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‘1917’ is a dazzling wartime tale, but is it fresh enough to win Best Picture?

(01/25/20 5:03am)

“1917” has taken the awards circuit by storm with its technologically innovative and visually striking approach to the war film genre. Written and directed by Sam Mendes, the film follows two British soldiers as they embark on the ambitious overnight mission to reach the British army’s 7th Division before they march into massacre. The pair faces the prospect of navigating “no man’s land,” a mud marsh containing booby traps and populated only by corpses, in broad daylight in order to reach the German front line and deliver their message in time. “There’s only one way this ends,” Colonel MacKenzie (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) declares hauntingly. “Last man standing.”


‘Modern Love’ offers bite-size rom-coms to those seeking a digital dose of feel-good this fall

(11/09/19 5:01am)

Amazon Prime’s newest anthology series, which premiered Oct. 18, follows a string of New Yorkers navigating their way through dating apps, running clubs, therapy sessions and grocery aisles in search of one connection to make it all worthwhile. The characters, ranging from a grieving girl who sees her father in the silvering sideburns of a workplace acquaintance  to an anxiety-ridden man who manages to impale himself on a martini glass during a second date, collectively demonstrate that love can manifest in clumsy and unconventional ways, particularly in the city that never sleeps.  Despite each episode’s relatively unique premise, some of the authenticity of its source material is lost in the neatness of each happy ending.


How to sell yourself in five minutes: A guide to Media-Ville

(09/19/19 4:01am)

Durham might seem far removed from the cultural metropolises of New York and Los Angeles, where companies like HBO and NBCUniversal are headquartered, but recruiters from leading media companies such as these will be available to connect with students at Duke’s annual Media-Ville. Students interested in careers in the creative industries can stop by the Media-Ville table at Duke’s Fall Career Fair, which will be held Sept. 25 in Wilson Gym from noon to 2 p.m.


Tell me a success story: Duke brings creative industry alumni to campus for 10th annual DEMAN Weekend

(09/05/19 4:01am)

Each year, DEMAN Weekend attracts accomplished creative professionals to campus for a weekend of networking, learning and career exploration. The Duke Entertainment, Media, & Arts Network’s signature event, which is celebrating its 10th year, will take place Nov. 1 and 2.