Hump Day Update 10/18/17

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. In her new documentary, “Simple Complicated,” Demi Lovato reveals…

Thriller City: Spooky “Escape The Room” Fun

By Lily Dolin, Staff Writer Every year, as soon as October rolls around, all traces of summer are gone, all anyone can talk about is fall, PSLs, and of course, Halloween. There are tons of spooky things to do around New York City for people looking to get in the spirit, but for those looking…

The National Hypnotizes Forest Hills Stadium

By Amelia Reardon, Contributing Writer Last Saturday, in the romantic setting of the Forest Hills Stadium, The National yet again graced the audience with their hauntingly beautiful music. In the light of the setting sun, their opener, Daughter, gave a prelude to the somber atmosphere of the night with melancholy songs, such as “Burn It…

Alvvays Brings a Visual Wonderland to Brooklyn Steel

By Nicole Rosenthal, Contributing Writer Within the past few decades, it has become customary for artists to attempt to sell their sound by focusing on their image. It is, without a doubt, brilliant for an artist to expand into a visually creative field. But, in an era of artists donning ski masks, holograms and meat…

Gays Against Guns

By Ryan Mikel, Entertainment Editor Gays Against Guns, a New York City based LGBTQ organization, protested outside of a gun show last Sunday in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Their demonstration included handing out flyers, engaging in conversation with gun show attendees and what the organization calls “Human Beings” — veiled, silent activists dressed in all white and…

‘Tom of Finland’ Gives Life To Touko Laaksonen’s Art

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Touko Laaksonen, born in 1920 in Kaarina, Finland, was an internationally acclaimed artist who would become a prominent symbol for gay culture. Touko’s incredible life of love, beauty and tragedy is compiled into a compelling biopic called “Tom of Finland,” helmed by filmmaker Dome Karukoski. Selected as Finland’s entry for…

“The Great Day” Falters in its Authenticity

By Guru Ramanathan, Contributing Writer Everyone dreams of a life beyond what they know. They fight for that dream and it is through their persistence and ambition that they are able to succeed. Filmmaker Pascal Plisson sets his documentary “The Great Day (Le Grand Jour)” across the world and follows four underprivileged kids each going…

“Torture” by Andres Serrano Presents War through Photos

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Andres Serrano has built a reputation using provocation, violence and desire as his building blocks. Despite an early life filled with family tension and drugs on the streets of Brooklyn, Serrano’s passion for art and creating his “own reality” carried him from kid next door to art world fame. Today, his piercing body…

‘Dina:’ A Loving Frame of Vulnerability

By Woojung Kim, Contributing Writer Dina Buno is a 49-year-old woman who has an unwavering determination to overcome her autism. She also carries a frightful trauma from her past husband who passed away from cancer and from her ex-boyfriend, whom she calls a “psycho” for having stabbed her with a knife. However, even though she…

‘Earth: One Amazing Day’ Celebrating the Festival of Nature

By Woojung Kim, Contributing Writer BBC Earth Films has returned with the sequel of “Earth” called “Earth: One Amazing Day.” Directed by Richard Dale, Lixin Fan and Peter Webber, the documentary illustrates the world of various animals in the course of a single day. Spiced up with the stable narration of Academy Award winner Robert…

‘Marshall’ Misses the Mark

By Jonathan Silverman, Contributing Writer Led by director Reginald Hudlin, previously a producer for “Django Unchained,” and backed by a star studded cast that includes Kate Hudson, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, and Josh Gad, ”Marshall” aims at being a thrilling, power-packed court drama. Unfortunately, this amazingly talented cast is confined to a bland script…