“Thor: Ragnarok” bold but constant on being inconsistent

By Jihoon Yang, Contributing Writer Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology. Essentially the apocalypse and the rebirth of the world, it sounds like pretty dark stuff. But it’s hard to get that impression with the overindulgence of humor in Thor: Ragnarok. The film is still great fun to watch and definitely bold,…

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…

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,…

Hump Day Update 11/8/17

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. Larry David hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week and…

Hump Day Update 10/25/17

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. “Stranger Things” on Netflix is coming back just in…

Death From Above Forge on with New Album

By Robert A. Frezza, Contributing Writer Toronto’s punk rock duo Death From Above, consisting of drummer, vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler, debuted on the scene in 2001 and released their first EP Heads Up the following year. They quickly grew to become one of Canada’s most beloved punk dance rock duos. The…