Author Archives: Owen Johnson

There better be an antidote for ‘Venom’

There better be an antidote for ‘Venom’

Tom Hardy is already signed to star in two more “Venom” films. (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing) Owen Johnson Connector Editor How bad is “Venom” exactly? If it were the first movie someone was to see Tom Hardy in, they would probably be wondering how someone with such a bad eye for scripts could

‘A Star is Born,’ and so is a masterpiece

Willie Nelson’s son Lukas helped with writing the music for “A Star is Born.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Giving “A Star is Born” the compliment of calling it the best movie of 2018 so far is an insult. It is easily the best movie that has come out in

‘The Haunted Life’ stage reading at Mahoney Hall

UMass Lowell students reading the stage play Saturday, Sept. 29. (Photo courtesy of Owen Johnson/Connector) Owen Johnson Connector Editor On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Merrimack Reparatory Theatre showcased the developmental workshop of Jack Kerouac’s “The Haunted Life” at the Comley-Lane Theatre in Mahoney Hall on UMass Lowell South Campus. The stage reading was presented in

Homecoming weekend at the Luna Theater

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is based on a stage play of the same name. (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Over the course of homecoming weekend, the films “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Casper” and “An American Werewolf in London.” The Luna Theater is located at 250 Jackson Street at

‘BlacKkKlansmen’ is the summer’s best film

The movie was released on Aug. 10, 2018 to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. (Photo courtesy of Focus Features) Owen Johnson Connector Editor As the summer months and subsequently the summer movie season comes to a close, it is without a doubt that “BlacKkKlansmen” should hold the

‘The Predator’ falls prey to its shortcomings

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the original “Predator” film, was considered for a cameo, but turned it down due to how small the role was. (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox) Owen Johnson Connector Editor A movie that is part of a horror action film franchise made by a guy who is most known for writing

The truth is ‘Truth or Dare’ is awful

Director Jeff Wadlow was hired after he came up with an idea for the movie’s opening scene. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Horror movies that are based around games, such as “Ouija,” and horror movies that have dumb titles, such as “The Bye Bye Man,” tend to be awful. “Truth or

‘Chappaquiddick’ is underdeveloped but passable

“Chappaquiddick” originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor “Chappaquiddick” had the potential to be a great, if not superb, historical drama, but it fails to transcend averageness due to a feeling of underdevelopment. Based on the true story of

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