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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 7

Doyle jumps into limelight

A huge, expensive ploy to plug "The Daily Show."
'Rosewater' stun~s

By LEV FACHER ovation.
Daily Sports Editor It was the first time Doyle had
seen anything quite like it, and
NEW YORK - Ricky Doyle in an NBA arena to boot. Facing
wasn't even the first big man the media in a postgame situation
off the bench for the Michigan for the first time, he didn't mince
men'sbasketballteamin its 70-63 words.
win over Oregon Monday night. "Ihad never reallyexperienced
But that anything like that," Doyle said.
didn't stop MICHIGAN 70 "It felt good."
the crowd OREGON 63 Doyle said he didn't even
at the see a particular aspect of play,
Barclays Center from chanting motivationor externalfactorthat
his name in the end. upped his game.
It wasn't so much a single play "I was just feeling it tonight,"
or sequence that solidified the Doyle said. ."And just doing
freshman forward's breakout whatever Ican to pump the team
game - a 10-point effort in up to getthe win."
the semifinal round of the Though the true highlights
Progressive Legends Classic in came on the offensive end, it was
Brooklyn, New York. However, it Doyle's defensive efforts that
was the most complete game he kept him on the court. He cited
has played since arriving in Ann his avoidance of "dumb fouls off
Arbor. the ball" as a strong point in his
Doyle spent 24 minutes on the defensive effort.
court, shooting 4-for-5 from the "Defensively, I was doing what
field, adding three rebounds and I practice," Doyle said. "If I don't
picking up only one personal foul, foul and I do the right things, I'll
all the while proving himself to be able to stay in the game."
be a needed piece in Michigan's Although it was Doyle who
complicated frontcourt depth ruled the night amongst big
chart. men, it was senior forward
Still, one momentin particular Max Bielfeldt who had the first
stands out: a rebound and put- shot off the bench. He ended
back with 26.1seconds remaining up playing just three minutes
to give the Wolverines a five- though, recording one rebound
point lead over Oregon, one that on the night.
roused a semi-full and somewhat Bielfeldt might have had
sleepy crowd of maize and blue- another opportunity if not for
clad Michigan fans to a standing Doyle's heroics late in the first

half.
"He finished- a three-point
play, but he finished it in a
crowd," said Michigan coach
John Beilein, referringto Doyle's
and-1 with 3:49 left in the period.
"I said 'alright, now we've got
something,' because it was a big-
time play... they have a greatshot-
blocking team and he took it right
through their chin and finished
it."
Doyle was hampered
by injuries throughout the
preseason and opening weeks
of non-conference play, but he
appears to have regained his
health, and with it, his ability to
contend for major minutes down
low.
His presence, too, galvanized
the New York-area Michigan
fans in attendance into standing
and roaring their approval. The
Wolverines' supporters could
be seen streaming from bars
and subway exits hours before
game time, and numbered well
over 1,000, filling up most of the
arena's lower bowl by the end of
the night.
Though Michigan fans were
at first reserved in voicing their
pride, Doyle left them no choice
in the end. The chant of "Rick-y
Doy-le" reverberated throughout
the arena as the game clock
wound toward triple zeros, a
fitting end to his first night as a
star.

Jon Stewart's
directorial debut
mixes drama with
comedic moments
By REBECCA LERNER
DailyArts Writer
Not many films can balance
a conversation about pertinent
social issues while also cutting
to the core
of its central A
characters.
Jon Stewart's Rosewater
directorial
debut, Quality 16
"Rosewater," Open Road Films
a fictionalized
account of
Canadian-American Newsweek
journalist Maziar Bahari's
four-month imprisonment and
torture, touches on the repression
of journalists by the Iranian
government in a fast-paced and
energetic manner.
The film takes place in 2009,
whenCanadian-Iranianjournalist
Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia
Bernal, "The Ardor") travels to
Iran to report on the presidential
election and interview Mir-
Hoissein Mousavi, the challenger
to incumbent President Mahmoud
Ahrnfdinejad Baharileavesbehind
Lond hdtidhispregnantwifkPlsola
(Claire Foy, "Vampire Academy")
for what he promises will be a
short visit. However, because of the
contentious Iranian elections, in
which Ahmadinejad was declared
the winner before voting booths
even closed, violent riots erupted in
the streets protesting this injustice.
As Baharifilms the demonstrations,*

the movie cuts to Maziar Bahari's
actualgrainyfootage ofthe frenzied
crowds and killings. After Bahari
submits his videos to major news
outlets, he is arrested and taken to
Evin Prison.
After arriving at the prison,
Bahari faces Rosewater (Kim
Bodnia, "A Very Unsettled
Summer"), his interrogator for
the next four months. Because
Bahari is blindfolded for most of
their interactions, the only way he
can recognize his interrogator is
the strong smell of rosewater, with
whichBodniaisoftenseenspritzing
himself. Rosewater informs Bahari
that he has been imprisoned for
being a spy for the West. Evidence
for his espionage includes an
interview for"The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart" in which he speaks to
correspondent Jason Jones about
the similarities between Iran and
America while Jones jokes about
being a spy. Rosewater, a dense
and relentless government thug,
believes it is a real conversation
between secret agents. Thus begins
Bahari's four months in prison in
which he is in solitary confinement,
broken up only by psychologically
andphysicallytorturousvisitsfrom
Rosewater.
Throughout his time in prison,
Rosewater convinces Bahari that
he has been essentially forgotten,
when in reality, his wife and
mother are spearheadirigr.aan
international campaign for his
release. In response to this alleged
abandonment, Bahari conjures the
memoriesofhislate father and sister.
His father (Haluk Bilginer, "The
International") was imprisoned
for his communist beliefs under
the Shah's regime, while his sister
(Golshifteh Farahani, "Just Like
a Woman") was thrown in jail for

rebel activities under Ayatollah
Khomeini's government. During
his darkest hours, these fantasies of
his family give him hope.
Many of the film's shining
moments come from the dark
comedy that balances the heavy
subject matter: Any Western source
of entertainment, whether it be
magazines, movies or a Sopranos
DVD box set is automatically
classifiedaspornbythegovernment
officials rumnaging through
Bahari's belongings. During the
interrogations, Rosewater fixates
on Bahari's sex life, highlighting
his own deep sexual frustration.
This leads Bahari to tell erotic tall
tales, "massages of a sexual nature"
within a "sexual playground" also
known as the state of New Jersey.
The use of actual news footage
and the frantic filming style
give the movie's visual approach
the feel of a war documentary,
allowing the audience to feel a part
of the onscreen chaos. Stewart's
use of hashtags floating through
the streets of Tehran effectively
highlights the emphasis on social
media during the pandemonium.
"Rosewater" forces its
audience to come face to face
with an oppressive government
still imprisoning and torturing
people. To illustrate the struggles
of those who were not fortunate
enough to be saved, the arrest of
Bahari's hsis st=taxid r,
Davood (Ofit ,eeida I"The
Monuments Men"), conveys the
continuingfightagainstthe unjust
imprisonment of innocent people.
Though the product of a comedy
legend with some moments of
humor, "Rosewater" is a serious
film that teaches about the
political environment of Iran and
press freedom.

TV REVIEW
Skillful execution in 'HTGAWM'

ALLISON FAeeAND/Daily
Ricky Doyle (left) and Caris LeVert (Right) didn't make it easy, but the duo led the way as Michigan defeated Oregon.
In Weber, Wolverines lose
seventh commit this season

ByKARENHUA In a smashing moment (literally,
DailyArts Writer with the most terrifying splatter of
blood), it is realized that the much-
The moment has finally come. anticipated blame of Sam's murder is
The bonfire roars in real time. actually an accident.
The flashbacks have caught up to Suddenly, when Sam
the highly unexpectedly arouses "from the
anticipated A- dead" to tackle Rebecca to the
climax, ground, Wes (Alfred Enoch, the
where How to Get "Harry Potter" series) slams him
culprits are Away with in the head from behind with their
unveiled and Murder prestigious trophy - perhaps one of
motivations thebiggestsurprisesoftheseason, as
are revealed. Mid-Season Finale he is the least-suspected. The show
Though Thursdays at 10 p.m. has expertly structured deceptive
the events ABC framing devices all along to toy with
of the expectations - so though these
present night in the finale are revelationsareslightlydisappointing,
re-contextualized chronologically, the audience is still left in an
too many scenes have already been unmovable shock.
played before. Edited jump-cuts It's also awkwardly evident that
from past to present seamlessly Asher (Matt McGorry,"Orange is the
weave storylines together, but the New Black") is the only one excluded
repetition of old excerpts becomes from the Keating Five. His absence
dullafter atime. from the core team is confusingly
However, it's incredibly unnecessary, especially since his
refreshing how the show's writers alternative subplot in a steamy -
trust the audience's intelligence, and oh-so-very uncomfortably
never explicitly divulging truths cumbersome - hookup with
in elementary explanations. Each Bonnie (Liza Weil, "Gilmore Girls")
mystery relies on viewers' own neither adds any key information
abilities to deductively reason, nor contributes to the main
galvanizing them to ascertain new plotline. In general, Bonnie always
information for themselves. seems irrelevant as a secondary
In the final episode before "How character. Though the show tries to
to Get Away with Murder" 's mid- incorporate her in more influential
season hiatus, in Rebecca's (Katie ways, especially with unfolding
Findlay, "The Carrie Diaries") Lila's case, they still don't quite
hasty attempts to pin Sam (Tom manage to relay her significance.
Verica, "American Dreams") as the Meanwhile, Viola Davis ("The
primary suspect of Lila Stanguard's Help") elevates her character
homicide,she finds herself the target further in this episode, as if that
of his backlash. The finale is a prime is even possible. Annalise Keating
example of how both explosive remains admirably strong and
tension and unbearable suspense astutely keen, but she is still an
can simultaneously brew all in one enigma within herself. The finale
moment. Once the "Keating Five" predominantly focuses on the
comes to rescue Rebecca from work of her students, but she takes
his crazed attacks, Michaela (Aja advantage of her limited screen
Naomi King, "Four") accidentally time by delivering each line in the
knocks Sam over the banister as most harrowing way, and exiting
they heatedly dash for the door. each scene with the most chilling

aftermath. Regardless, she remains
omnipresent, her presence palpable
even behind the primary plotline.
Keating always has a way of finding
out about everything, as in the final
scene, she somehow reappears at
her house when Wes returns alone
to visit the dead Sam. It is clear she
is not ignorant to Sam's murder,
and it can be assumed that she
instructs (or forcet) Wes to destroy
the evidence - a lesson he parrots
to the others. This revelation not
only deepens their relationship, but
italsoaddsmoteobstaclesinjustthe
right amount of foreshadowing for
the continuationofthe season.
The show's writing seems to
parallelKeating'sthoughtprocess-
always with a perfect plan in mind
before execution- arecipe for what
most often is guaranteed success.
By preparing all previous episodes
in culmination for this moment,
they have stunningly brewed
curiosity while still withholding
valuable information for next time.
This is how a thrilling mystery
is masterfully constructed. The
finale concludes with a perfect
balance between resolving issues,
tying loose strings and generating
cliffhangers.Withsubtle hintssuch
as Michaela losing her engagement
ring, and carelessly tossing Sam's
body into a dumpster, the writing
sets up premonitions of haunting
consequences to come.
While it is true perhaps, not
every event is completely logical
or accurate to real life - this is
television, where drama sometimes
must slyly bend the rules of reality
to create a gripping story. In
"How to Get Away with Murder,"
perfection does not matter. The
point is that murder is occasionally
sloppy, not completely rational
and hazy in a fw places. Either
way, "Murder"slays the audience,
leaving them in agonizing
anticipation for next time.

By JUSTIN STERN
Daily Sports Writer
Despite the state of flux of the
Michigan football team after
the firing of Rich Rodriguez,
the Wolverines were able to
convince 10 recruits to remain
committed to the football
program in Ann Arbor in 2011.
Today, as the team continues to
struggle and Michigan football
conch Brady Hoke's departure
seemingly eminent, Michigan
has verbal commitments from
seven recruits with just five
havingshown no interest in other
schools.
After Saturday's loss to
Maryland, the Wolverines saw
their fourth decommit this
season in four-star running back
Mike Weber. And there may be
others who follow.
The moment when Maryland
scoredtheirgo-aheadtouchdown
on Saturday, Weber tweeted "I'm
decommiting from the university
of Michigan thank you Michigan
for the love and support I'll
remake my decision at the army
bowl."
Weber has already said he
will make an official visit to Ohio
State and is also considering
Michigan State and Wisconsin.
He is expected to announce his
decision in January at the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl.
Here is a wrap-up of how
the remaining seven recruits
performed last weekend.
Chris Clark, tight end: Avon
Old Farms (Conn.); Ranking:
ESPN (111) Scout (23)
Clark injured his medial
collateral ligament in his team's
final regular season game, but
noted surgery won't be needed.

After Saturday's loss to
Maryland, Clark tweeted, "Man
michigan has officially hit rock
bottom." Though he, remains
committed to Michigan, Clark
has scheduled official visits
to North Carolina, Southern
California and Texas.
Brian Cole, athlete: Saginaw
Heritage (Mich.); Ranking:
ESPN (142) Scout (39)
Many have become concerned
with Cole's commitment due
to speculation in the last few
months. On Saturday, Cole
reportedly visited Nebraska for .
its game against Minnesota. He
hasn't planned an official visit to
Ann Arbor and many fear he may
end up attending another Big Ten
rival.
Tyree Kinnel,safety: Wayne
(Ohio) vs. Lakota West (Ohio);
Ranking: ESPN (191) Scout
(147)
With Kinnel leading Wayne's
defense, the Warriors defeated
Lakota West 38-3 in the third
-ound of the OHSAA playoffs.
Wayne is headed to the state
championship game against two-
time defending state champions
Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller.
After the victory, Kinnel
told Scout.com, "I know they
(Michigan) are having some
troubles up there. But right now,
I'm trying to stay out of the public
with my recruiting and just focus
on what I need to do on my high
school team. I do have recruiting
plans, but I'm keeping them to
myself until the season is over."
According to Dave Berk of
Scout.com, Kinnel could visit
Notre Dame and Michigan State.
Grant Newsome, offensive
tackle: The Lawrenceville
School (N.J.); Ranking: ESPN

(244) Scout (216)
This weekend, Newsome
visited Ann Arbor and despite the
loss, he seemed positive and still
remains committed to Michigan.
"It was definitely a tough
loss on the field, but besides
that I think it was really a great
visit," Newsome told Scout.
com. "If they were to hire a
coach ... and this is hypothetical
because nothing has happened
... but if there was hypothetically
someone that I really really
didn't like, then that would be
a very very faint possibility (of
reopening his recruitment)."
Alex Malzone, quarterback:
Brother Rice (Mich.); Ranking:
ESPN (NR) Scout (183)
Malzone's season came to
an end with a 26-21 loss in the
MHSAA regionalfinals. Malzone
hasn't signaled he will decommit
from Michigan.
Jon Runyan Jr., offensive
lineman: St. Joseph's Prep
(Pa.) vs. Benjamin Franklin
(Pa.); Ranking: (NR)
St. Joseph's Prep defeated
Benjamin Franklin, 47-22 to
move onto the quarterfinals.
Behind Runyan, the Hawks were
able to rush for more than 300
yards on 41 carries. The Hawks
will face Parkland on Saturday in
the PIAA quarterfinals.
Runyan has not shown any
leanings to another school other
than Michigan.
Andrew David, kicker:
Washington (Ohio); Ranking:
(NR)
David's high school career
came to an end with a 56-7
loss in the OHSAA regional
quarterfinals. He doesn't appear
to be interested in schools other
than Michigan at this moment.

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