The cheerful elements often mask an underlying bleakness, and ‘The French Dispatch’ is no exception to this classic Wes Anderson formula.
Needless to say, J.P. Licks’ two newest featured flavors were disappointing. The midnight munchies mashed together two very different textures — sweet peanut butter with salty garlic-tinted ranch — the end result of which detonated my tastebuds.
“Celebration” was expressed by MITSO as the end to a long year-and-a-half without live music. The first concert of the semester brought forth infectious energy to Kresge Auditorium with a colorful palette of joy by Bernstein, Ravel, and Respighi.
Known as one of the best tattoo artists in Maine’s Department of Corrections, Pilsbury had a never-ending list of clients waiting for tattoos, for which he was often compensated with instant ramen because it is the currency of prison, a place without cash.
The virtual production keeps the spirit of the Shakespeare Ensemble alive, finding new opportunities for creativity, humor, and acting within the medium of video.
In focusing on the realness of one particular family’s story, ‘Minari’ manages to capture a greater experience, beyond what Hollywood has been able to understand about Asian Americans and family before. It’s not a concrete idea, but it’s the beginning of a long overdue healing.
In case you wanted to relive 2020, ‘Totally Under Control’ is the documentary for you. All joking aside, director Alex Gibney’s most recent documentary is a must-watch, both because of the importance of the subject matter and because of the masterful filmmaking.
Tonally, ‘Superliminal’ reminds me of ‘The Stanley Parable,’ where the protagonist explores a mysteriously empty office building at the behest (or in spite) of an omniscient narrator. The ‘Superliminal’ player doesn’t have as much freedom as ‘The Stanley Parable’ player, but both games give a vibe of constant unnerve and the story spiraling into nonsense.
Considering ‘A Fold Apart’ is Lightning Rod Games’ first foray into the world, I will give them credit for creating an honest portrayal of the hardships of a long-distance relationship as well as creating a puzzle game with unique mechanics, but I would have expected smoother gameplay since the team consists of industry veterans.
When the sky hangs heavy with clouds, when the wind trembles in the trees, when thunder shakes the air: Grab a cup of your favorite brew, settle by a window that frames the approach of winter, and absorb this auditory drama of murder, masculinity, and madness.
Basquiat and all his modern cachet were what convinced me to attend, but the rich diversity of creative styles made me stay.