Culture

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2018

A Quiet Place: Family Over Fear

by Patrick Stallwood

 

WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers from A Quiet Place

 

A Quiet Place has been dominating the box office this month and for a good reason. The movie has garnered praise from critics and amateurs alike, who were pleasantly surprised by John Krasinski’s ability to direct, write, and star in an action-horror movie after rising to fame as Jim in The Office. John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt play the parents of actors Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds; collectively, they are known as the Abbot family. Simmonds performance is especially remarkable, as she is deaf and is playing a deaf child, bringing authenticity to the role. 

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May

2018

Break it Down Boston 2018 Showcases Christian Acapella

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On April 7, Christian acapella groups from colleges throughout the North-East gathered in Trinity Chapel for this year’s Break It Down Boston concert. 

 

Every year one college in Boston hosts this event, and this year it was Boston College’s turn. Against the Current, BC’s Christian acapella group, welcomed seventeen other groups from as far away as Johns Hopkins University and as close to home as Boston University.

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Wed

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Mar

2018

Sister Jean: The 98-Year-Old Nun Turned Face of March Madness

 by Armen Grigorian

 

Every March millions of people, diehard college basketball fans and casual onlookers alike, tune in to watch the NCAA Division 1 College Basketball Tournament, dubbed by many, as “March Madness.” Audiences not only love watching the games, but also making their own brackets trying to predict which underdog will make a deep run in the tournament. This year that underdog is Loyola Chicago, as they became just the fourth eleventh seeded team in history to make it to the Final Four. Perhaps though, for the first time, the team itself that is making the run isn’t the biggest story. Instead, the biggest story of the tournament so far is Loyola Chicago’s team chaplain, the 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

A Kingdom Not of This World: Kingship in Black Panther

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the movie yet… seriously?

 

To say Black Panther is a success is an understatement. As of writing this article, the movie has grossed 1.2 billion dollars worldwide, and is on track to be the 11th highest grossing movie of all time. It has become the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States. Furthermore, the soundtrack for the movie, curated by Kendrick Lamar, rocketed to the top of the charts upon its release. Numbers aside, this movie is a cultural milestone, as a black superhero finally gains the attention he deserves when comic book movies have struggled with diversity in leading roles.  

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Quizes, Horoscopes, and Self-Identity

by Adriana Watkins

 

There is no way to write this article without sounding like a killjoy. If the reader will forgive me, I think it’s worthwhile to talk about self-identification and social media. Specifically, BuzzFeed quizzes, “tag yourself” memes, astrological signs, and all the other things pop culture offers to help us fill in the blanks about our identities. We consume these things for fun, but to what extent do they illustrate a real search for self-knowledge?

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Superbowl Ad Misuses MLK Speech

 

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

Though the Superbowl is a few weeks past, it is profitable to talk for a moment about a controversial advertisement premiered during the game. The spot in question was created by Ram, the automobile company, to promote a line of pickup trucks. Instead, the ad promoted passionate discussions over its voiceover material—a 1968 sermon by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., titled “The Drum Major Instinct.”

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Tue

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Feb

2018

“Saint” Lady Bird of Sacramento

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Lady Bird, written and directed by Gretta Gerwig, is a hopeful, character driven, coming of age dramedy set in Sacramento, California during the early 2000’s. The film portrays the complicated relationship between Christine (AKA Lady Bird) and her overbearing and overly critical mother. It also involves subplots about her relationships during senior year and her attempts to go to a college away from her boring hometown. Don’t worry, this piece is spoiler-free!

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Feb

2018

McMullen Museum Opens Hymns to Nature Exhibit

by Natasha Zinos

 

The McMullen Museum is currently presenting Cao Jun’s first exhibition in the United States. Cao Jun: Hymns to Nature features the artwork of contemporary Chinese artist Cao Jun. The diverse mediums used by the artist including calligraphy, watercolors, and porcelain, produce an array of works that each “sing” their own hymn to nature. As the artist said, “The images on my canvases are the hymns I write to nature.”   

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