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Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior James Koblenzer (center) gestures toward College senior Ben Hyams (far left) alongside fellow Kid Business members College senior Annie Peskoe (left), College first-year Jon Krakaur and College sophomore Max Freiman. Kid Business, Oberlin’s short-form improv troupe, teamed up with two...

Latest Bond Film Plagued by Inconsistent Script

Christian Bolles, Columnist
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Looking into the eyes of the man who has plotted to ruin him at every stage of his recent life, James Bond dismisses his enemy with a cold stare and says, “I have better things to do.” The new entry in the beloved franchise, Spectre, looks at the obligations of a modern action film and seems to ask t...

Eosphoros, Durham Organize Villainous Halloween Showcase

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
November 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

During the opening act of Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s Villains Showcase, presented last Friday and Saturday in a Kahn Hall lounge, College junior Julia Redden threw open the doors of the closet she was hiding in and began belting “Miss Baltimore Crabs” from the musical Hairspray. As ...

Narrative Complexity, Lush Visuals Set Crimson Peak Apart

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 30, 2015
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Between the reds and blues of love and tragedy, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro finds his stride. He fathoms horrifying beauty in the macabre landscapes of the human mind, weaving tales as rich in narrative complexity as they are in visual sumptuousness. His obsession with the dark nature of life led him...

Writer-in-Residence Tackles African Diaspora, German Identity Through Film

L. Schumann
October 30, 2015
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Branwen Okpako, the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence for fall 2015, first became friends with Auma Obama when they both attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. When Auma Obama’s half-brother, Barack Obama, began his presidential campaign, Okpako used this opportunity to m...

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Louise Edwards, Arts editor
October 9, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In Alice Childress’ Wedding Band, set in 1918 during World War I, College sophomore Chandler Browne plays Julia Augustine, a Black woman who has recently moved to a South Carolinian neighborhood with Herman, her white, German significant other, played by College junior Shane Lonergan. Their landlady,...

The Martian Gives Space a Human Face

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 9, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Humankind’s fascination with space has always existed on the boundary between two intellectual spheres. One conjures the image of a flag-toting pioneer standing on the edge of a vast cosmic horizon, ready to leap off the planetary surface into infinity. The other hits closer to home, focusing on the...

Slow-Burning Crime Thriller Captures Nuances of Cruelty

Christian Bolles, Columnist
September 25, 2015
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Even though I was seated comfortably in a mostly empty theater for a late-night showing of Black Mass, there was little the silver screen could do to keep James Bulger’s steely blue eyes from piercing me straight to my core. The Boston crime drama, directed by Scott Cooper, puts its eggs in two bask...

Sexual Innuendo Drives Piscapo’s Arm Debut

Sophie Kemp
September 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“We sometimes get offensive, so if we do, you can throw a Cat cookie at us — preferably at the mouth region,” a member of Piscapo’s Arm informed the audience gathered at the Cat in the Cream last Friday. No Cat cookies were thrown, but the troupe stayed true to its message and presented a show...

Political Issues Weigh Down Action Film

Christian Bolles, Columnist
September 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Content Warning: This review discusses violent and potentially offensive themes that may be disturbing to some readers. In order to properly instill fear in the audience, horror and action filmmakers exploit deep sources of paranoia and thrust them onto the screen. This leverage of the human psyche o...

Age of Ultron’s Cliffhanger Ending Disappoints

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
May 8, 2015
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Avengers, Assemble! Or, you know, don’t. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine about Marvel’s most recent blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon explained his deliberate avoidance of one of the most iconic lines in comic book history at the close of the film: “I made s...

Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Despite rumors of past rivalry between freeform improvisational comedy troupe Primitive Streak and shortform troupe Kid Business, Oberlin's improv community appears to be tighter than ever. Members of the troupes filled the majority of seats at other’s shows this weekend, marking a transition to...

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