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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

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...

Sausage Party Far from Wurst Animated Movie

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor

September 2, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

What makes a cartoon cartoonish? The medium has historically been geared toward children as a digestible, often short-form study in simplicity that gives developing minds a reason to stay engaged and learn valuable lessons. Vibrant colors, over-the-top narratives, and ham-fisted characters are all stereotypical...

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

May 6, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

This year may mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but the Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project has set out to make his plays young again. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Wilder Main, the OCSP’s cast of elementary and middle school students will be performing Hamlet, dir...

Purvis, Shapiro Aim to Screen Diverse, Unusual Movies in Series

Purvis, Shapiro Aim to Screen Diverse, Unusual Movies in Series

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Students at the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies’ Hallock Auditorium had the chance to meet Marielle Heller, director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl Tuesday. Released in 2015, Diary was beloved by critics and fans alike; a New York Times Critic’s Pick, the publication called it ...

Cast Gives Haunting Performance of “Dido and Aeneas”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

With the sunset illuminating the stained glass windows of a packed Fairchild Chapel Saturday night, the stage for Dido and Aeneas seemed far removed from the rest of campus life. The opera’s overture, which showcased the baroque instruments used in the performance, immediately transported the audi...

Teacher, Student Grapple with Identity in ‘Third’

Teacher, Student Grapple with Identity in ‘Third’

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

At its core, playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, which opened in the Little Theater last weekend and ran until Sunday, is about politics, relationships and the way that we interact with people whose opinions differ from our own. Set on the campus of an unnamed liberal arts college, Third tells the st...

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