The Horror in ‘Daguerrotype’ Proves Lackluster

By Woojung Kim, Staff Writer Renowned Japanese director Kiyo Kurosawa’s “Daguerrotype” is his first film shot abroad, his first film in another language and his first film with a European crew. A daguerreotype is a photography form invented in the 1830s that captures images on a silver plate and requires the subject to be completely…

Bully Performs “Best Brooklyn Show” Yet

By Jillian Harrington, Contributing Writer Monday night, alt-rock band Bully took to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the fourth show in their tour with opener Aye Nako. Bully lead singer and guitarist Alicia Bognanno delivered the frantic grunge rock energy that has made her band popular.   Bully – the brainchild of Bognanno, Stewart…

‘Holy Air’ Balances Comedy and Tragedy

 By Tristen Calderon, Staff Writer Shady Srour takes on a myriad of roles ー writer, director and star ー in his new film “Holy Air.” A comedic near-masterpiece with a clever premise, “Holy Air” takes a unique approach in displaying the irony in and around family, love and religion. As Adam (Srour) and wife Lamia…

NYU’s Native Film Festival Tells the Stories We Need to Hear

By Alex Cullina, Contributing Writer The Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group (NAISG) at NYU hosted its fourth annual Native and Indigenous Film Festival on November 17th and 18th. Showcasing documentary and narrative films by and/or about Native and Indigenous people in North and South America and Hawai’i, the festival was cosponsored by a number…

Chris Hemsworth: The Most Talented Actor of the MCU

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer It is no secret that “Thor” is the franchise Marvel has yet to figure out what to do with. Despite having two movies of solid critical and box office success leading up to this threequel, there was never a strong sense of what the “Thor” series was going for, thematically,…

Silversun Pickups talk up Better Nature

By Robert Frezza, Contributing Writer Alternative rock act Silversun Pickups formed in 2000 in and around Los Angeles and the Silver Lake area. The quartet consists of Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao and Joe Lester. “Christopher and I joined sometime in late 2001 or early 2002. The rest of the band are Los Angeles…

Wavves Thrill in Brooklyn

By Brandi Powell, Staff Writer Brooklyn Steel presented a trio of some of the most exciting bands in rock music Thursday night. The line-up was packed with California natives: Culture Abuse, Wavves, and Joyce Manor. The warehouse was still filling in when Culture Abuse took the stage, but they immediately garnished energy from an audience…

Hump Day Update 11/15/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. Amazon recently committed to producing “multiple episodes” of an…

The Lurking Horror of ‘Ichi the Killer’ Remastered in 4K

By Angelica Chong, Staff Writer A man dressed in a clunky black latex suit stands outside an apartment window masturbating as he watches a pimp brutalize and then rape a prostitute. The camera fixates uncompromisingly on her flailing limbs and swollen-purple face, but then jaggedly cuts to the voyeur as he accidentally hits the window…

‘Princess Cyd:’ a Collage of Lustrous Randomness

By Woojung Kim, Staff Writer Winner of the Audience Award for Narrative Films at the Sidewalk Film Festival, “Princess Cyd,” the new film from director Stephen Cone, is illustrated with a wide range of warm colors, evoking empathy from viewers as they reminisce over past summers.   The film begins mysteriously with a recorded call…

‘Most Beautiful Island’ Brings Frightening Suspense

By Jillian Harrington, Staff Writer Leaving behind the home and life you’ve grown up in is daunting in its own right, but the film “Most Beautiful Island” takes it one step further. Director, writer and lead actress Ana Asensio takes psychological fatigue and spins it into gripping horror in this film. The film depicts the…

‘No Dresscode Required’ Portrays the Universal Struggle for Love

By Angelica Chong, Staff Writer Same-sex marriage has been ruled legal throughout Mexico by the Mexican Supreme Court, but the city council of Mexicali is actively hostile to following through with the law. “No Dresscode Required” chronicles Victor and Fernando’s fight to become the first gay couple to marry in their state of Baja California,…