The Vermont Cynic

Marvel’s new hero fights social issues

October 14, 2016


Filed under Artist Spotlight, Reviews

So you’ve finally moved off campus and you’re broke as hell. Why waste non-existent disposable income when you can stay in, just you and an obscene amount of television? My recommendation: binge-watching is free, so spend the night getting to know Netflix’s newest superhero and my new boyf...

‘Snowden’ fails to live up to the drama

Colin Kamphuis

October 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Despite featuring some of the fresher names in the film world, “Snowden” is a tired rehashing of an old formula. The film was directed by Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. “Snowden” details the professional career of one of America’s most infamous whistleblowers, Edwar...

Film renews typical trope

Film renews typical trope

Colin Kamphuis

September 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Comedic, charming and heartfelt, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” tugs the heartstrings without bordering on sappiness. “Hunt for the Widerpeople” tells the story of a young foster child who, after spending his life living in cities, is sent to live on a farm in rural New Zealand. Despite...

Indie rock band perfects act

Indie rock band perfects act

Bridget Dorsey

September 23, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Only one band is able to rock their audience down to the ground only to throw them back up into the air through amazing sound and incredible theatrics.   of Montreal, who is actually from Athens, Georgia, played at Higher Ground Sept. 13.   The indie rock staple is known for thei...

Ecological art: a more creative call to action

Ecological art: a more creative call to action

Chloe Foster

September 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

In the age of climate change and conservationism, ecological art is on the rise. Local artists and environmentalists came together to create a collaborative ecological art exhibit in Billings Library Sept. 4. The event consi sted of exhibits including poetry, interactive media and a lecture from aut...

Wilco releases reflective new album

Wilco releases reflective new album

Alex LeRose

September 21, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Dads and rock fans everywhere can rejoice. Wilco’s 10th studio album, “Schmilco,” was released Sept. 9. While the album name suggests the kind of dad humor the band is known for, “Schmilco” is much more acoustic in comparison to the band’s previous albums like the 2015 “Star Wars...

Familial drama drives family to modern realities

Familial drama drives family to modern realities

Colin Kamphuis

September 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Everybody has felt fed up with society from time to time, and some may daydream about running away and starting a new life away from it all. “Captain Fantastic” is a story about raising a family in that environment after rejecting social norms and the perceived inadequacies of the modern world. Th...

Comedy and controversy mingle in ‘Sausage Party’

Colin Kamphuis

September 8, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Childish humor, drugs and sex make “Sausage Party” a typical irreverent comedy. Seth Rogen’s depraved animation, “Sausage Party,” tells the story of anthropomorphic food in a grocery store. The groceries consider shoppers as gods who will take them to the “Great Beyond,” until they learn the...

Indie rock band discusses how to be human

September 4, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

An indie quartet from Oxford, England has succeeded in creating an album that transforms somber and banal life experiences into groovy, harmonious songs. Glass Animals’ second album, “How to be a Human Being,” is a concept album focusing on a specific theme; in this case, human personalities....

Netflix original series throws viewers back to the ’80s

Netflix original series throws viewers back to the ’80s

Chris Leow

August 31, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The Netflix original series “Stranger Things” was a surprise summer hit. The series is set in the 1980s and is one huge throwback, calling to mind classics like “The Goonies,” and is seemingly inspired by Stephen King. The story begins with the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers (Noah...

Beyonce serves lemonade

Beyonce serves lemonade

Erin Lucey

May 6, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Or, if you’re Beyonce, you drop an unapologetic, guaranteed-classic album about all of the ways you’ve been wronged. The visual album “Lemonade” is an hour-long visual album set to 12 tracks of genres ranging from trap to gospel, released ...

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Bettina Cataldi

May 4, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Saturday was a sunny day filled with an abundance of body tie-dye, truffle fries, friends being escorted to the drunk tank and the highly-anticipated main musical acts Bison, Madalia and The Head and the Heart.  UPB hosted its annual SpringFest March 31 in the Jeffords parking lot. This was the first y...

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