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The Menu: Delicious Social Satire

When I first saw the trailer for The Menu, I felt a rush of adrenaline. I tell you this because I haven’t felt such excitement to see a movie for months now, tired of the cheesy love-triangle rom coms and meaningless “carpe diem” nonsense. The trailer had everything I wanted: suspense, drama, and thrill without […]

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Larisa Shepitko: Ukrainian anti-war filmmaker who dug deep into human psyche

As war rages on in Ukraine, the distinct cultural identity of the nation has come under increased interest. One of Ukraine’s major cultural impacts that is often overlooked is in the realm of cinema. From early pioneers like Alexander Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov, and Maya Deren to more contemporary directors such as Kira Muratova, Ukraine has […]

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Chella Man and “The Beauty of Being Deaf”

In only three minutes Chella Man delivers the versatility and the beauty of being deaf. He invites you to immerse yourself into his perspective, where he discerns his obligation to advocate for himself and his fellow queer and disabled people through his short film “The Beauty of Being Deaf.” It was completely filmed underwater where […]

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Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings Review

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to have an Asian superhero inspired by Chinese folklore and martial arts. It is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, a Japanese American filmmaker and Chinese-American screenwriter, Dave Callahna. Shang-Chi is played by Simu Liu, known for his role as Jung […]

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An evening in the Worker’s City: Metropolis Review

Last week, I was in the Cole Memorial Chapel for the first time since my freshman year. It’s funny to think about how time has elapsed and folded in on itself during my college career as a function of the pandemic. This is a rote idea, but one that I contemplated as I sat in […]

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Titane: a surrealist automobile fever dream about… love?

Authors note: Spoilers ahead! After over a year of theater closure, I wanted nothing but to be blown away by a movie. I longed to leave a theater speechless, tranced, sick and changed forever. Titane fulfilled this wish in the best way possible. In short, Titane is about a killer who is impregnated by a […]

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In the Mood for Love: Frames within Frames

Everyone lives within their own reality, their own frame. Sometimes that frame becomes a fantasy. Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love is an exploration of what happens when that frame, that fantasy is perverse. The film takes place in an overcrowded 1960’s Hong Kong. It tells the story of Mr. Chau and Mrs. Chan […]

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The Velvet Underground: How we Remember the Dead

Memoir-turned-film Prozac Nation shows the story of Elizabeth Wurtzel during her college days, a girl clinically depressed, and perpetually obsessed with Lou Reed. The book is based on Wurtzel’s real experiences, and as I write my review on the Velvet Underground documentary, I can’t help but think of an article Wurtzel wrote as a freshman […]

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Why Uncut Gems was a Safdie brothers sell-out created for the Film Bro genre

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to describe the plot of “Uncut Gems.” It is a peek into the life of Howard Ratner, a sleazy jeweler in the Diamond District of New York City. We watch Howard, who is flawlessly portrayed by Adam Sandler, make high stakes bets and risky business decisions while […]

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MJ on continuing to create art during a pandemic

MJ ’21 has always been a powerful musical and theatrical force on Wheaton’s campus. During the pandemic, she has shifted to other forms of creation, focusing specifically on filmmaking.  “As a theatre major, you have no choice, but to turn to film right now,” said MJ. “I’ve never really created a film before, but I’ve […]