An Ode to Kraven the Hunter: Black Panther’s Next Great Villain

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Deciding what to write about “Black Panther” proved to be more challenging than I anticipated. Not because the film isn’t good—it is an absolute wonder, possibly the best Marvel film—not because there is nothing interesting to discuss in regards to the film’s cultural significance—the exact opposite in fact—but what could…

Hump Day Update 1/31/18

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.   P!nk performed at the Grammy’s this weekend and…

‘The Shape of Water’ is An Antidote for Troubled Times  

By Angelica Chong, Staff Writer   On the surface, “The Shape of Water” is a fantasy romance between a mute cleaning lady and an Amazonian fish-man, with classic Cold War espionage and B-horror movie touches thrown in for good measure. Elisa Esposito, played by the quietly luminous Sally Dawkins, is a quiet, unobtrusive janitor at…

Anthology Memorializes History of Polish Animation

By Jillian Harrington, Staff Writer   2017 celebrates seventy years in Polish film animation. In a collection in joint curated by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Polish Film Institute and the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, roughly three decades of animation are honored, inviting new generations to explore the distinctive, recognizable patterns of…

‘Fast Convoy’ is a Backhanded Thriller

By Woojung Kim, Staff Writer   Seven men drive four cars and attempt to transport 1,300 kilos of cannabis out of Malaga, Spain into Creli, a city outside Paris. But because of the illegal nature of their activities, the journey becomes difficult to complete. One of the men, Majid (Foed Amara) is shot and killed,…

‘Dalida’ Fails to Live Up to Its Star

By Guru Ramanathan, Staff Writer   The task of making a biopic is far from easy. A filmmaker approaches the subject matter with nuance, wanting to pay respect to true events, but still craft an interesting narrative in the process. It is impossible to fit all the necessary details into roughly two hours, so certain…

Hump Day Update 12/5/17

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. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” might be a hit show,…

The Stumbling Block of Shared Universes

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Of the three major attempted ‘cinematic universes’ in modern film making—Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros DC Extended Universe, and Universals The Dark Universe—the only critically and financially successful endeavor has been Marvel’s. The DCEU has found itself in a crisis with the underperforming “Justice League” while Universal seems to…

“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…