The Oberlin Review

Bollywood Film Gets “Ugly” at Apollo

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

April 27, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This film and article contain mentions and instances of violence, third-degree torture, police brutality, suicide, rape of a minor, sex-trafficking, and molestation. This article contains spoilers for the film Ugly. Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly takes the audience past the veneer of Bollywood stereotypes, opening a window into the lives of lower middle-class India. Ugly is — what my mother says with a derisive snort — an “artsy” film. That is to say, the film is not the famed, mainstream Bollywood flick that most Indians, non-resident Indians, and non-Indians have come to love and celebrate. No characters bursting into song and dance; no colorful costumes or picturesque cinematography, and not a...

Stephanie Wiles, Yale Art Gallery Director

Stephanie Wiles, Yale Art Gallery Director

April 20, 2018

Stephanie Wiles, currently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, has been appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, beginning in July. She has spent the last 20 years working at several university museums, including a stint as the director of Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum from 2004 to 2011. She is acclaimed for her expertise in old master drawings, prints, and British and American art, and has bro...

“Tap Project” Explores History of Tap Dance

“Tap Project” Explores History of Tap Dance

April 13, 2018

Chandler Browne’s senior capstone The Tap Project is a documentary play about the oral history of tap dancing, especially in Black and American contexts. A part of the Posse Foundation’s “Posse 8” Program — outstanding, diverse high school students recruited to study at Oberlin — Browne’s one-woman show is mentored and directed by Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Theater Caroline Jackson-Smith. “Somewhere over the last two years, [Browne] decided that she would like to build t...

Vikander Falls Short as Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider”

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

April 6, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers for the Tomb Raider series. After playing Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary and watching Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, it’s safe to say that I’m a superfan of the gun-toting, knife-wielding, acrobatic badass Lara Croft. Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and directed by Roar Uthaug, unfortunately reduced this iconic, legendary woman into a one-dimensional character, with a storyline several notches below even the amateur Adobe Flash games one can excavate online today. While several versions of Lara Croft’s backstory exist, all franchises tell the story of an English woman who is trained to be an archaeolog...

“Chamber Play” Delivers Performance on Cyclical Abuse

“Chamber Play” Delivers Performance on Cyclical Abuse

March 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual abuse and trauma. Chamber Play, written by Amanda Faye Martin, is the dark, cryptic story of several characters, particularly Amanda (played by College first-year Sofie Rejto) and Sabina (played by College first-year Anna Aubry), and their experiences with cycles of abuse. The play examines amnesia as a result of sexual trauma, implying certain side effects of post-traumatic stress and illustrating the almost involuntary nature by which a vict...

Black Community Reclaims Its Fly at Sankofa Remix’d

Black Community Reclaims Its Fly at Sankofa Remix’d

March 9, 2018

Black History Month came to a beautiful end with the “Sankofa Remix’d: Reclaiming My Fly” fashion show last Saturday. The show featured Black models, designers, singers, rappers, and dancers from both Oberlin College and The Djapo Cultural Arts Institute in Cleveland. College senior Kiela Nelson, the creative director of the show, attributed her vision for the cultural showcase to her semester abroad in Senegal. “We came up with this title ‘Reclaiming My Fly,’ because sankofa means go...

Emma Lee Toyoda Stages “Madgrrlrock” Show at Fairchild Chapel

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

March 2, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Seattle-based rock artist and founder of Make Fart Records, Emma Lee Toyoda — also known as Emma Tsuruko — is bringing their eccentric and charming musical performance to Oberlin at 8 p.m. tonight in Fairchild Chapel. Toyoda released their debut album “sewn me anew” in 2016, and performs both solo and with a band, featuring drummer Zeke Bender and bassist Khyre Matthews. They describe their music as nocturnal “madgrrlrock” or “sadgirlrock.” Pieces include a wide variety of instruments from saxophones to banjos, bringing a unique take to a classic sound. “I feel like there’s a little bit of classic rock and roll, drums, shredding on the electric guitar, but there’s also ... a dreamy carnival aspect [...

Japanese Literature Sheds Light on Issues of Violence

Japanese Literature Sheds Light on Issues of Violence

February 23, 2018

The two-day annual conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies was themed “Violence, Justice, & Honor in Japan’s Literary Cultures” this year. Panel topics ranged from written Japanese literature, manga comics, gaming, and photography, among various other forms of visual art, all revolving around the theme of violence. “Minds are brutal places,” said Norma Fields, University of Chicago Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies and East Asia...

Soul Session Kicks Off Celebration of Black History Month

Soul Session Kicks Off Celebration of Black History Month

February 16, 2018

“A talent show with much more soul.” So described by College sophomore and organizer DaQuan Williams, Soul Sessions is an ABUSUA, Oberlin’s Black Student Union, initiative held in the Lord Lounge of Afrikan Heritage House on select Friday nights. These sessions are a significant part of A-House’s cultural tradition and involve a night of showcasing talent — Black talent in particular. It is a time for the Africana community to gather and celebrate their culture through any medium of the...

“The Maids” Delivers Stunning, Subversive Performance

“The Maids” Delivers Stunning, Subversive Performance

February 9, 2018

The Maids, a richly sinister play by Jean Genet, opened Thursday night in Warner Main Space, under the direction of College senior Eliana Meyerowitz. The show follows the stories of Solange and Claire, two sisters living in 1940s France who work as maids for a socialite called Madame. At first, the sisters find cathartic release by staging illicit fantasies of liberation and revenge while Madame is away. Soon, though, their innocent games take an alarming turn. The play demands some suspension of d...

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