Category: A & E

‘Indian Matchmaking’ Isn’t a Perfect Match, But Worth the Compromise

Shortly after the release of Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever,” which was recently renewed for a second season, Netflix debuts another original series highlighting the South Asian experience. Smriti Mundhra’s documentary “Indian Matchmaking” explores the arranged marriage process with top Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia at the center of the show’s exciting dates, nervous breakdowns [...]

‘The Last of Us Part II’: A Light in the Dark

Warning: This review contains spoilers. When I look out at the world, I see that it is ravaged by a pandemic, beset by tribalism and engrossed in violence and fear. You would think this sounds like our world, but it’s not — at least not in the same way. This is “The Last of Us,” [...]

‘Feel the Beat’ Misses the Right Note

Scrolling through Netflix yields a treasure trove of binge-worthy dance movies, some refreshing and some not so much. The vast majority of them, however, follow similar storylines revolving around a singular dancer who happens to find love while competing in a dance contest, or while performing in a musical. “Feel the Beat” checks both of [...]

In Samberg’s Triumphant ‘Palm Springs,’ Life Never Stops Stopping

  Ever since Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993, the concept of a time loop has been so exhausted in film that I had low expectations for “Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg’s recent attempt to follow in Murray’s iconic footsteps. However, much like Samberg himself, the film is bold, subversive and hilarious. Brilliantly headlined [...]

‘Shirley’ Unmasks the Real Monster: Toxic Masculinity

From “Mary Shelley” to “Colette,” recent years have seen a surge of movies particularly surrounding the lives of female authors. Longtime fans of these writers’ work will no doubt comprise a large part of the audience for these films, but there’s something universally intriguing about learning who the authors were off the page. Was the [...]

‘The Politician’ Season 2 Doesn’t Deserve Your Vote

Just nine months after its initial season release, Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” returned to Netflix to continue the creator’s $300 million creative partnership with the company that also produced the critical letdown “Hollywood.” Much of the show’s first season suffered from a severe identity crisis, which hindered both its satirical take on politics and the [...]

‘Love, Victor’ Refreshing, Yet Lacks True LGBTQ+ Representation

During this year’s Pride, much of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are stuck celebrating indoors instead of the usual parade-filled festivities. One way to celebrate, especially for college students a bit distanced from the drama that goes hand-in-hand with the high school experience, is to binge the brief yet sweet Hulu series “Love, Victor.” [...]

Ashe and Niall Horan Break Hearts With ‘Moral of the Story’

Ashe and Niall Horan collab with features of Ashe’s original album art from “Moral of the Story: Chapter 1.”/Courtesy of mom + pop music Ashlyn “Ashe” Willson has long been writing songs about life, love and heartbreak. I’ve loved Ashe and her songwriting genius for a few years now, but her most recent rework of [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

‘Tenet’ Marks Nolan’s Most Innovative Film Yet

With theaters shuttered since March, studios have opted to either postpone their summer blockbuster releases to late 2020 or 2021, or release their tentpole films on demand. Warner Bros., however, decided to continue with its planned summer release of “Tenet,” albeit with a two-month delay. It’s the first big-budget film to be released in the [...]

Groundbreaking ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Will Be Dearly Missed

Comedian Hasan Minhaj stands boldly on stage, ready to discuss controversial topics with his live audience./Courtesy of Netflix On any given Sunday night, you could most likely find me watching episodes of Emmy and Peabody award-winning “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” on Netflix after a long day of studying. Since the release of “Homecoming King,” [...]

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Teleports to Another Hit Season

Talking chimpanzees, time traveling assassins and robot mothers seem like they wouldn’t work, but “The Umbrella Academy” weaves all these clashing threads together for a gripping, bingeable show. The first season of the hit Netflix show was 2019’s ninth most popular release and third most popular series on Netflix in the United States. Needless to [...]

Don’t Glorify the Suffering of Your Favorite Artist

Trigger warning: This article discusses suicide, depression and substance abuse.  With the recent chart success of Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die,” it occurred to me that two of the year’s most popular (and best) albums have been posthumous releases from artists who died under the age of 30. Juice WRLD’s album, as well as Mac [...]

Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Is a Breath of Fresh Air

I first listened to “Folklore” curled up with a book on a rainy Bombay evening. Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album is remarkably different from her signature radio-hit, ever-enthusiastic synth-pop brand — and it’s absolutely delightful. “Folklore” has an almost mystical way of transporting its audience to a hazy evening in a dark red brick cabin [...]

‘Indian Matchmaking’ Isn’t a Perfect Match, But Worth the Compromise

Shortly after the release of Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever,” which was recently renewed for a second season, Netflix debuts another original series highlighting the South Asian experience. Smriti Mundhra’s documentary “Indian Matchmaking” explores the arranged marriage process with top Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia at the center of the show’s exciting dates, nervous breakdowns [...]

‘The Last of Us Part II’: A Light in the Dark

Warning: This review contains spoilers. When I look out at the world, I see that it is ravaged by a pandemic, beset by tribalism and engrossed in violence and fear. You would think this sounds like our world, but it’s not — at least not in the same way. This is “The Last of Us,” [...]

‘Feel the Beat’ Misses the Right Note

Scrolling through Netflix yields a treasure trove of binge-worthy dance movies, some refreshing and some not so much. The vast majority of them, however, follow similar storylines revolving around a singular dancer who happens to find love while competing in a dance contest, or while performing in a musical. “Feel the Beat” checks both of [...]

In Samberg’s Triumphant ‘Palm Springs,’ Life Never Stops Stopping

  Ever since Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993, the concept of a time loop has been so exhausted in film that I had low expectations for “Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg’s recent attempt to follow in Murray’s iconic footsteps. However, much like Samberg himself, the film is bold, subversive and hilarious. Brilliantly headlined [...]

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