Saru Garg

Saru Garg (22C) is from the suburbs of Chicago and is majoring in human health and film studies. She began writing for the Wheel to have an outlet where she could express her love for entertainment in all its forms, from screwball comedies to surrealism to sitcoms. Don't mention David Lynch or "Parks and Recreation" around her or she will talk for hours. She also enjoys baking, reading and listening to copious amounts of Mitski. Contact Garg at [email protected]

‘Nomadland’ Is a Human Exploration of What It Means To Be Home

Early on in director Chloé Zhao’s latest film, an Amazon warehouse worker shows off her tattoos to the movie’s protagonist, Fern (Frances McDormand). Morrissey’s lyrics are inked all over her body, and she makes a point to read one of her favorites out loud: “Home, is it just a word? Or is it something you [...]

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Chicago International Film Festival Tackles Meaning and Mundanity of Life

We’ve all had to adapt to the “new normal” of life amid a pandemic, from virtual concerts to drive-through birthday parties, and film festivals are no exception. The Chicago International Film Festival, which ran from Oct. 14 to Oct. 25, was almost entirely virtual, giving The Wheel the unique opportunity to cover the festival. Though [...]

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Atlanta Film Festival 2020 Highlights Hardship, Resilience

The world has gone awry since the pandemic first began in early 2020, and major events have been canceled as a result, from the Met Gala to Coachella. For the most part, however, film festivals have adapted to complications arising from COVID-19, and this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, which ran from Sept. 17 to Sept. [...]

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#ATLFF20: ‘Milkwater’ Is a Pregnancy Drama That Delivers

Although independent cinema has boomed in popularity only in recent years, it has already adopted its own set of cliches such as a twee sensibility and a focus on 20-something hipsters coming of age. Though director Morgan Ingari’s debut film “Milkwater” is not immune to these cliches, it still finds a way to tell a [...]

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

The past several months of quarantine have been a perfect time for comfort-watching. Streaming services have capitalized on this general desire to “feel good” with films like “Palm Springs” and “The Kissing Booth 2.” Writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s newest film, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” based on the eponymous 2016 novel by Iain Reid, was recently [...]

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