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A loss for words

I’ve had to do an egregious amount of writing in the last few weeks. Not that much writing for Recess, admittedly, but writing for classes, internships, scholarships and the like.

'Bedlam' director Ken Rosenberg and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance 2019: Q&A with 'Bedlam' director Ken Rosenberg and BLM founder Patrisse Cullors

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health-related illnesses every year, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, but many individuals are not fully aware of the workings of the mental health system. The haunting documentary, “Bedlam,” which just premiered at Sundance, marks a unique opportunity to shed light on this crisis to the masses. 

Lucrecia's Martel's "Zama" was screened at the Rubenstein Arts Center Jan. 14.

'Zama' and the ethics of representing colonialism

Listed by more than a few reputable publications as one of the best movies of the year, Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” has received praise by the bucketful. The film was screened Jan. 14 at the Rubenstein Arts Center and was introduced by Dr. Keiji Kunigami, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Romance Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

The Backstreet Boys released their ninth studio album "DNA" Jan. 25.

Backstreet's back: 'DNA' fails to live up to '90s nostalgia

For years, late '90s nostalgia seemed to litter modern media, from a resurgence of butterfly hair clips and cargo pants to a new obsession over '90s brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Birkenstocks. This love for '90s culture has extended its grasp into the music industry through the newest Ariana Grande music video, “thank u, next,” filled with cult classic film allusions and artists like Iggy Azalea wearing “Clueless” outfits.

"Glass," M. Night Shyamalan's conclusion to the "Unbreakable" trilogy opened in theaters Jan. 18.

'Glass' is a disappointing finale to the Shyamalan trilogy

“Glass” begins three weeks after the events of “Split.” Kevin Wendell Crumb, the villain of "Split," is still on the loose and wreaking havoc on Philadelphia, abducting young girls and sacrificing them to his 24th dissociated personality, the Beast, in an attempt to show his strength to the world


For the sake of keepsakes

I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder. I’m a big proponent of tidiness (though perhaps not to Marie Kondo’s level), and I’ll clean my room well before turning to homework, or perhaps a pressing editor’s note I have to publish in a few hours. But over the last three years, I’ve made more and more room in my dorm to house smaller objects on desks and dressers, all meant to capture some snapshot of the college years. 


Growing up with Brecht

When my parents moved to East Germany in the 1990s, Stalinist memorabilia still adorned many corners and offices. “Real socialism” had broken down a few years prior, but the bleak relicts of empty houses, gray skies and scarce infrastructure still made it a rather unwelcoming place

The Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" was released Dec. 25 and garnered eight Academy Award nominations.

Cheney biopic 'Vice' wastes stellar work from Christian Bale

Everyone on “Vice"'s marketing team deserves a raise. I could not wait to see the movie, mostly due to a stellar trailer that mainly focuses on the conversation where George W. Bush asks Dick Cheney to be his Vice President. The scene is tense and captivating, but nothing else in the movie comes close to echoing its greatness.


Looking back on 'Yu-Gi-Oh!'

Our childhoods are ruled by borderline obsessions. At least, mine was. Often still indicative of my personality is my all-or-nothing approach to my interests. Either I loved something and would express that love at every opportunity, or I had no interest in it at all.