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‘Black Swan’ is a masterpiece

‘Black Swan’ is a masterpiece

Cameron Kunzelman

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

5/5 Bear Claws “Black Swan” is a slow roll into the deranged mind of a twentysomething ballet perfectionist with a little bit of hypersexuality thrown into the mix. That description is basically the best one that I can bestow on a film, and “Black Swan” hits all of my buttons in really specific ways. On the surface the film is about a young woman, Nina, wh...

Floco’s Modern Life

Floco’s Modern Life

Stephen Kearse

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

At approximately 2:52 p.m. every Friday afternoon, I feel it. By “it” I’m referring to that campus-wide anxiety “to do.” You know what I mean. You don’t really care what you do. You just want it to either a) not be homework or b) not be regrettable (if you withdraw from a class later i...

Here there be Little Dragon

Here there be Little Dragon

Stephen Kearse

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Masquerade is not my favorite venue. The bathrooms look like replicas of the bathrooms at Auschwitz, the bouncers are all middle-aged men with ponytails (isn’t that illegal?) and the crowd, no matter who is performing — be it hip-hop legend Pharoahe Monche or avant garde country artist Joe Nathan Tailor Swift (I made him up for the sake of this argument) —...

An interview with theKey

An interview with theKey

Eric Brown

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Mercer-based modern rock group theKey recently won the Georgia Lottery All Access Music Search. I sat down with guitarist Jonathan Wisdom to discuss the contest, musical influences and a new record. Eric Brown: So, tell me about how the band was founded. Who are your main influences? Jonathan Wisdom: Okay. The band got started at Mercer,...

Get your Guido on with Kathleen

Get your Guido on with Kathleen

Kathleen Quinlan

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

All I can say about “The Jersey Shore” is “Why?” I wish that could be the entire article because I feel it encompasses my entire article perfectly. I just do not understand the mass appeal of this show. I have been fortunate enough to have only been tricked into seeing about 15 minutes of it. The rest I learn about from “The...

An interview with Andy Hull

An interview with Andy Hull

Eric Brown

February 3, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Over the past four years, Andy Hull has established a record as one of the most talented and emotionally honest emerging musicians. As the frontman for Atlanta-based rock act Manchester Orchestra, his band’s brand of intricate, stripped-down and highly charged rock leads to a multitude of critical acclaim and an impassioned, firmly established fanbase. Thanks ...

The four best things of 2010

Eric Brown

February 2, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I know that best of lists are kind of a year-end tradition. Pitchfork, The AV Club, and virtually every other pop culture critic in the world likes to post a list at the end of the year, recapping their top choices for that particular 12 month period. They're always in list form, and they're always d...

True Grit Film Review

True Grit Film Review

Kathleen Quinlan

January 27, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

True Grit is Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, an adaption of Charles Portis’ novel of the same name. And it’s awesome. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father’s murder by hunting down Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the murderer. She hires U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff B...

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