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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

Hausu, the perfect introduction to Japanese horror

‘Hausu,’ the perfect introduction to Japanese horror

Evan Peck, Staff Writer October 28, 2020

Every Halloween season demands a horror/thriller movie on a cold and dark fall night with some warm popcorn on a cozy couch.  But, maybe you’ve seen all of the classics from “Nosferatu” to “Get...

“Ballad of Buster Scruggs” displays creativity over cohesion

Keely Lyons, Staff Columnist February 1, 2019

In the opening scene of the Coen brothers’ newest film, a ragged and worn book titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” lies centered on a nondescript wooden floor as Western guitars and horns play...

Review: “A Quiet Place” captivates audiences

Review: “A Quiet Place” captivates audiences

Allie O'Connor, Culture Columnist April 27, 2018

My ears were ringing the moment the credits rolled, a distant hum that stayed with me as I caught the late-night bus back to campus. Though I’d seen the movie with friends, the feeling of isolation and...

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist April 19, 2018

If you enjoy feminist perspectives and John Cena butt chugging beer, “Blockers” might be the film for you. “Blockers” stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz, and follows three parents...

Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Review: Red Sparrow leaves viewers uninspired

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist March 20, 2018

There’s fashion, sex, espionage and violence, but not even Jennifer Lawrence can make this bloated spy thriller work. “Red Sparrow” follows prima ballerina Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence) who, after...

“Black Panther” brings black superheroes into the spotlight

Alec Collins, Arts Columnist February 28, 2018

The latest addition to Disney’s sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther,” is the most important superhero blockbuster since “Iron Man” reinvented the genre in 2008. “Black Panther,”...

“Phantom Thread” enchants and surprises

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist February 8, 2018

Silk, lace, muslin, taffeta, chiffon and satin. In every instant of “Phantom Thread,” fashion pours out of the frame and couture overwhelms the eye with bold elegance. There are sleeves, crisp...

“Dear White People”

Gaetano Martello November 11, 2014

This week, I had the pleasure of getting to see the new racial satire “Dear White People.” Its primary focus is on the relationship between blacks and whites, first and foremost from the black perspective. It...

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