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Summer Reading, Reviewed

Summer Reading, Reviewed

Leo McMahon '20

September 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

In the all-too-likely event that you skipped your summer reading, dear reader, I’ll relieve your suspense now: you did not miss any transformational experiences. That being said, you’ll find a pleasant few hours’ reading. Both the recommended community book (The Town that Food Saved) and the Diversity and...

DAMN.

DAMN.

Michael Senko '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

It has been over two years since Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly. The album, eclectic, masterful, and wildly successful, ushered in a new era of experimental rap-jazz that, at first listen, seems to continue in DAMN.. But Kendrick’s new album, released on April 14th, is notably more mat...

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

By BECKY ZHANG ‘18 AND ROSELLE LOVELL-SMITH ‘18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Thought you’d seen the last of us? Don’t worry. DJs Beckybeckyhi and Rizzle Lizzle Smizzle heard your pleas and are back with another angsty playlist to get you through these chilly winter months. Get ready for our freshest playlist yet, throwing back with a few classics from your wildest middle school...

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

Michael Senko '18

January 27, 2017


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“Cinemascope presents, in full color, a motion picture spectacular: an adventurous escapade of music, love, and dreams in a whimsical cityscape!” No, this is not a synopsis for a traditional movie-musical from the 20s, 60s, and 70s - it’s the promotional text for this year’s frontrunner for B...

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

December 15, 2016


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Christmas is the best time of year for celebrating the joys of family, friendship, and childhood. If you’re looking to get in the sentimental Christmas mood, it’s time for you to (re)watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It is “one of the best movies ever,” according to Dr. Reyes. Parents and f...

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: A Review

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: A Review

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Everyone has heard about it: the 2009 miracle on the Hudson. It was an uncanny feat of triumph, and 155 lives were saved. After an unheard of double-engine failure, a full-sized passenger plane landed on the Hudson. An American hero was born, an epitome of the will of human survival. The world was u...

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Becky Zhang '18

October 7, 2016


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Fall is here: the season of letting go and starting over. While it may seem that we have been at school forever, we remain in a time of transition, reflected both in nature and in the mind. The trees are turning bronze and shedding their leaves while we, too, are forced to leave the past behind and focus...

Take a chance on Chance the Rapper

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

It has been around four months since Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper’s 3rd official mixtape, dropped exclusively on Apple Music. Announced a week before it was set to release, it attracted all sorts of interest: Chance made first became mainstream with his album Acid Rap in 2013, saturating his gospel-influenced,...

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

Michael Senko '18, Staff Writer

May 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Disney’s new movie “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a cinematic spectacle. Baloo’s fur flows and shakes with shocking realism, the sound of Kaa’s scales squirming and sliding across branches is impeccably slimy, and the half-warehouse-in-LA, half-CGI jungle is packed to the brim...

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

Adia Fielder '17 and Langa Chinyoka '17

May 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The iconic new album from Beyoncé is an emotional journey. Primarily but not only about Beyoncé’s relationship with Jay-Z, “Lemonade” is about growth and healing. Pray You Catch Me The opening song of “Lemonade” is raw and stripped back – it introduces the themes of the album; th...

Zootopia: A Review

Candace Tong-Li '16, Arts Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

From the start, this year’s Disney blockbuster was bound to be a hit. From playful marketing to adorable character design, “Zootopia” drew people of all ages into cinemas the moment it hit the screen. It’s not surprising, seeing as most Disney and Pixar movies rise to the top of the box office...

Bowie’s Swan Song, Song by Song

Bowie’s Swan Song, Song by Song

Michael Senko '18

February 9, 2016


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David Bowie’s 26th and final studio album, “Blackstar,” was released just two days before his untimely passing. In that short period of time, the album was heralded as one of his best, reinvigorating Bowie in a new light as he drifted towards his last. And, when all was revealed, “Blackstar”...

Spooktober Cinema

Spooktober Cinema

Michael Senko '18

October 31, 2015


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The kids don their white bed sheets. The pumpkins morph into Jack-o’-lanterns with the flick of a lighter. The candy bowl is on the porch, and the arbitrary “only take one” sign is ducktaped to the door. A creepy, maniacal aura fills the air. There are ghouls and mummies and goblins and a helluva...