The Vermont Cynic

Lorde hypnotizes Boston with new album

Lorde hypnotizes Boston with new album

April 11, 2018

Whenever I attend a concert, the aftermath is the only thing I remember clearly: running up cement stai...

“Black Panther” brings black superheroes into the spotlight

February 28, 2018

The latest addition to Disney’s sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther,” is the mos...

“Phantom Thread” enchants and surprises

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

February 8, 2018

Filed under Arts, Reviews

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 that give it shape en...

“Call Me By Your Name” transports audience

January 31, 2018

I am stumbling out of a movie theater, turning a line of dialogue from the film I’ve just seen aroun...

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

Spooky video games to play this Halloween

November 2, 2017

Video games are one of my favorite pastimes, whether I want to have fun with friends or wind down after...

Author analyzes history of symphony

Author analyzes history of symphony

April 7, 2016

Filed under Arts, Reviews

The interplay between art and history is often overlooked.Bestselling author M.T. Anderson reminded his audience...

Marvel’s witty superhero makes it to the big screen

March 24, 2016

From lines like, “Time to make the chimi-fucking-changas!” to masturbation references, Deadpool is definitely not a typical superhero movie.  The movie follows Wade W...

Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Chris Leow

March 2, 2016

Filed under Life

Vermont’s ice cream icons, Ben and Jerry, want everyone to be able to enjoy their delicious ice cr...

‘Carol’ crosses social barriers but misses nomination

February 17, 2016

Filed under Arts, Reviews

Abeautiful and sensual love story between two women is making waves this Academy Award season.Set in 1952 in New York City, “Carol” begins when Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) meet in a department store.Carol, who has a young daughter and is going through a divorce, intrigues the innocent T...

Comedian doubles the fun for local comedy club

February 4, 2016

Filed under Arts, Reviews

Off-beat and off-the-cuff comedy was on full display at Vermont Comedy Club the weekend of Jan. 22. Canadian comedian Phil Hanley paid a visit to Burlington both Friday and Saturday night. Hanley’s set was equal parts written bits and improvised crowd work.Hanley began his set by talking to members of the audience seated closest t...

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Film brings brutal past to bear

February 3, 2016

Shockingly violent and overwhelmingly heart- breaking, “The Revenant” is the most gruesome western to date...

‘Spotlight’ displays hard journalism at its greatest

Colin Kamphuis

December 9, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

The new journalist-centric film “Spotlight” deftly handles the stomach-turning story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the Catholic Church’s protection of pedophile-priests. The story focuses on the newspaper’s “Spotlight” team, America’s oldest continually operating investigative journal- ist team. ...

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