Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Richard Chachowski

Creating art from anywhere: College alumnus shares creative perspective

Tyler Fugazzie is unlike any artist you’ve ever heard of.  In many ways, the title “artist” might not do Fugazzie justice. His work and creative interests span a wide range of artistic frameworks and styles, from visual design, creative writing, poetry, music and photography, just to name a few.

The challenges and joys of writing: an interview with ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ author Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is seemingly unstoppable. Over the past 30 years, the author has written on subjects ranging from science fiction to the civil rights movement, dystopias to noir, tough-talking kangaroo gangsters to superheroes that exist in the real world today. 

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ leaves more to be desired

Monster movies are hard to make. The pressure on the part of the moviemaker revolves around making a movie that seems balanced between intense action sequences focused on the monster, along with some interesting human characters to propel the film’s main narrative forward. Few movies have been able to do this well and the newest addition to Legendary Entertainment’s “MonsterVerse” franchise, “Godzilla vs. Kong” only partially delivers.

Is the ‘Snyder Cut’ an improvement on the original ‘Justice League’?

I should probably clarify for anyone wondering: no, I did not see the original 2017 “Justice League,” namely due to the fact that everyone I spoke with who had seen it actively spoke about how bad it was. So let me be clear right off the bat — I am not here to evaluate whether the “Snyder Cut” is an improvement upon the original 2017 film at all. I am simply here to judge Snyder’s new “Justice League” on its own merits and as its own movie. 

A new mode of teaching: College music professor shares how his curriculum has changed with the pandemic

There has been no shortage of industries that have found themselves unable to change with the times as a result of Covid-19.

Tackling French culture in “The Committed:” an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen

In his follow-up novel, “The Committed,” Nguyen turns his attention to France, with the titular character relocating to 1980s Paris, uncovering a world of bureaucratic authority and left-wing radicalism while confronting the past atrocities of French colonization in Vietnam.

The extremely strange case behind ‘Allen v. Farrow’

HBO’s new documentary miniseries, “Allen v. Farrow,” is set to reexamine the sexual assault allegations made against controversial filmmaker Woody Allen.

‘Music is a group activity’: an interview with College student musician Dylan Lembo

Dylan Lembo is a jack of all trades when it comes to musical instruments.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: a startling look at the life and death of a Black Panther

There are many words one could use to describe director Shaka King’s new film “Judas and the Black Messiah” — amazing, remarkable, spectacular. Basically, you could look in a thesaurus and look under the word “excellent,” to be able to justifiably apply any of its synonyms to “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The movie is that good.

The mental health benefits of drumming: a psychological exercise by College alumnus Dan Britt

Combining music and psychology is no easy feat, but alumnus Dan Britt was able to do so with the creation of his A.I.D. program, an exercise meant to relieve mental stress through drumming.

‘Promising Young Woman’ delivers a brutal and startling portrayal of sexual assault

"Promising Young Woman" is a dark comedy thriller that boasts an impressive cast, an amazing script, and an overall story that will leave audience members bewildered.

‘Order Out of Chaos’: An interview with George Saunders

"Everything I do and see, I hope, eventually gets into the stories, albeit, you know – reformatted. I imagine I have this big vat over my head and everything I read and watch and observe in the world goes in there and then I forget about it, but it’s directly feeding the subconscious so that it’s ready to come into a story."

Four movies you may have missed in 2020

2020 was a weird year for movies. With thousands of theaters still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, audience attendance rates were lower than they’ve been in years. Additionally, with many of the year’s new movies being released directly to streaming platforms or video-on-demand services, the number of films that saw widespread theatrical releases were extremely limited.

Toronto Film Festival features upcoming hits

The 2019 Toronto Film Festival has come and gone, with many films premiering this year that audiences should be excited to see. I spoke with Mike Kamison, programming director for the Princeton Garden Theater, who attended this year’s festival, to get his impressions of the films he saw that moviegoers should look out for this year.

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