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The Oberlin Review

“Raw” Offers Potent Commentary on Sexuality, Sisterhood

Christian Bolles, Columnist
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers and mentions of violence, sexual assault, nausea and trauma inflicted on both humans and animals. When French writer-director Julia Ducournau’s feature-length debut Raw made rounds at film festivals worldwide, paramedics became an occasional fixture of th...

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...

Narrative Complexity, Lush Visuals Set Crimson Peak Apart

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 30, 2015
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...

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
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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...

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