‘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 12/13/17

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. FOX might be in the hands of the new…

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…

Soccer Mommy, Emily Yacina, and Yohuna Glow at Baby’s All Right

By Sara Nuta, Contributing Writer For a Tuesday night, Baby’s All Right was packed on Nov. 14 in anticipation of New York-based artists, Soccer Mommy, Emily Yacina, and Yohuna. The stage, which is so often claimed by indie rock outfits (read: mediocre dude-bands) was to be taken by a refreshingly all-female bill, and the atmosphere…

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in concert at 92Y

By Devanshi Khetarpal, Staff Writer On Nov 16, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performed in the Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92nd Street Y. He was accompanied by Pandit Subhankar Banerjee on the tabla and Jay Gandhi on the bansuri. The event was presented by the World Music Institute, whose very first concert, The Festival of India, was…

Bleachers End “Gone Now” Tour with a Bang

By Julia Fields, Contributing Writer On Monday, Bleachers played a sold out show at Terminal 5 on their Gone Now Tour, promoting their latest album release. This was the second to last show of the tour. The band showed their intense gratitude and joy to be playing there in the city where many of the…

Alex Lahey Thrills Brooklyn

By Jillian Harrington, Contributing Writer Australian artist Alex Lahey flew halfway around the world for the American leg of her tour “I Love You Like a Brother,” playing The Music Hall of Williamsburg last Thursday. Her fast-paced punk-indie rock invited the entire crowd to dance and sing along, providing for an effortlessly captivating night. Openers…