from each other, but that’s not even the most profound aspect of his romantic dramedy “Her.” The insight into relationships, mainly between Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and Theodore (Joaquin […]

Excess Hollywood: December Releases

Excess Hollywood: December Releases

Film critics Alex Lamb and Landon McDonald return for a reunion podcast where Landon shares his Quentin Tarantino encounter and they discuss nearly all the movies released this holiday, including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” “American Hustle,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret […]

Excess Hollywood: 'Oblivion', 'Trance' and 'Lords of Salem'

Excess Hollywood: ‘Oblivion’, ‘Trance’ and ‘Lords of Salem’

On this week’s Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Landon McDonald discuss the gorgeous sci-fi blockbuster “Oblivion“, the head trip “Trance” and artless horror flick “Lords of Salem.” Related content: Excess Hollywood: ‘Trance’ is less than spellbounding

Excess Hollywood: Gosling shines in "The Place Beyond the Pines"

Excess Hollywood: Gosling shines in “The Place Beyond the Pines”

The problem with “The Place Beyond the Pines” is that its grand scope and narrative structure aren’t more interesting or effective than the simple crime thriller it starts as. It’s an admirable effort to be sure, providing a unique kind of storytelling rarely seen in cinema. But the direction the film takes in the middle […]

Excess Hollywood: Presidential Movies

Excess Hollywood: Presidential Movies

      As President Obama is visiting KU on Friday, Landon and Alex discuss films about U.S. Presidents this week. Landon also tells about his trip to the USC school of cinematic arts and Los Angeles, and they discuss “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

Excess Hollywood: '42' retells baseball icon's life, suffers bland writing

Excess Hollywood: ’42′ retells baseball icon’s life, suffers bland writing

Films about racism can portray it two ways: realistically, with poignancy and a balanced, effective point, or tritely, lacking in subtlety and emotional resonance while repeatedly hitting you over the head with a message. “42” hews a lot closer to the second camp than the first, which is a shame. Jackie Robinson was a baseball […]

Excess Hollywood: 'Evil Dead', 'Jurassic Park' and 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

Excess Hollywood: ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

On this week’s Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Landon McDonald give a wrap-up of Planet Comicon and discuss the “Evil Dead” remake, “Jurassic Park“, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation“, “The Gatekeepers” and ”On the Road.” Related content: Excess Hollywood: A Tribute to Roger Ebert Excess Hollywood: ‘The Gatekeepers’ pierces through the fog of war