Arts and Culture

New Beginnings

And why sometimes they’re the best thing

Leaving my friends behind for a year to go and study abroad was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. After two years of getting to know a group of incredible people and forming an amazing family around me, I now had to leave it all behind and start fresh. The thing that killed…

Suburbicon (Kira Widjaja)

Disaster in ’50s Dreamland

Suburbicon is Suburbibad

George Clooney is a prolific actor and a respected director, who, since his first film behind the camera in 2002, the well-received Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has directed exactly one film every three years. Clooney is assuredly quite selective with his projects, which makes his newest release, Suburbicon, a film about a picture-perfect white…

Family Matters

At the movies: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Noah Baumbach’s latest, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which dropped October 13th on Netflix, will certainly stand the test of time as the only film by a major American director to feature an Academy Award-winning actor (in this case, Dustin Hoffman) watching the 2014 Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel vehicle Sex Tape. Whether it is otherwise…

It Goes On and On and On

In Praise of John Green’s New Novel Turtles All the Way Down

I admire the diverse works of John Green. I enjoy the insightful and humorous video blogs he makes on his Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, which he runs with his brother, Hank. I also like the fun and educational Crash Course videos John collaborates on. And I admire the novels of his that I’ve read, partly because…

We’re All in Moonee’s World

Living Like Children in The Florida Project

A child’s imagination is magical, even in uninspiring places. For six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), that place is in central Florida, near the enchanting Disney World. Living with her unmotivated, single mother Halley (played by first-time actress Bria Vinaite) in a pink and purple tawdry motel ironically named the Magic Castle, Moonee transforms the lower-class streets…