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The Oberlin Review

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 ...

‘God’s Not Dead 2’ a Slice of Trump-Era Propaganda

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
April 15
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“The most basic human right of all is the right to know Jesus,” says Director Harold Cronk through one of his signature mouthpiece characters in his latest film, God’s Not Dead 2, produced by the Christian company Pure Flix. Ideas like these have been voiced in the U.S. ever since the words ...

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
March 11
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily...

‘Witch’ Taps into Paranoia, American Nationalism

Christian Bolles, Columnist
March 4
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

While The Conjuring flaunted its beat-by-beat horror and It Follows divided many fans of the genre, something was watching from the dark, forgotten woods of this country’s cultural memory. It’s a subgenre sometimes overlooked in cinema, containing innate nuance. That gold mine of cinematic potenti...

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 5
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Very few filmmakers are capable of confronting the contradictory selfishness of love with the heartbreaking honesty of Charlie Kaufman. After toying with the idea of a procedure that can render one’s previous relationships forgotten in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman explores the othe...

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Christian Bolles, Columnist
December 4
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In an era where remarkable animation can be summoned with the flick of a well-funded wrist, animated films can’t get by on pure spectacle. Before cutting-edge visuals were even possible, Pixar was making movies that cut to the heart of basic human truths; as technology caught up to their ambition,...

Narrative Complexity, Lush Visuals Set Crimson Peak Apart

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 30
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

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...

The Martian Gives Space a Human Face

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 9
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...

Political Issues Weigh Down Action Film

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

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...

On the Record with Pixar’s Nicole Grindle

Bri DiMonda
March 6
Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Nicole Grindle has worked as a production manager at Pixar for the past 25 years and collaborated on films like A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Toy Story 3 and Monster’s University. She came to the Apollo Theatre on Friday as part of Oberlin’s “Creativity and Leadership Speakers S...

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