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“Cuties” and #CancelNetflix: Is it worth the controversy?

Three girls dance in front of a sunset.

Caitlyn Green, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

On Sept. 10, #CancelNetflix was the number-one trending hashtag on Twitter. For once in our increasingly polarized country, the left and right picketed digitally against the same problem: “Cuties,” the debut film of French-Sengali director Maïmouna Doucouré.  “Cuties” premiered at the 2020 Sundance ...

Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” will leave you overthinking its elaborate plot

David Thewlis as Father, Jessie Buckley as Young Woman, Toni Collette as Mother, and Jesse Plemons as Jake in an unsettling dinner scene in Charlie Kaufman's

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

September 22, 2020

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is yet another surrealist and experimental film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman that will leave you thinking about its long-winding roads of conversation and an overzealous amount of references to poems, books and other films for days. Kaufman, who is kn...

Rick Riordan announces plans for a Percy Jackson series on Disney+

Rick Riordan, author of the

Madison Suseland

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, author Rick Riordan announced that his bestselling young adult book series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” will be adapted into a live-action television show that will be available to stream through Disney+. The collection of books follows Percy Jackson, a young New Yorker with a single mot...

Netflix Needs More Rom-Coms Like “The Half of It”

Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire in Netflix's new teenage rom-com

Sarah Lukowski

May 5, 2020

Netflix’s new coming-of-age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, needs to be celebrated for its honest take on high school friendships, Chinese-American identity and most importantly, what it means to be queer.  “The Half of It” is full of authenticity and heart as the school outcast ...

“Selah and the Spades” explores the complexities of high school with a fresh-faced cast and stunning visuals

Actress Lovie Simone as Selah in the new Amazon coming-of-age film

Sarah Lukowski

April 21, 2020

Writer and director Tayarisha Poe made her directorial debut with the coming-of-age film “Selah and the Spades,” which gives an honest and intriguing look into high school cliques and its politics at a prestigious boarding school in Pennsylvania.  The film follows five feuding factions at th...

Why the focus needs to shift from ‘Tiger King’ to tiger conservation

A tiger and her cub.

Ainsley Miles

April 9, 2020

The Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” released on March 20, captured the minds of viewers across America, but was it for the right reasons? The extravagant Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, attracted attention for his role in a murder-for-hire plot ...

If you have any sense and sensibility, watch ‘Emma’

After a screening of the newly released film, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein (left), “Emma” director Autumn de Wilde (middle) and lead actress Anya Taylor-Joy (right) discussed the adaptation with an audience at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline

Sarah Lukowski

March 4, 2020

An enchanting landscape, comedic characters, and elegant, frilly costumes all create a refreshing and charming film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” that is perfectly tailored for 21st century viewers. On Feb. 25, Coolidge Corner Theatre held a special screening of “Emma” that was followed...

You’ll never find another like her

You’ll never find another like her

Sarah Lukowski

February 12, 2020

Global superstar Taylor Swift released her Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” on Jan. 31, giving fans an intimate look into her life from the singer’s rise to stardom as a teenager to the release of her seventh album, “Lover.” The documentary, directed by Lana Wilson, follows Swift’s ...

An epic Oscars

An epic Oscars

Sarah Lukowski

February 12, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night consisted of many firsts, sweeps and surprises, with “Parasite” making history as the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the coveted ceremony. “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon Ho, is a South Korean thriller that has been a crowd favorite ...

Latest film in ‘Star Wars’ series must answer fans’ biggest questions

Latest film in ‘Star Wars’ series must answer fans’ biggest questions

JD Conte

December 11, 2019

When Star Wars fans left the theater after viewing “The Last Jedi” in December 2017, many felt frustrated towards director Rian Johnson. While the film sat in a decent standing with critics, 7.1/10 ratings on IMDb and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, hardcore Star Wars fans felt confused, angry and betrayed....

Documentary preserves past of Holocaust survivor

Emilio Guido (right) and Theofanis Orfanos pose for a picture after showcasing Guido's recent documentary

Hannah Arroyo

December 2, 2019

After Theofanis Orfanos came to America in 1957, he eventually started a family and established his own shoe shine shop in Downtown Boston. But what most people don’t know about the Arlington resident is that he’s a survivor of the Holocaust.  Last Friday, Northeastern student Emilio Guido showcased Orfanos...

Discussion of André Aciman’s thrilling new novel: ‘Find Me’

Author Aciman is well known for his novel 'Call Me By Your Name'

Gabrielle Delgado

November 20, 2019

André Aciman spoke about his inspirations for writing, the vibrancy of setting and spontaneity during the discussion of his new novel “Find Me” at the Boston Public Library (BPL) on Sunday Nov. 10, with the Executive Arts Editor WGBH, Jared Bowen. Following his New York Times bestselling novel...

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