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Steven Pearlstein’s “Can American Capitalism Survive?”

Steven Pearlstein’s “Can American Capitalism Survive?”

March 30, 2019

Capitalism in the US isn’t working for ordinary people. The richest 10% of Americans have received almost all of the benefits of economic growth while living standards for the average household have stagnated. In response to this extreme inequality, critiques of capitalism are becoming more mainstream. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren are proposing drastic changes to the core of American capitalism, and a growing group of authors have published books suggesting their own systemic changes as well. Among these authors is the longtime business journalist for "The Washington Post," Steven Pearlstein.

Mediocrity in “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Mediocrity in “Velvet Buzzsaw”

March 30, 2019

Just by reading the title, you can already correctly assume the level of subtlety and tone achieved in "Velvet Buzzsaw." Attempting a very meta narrative, the film tries to dive into the position and purpose of art in our modern world, but can’t quite live up to its potential. Writer and director Dan Gilroy finds a somewhat easy target with the world of modern art, not-so-subtly bashing the people responsible for the exclusivity of art. But, sadly for Gilroy, he’s unable to see his own failings as a filmmaker, falling short in the same areas he attempts to critique.

“Happy Death Day 2U”: An Entertaining Embrace of Insanity

“Happy Death Day 2U”: An Entertaining Embrace of Insanity

February 28, 2019

What could I possibly say about "Happy Death Day 2U" that isn’t already told by the name alone? If you go into the theater thinking you’ll enjoy yourself, I’m doubtless you will. However, if you’re the type to hear that title and immediately form some harsh opinions, then it’s probable you’ll hate every minute of the runtime. Not guaranteed, though.

Future Fails to Bring the Magic in His Newest Album

Future Fails to Bring the Magic in His Newest Album

February 28, 2019

Future, colloquially known as the “Codeine King,” “Future Hendrix,” and, most recently, “The WIZRD,” is an artist defined by one thing, and one thing only: hits. Future has undoubtedly shaped the soundscape of the 2010s with his warbly and mumbled delivery, his dark and distorted melodies, and his love of the purple drink.

The FYRE Documentaries

The FYRE Documentaries

February 28, 2019

By now, you’ve probably heard about the disaster that was FYRE Festival. It took place in the Bahamas in April of 2017, when thousands of rich millennials flew out to an unfinished festival site that had almost no food and water, nowhere for them to sleep, and no way to get back to the States.

Big K.R.I.T.’s New Release Fulfills Expectations

Big K.R.I.T.’s New Release Fulfills Expectations

February 28, 2019

In late 2018, multitalented Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. dropped a set of three EPs, "Thrice X," "Double Down," and "Trifecta," which he has since assembled into one short album, TDT. Only eight tracks, this project is far less imposing than K.R.I.T.’s 2017 classic, "4eva Is a Mighty Long Time," and while this compilation does not quite reach the level of that album, it still is a good contribution with some excellent tracks on it.

Earl Sweatshirt’s Awaited “Rap Songs” Altogether Impresses

Earl Sweatshirt’s Awaited “Rap Songs” Altogether Impresses

February 3, 2019

In his third album, "Some Rap Songs", Earl Sweatshirt continues to explore his unique voice on a very intimate and experimental project. Following a three-year wait, many fans may have been disappointed to see the album’s 25-minute runtime, but Earl gives the 15 tracks a cohesive feel and a great deal of substance, making it much greater than the sum of its parts.

“Vice’s” Portrayal of Dick Cheney Drowns in Its Own Irony

Andrew Mello, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 3, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

It wasn’t until I saw a weeping Dick Cheney choking out what was meant to be his dying words that I finally understood why I was so angry with Vice. It took the man until the possibility of death, and the end of the film, to feel the weight of his sins pour out in his tears, and to know that what he had done was wrong.

21 Savage’s “i am > i was” Branches Out, Provokes Emotion

21 Savage’s “i am > i was” Branches Out, Provokes Emotion

February 1, 2019

21 Savage released his second solo album, "i am > i was," on December 21st. As the title suggests, this album showcases a great deal of artistic and personal growth for the Atlanta rapper. He continues with many of his usual trap bangers but supplements these with personal songs that touch on more complex themes. The album also is loaded with big name features, some being 21’s usual collaborators like Offset and Post Malone, while others are less expected, like ScHoolboy Q, J. Cole, and Childish Gambino.

“Beale Street” Doesn’t Just Talk, It Dazzles and Moves

“Beale Street” Doesn’t Just Talk, It Dazzles and Moves

February 1, 2019

Few movies in 2018 came close to the level of artistry and grandeur displayed in Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ beautiful adaptation of James Baldwin’s romantic novel "If Beale Street Could Talk." This elegant and intricate work of cinematic poetry, set in 1970s Harlem, follows the ups and downs of young couple Tish Rivers (Kiki Layne) and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James).

“Roma” Leaves Viewers Inspired

“Roma” Leaves Viewers Inspired

January 31, 2019

"Roma" is a stunning depiction of love in the face of loss and pain. Set in the ’70s in a suburb of Mexico city, "Roma" tells the story of a wealthy family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio). While she spends the majority of her time cleaning, cooking, and caring for the family with another maid named Adela, Cleo seeks the same thing as everyone else: love from a man she believes to be hers. Throughout the film, which is shot in black and white, women take the lead and are the hidden strength behind each day. When Sofia, Cleo’s employer, is left by her husband for another, Cleo and Sofia support each other as the new leaders of the family.

Redefining the Genre, “Birdbox” Offers a New Apocalypse

Redefining the Genre, “Birdbox” Offers a New Apocalypse

January 31, 2019

The it’s-the-end-of-the-world-and-everyone's-dying movie genre is an incredibly underrated one. From "World War Z" to "The Day After Tomorrow," apocalypse movies rarely disappoint. For those looking for a new but thrilling take on the genre, "Bird Box," a new Netflix original, is both an exception and a welcome addition to the genre.

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