Arts and Culture

Survivors

At the movies: Stronger

Let’s just get this out of the way first: David Gordon Green’s new film Stronger is an inspirational drama. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who loses his legs in the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. His mother (Miranda Richardson) is overbearing. His family is loud. His on-and-off girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany) is…

Stronger Seo Jung Shin

Boston Strong?

Hometown Hero Struggles in ‘Stronger

What makes a hero, and who decides who is one? Director David Gordon Green sets out to answer this question in Stronger, which follows Jeff Bauman, a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who lost his legs from the knees down in the terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Based on Bauman’s autobiography of the…

Summer of Realizing Stuff Doris Liou

The Summer of Realizing Stuff

Kylie is more intellectual than you think

Kylie Jenner kind of had a point when, in an interview on her YouTube channel, she said that 2016 was a year of “realizing stuff.” Sure, her statement is vague and cryptic, but on a deeper level, the word “realizing” and the word “stuff” encompass a whole host of meanings that, when looked at closely,…

Dear Evan Hansen Katie McLoughlin

Surrounded by Screens

Connecting to Dear Evan Hansen and each other

If you’ve heard anything about theater in the past year (not including Hamilton—sorry, fellow history geeks), it was most likely about the Tony Award-winning smash hit musical Dear  Evan Hansen. The story centers on an ordinary teenager, Evan Hansen (surprise), who is plagued by social anxiety. When a classmate commits suicide within the first half…

Warpaint Seo Jung Shin 1

We Fight, We Makeup

watching the musical War Paint

The musical War Paint chronicles a bitter rivalry between Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) as each strives to monopolize the cosmetic industry. Rubinstein and Arden each have their own major cosmetic companies, make large sacrifices for their work, and deal with a variety of pressures and prejudices. War Paint tries to…