Patrick Stallwood

Culture Writer

Thu

03

May

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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Thu

03

May

2018

What it Takes to Run the Marathon

Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)
Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)

by Patrick Stallwood

 

The Boston Marathon is among the most iconic races in the United States. It is the oldest and the fastest in the country, dating back to 1897 with a median finish time of 3 hours and 44 minutes. This year, the marathon runners were buffeted by cold rain and wind, yet persevered. 

 

One participant running for charity was Evelyn Rakowsky, MCAS ’18. Rakowsky has always loved running, and was part of the cross-country team in high school. She added running a marathon to her bucket list, and in the fall of her junior year, she ran the Philadelphia Marathon. 

 

This year was Rakowsky’s first Boston Marathon. She joyfully recounts, “When I saw the marathon for the first time, I just stood at Mile 21 with my friends for the whole day with signs, and it was such a special experience.” She knew then that she had to run it.

 

 

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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

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Stephen Hawking, the groundbreaking theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and cultural icon, has died at the age of 76. On March 14, he passed away from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). When he was 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and was told he would not live past 25. He would go on to live 55 more years, contributing some of the most influential discoveries in the field of physics.

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Tue

27

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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