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Femininity Dismantled Fascism in “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Nowhere is oppression more boldly confronted than in our attempts to escape it. The worlds we build on the page and before the camera serve as intrinsically subversive pathways, telling stories that lift us from the grasp of dark forces while lending perspective to their machinations. Few periods of hi...

“Neighborhood 3” Probes Technological, Generational Disconnect

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

The Oberlin Student Theater Association opened its three-day run of Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a play set in a world where the line between a zombie-infested video game and real-life suburbia blurs, in Wilder Main Space Thursday night. The play follows the in-game interactions between numerous cha...

In Absurdist Operas, Field Reckons With Gender Roles

In Absurdist Operas, Field Reckons With Gender Roles

Samantha Spaccasi
November 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Audiences can expect temperamental divas, babies coming out of ovens, stage moms and balloons from The Oberlin Opera Theater’s double-billed staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s Viva la mamma and Francis Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. The shows provide an evening filled with farcical and absurdist...

Halloween Burlesque Treats Audience, Bodies with Respect

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
November 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Theater & Film

The Oberlin Burlesque Halloween-themed performance was a treat — quite literally, since the show opened with the audience being pelted by candy. The team took the stage in front of a packed ’Sco at 10 p.m. Monday to deliver a performance that both capitalized on the evening’s spooky theme and cel...

Black Mirror’s Abyss Stares Back

Black Mirror’s Abyss Stares Back

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
October 28, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Science fiction has always been fascinated by the cost of progress. Legendary genre writer Isaac Asimov’s pioneering I, Robot explored the murky line between artificial intelligence and humanity, proving that some of our deepest fears can be extracted by plumbing the uncanny valley. Black Mirror, Charli...

Bechdel Returns to Oberlin to Talk “Fun Home”

Bechdel Returns to Oberlin to Talk “Fun Home”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
October 7, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor's note: This article contains mentions of suicide as well as spoilers for the graphic novel and musical Fun Home. Of all the brilliant lines from Fun Home, the stage musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, OC ’81, one in particular might resonate with Oberlin s...

Overwrought Narrative Fills “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” With Air

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
October 7, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This review contains mentions of violence against children and minor spoilers. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the latest reminder of Tim Burton’s spotty history with film. Responsible for an impressive array of beloved classics including Beetlejuice, The Night...

Eastwood’s Sully Sheds New Light on Historic Event

Eastwood’s Sully Sheds New Light on Historic Event

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 30, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

There are few industry veterans more seasoned than Clint Eastwood. The legendary actor and director has delivered many winning examples of both trades, taking part in over 50 films since his career took off in 1959 with his appearance on the television show Rawhide. Known in equal parts for grit and a...

Archaeology, Storytelling Converge in “Discovering Dave”

Archaeology, Storytelling Converge in “Discovering Dave”

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

When enslaved master potter David Drake first rendered his signature in clay in early 19th-century South Carolina, he knew that the product bearing his mark would endure. However, he might not have guessed that nearly 200 years later, his pots would still be on the market. Out of the estimated 60,000 to 80,0...

Program Cuts Leave Film Students with Questions

Program Cuts Leave Film Students with Questions

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

The Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Cinema Studies Center for Media Education and Production stands severely understaffed, support for senior capstones has been pulled and tensions between the Cinema Studies program and the College administration forecast a potentially bleak future for a program that ...

‘Star Trek’ Boldly Went Where Too Few Have Followed

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
September 16, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sept. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Series’ television release. Spanning seven TV series and 13 feature films, Star Trek has seen plenty of history and made some of its own, advancing social dialogue on race and gender, areas in which Hollywood has stru...

Stop-Motion Finds its Opus in Kubo and the Two Strings

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

One of the most fervent debates in the sphere of moviemaking involves the value of film as art. For most, it’s understandably difficult to equate a two-hour long barrage of clichés and explosions like Transformers to, say, a Caravaggio. But then there are the movies that elicit emotion by sheer vir...

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