Arts & Entertainment

Sundance with Cronkite

A few days after I returned from Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival JanPlan, the wonderful professor who took our class out West, Phyllis Mannocchi, asked me into her office for an interview-style final exam. She greeted me with a pleasant “How are you adjusting to life back at Colby?” An adjustment indeed it has been. Over the […]

by Pete Cronkite· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment

Why absolutely everybody should see Selma

I loved Selma. I loved everything about it. I loved that it took such a crucial historical event and brought it to life. I loved that it didn’t implement the Hollywood convention of a “white man savior” in a movement that didn’t have one. I loved that there were female characters like Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo), who actually got […]

by Megan Lasher· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment

Student musicians improvise with popular jazz melodies

This Saturday in the Given, the Colby Jazz Band performed to a full house under the direction of Eric Thomas. The program handed out to the audience had an interesting front cover that said, “Outsourcing: It’s not Plagiarism, It’s a Compliment!” For maybe the first time at Colby, copying someone else’s work is not academic dishonesty, but instead a common […]

by Sarah Boland· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment

Interstellar explores human condition in deep space

By David DiNicola and Clint Ross “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Dylan Thomas’s poem of the same name is repeated a number of times in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar—and rightfully so. The movie is a spectacle to say the least. With an incredible cast and an intricate and dynamic storyline backed by groundbreaking special effects, Interstellar […]

by David DiNicola· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment

Dear White People: a great concept poorly executed

I wanted to like Dear White People. I was so excited, upon seeing the trailer, that the big screen would finally be filled with people discussing racism by pointing out microaggressions and addressing some of the systematic racial issues that undoubtedly still exist. However, the film didn’t do its topic justice. The photographic and editing tactics were completely off, and […]

by Megan Lasher· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
1989: Taylor’s big debut in pop music

1989: Taylor’s big debut in pop music

We all know Taylor Swift as an iconic, all-American beauty with the voice to match. Her heartfelt, southern-vibed songs have helped her become a household name and a consistent figure in the top charts. So it makes sense that her most recent release, 1989, was highly anticipated and heavily publicized all over the world. Inspired by the decade of her […]

by Carli Jaff· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
A chat with the director for the upcoming show “Orlando”

A chat with the director for the upcoming show “Orlando”

Silks hang languidly from the beams above Strider Theater and pool in varying shades of cream about the stage. Actors mill about donning Elizabethan ruffs and corsets. Assistant Theater and Dance Professor Todd Coulter jumps up on stage and calls for everyone to circle up. “It’s going to be a good, long schlep today,” he says as he runs the […]

by Brandon Blackburn· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
Special screening celebrates director Robert Altman

Special screening celebrates director Robert Altman

The film culture of Waterville, Maine is far underrated. As hosts of the Maine International Film Festival, local movie buffs ensure that some pretty incredible events take place in Central Maine on a regular basis. This past Saturday, Nov. 1, Railroad Square hosted a screening of Altman, a bio-documentary on filmmaker Robert Altman, and brought his wife, Kathryn Reed Altman […]

by Megan Lasher· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment

Kill The Messenger weakened by its cinematography

In 1996, the San Jose Mercury News writer Gary Webb published a series of investigative articles entitled “Dark Alliance,” revealing that the CIA supported cocaine trafficking in order to raise funds for weaponry to use against the Nicaraguan government. Webb’s ground-breaking stories led to the demise of his own career and personal life, as the media turned against him and […]

by Megan Lasher· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
About That Elephant on addressing the unsaid

About That Elephant on addressing the unsaid

Go into the store of your deepest, darkest secrets, the ones that you are so anxious about, you try your best not to think about them. Select one that you would just as soon forget. Have you found one? Good. Now you are going to explain it. You are going to talk about every mortifying detail of it. Oh, and […]