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'The Little Things:' A Satisfying Crime Thriller Worth Watching
By Oakley Burt, Arts Editor • March 5, 2021

  The true-crime genre and its fictional counterpart — a genre full of gory, violent deaths, missing people and haunted detectives trying to piece events together — have become entertainment staples over the last decade. The allure of true crime seems to be in the thrill of it all, even if we don’t want to admit it. The violence in these stories, the search for the truth and the imminent danger always around the corner keep viewers on the edge of their seats, allowing us to explore a darker world and return to normal life by switching off the TV. I admit I’m a huge fan of the true-crime genre — both fictional and not. After finishing the latest real true-crime documentary “Night Stalker” on Netflix, I was looking for a new show to watch. It just so happened that Warner Bros. had released a new psychological crime thriller called “The Little Things” on Jan. 29 — perfect timing.  “The Little Things” Directed by John Lee Hancock, “The Little Things”...

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FanX Returns With New Guest Announcements
By Heather Graham, Assistant Copy Chief, Arts Writer • March 4, 2021

  The FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention has announced its first celebrity guests for its 2021 event, which is set to take place Sept. 16–18. The convention has successfully put on 12 events over the past seven years, making it a staple for Salt Lake City tourism and geekdom. Fans from across the country have swarmed the Salt Palace one to two times a year with excitement, cosplay and all things “geeky,” seeking celebrity sightings and panels, photo ops, merchandise, artwork and — most importantly — community. The Guest List FanX announced its first 2021 guests in January — Martin Kove and William Zabka from the TV series "Cobra Kai." This announcement was followed by six other guest announcements and the promise of many more to come in the following weeks. The current celebrity guest list includes Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings. These voice actors are known for voicing animated icons like Winnie the Pooh as well as characters...

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Playboi Carti Gets Experimental with Punk-rap Record 'Whole Lotta Red'
By Parker Dunn, Assistant Arts Editor • March 4, 2021

  It’s been over a month now since rapper Playboi Carti dropped his long-awaited second studio album “Whole Lotta Red.” Released on Christmas Day of 2020, “WLR” shows Carti embracing his more alternative side, with the shades of punk and emo apparent on past works coming in full force on this new record. And as expected, this move towards experimentation made for one polarizing album among audiences. Leading up to Red Carti first came onto the rap scene under the wing of the A$AP Mob, and specifically as an apprentice to A$AP Rocky. Songs “Broke Boi” and “Fetti” helped Carti first garner attention in 2015 on Soundcloud, and in 2016, the Atlanta native was signed to A$AP Rocky’s record label AWGE. In 2017, Carti released his self-titled debut mixtape, with popular tracks like “Magnolia” and “wokeuplikethis*” breaking the rapper into the mainstream. The following year, Carti gave us “Die Lit,” which set in stone his signature psychedelic trap...

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2012 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jonathan Hickerson.
Wrapping up the 2021 Sundance Film Festival
By , Kate Button, Cade Anderson, and Paige Anderson March 2, 2021

  The 2021 Sundance Film Festival was unprecedented, to say the least. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the festival programming to transition to an online format instead of the traditional festivities taking place in-person in Park City, Utah. Regardless, the festival had to go on, and so it did — without any major problems. Spanning from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival went on to host amazing films from filmmakers across the globe, representing multiple genres. Writers from the Arts Desk had the incredible opportunity of viewing a few of these sensational films as they premiered over the course of the festival. Here are their thoughts on this year's festival. Kate Button  I have only ever attended the Sundance Film Festival twice — once in 2020 and now in 2021. Last year, my days at Sundance were filled with lively events, exciting premieres and thrilling days walking up and down Main Street in Park City. Initially, I was worried about how Sundance...

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Album cover for the soundtrack to Sia
Sia’s 'Music' A Painful Vanity Project, But Valuable Chance to Confront Ableism
By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer • March 2, 2021

  Content warning: ableism. Several hyperlinks below redirect to upsetting content regarding the marginalization of neurodivergent individuals. It feels tiring to keep hearing and saying the phrase, “It’s (any given year) now; shouldn’t we be past this?” Sia’s directorial debut “Music,” in theaters now, is nothing more than yet another exhausting reminder that even in 2021, we’re not where we should be as a human species.  The Timeline In 2015, the Australian pop singer-songwriter behind international hits like “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” announced a new film. Sia’s project stayed out of the limelight until its trailer, released November 2020, garnered extremely critical reception particularly from those in the neurodivergent community. The film stars a neurotypical actress (Maddie Ziegler, who was just 14 at the time of filming) as its non-speaking autistic protagonist, Music. Additionally, the film depicts crudely exaggerated parodies of neurodivergent...

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