Best Pictures: A Guide to Good Films from 2016

Though the Academy sometimes neglects great films, it usually selects good ones. Below are ten that are worth your time.   Moonlight Oscars won: Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay),  Best Actor in a Supporting Role Review By Kayla Stetzel Moonlight is a quiet film, but its subtlety and silences are thoughtful. Like a whisper from a friend in a roaring room, Moonlight – with its … Continue reading Best Pictures: A Guide to Good Films from 2016

Can’t Buy Me Friends: A College Student’s Perspective on Money

  Every Friday at 5:01 pm, I clocked out, grabbed my purse and rode the metro to the Sculpture Gardens. Jazz was calling. A free outdoor concert was held weekly during the summer on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. My friends and I would meet there after a long week at work and drink sangria while listening to jazz. We all pitched in for … Continue reading Can’t Buy Me Friends: A College Student’s Perspective on Money

An Unfortunate Series: Netflix’s New Offering is a Pale Imitation of its Source Material

There’s a greasy feeling that settles over you as you watch A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix’s new take on Lemony Snicket’s gothic kid-lit books. From the theme song on, the viewer is pummeled with unpleasantness: children orphaned, neglected, and abused; clueless innocents cruelly murdered; a whole world awash in inconvenience and ennui. At every turn, the show stops to ask the viewer: “Why are … Continue reading An Unfortunate Series: Netflix’s New Offering is a Pale Imitation of its Source Material

Breaking Bread and Breaking Ties: Silence, Pearl, and Learning How to Read Again

My first reading of Shusako Endo’s novel, Silence, defeated me. The book was a part of a contemporary literature class that I took my senior year of high school, in which I encountered the likes of C. S. Lewis, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marilynne Robinson, Walker Percy, Chaim Potok, and Flannery O’Connor. Perhaps needless to say, the class was a weird mix of Christianity, existentialism, and often … Continue reading Breaking Bread and Breaking Ties: Silence, Pearl, and Learning How to Read Again

I Danced My Dance: Finding the Balance between Work and Play

  Every time I go home, my parents ask me the same question: “Have your grades dropped yet because you swing dance too much?” In their eyes, I wasted much of my college time at swing club. They see my Facebook page filled swing photos, and I spend many weekends away at swing exchanges. So as I finish my last semester, I think it is … Continue reading I Danced My Dance: Finding the Balance between Work and Play