‘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…

Trans Activist Marsha P. Johnson’s Influence Depicted in New Doc

By Jessica Xing, Contributing Writer Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, was one of the most prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising in 1969: she is cited as the first to fight back when police raided the bar. She was also the one who organized a sit in protest in front of Weinstein Hall…

Radio City Gets a Taste of Solange’s Stardust

By Michael Muth, Contributing Writer She descends from the stage’s upper right corner, commanding attention with every sultry and confident step. The wall of sound continues to swell and build as she floats to her position with her weapon of choice in hand — a sleek handheld microphone.  The stage, dominated by two pyramids on…

3rd Annual Elsie Fest Charms Central Park

By Julia Fields, Contributing Writer This past Sunday, the Third Annual Elise Fest took place in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield Summerstage. Darren Criss, actor and musician from “Glee” and “How to Succeed in Business” on Broadway, created Elsie Fest for the Broadway lover. Criss hopes that this festival spreads awareness for the importance of…

Neon Trees Deliver an Electrifying Performance at the Bowery Ballroom

By Nicole Rosenthal, Contributing Writer There aren’t many artists that are as unapologetically themselves as Neon Trees. For nearly a decade, the rock outfit has released vibrant, quirky new wave-inspired tracks that undoubtedly leave audiences dancing in their seats. Cultivating catchy alternative tunes, sensational dance moves and flashy instruments–matched with equally flashy outfits, Neon Trees…

Hump Day Update 10/11/17

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. Jhené Aiko and Big Sean performed their song “Moments” together live, providing a calm…