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“The World’s A Little Blurry” shows Eilish’s world for exactly what it is: crazy and complex but punctuated by moments of normalcy.

Arts & Culture

‘The World’s A Little Blurry’: Billie Eilish releases new documentary

March 14, 2021 0 comments

The artist documentary appears to be a deceptively simple concept. It’s all too easy to assume that if you follow a superstar around with a camera for long enough, you’ll stumble upon depth and greatness. 

Moxie. Hadley Robinson as Vivian in Moxie.  Cr /NETFLIX © 2020

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“Moxie” empowers, but falls through in broadcasting intersectionality

March 11, 2021 0 comments

Earnest but often unrealistic, Amy Poehler’s “Moxie” misses the mark on its attempt to communicate revolutionary feminism within a modern high school.  Based on the young adult novel by Jennifer Matheiu, the recent Netflix original film “Moxie,” released March 3, tells the story of Vivian (Hadley Robinson), an introverted high […]

Frances McDormand's acting and Chloé Zhao's directing helped elevate "Nomadland" beyond a typical melodrama, earning it accolades at the Golden Globes.

Arts & Culture

“Nomadland,” a poignant portrait of grief and healing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” is a simultaneously intimate and effusive meditation on the stratum of unsettled Americans. These nomads are often flippantly deemed the outcome of some sort of failure, be it economic dissolution or domestic upheaval.

Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a scammer that has managed to convince courts to entrust seniors to her care.

Arts & Culture

‘I Care A Lot’ and the sociopathy of corporate America

March 7, 2021 1 comment

Why do we love to watch sociopaths? The ordinary couch potato would likely run for the hills if they were to knowingly pass by one on the street, and yet we can’t seem to look away from them on-screen.

Minari represents writer-director Lee Isaac Chung portrayal of the semi-autobiographical tale of a Korean-American family living in Arkansas.

Arts & Culture

“Minari” is a modest American tale universal in tenderness

February 25, 2021 0 comments

“Minari” opens with the American heartland flitting past the inquisitive faces of 6-year-old David (newcomer Alan S. Kim) and his older sister, Anne (Noel Kate Cho).

Lauren Oyler’s debut novel, “Fake Accounts,” is an incisive exploration of the internet era, exploring self-awareness and cynicism about the world of social media that the writer and readers can never fully be extricated from.

Arts & Culture

Our Own “Fake Accounts”: a debut novel for the internet era

February 22, 2021 0 comments

Virginia Woolf wasn’t very online. Neither was Jane Austen, nor Joan Didion. Even Zadie Smith, who started writing after the internet’s inception, has sworn off Twitter.

Toronto-based Tamara Lindeman grew up feeling connected to the natural world, incorporating it into her music today.

Arts & Culture

The Weather Station releases new album Ignorance

February 21, 2021 0 comments

From the opening notes of Ignorance, the album is a culmination of Tamara Lindeman’s musical efforts. Using an avant-garde blend of jazz and folk, Toronto-based Lindeman has produced a piece of work that perfectly encapsulates the often harsh realities of present-age climate anxieties. 

HyunA’s latest mini-album “I’m Not Cool” features a set of catchy new hits celebrating the singer’s unabashed sense of self worth.

Arts & Culture

Comeback season: The queens of K-pop return with an affirming message of self-love and flawed authenticity

February 18, 2021 0 comments

With no end in sight to COVID-19, K-pop luminaries are offering some long-awaited escapist relief from pandemic doldrums with two of the biggest female soloists in the industry, HyunA and IU, returning with a heartfelt embrace of selfhood and all its imperfections.

BRIDGERTON (L to R) REGÉ-JEAN PAGE as SIMON BASSET and PHOEBE DYNEVOR as DAPHNE BRIDGERTON in episode 102 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

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‘Bridgerton’ reheats the comfort food of the period drama with sex

February 16, 2021 0 comments

In 1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart tried to define a legal threshold for detecting pornography: “I know it when I see it,” he wrote. Yet the average American television watcher these days doesn’t have the luxury of Justice Stewart’s discerning eye…

Aespa’s first single, “Black Mamba,” recently reached 100 million views on YouTube.

Arts & Culture

Aespa releases sophomore single amid widespread anticipation

February 10, 2021 0 comments

Released on Feb. 5, South Korean girl group Aespa’s second single “Forever” is a sweet, polished rendition of SM Entertainment Songwriter and Producer Yoo Young-jin’s early 2000s original.