Why does “Comic Book” Default to “Superhero Comic?”

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer As I sat down trying to think of what to write for the latest column, and found most of my options centered around superheroes. The usual Marvel and DC fare. And finally, I was forced to confront an unfortunate truth, when the term “comic book” is brought up in today’s…

Dua Lipa Rocks & Rolls in DC

By Jordan Reynolds, Highlighter Editor Dua Lipa may not have an actual album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from headlining her first North American tour this month. Her stop at the Rock & Roll hotel in Washington, DC on Sunday was one of 15 shows on the tour, and it was a mesmerizing…

New York Feminist Film Week Showcases Films that Need to be Seen

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Anthology Film Archives is an organization that focuses on certain stories or filmmakers and the incredible work surrounding them. For a week Anthology is doing a series examining feminist filmmaking, specifically filmmaking about experiences of cis women of color as well as the LGBTQ women community. Films ranged from discussions…

“Table 19” Works on Paper But Fails in Execution

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer “Table 19” is that confounding kind of movie where it clearly as all of the pieces to be interesting and engaging film, it has a winning cast, and the things that happen on screen are theoretically good. And yet the film just doesn’t quite work. Anna Kendrick plays a former…

Hump Day Update: 3/22/17

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. James Blake released a new music video for…

Luminance and Brilliance: J.M.W. Turner’s Ports at the Frick

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer As you pass through corridors of the Frick Collection, it would be impossible to miss the brilliant light shining through the port paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner. An exhibition dedicated to the British landscape master, “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time,” takes you on a tour of…

In Film ‘Tickling Giants,’ Politics Is a Laughing Matter

By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer “Tickling Giants” is the perfect title for the new documentary about the rise of a comedian who got his laughs by poking fun at prickly figures who do not take kindly to a questioning of their authority. While the name Jon Stewart is ubiquitous in the United States, the story…

A Living and Breathing ‘Taipei Story’

By Tristen Calderon, Staff Writer Edward Yang’s 1985 feature “Taipei Story” presents the city of Taipei from a very relatable, human perspective that is definitively middle-class. Restored in stunning 4K resolution for its first US theatrical run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Taipei Story” takes a wide-scope look in to the subtle nuances of…

Brazilian Os Mutantes Bring Greater-Than-Great Hits to Webster

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer Os Mutantes, a band that made a name for themselves as part of the Tropicália movement in late ‘60s Brazil by combining the psychedelic rock sounds coming from the U.S. and the U.K. at that time with traditional Brazilian and Latin influence, are one of those groups that seems to…

Indie Rock Outfit Grandaddy Returns — On Their Own Terms

By Xin-Rui Lee, Staff Writer; photo by Kat Vlasova, Staff Photographer It’s been over a decade since Grandaddy properly disbanded, the official announcement coming after the release of their fourth — and supposedly farewell — studio album “Just Like The Fambly Cat.” In the interim, a few side projects cropped up here and there. Some…

Decades Later, Run The Jewels Still Run the Terminal

By Carter Shelter, Staff Writer Run the Jewels have quietly defied all of the odds stacked against them. If you had brought up the notion of two veteran rappers approaching middle age not only achieving their greatest success at such a seemingly late point in their careers, but achieving the kind of success that leads to…

Hump Day Update: 3/8/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome 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. Rumors have spread this week that Alec Baldwin might…