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<I>Fashioning a Nation</i> shows what America is made of

Fashioning a Nation shows what America is made of


The National Gallery of Art’s online exhibit Fashioning a Nation is a memorial to the close relationship between two essential facets of culture: history and fashion. Each sketch connects the present to a literal and figurative thread of the past. Every artist joins to construct carefully a world of exquisitely tailored styles that proliferated during…

<i>The Hunt</i> Doesn’t Live Up to the Controversy

The Hunt Doesn’t Live Up to the Controversy


Back in July of 2019 the first trailer for The Hunt (2020) dropped online, showing a group of rich, snobby (liberal) elites hunting a bunch of regular (conservative) people, and the internet lost all common sense. The trailer was for a blatantly satirical movie, taking aim at arrogant coastal city-dwellers who didn’t see their midwestern…

The Weeknd Embraces Darkness on <i>After Hours</i>

The Weeknd Embraces Darkness on After Hours


In the music video for “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, dances maniacally through the empty nighttime streets of Las Vegas. Bandaged and bloodied, he sports a red suit reminiscent of the Joker, laughing deeply at nothing and nobody in particular. The unsettling video serves as an introduction to the dark themes throughout After…

<i>Hearts of Our People</i> Represents the Artistic Power of Native Women From Past to Present

Hearts of Our People Represents the Artistic Power of Native Women From Past to Present


Content warning: This article references sexual assault and suicide. On the wall of the Renwick Gallery there is “Sunshine on a Cannibal.” Rectangular canvases placed closely together create a jarring visual of distorted culture. In this piece, Andrea Carlson reexamines the definition of “exotic,” creating one image from the art of various civilizations. In this…

<i>Eight Perfect Murders</i> Stops Just Short of Perfection

Eight Perfect Murders Stops Just Short of Perfection


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson follows Malcolm Kershaw, co-owner of a mystery bookshop in Boston known as Old Devils Bookstore. The story opens with a fictional disclaimer framing the book as a true story, as Malcolm talks directly to the reader, leading them through recent events. From the beginning, the reader gets the feeling…

<i>Onward</i> Takes Viewers on a Personal, if Uneven, Quest

Onward Takes Viewers on a Personal, if Uneven, Quest


Pixar’s new fantasy adventure flick Onward (2020) is surprisingly poignant. “It’s probably the most personal film we’ve ever made at Pixar,” Kelsey Mann, the studio’s Head of Story, said in an interview with the Voice. He should know: Mann led the storyboarding team and coordinated with director Dan Scanlon at every point of the filmmaking…

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