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January Arts Desk Favorites

January Arts Desk Favorites

By Palak Jayswal, Hannah Keating, Parker Dunn, Abigail Bowé, Oakley Burt, Arielle Gulley, Cade Anderson, Kate Button, and Christopher Payne

February 18, 2020

  Palak Jayswal The new year equates to trying new things, right? For me, the first new thing happens to be one of my favorites from this past month. "The Miniature Wife and Other Stories" by Manuel Gonzales is a book I was assigned to read in my creative writing workshop. As someone who sticks to ...

‘Wendy’ Reframes the Story of Peter Pan Through a Lyrical Modern Lens

‘Wendy’ Reframes the Story of Peter Pan Through a Lyrical Modern Lens

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 3, 2020

  J. M. Barrie's famous novel and stage play "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" has been adapted countless times into various retellings, between theatre, books and film. It's a tale that seems to intrigue everybody — a myth of what would happen if children were granted the choice...

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 3, 2020

  There are particular actors that we associate with comedy as opposed to any other genre. Often, it can be difficult to think of these people in more dramatic and heartfelt roles, but skilled performers have been known to surprise — like Steve Carell in "Dan in Real Life" or Melissa McCarthy...

‘Chemo Brain’ Examines Cancer with Staggering Gravitas

‘Chemo Brain’  Examines Cancer with Staggering Gravitas

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  What's the most you can accomplish in eight days? For myself, this depends on the week at hand — I might get a project finished, meet with some friends or read a few books. However, I can hardly imagine accomplishing what screenwriter and director Kristian Håskjold managed to achieve in...

‘Horse Girl’ Fuels the Imagination with Whimsy and Nightmares

‘Horse Girl’ Fuels the Imagination with Whimsy and Nightmares

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  Some of the greatest mind-bending films ask us questions about how to differentiate between the real and the unreal, from "Inception" to "The Truman Show" to "The Matrix." How often, however, do we face such dilemmas in real life? For many people suffering from mental illness, it can be especially...

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  Warning: This article contains mild spoilers of "Save Yourselves!" We all know the stereotype of the tech-addicted young adult. Along with it comes the belief that such people run oblivious to real-world issues. "Maybe you would know what's going on if you put your phone down," a critic...

Capturing the Spirit of Daring Adventure with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Capturing the Spirit of Daring Adventure with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

January 25, 2020

  What does it mean to achieve the impossible, and what does it feel like to do so? One may imagine Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, Malala Yousafzai's determination to advocate for women's education or Orville and Wilbur Wright sending the first airplane into flight. For each of us,...

“Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” Is a Moving Portrait and Call to Action

“Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” Is a Moving Portrait and Call to Action

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

January 18, 2020

  I’ve always known documentaries to be thought-provoking, inspirational and educational pieces of work. Many of the best documentaries pick apart a tragic event in someone’s life as a wake-up call to humanity to be and do better. “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” is one ...

Cinema Globetrotting: Free Movies to Watch From Around the World

Cinema Globetrotting: Free Movies to Watch From Around the World

By Abigail Bowe, Arts Writer

January 16, 2020

  Many compelling films hide amidst foreign language and independent titles which don't make it straight away to commercial availability in the United States. Oftentimes, U.S. viewers only become aware of these movies when they break into an Academy Award nomination, make a major splash at big prem...

Pop Cultured: Stop Marvelling the Redundant Marvel Movies

Pop Cultured: Stop Marvelling the Redundant Marvel Movies

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

January 14, 2020

  Look, I love Marvel. I draw superheroes, read the comics and sell themed jewelry at craft fairs. I go to see the movies when they come out at the theater, while I'll admit that I quite like Disney Plus — in some small part because I can't resist the frightening allure of Baby Yoda — but it also allows me to dig into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the drop of a hat. The franc...

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