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Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

A student scrolls on their phone.
October 9, 2020
The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.

As theaters open their doors again, “Tenet” plays the role of cinema savior

Photo by Myke Simon on Unsplash
October 6, 2020
COVID-19 has meant a lot of industries suffering, but movie theaters are among the often forgotten ways of leisure in the new hyper-serious and uneasy wake left by the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters across the country have had to close as a result safety problems due to COVID-19, and the sole movie theater here in Macon was no exception. But as communities everywhere begin to try and establish a new normal, what does a trip to the movies look like as 2020’s chaotic course comes to a close?

Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens

Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens
October 2, 2020
On Sept. 25, Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, “The Ascension." Each track adds another level to the hypnotic feeling this record gives off. The album is incredibly dense, instrumentally and lyrically.

Charvis Harrell seizes Black autonomy amidst America’s white gaze

Charvis Harrell's art went on display at the McEachern Art Center on Aug 29.
October 1, 2020
Charvis Harrell has been showcasing the disparaging impact of negative Black stereotypes at his art exhibit, “Cartoon Violence: Elegy and Testimony,” at the McEachern Art Center since Aug. 29.

Podcasts to check out this fall

Miriam Kennedy listens to a podcast.
September 29, 2020
Podcasts are a way to pass time that also let you learn about random things. Obscure facts make or break a podcast, and these podcasts do that all too well.

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first
September 12, 2020
The second season of the Umbrella Academy takes the best parts of the first season and builds on it. All of the siblings are given important character development throughout the season and grow both as individuals and as a family. A far cry from the distant and hurt siblings from the first season, the Hagreeves siblings are all given separate and unique plotlines that allow them to shine. Their development is all natural and leads to many heartwarming moments as they begin to heal from their respective traumas and find themselves as a family again.

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
September 8, 2020
Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 

Review: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” indicates a mature new persona

Swift suddenly announced the release of her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” at midnight on July 24. 
August 25, 2020

Taylor Swift’s success has in part been owed to the massive promotions of her albums, even to the extent that she changes her personal aesthetics to correspond with the sounds of her new music. You may...

Review: “Disclosure” documentary critically examines transgender representation in the media

“Disclosure” is essentially a reel of transgender film history supplemented with commentary by contemporary trans film industry workers like Laverne Cox, Sandra Caldwell, Lilly Wachowski and Yance Ford.
August 21, 2020
“Disclosure” ultimately seeks to challenge trans representation by presenting harmful depictions alongside successful trans stars in the pursuit of awareness and positive change. 

Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix

Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix
March 31, 2020
With many twists and turns, intriguing characters, a compelling plot and stellar exploration of themes, “Locke & Key” should be your next Netflix binge watch.

Review: Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” double album brings the Uzi back to the charts

Review: Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” double album brings the Uzi back to the charts
March 25, 2020
Despite the long gaps between Uzi’s various projects throughout his career, “Eternal Atake” takes the lead at being perhaps his best album thus far.

“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed

“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed
March 25, 2020
Would you be able to fall in love with someone and commit to them, without seeing them? Netflix’s newest hit show, “Love Is Blind,” gave the term “blind date” a whole new meaning and pushed the boundaries of finding love.
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