Amy Guay

The Privilege of Forgetting

The Privilege of Forgetting


I am nine months old when I fly first class for the first—and, at the time of this writing—only time in my life. My commuter dad amassed enough frequent flier points to score three deluxe seats on the second floor of a double-decker plane flying from Hong Kong International to JFK. Tragically, my paid-for seat…

Best of 2016: Movies

Best of 2016: Movies

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1.) Zootopia Zootopia includes effective humor, impactful themes, and introduces a beautiful, immersive environment to boot. The film follows Judy Hopps’s move to the city of Zootopia where she attempts to prove herself against existing stereotypes. The plot is engaging, hilarious, and ultimately uplifting. Each of the characters grapple with how their identities shape their interactions…

<i>Nocturnal Animals</i> Weaves a Tangled, Stunning Web

Nocturnal Animals Weaves a Tangled, Stunning Web


The women — corpulent, naked, and defiantly at ease — gyrate in slow-motion to haunting strings from composer Abel Korzeniowski, waving sparklers as the opening credits for Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals roll. The scene functions as both a meditative microcosm and an eye-catching hook: a promise of more things beautiful and strangely evocative to come….

Case for the Classics: <i>Fiddler on the Roof</i>

Case for the Classics: Fiddler on the Roof


The story has reached near mythic status in my family history: as I stopped at houses on the Halloween of my fourth year on this earth, I captivated dozens of unsuspecting neighbors with a rendition of “If I Were a Rich Man” from the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof instead of the traditional “trick-or-treat”….

A Case for the Classics: <i>The Good, the Bad and the Ugly</i>

A Case for the Classics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Being made up of movies filmed on dry, punishing landscapes and populated with reticent, tobacco-chewing male characters cloaking their fragile masculinity with some good ol’ American blood and guts, the Western genre is generally not my genre of preference. I had previously plowed through a couple of John Wayne vehicles for the sole, hollow purpose…

Pink Bows and Broken Barriers: <i>The Eagle Huntress</i> Soars

Pink Bows and Broken Barriers: The Eagle Huntress Soars


The picture is captivating: a young girl stands on a rock formation, the Mongolian mountain skyline providing a dramatic backdrop while a massive golden eagle perches on her outstretched arm. Photographed by Asher Svidensky, this picture of thirteen-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv went viral in 2014 and inspired The Eagle Huntress, a documentary which chronicles Aisholpan’s struggle…

The <i>Voice</i> Summer Reading List

The Voice Summer Reading List

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“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch — Graham Piro Multiverse theories and quantum physics typically make for dry, scholarly writing. In the hands of Blake Crouch, however, these topics make for gripping fiction. His novel “Dark Matter” tells the story of Jason Dessen, a college professor who wrestled with his decision to give up the pursuit…

A Tropical, Playful Twelfth Night Delights at The Gonda Theatre

A Tropical, Playful Twelfth Night Delights at The Gonda Theatre


Lightning and rain thunders through Gonda Theatre. Nona Johnson (COL ‘17) and Alex Yurcaba (COL ‘18), playing twins Viola and Sebastian respectively, spin wildly in the midst of the chaos. Suddenly the latter falls, seemingly dead, into a built-in pool of water. So begins Twelfth Night, a collaboration between the Theater and Performance Studies Program…

A Case for the Classics: <i>The Seven Year Itch</i>

A Case for the Classics: The Seven Year Itch


Marilyn Monroe long ago reached mythic, unreachable status as an immediately recognizable celebrity figure. She beams down in four different colors from Andy Warhol’s famous pop art, eyes peeping out almost sleepily from heavily lined lids, lips pink and mole front and center. Life size cardboard cutouts populate theaters and vintage movie shops. Biopics and…

A Case for the Classics: <i>His Girl Friday</i>

A Case for the Classics: His Girl Friday


Older movies can be a drag. No matter how classic, well-constructed or entertaining, it goes without saying that movies predating the 1950s usually lack the rapid-fire editing, breakneck plotting and visual effects extravaganza required to engage a modern, perpetually distracted audience. It’s often because of this relative lack of energy that I often begin a…

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