“If Beale Street Could Talk” is a strong film that generates emotional appeal, yet doesn’t fully embrace its dramatic potential.
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It: Chapter 2
Dick Cheney is seen by many as the most controversial and powerful vice president in American history. With such a shocking legacy, it should come as no surprise that a mainstream Hollywood film depicting his political career doesn’t praise him or present him as an admirable man.
Tekashi 6ix9ine has built his brand on controversy – beef with other rappers, memes and occasionally music. Now, amidst a whirlwind combination of the first three, 6ix9ine has released his major label debut studio album DUMMY BOY as he sits in federal prison, facing racketeering and firearms charges. 6ix9ine clearly has ambitious goals in mind, with guests from Kanye West to Tay Keith, and those two only scratch the surface of the album’s crossover production and numerous big-name guests. His ambition, however, does anything but translate to his music: DUMMY BOY is an unoriginal and elementary exercise in modern hip-hop, showcasing just how amateur 6ix9ine really is when one looks past all of the hype.
Few films captivate the soul as much as 2018’s “Roma” from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón. He not only directed this cinematic masterpiece, but he also wrote, produced, edited and served as the cinematographer of the film. Based on his childhood experiences growing up in Roma — a suburb of Mexico City — the filmmaker has done something truly remarkable in that he has crafted a deeply intimate and personal film. It serves as a universal testament to humanity that everyone can relate to in some fashion. Simply put, “Roma” is the best film of 2018.
Arts Editors from the past, present and future sit down to discuss the best that 2018 had to offer.
“Urinetown: The Musical” by the Undergraduate Theatre Association (UTA) and InterMission Theatre (IMT) was the best production I saw this semester. Every actor just seemed to fit perfectly with their character in this production. Usually there are one or two standout performers, but this cast was just spot-on, and I was hugely impressed by the group. The show featured student talent in other ways as well, from the lighting to the props to the direction, which all heightened the drama perfectly. Overall, it was a huge success for just a two-day run, and I’m so glad I caught it because it was completely hilarious.
There’s no doubt that 2018 was an uneasy yet exciting year for Kanye West fans. A lot went down, but let’s focus on an obvious high point: KIDS SEE GHOSTS. Kid Cudi and Kanye West have been a favorite duo for hip-hop-loving millennials, so expectations for this project were high. However, it’s hard to know what to expect with those two. KSG lived up to the iconic statuses of both Cudi and West while exploring new creative territories. Many artists in 2018 have been sticking to the short album trend, and at only 23 minutes long, KSG is no exception. Despite being comprised of only seven precise tracks, the album thematically spans years of volatile controversies and mental health challenges for both artists. The album is an awakening, a fresh start for Cudi and West. Artistically and emotionally in sync at this stage in their careers, the two try to heal their mental health and perhaps a once-fragmented friendship. On the standout track “Freeee,” West and Cudi yell with liberation: “I don’t feel pain anymore/ Guess what baby, I feel free.” The album has a lot of themes involving criticism and self-control, which is played-out through the album with music that feels chaotic at some points and incredibly meticulous at others. -Molly Carmichael
“Well ... that ain’t good,” the shooter proclaims of the bullet holes in his hat — and his forehead. Such morose writing would, in any other instance, draw breathless moviegoers to the edge of their seat; consistent to the directors’ natural flair, though, we need only laugh at the existential gag’s matter-of-fact delivery. Yes, Joel and Ethan Coen return to the big screen in Netflix’s (medium screen?) release of their newest film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Tracing the independent anthologies of six vignettes in the American West with grit, irony, tongue-in-cheek humor and a varied cast of peculiar, well-spoken souls doomed to wander the duo’s gifted minds, the two-hour film demands multiple rewatches.
“Spider-Man” for PS4 comes out the gate in the midst of the superhero craze, and it makes for an incredible experience. Being the first “Spider-Man” console game in nearly five years, there were high expectations for the web-slinger’s latest entry. Thankfully, I’m happy to say that many expectations were met and then shattered over the course of this game. An effective way to see the quality of the title is through its narrative. I’ve never been as engaged with a story in gaming as much as this one, as it felt like I was actually playing through a Marvel movie — action and all. As for gameplay, the leveling system encourages exploration, which is thankfully a joy to do. Simply swinging from building to building, doing tricks and exploring New York City is addictive, and it’s exactly what Spider-Man is all about, putting the player into the hero’s shoes even further. Combat — being another important system of the game — is done creatively and effectively, giving a wide array of options and freedom in how to tackle the bad guys. Different suits and gadgets allow for hundreds of combinations and strategies, making for the most customizable “Spider-Man” game ever. If I was able to choose sequels for games from this year, “Spider-Man” effortlessly makes the list: It’s a must-have from 2018. -Kyle Engels
Mockumentary “American Vandal” raises the stakes in its second season, once again following the two high school filmmakers from season one as they are called in to investigate a mysterious figure known only as “The Turd Burglar” – a vandal who terrorizes a private school in Washington through poop-related crimes. Taking a step back from its more character-centric first season and instead choosing to focus more on the vandalism itself, the second season is better in nearly every way. The show manages to present a genuinely fascinating and absorbing mystery, but it doesn’t forget to capitalize on the ridiculousness and humor of its premise – through everything from the occasional fecal jokes to every episode being some sort of pun about poop. Never does this balance feel jarring or disjointed, either. Few shows manage to strike such a balance of humor and intrigue, making “American Vandal” a show uniquely fit for both genre lovers and critics alike — for crappy, it is not. -Joseph Marz
Based on actual historical characters, “Never Anyone But You” is narrated by Marcel Moore. Published in June 2018, Thomson sets his eye on the biographies of two pioneering female French surrealists to create a moving fiction that navigates same-sex love and self-transformation in a time when women’s voices were just starting to be heard.
Think of the last time you sat down to play a video game with another person — I’d be willing to bet that you were playing with them online. With the development of technology in the modern era, we can now connect with people all across the world in seconds. Of course, this evolution has affected gaming as well. We now live in an age where we can play in lobbies with others across the globe at the press of a button.
Northern Wisconsin has a low tolerance for fragility, both of structure and spirit. In a region characterized by dense forests and cruel winters, it should come as no surprise that the locals are as tough and eccentric as the environment in which they grew. New Auburn, Wisconsin is no exception. In his 2001 bestselling memoir, “Population: 485- Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time,” Michael Perry catalogs the quirks of this tiny, northern village while reminiscing on his time spent serving on its volunteer fire department. Perry was raised on a farm in New Auburn, and his roots are evident from the beginning. He describes his hometown much in the same way that one would refer to a wacky family member — with the utmost love and affection, but also with a complete awareness of its faults.
This Saturday, entrepreneur, actor, designer and musician Jaden Smith released his second studio album The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story. A year ago, Smith released SYRE, which was received fairly well and gave Jaden a spot among young-yet-established rappers like Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky. Aside from these two albums, he was also featured on songs by artists such as Logic and Young Thug.
On this week's episode of Rock with the Flock, we talk about all things television. From SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg's passing to "The Walking Dead"'s decline in ratings, tune in to hear the Cardinal's take on recent TV news.
Murr, Sal, Q and Joe are still doing what they do best: pranking, embarrassing and having a blast.
Stores boast crazy sales like “Buy three, get one free!” Concerts do the same thing, in a way, giving audiences an opener along with the headliner they’re paying to see. The joint show of indie-folk singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus was the best three-for-one deal though, all three of them headlining acts worth every cent and tear.
Last time out, Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten, 6-1 overall) dropped a 69-68 nail-biter to the Arkansas Razorbacks for its first loss of the season. Now the Badgers return to Madison looking to change the tide as they prepare to take on the the Duke Blue Devils (0-0 ACC, 4-3) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
As R&B and rap artists dominate our modern music sensibility, rock bands have seemingly ceased to exist in today’s popular culture. One rock band, however, has stood the test of time and cemented their status in music history unlike any other. You’ve definitely heard their songs, but now it’s time to see the passionate musicians behind the scenes and witness a chunk of history where music wasn’t simply something to listen to — it was something to live.