As the clouds parted across the mountainous terrain of Telluride, Colorado, the sun shone above the grassy alcove surrounding the all-female panel at the Abel Glance Open Air Cinema during the 45th Telluride Film Festival.
Forty-eight years in the making, plagued by production issues and ownership disputes, Orson Welles's last film "The Other Side of the Wind" premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and locks in Welles's legacy as one of the greats. Experimental and thought-provoking, it shows Welles was far ahead of his time. The film has effective commentary on sexual exploitation in film that is even more prescient today following the #MeToo movement, and the need to remain relevant.
Perhaps you know a vinyl collector that really likes talking about their records. Sorry -- I'm one of those people. In this column, I'll pull out some albums and discuss why I think they're important, interesting or just plain fun. To start, I'll take Frank Ocean's visual album-turned-valuable-vinyl "Endless" for a spin.
It's tradition by now: right before the release of a new record, Kanye West makes waves in the news. This manifests itself in his rageful tirades in interviews promoting 2013's "Yeezus" and in the incoherent, shambly rollout of 2016's "The Life of Pablo"
"Beerbongs and Bentleys" follows Post's debut album "Stoney," which was released in 2016. This new album has already been certified platinum by the RIAA, within four days of being released. Many artists take pride in their album receiving platinum after months or even years, but Post didn't even need a week. Credited to the many collaborations on this album, it was bound to do well.
Summer is coming, and while we're out of class, we'll have to find some way to occupy our free time. Naturally, it's time to look to the movie theaters for the hits of the summer. This list will start after finals week and commencement (though you shouldn't forget about "Deadpool 2," slated for release May 18).
Two weeks ago, Page Six reported that Charlie Rose has been pitching a "Where are they now?"-style show, with him hosting and other serial sexual predators as guests. Because isn't the #MeToo movement an opportunity to give dangerous men a larger platform than any of their victims?
It's finally here. This is what everything's been leading to. Ten years, 18 movies and over $14 billion later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached its first major climax with "Avengers: Infinity War"
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Netflix's new series, "Trump: An American Dream," narrates the character development of our current president. It unravels Trump's ascension in the business world through sketchy deals with local politicians, his accumulation of wealth and his short-lived downfall through foolhardy deals. All of this leads to the crescendo of him announcing his bid for the White House in Trump Tower. Interviews with those from Trump's past (his chauffeurs, friends and former employees) reveal an intimate portrait of the man behind the catchphrase: "You're fired"
There's a scene about halfway through "Ready Player One" in which the story's hero, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), is approached by the villain, corporate CEO Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn). Both parties are after the same thing: total control of the virtual reality technology Oasis, which has become the most important economic resource in their dystopic future, as well as an amount of shares which equates to nearly half a trillion dollars. Wade wants to preserve the Oasis as a fun playground for geeks and everyday people alike, while Sorrento and his company, IOI, want to litter the platform with advertisements and monetization.
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