Arts & Culture

on March 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in Arts & Culture

The Moral Dilemma of Football: Where do we go from here?

By Alexander Boylston Over the past few years, American football fans have suffered through the news of the deaths of various football players. These deceased range from high school players to recently retired NFL veterans. Some of them died naturally while others committed suicide or, as in the case of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, committed homicide prior […]

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on March 19, 2015 at 3:53 PM / in Arts & Culture

The Avengers of the Art World

By Rory Hibbler “We could be anyone; we are everywhere.” While this line sounds like it belongs in the latest Marvel movie, it’s actually the catch phrase of a less mainstream sort of superhero: the Guerilla Girls. Formed in 1985, the Guerilla Girls are an all female group of gorilla-masked protestors striving to bring racial and gender equality into the […]

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on March 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in Arts & Culture

How “Parks and Recreation” Gives Civil Service a Good Name

By Dillon Thompson After six long and hilarious years, NBC’s hit show “Parks and Recreation” is sadly coming to an end. Following a brief seventh season airing this winter, one of the most beloved sitcoms of the past decade will cease to exist outside of syndicated re-runs and Netflix binge-watching. To explain to those who aren’t familiar, the show focuses […]

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on February 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “The Theory of Everything” Successfully Applies the Award-Winning Formula

By Shuchi Goyal Time and time again, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has demonstrated an affinity for the British biopic genre. In 2011, “The King’s Speech” won in several major categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture, after delighting both critics and audiences with its portrayal of the friendship between King George V and his speech therapist […]

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on February 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “Gone Girl”: Not your average misogynistic revenge fantasy

By Rob Oldham Sexist and  Misogynistic. These are the two words that have incessantly followed director David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl.” A surface-level analysis of the plot supports these claims. The audience is first introduced to the lovable oaf Nick, portrayed by the classic everyman Ben Affleck. Nick owns a bar, plays video games, and drinks […]

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on February 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “Birdman”: An unlikely super-hero film

By Robert Galerstein The competition for the Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards appears to be a two-horse race. Not that potential spoilers “American Sniper” or “The Imitation Game” can be easily counted out, but the critics seem absolutely focused on two films – “Boyhood” and “Birdman.” The British Academy of Film and Television thought “Boyhood” was deserving of […]

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on February 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “Whiplash” and the Pursuit of Perfection

By Max Wallace How far would you push yourself to achieve greatness? This is the dilemma that “Whiplash” challenges viewers to answer, and in addition to challenging contemporary America’s acceptance of mediocrity, the film is phenomenally entertaining. Sharp editing, smart dialogue and career best performances combine to make “Whiplash” one of the crowning cinematic achievements of 2014. “Whiplash” draws its […]

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on February 18, 2015 at 5:05 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Charming, powerful, and nearly grand

By Rob Oldham “You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, f*ck it”- Gustave H. What do you get when you combine an all-star cast spanning three generations of stars, set pieces that would look more […]

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on February 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: “The Imitation Game”: A candid view of injustice

By Bert Thompson The next in the line of this year’s Oscar biopics, “The Imitation Game” thrusts the moviegoer into Great Britain in the midst of the Second World War. But unlike other modern classics of the World War II genre – “Saving Private Ryan” and “Inglorious Bastards” are two that come to mind – “The Imitation Game” does not […]

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on February 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM / in Arts & Culture

REVIEW: Women Gone “Wild”

By Rory Hibbler “What are men to rocks and mountains?” questioned Jane Austen in her famous novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Reese Witherspoon must have interpreted this quite literally when she played Cheryl Strayed in the autobiographical movie “Wild.” In the film, Strayed is a hot mess of woman- she’s undergone divorce, abortion, heroin-addiction, and her mother’s death. In order to […]

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