“Mother!” is an Emotionally Draining Filmic Buffet of Genres

September 18, 2017, by Fritz Spofford, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

One of the most telling lines in “Mother!” is uttered by Michelle Pfeiffer about halfway through the film. Speaking on the topic of children, she offers these words: “You give, and you give, and you give. It’s just never enough.” This notion, of motherhood as a sort of “Giving Tree”–esque parasitism, is one of the major themes […]

“American Vandal” Takes Dick Jokes to a New Level

September 18, 2017, by Erin Hussey, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Who drew the dicks? This is the question behind Netflix and Funny or Die’s newest series “American Vandal,” an eight-part true crime mockumentary that mixes the concepts behind hits like “Serial” and “Making a Murder” with, well, a four-hour dick joke. The show revolves around Dylan Maxwell, a California high school student accused of spray-painting phallic […]

Why PG Movies are Making Disney Rich

September 15, 2017, by Dmitri Slory, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

As the movie industry shifts and evolves, its rating system has been constantly evolving alongside it, especially in terms of animated movies and the PG rating. The PG rating has a completely different connotation now than it did a few decades ago, chiefly with regard to Disney movies. Here’s some context: in the 90s, Disney released movies with some […]

Broad City Returns for Season Four

September 15, 2017, by William Halliday, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

After three critically acclaimed seasons, “Broad City” returned to Comedy Central this Wednesday with its Season Four premiere, kicking off a ten-episode run that is set to end on December 6. The first episode of the season, which will occupy the channel’s 10:30 pm slot, chronicled how the show’s main characters, Abbi and Ilana, first met, […]

“Insecure” Democratizes its Characters

September 14, 2017, by Danielle Cohen, Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

This week, Issa Rae’s “Insecure” wrapped up an eight-episode second season that, on top of exploring the thorny nuances of racial and sexual politics, played with narrative structure and character development in ways that places it far beyond its contemporaries and set it up to become a groundbreaking series about love, sex, race, and gender. […]

In “Acts and Illusions,” Wesleyan Professor Rudensky Visualizes In Between-ness

September 14, 2017, by Stephanie Ades, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Two sights immediately caught my eye when I stepped into the opening reception for “Acts and Illusions,” Davison Art Center’s current exhibit. One was “Sputnik Documentary,” a photograph directly across from the gallery entrance that features a futuristically angular, icy blue movie theater with an audience comprised of elderly viewers. They appear to be staring straight ahead into a glowing […]

The MASH Showcases Thriving Wesleyan Music Scene

September 11, 2017, by Angel Santana, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

As a freshman, I had no idea what to expect from the MASH, this weekend’s music festival offering a taste of Wesleyan’s music scene. With three stages boasting simultaneous performances, it was difficult to make it to all the music. Each stage showcased incredible talent, from soft piano ballads to smooth R&B throwbacks, with each diverse act bringing […]

Cinefiles 9/13–9/16

September 11, 2017, by Genyu Zhang and Beatrix Herriott O'Gorman, Film Board. 1 Comment

Welcome back friends, foes, and film lovers! And so it begins, our weekly Wesleyan Film Series update with your favorite hosts Beatrix Herriott O’Gorman ’19 and Genyu Zhang ’20. We are thrilled to welcome the new academic year and spread the good news about the movie mayhem it promises. Although the U.S. film market just had one […]

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream: James Murphy Finally Loses his Edge

September 11, 2017, by Matteo Heilbrun, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

James Murphy is a master manipulator: he knows how to elicit any reaction from his listeners through his musical choices. He knows when his songs will make us want to dance, cry, laugh, belt the chorus, and freak out, which is partially why LCD Soundsystem’s live shows are so damn good. Believe me. I’ve seen them. Perhaps this […]

In Alvvays’ Antisocialites, a Nostalgic Breakup Fantasy

September 11, 2017, by Matt Wallock, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Alvvays released their second album, Antisocialites, Friday, Sept. 8 via Polyvinal Records. With this album, the Toronto-based band has simultaneously deepened and expanded their wistful, summery sound, effectively creating a pop record that succeeds on multiple levels without ever veering into the formulaic. When Alvvays released three singles from Antisocialites over the last few months, […]

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