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Music Review: “Potluck” shows promise for PNTHN

Music Review: “Potluck” shows promise for PNTHN

Joshua Kayo

May 9, 2018

Dixieland is a subgenre of jazz music, rooted in New Orleans tradition. To paint a sonic picture, imagine “When The Saints Go Marching In” being played by a brass band during Mardi Gras at a local bar. This is by far the most common way that many people will be exposed to Dixieland outside of NOLA. The...

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

Zach Ienatsch

March 18, 2018

The closing feature for the SXSW film festival this year was Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs." After an impressive, crowd-pleasing line-up for the festival, there could not have been a better movie to finish on a high note. Anderson outdoes himself yet again by delivering a unique,...

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

Zach Ienatsch

March 16, 2018

An important quality of a diverse collection of stories is the inclusion of underrepresented communities. Not an abstract conception of a group of people with similar qualities but quite literally a physical community in which the residents live, work and produce culture. In this case at SXSW, it’s...

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

Zach Ienatsch

March 14, 2018

Comedy is not just about making an audience laugh. The art of comedy allows artists to cross lines and provoke questions which cannot be done in a serious context. It allows audiences to contend with their own emotions and awkward situations in a relaxed yet stimulating approach. In film, two hours of...

Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger” episode one spoiler-free review

Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger” episode one spoiler-free review

Carrington Tatum

March 12, 2018

After each experiencing their own traumatizing experience, two previously unconnected teenagers are bestowed with the ability to manipulate light and dark energies that will bind them together for the rest of their lives. "Cloak and Dagger" marks the newest addition to Marvel's lineup of episodic...

SXSW film festival analysis: women in film

SXSW film festival analysis: women in film

Zach Ienatsch

March 12, 2018

With diversity being a hot button topic, there’s been a long overdue push to include more women in important conversations and in positions of power. The strive for inclusion not only promotes a more even playing field for filmmakers and executives regardless of gender, but also allows the film medium...

SXSW Film Review: “Blockers” a comedy for the modern era

SXSW Film Review: “Blockers” a comedy for the modern era

Zach Ienatsch

March 11, 2018

The daring, sex comedy "Blockers" appears to be another standard predictable adult comedy at first glance. However, the movie dares, and accomplishes, to be so much more than its predecessors. Centered around a trio of well-meaning parents attempting to stop their daughters from losing their virginity...

SXSW Film Review: “Thy Kingdom Come” documentary shows another side of American life

SXSW Film Review: “Thy Kingdom Come” documentary shows another side of American life

Carrington Tatum

March 11, 2018

"Thy Kingdom Come" offers a challenging and unconventional documentary that highlights some of the rougher styles of American life. Documenting the trauma of a body ravaged by sickness, a mother bearing the guilt of her child's death, a KKK member seeking redemption as well as a number of other troubled...

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