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The Oscars: more diverse, but lacks serious intention

The Oscars: more diverse, but lacks serious intention

Kim Henry, Senior Staff Writer

February 23, 2019

The Oscars have been in hot water for years. The awards show was surrounded by controversies like #OscarsSoWhite and their record low ratings last year, according to a March 2018 Vanity Fair article.  This year’s Oscars is without a host for the first time, and many catagories will be cut from the broa...

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 fear throughout the film stuck with me. It wasn’t the jarring scares or the sight of bloody monsters t...

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 as they try to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night. Although it...

Culture staff recommends: Netflix movies

Arts Staff

April 3, 2018

Did you forget to grab a free movie ticket this week? Don’t want to make the trek down the hill to the Roxy? Culture staff writers have you covered with five Netflix movies you can watch from the comfort of your own bed. Check the culture section weekly for our staff’s picks.   “Ma...

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 a career-ending injury, is forced to join a Russian secret intelligence school that trains studen...

Showing gratitude to a legendary ski filmmaker

Bridget Higdon, Arts Editor

February 14, 2018

I was 6 years old when I took my first ski lesson, and since then, you can always find me doing the snow dance. I was heartily saddened two weeks ago when I read about the death of prolific ski filmmaker Warren Miller.  I grew up watching many of his films with my family every winter. Miller ...

“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 collars, bow ties, trimming, devilish coats and dress trains trailing behind. Fabric, and the bodies th...

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

January 31, 2018

I am stumbling out of a movie theater, turning a line of dialogue from the film I’ve just seen around in my head, over and over: “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” In the process of trying to understand what it means, I’m met by brutal winter wind. I’m stunned, having...

Local festival tackles social issues with film

Sarah Robinson

October 18, 2017

Burlington will once again be home to “the world’s oldest environmental and human rights film festival,” according to its website. The 32nd annual Vermont International Film Festival runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 29. “I think that part of the purpose of the film festival is to open people’s...

Physicists find new way of seeing atoms

Physicists find new way of seeing atoms

Alexandra Shannon

April 21, 2016

A UVM physicist has found a new way to see atoms in industrial materials using X-rays.   The findings of the experiment were first released online March 28 by the Nature Physics journal. Physics professor Randall Headrick led the research team, which consisted of his graduate student, Jeffre...

Artist interprets America

Artist interprets America

March 31, 2016

Art is often up for interpretation, evoking ideas unbounded in space or time. Erik Hougen, a young artist living and working in Brooklyn, describes his new exhibition as taking place in a “floating time period.” “It could have taken place a year ago or 20 years ago, and it could be the story that ta...

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