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The Oberlin Review

Noah Hawley’s “Legion” Explores Mutant Minds

Christian Bolles, Columnist
March 3
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In the second episode of Legion, Fargo creator Noah Hawley’s first attempt at a Marvel television series, the protagonist, David, tells his lover — whom he is forbidden to touch — that they are engaged in “a romance of the mind.” This is as much of a mission statement as the show’s mind-boggli...

Henson Delivers Memorable Performance in Hidden Figures

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 17
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

An oft-ignored ingredient of successful filmmaking is the importance of managing expectations. It’s the coating on the cinematic pill, and it distinguishes movies that appeal to a wide audience over those that find a smaller niche. There are many successful films that subvert their premises, yet divide vi...

Jenkins’ Accessible “Moonlight” Showcases Stellar Performances

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 10
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

If you haven’t seen Moonlight on the grounds of its tough subject matter, you may not be alone, but you certainly should reconsider. Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature takes a Boyhood-esque trip straight to the heart of human pathos, spinning its tale of a man named Chiron through ...

On the Record with Matthew Rarey, African Art Scholar

On the Record with Matthew Rarey, African Art Scholar

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
December 9
Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa of the black Atlantic Matthew Rarey joined Oberlin’s art history department in fall 2015 and has since made strides toward building a comprehensive African art history curriculum for students. The first professor in his position at Oberlin, his background r...

Miranda’s Score Elevates Moana to Excellence

Miranda’s Score Elevates Moana to Excellence

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
December 2
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Decades ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios perfected the art of fantasy. The studio has always endeavored to craft worlds that the viewer aches to live in; the timeless, dreamlike quality of its tales of princesses and castles has given them the power to endure. Looking back, though, it’s hard to recon...

On the Record with Sage Lewis, Composer

On the Record with Sage Lewis, Composer

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
December 2
Filed under ARTS, On the Record

A multimedia composer from Minneapolis specializing in film, Sage Lewis, OC ’04, graduated with a BA in Music Composition before completing his studies at California Institute of the Arts with an MFA. Though based in Los Angeles, his work has been screened at festivals diverse as Cannes, the Havana Film ...

“Arrival” Speaks Its Own Language

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
November 18
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Think twice before reading this review. To discover director Denis Villenueve’s Arrival unspoiled, with no impression of its sweeping scale, intimate emotional core and mind-blowing final act, is an experience to be cherished. A science fiction thriller with a beating heart, based on the novella Story...

Femininity Dismantled Fascism in “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
November 11
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...

On the Record with Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance

On the Record with Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
November 11
Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Ben Sinclair, OC ’06, co-created the hit web and television series High Maintenance with spouse Katja Blichfeld. The show revolves around the experiences of New Yorkers connected by their shared transactions with a pot dealer known as The Guy. Meant to tell subtle truths about the human experience whi...

Black Mirror’s Abyss Stares Back

Black Mirror’s Abyss Stares Back

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
October 28
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...

Eastwood’s Sully Sheds New Light on Historic Event

Eastwood’s Sully Sheds New Light on Historic Event

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
September 30
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
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...

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