Hollywood’s Bleak Future, Over-Reliant on the Superhero

May 7, 2019, by Henry Spiro, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

A few years ago, it seemed pretty clear to me that the superhero movie bubble would burst. While superhero movies broke records at the box office, audiences would inevitably lose interest in them, and the genre would go the way of the western. That hasn’t happened. Instead, it seems that the opposite of what I […]

How ”John Wick” Introduced the World to John Wick

May 7, 2019, by Henry Spiro, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

In honor of “John Wick: Chapter 3–Parabellum” opening in theaters on May 17, The Argus has decided to reflect on the original film in the franchise, 2014’s “John Wick.” Much has been written about the remarkable fight choreography of “John Wick,” but less about its screenplay. This is perfectly understandable: Directors Chad Stahelski and David Lietch […]

Spring Dance Concert Showcases Choreographic Skills

May 7, 2019, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

This past weekend, seven students presented the culmination of a semester’s worth of work at the Spring Dance Concert. The performances, which were choreographed by Shirley Sullivan ’21, Allison Hsu ’19, Rodrigo San Roman ’20, Zachary Farnsworth ’21, Kiara Benn ’20, Abhishek Fakiraswamimath ’20, and Iris Ridley ’20, incorporated diverse themes ranging from cultural background […]

Cross Talk: Art Criticism in The Argus

May 7, 2019, by Brooke Kushwaha, Henry Spiro, Editor-In-Chief and Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Brooke Kushwaha ’20: So, we recently have come under fire for how we handle our theater reviews, which is interesting because, as someone who’s been under fire for theater reviews in the past, it’s almost never because we’re too measured with our opinions. Henry Spiro ’19: Yeah, it’s strange…. It’s always been a challenge for me […]

Ben Michael Reflects on History of Middletown Radio, Campus Music Scene

May 7, 2019, by Luke Goldstein, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Ben Michael is the General Manager of WESU, Wesleyan’s student-run radio station. As a lifelong Middletown resident, Michael has witnessed two decades of the radio station, the campus music scene, and University administrations. In a conversation with The Argus on a Friday afternoon in his WESU office, Michael discussed his time with the radio station and […]

In “Cardboard Piano,” Love Persists Even If Forgiveness Cannot

May 3, 2019, by Nathan Pugh, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Love has a funny way of growing in the places where it’s most dangerous, across cultures that struggle to co-exist, between bodies who have been told that attraction between them is impossible. And yet, love exists despite the boundaries that tear us apart. That’s a fact that audiences get to mourn and revel in while […]

Fish ’19 and McLaren ’21 Discuss Second Annual SOC Art Gallery

May 3, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

This past Friday at the Workshop, The Ankh hosted its annual exhibition of student of color (SOC) artists, which included contributions from Luisa Bryan ’21, Sharit Cardenas Lopez ’19, Candice April Cirilo ’21, Aili Francis ’19, Ocean Gao ’19, Rachel Godfrey ’19, Jaylah Humphrey ’21, Hasanti Kelly ’22, Sung Joon Kim ’20, Noa Lin ’21, […]

“Normal People” Is a Sharply Authentic Portrait of Modern Love

May 3, 2019, by Jodie Kahan, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Novels about relationships can be fraught with overly emotional language and unrealistically high stakes. “Normal People,” Irish author Sally Rooney’s second novel, centers around the relationship between protagonists Marianne and Connell, a complicated dynamic that inspires both admiration and pity. She writes about romance and lust in a manner that is nothing short of painful. […]

In “Small Town Eden,” Religion is the Poison Apple

April 30, 2019, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

The title of “Small Town Eden” alone—which refers to a character’s description of her hometown as a small slice of paradise on earth—should be enough to provoke suspicion in most viewers. The more idyllic a fictional town sounds, the darker its secrets tend to be. This play, written and directed by An Pham ’21, is certainly no […]

“Game of Thrones” S8E3: How to Avoid Universal Apocalypse in One Easy Step

April 30, 2019, by Will Jacobson, Staff Writer . Leave a Comment

WARNING: This review contains major spoilers for S8:E3 of “Games of Thrones.” Since the beginning of the show, eight years ago, “Game of Thrones” has always been about the White Walkers. Or, at the very least, its first scene was all about them, and understandably so. Before the show came to dominate popular culture conversations with […]

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