The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Zoёs illustration for the neowestern movie column.

“Hell or High Water”: a neo-Western moral reflection

Maya Surrenti, Culture Staff Writer April 16, 2024

I decided to watch a movie with my friends one Sunday night and got hit with a profound meditation on morality. The ambiguous message in “Hell or High Water” questions where or whether one can draw...

Mollys illustration for the Tiny Habits music review column.

Singing in harmony: a song review of Tiny Habits’s recent releases 

Sophie Williams, Culture Staff Writer April 12, 2024

Light bounces off a sparkling disco ball and blue spotlights shine down on center stage as the crowd watches, enchanted by the opening act.  In an hour or so, Gracie Abrams will be on stage, but now,...

Wylies illustration for the Dune 2 movie review column.

Dune Part Two: more sand, even more women

Liam Laramie, Culture Staff Writer April 11, 2024

As it stands today, “Dune: Part Two” has brought in $634 million at the box office worldwide. Following on the heels of the success of “Dune: Part One” and the star-studded cast, it is no surprise...

Zoёs illustration for the poem media review.

Letting the mind feel like a spring morning

Carolyn Kelly, Culture Staff Writer April 4, 2024

These days, the world around me is waking up from a long—albeit warm—winter, and A. A. Milne’s poem “Spring Morning” has never resonated more. It’s true that birds and blooms are beginning...

Wylies illustration for the Saltburn movie review column featuring various illustrative elements from the movie.

Saltburn: Hot Take or a Sloppy Glorification?

Tatum Johnson, Culture Staff Writer February 23, 2024

“Saltburn” quickly became popular after its Nov. 17, 2023 release, but the hype may be unfounded.   The film follows Oliver, portrayed by Barry Keoghan, who is taken under the wing of his more...

Molly Parkers illi for the Jake Minch EP review. A sketchy silhouette with headphones on with music notes floating around them.

The best new artist you haven’t heard of: a review of “how many”

Clare Yesilonis, Culture Staff Writer February 5, 2024

From the day that I first received a TikTok of Jake Minch’s original song, “id pick up flowers” two years ago, I became a fan. The video takes place in what I assume to be his bedroom, and he...

Mollys illi for the 1989 album review

Taylor Swift channels synth-pop and nostalgia: a “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” review

Sophie Williams, Culture Staff Writer November 8, 2023

Heartbreak, polaroids and red lipstick: Taylor Swift brings 2014 to 2023 with her highly-anticipated fourth re-recording: “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”   Released on Oct. 27, the re-recorded “1989...

Mollys illustration for the Scarlet album review

Doja Cat sees red: “Scarlet” and its complexities

Maya Surrenti, Culture Staff Writer October 4, 2023

Editor's note: This story was updated on Oct. 4 at 3:46 p.m. to cite "Paint the Town Red," as the song that hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100.  Doja Cat’s new album “Scarlet” simultaneously...

Staff Recommends: What we listened to over the summer

Culture Staff August 30, 2022

“Country Squire” by Tyler Childers – Avery DeLisle Country music has, sometimes understandably, gotten a bad rap for its cheesy sound and overly-patriotic themes. While I can understand why, the...

Culture Staff Recommends: What to do while procrastinating studying for finals

Culture Staff May 3, 2022

Watch “Russian Doll” – Anna Berg “Russian Doll” is a mind-bending show that goes far beyond your typical time travel story, and Netflix released a second season April 20. The series stars...

Euphoria: are you seeing what I’m seeing?

Euphoria: are you seeing what I’m seeing?

Shayla Blair, Culture Staff Writer January 26, 2022

HBO's latest teen drama is a provocative portrayal of adolescents that captured the attention of the internet through its shock value. “Euphoria” returned for its second season Jan. 9 of this year...

Zabby & Elfs Stone Soup sits at 211 College St. on a cold evening on Jan. 22.

Stone Soup serves food and conversation for workers and patrons alike

Dominic Minadeo, Culture Staff Writer January 25, 2022

Cooks converse with customers, scooping dishes from a steaming buffet while cheerful chatter wafts across the dining room.  Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, named after owners Avery Rifkin “Zabby”...

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