January 19, 2020

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    Textile Art, Tees, and Taking Initiative: Students Start Serengetee

    Say it: Serengetee. Doesn’t it roll off the tongue? College-aged individuals from around the nation joined together to start this charitable clothing company, in hopes of making a global impact. Led by Jeff Steitz, a junior at Claremont McKenna College, a group of about 25 students work behind-the-scenes on everything from advertising to communication with charities to production planning and distribution. Providence College can be proud to claim two of its own as being a part of this innovative organization.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    PYSCHO for Alfred Hitchcock

    All of us know the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, in which Janet Leigh is stabbed to the suspenseful music we all associate with horror movies now. We are also all familiar with James Bond, but not many of us know that he wouldn’t be where he is today without Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Hitchcock’s angle and camera technique of mimicking a person’s gaze is still frequented in films today.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    A Dangerous Method Probes the Depths

    There is rarely a film that compels me to actually go to the movies, but as soon as I saw the trailer for A Dangerous Method, I knew I had to see it. David Cronenberg’s new film explores the psychological world in the early 1900s, focusing on a forbidden relationship between psychologist Carl Jung and patient Sabrina Spielrein. Jung (Michael Fasserbender) is treating Spielrein (Keira Knightley) for a distressed condition, perhaps a nervous breakdown. He attempts to experiment with Sigmund Freud’s (Viggo Mortensen) idea of “the talking cure.” This idea is known as psychopathology, or therapy as we look at it today. Although psychology has changed since Freud’s initial introduction, it is essentially the idea of patients using conversation as a catharsis and healing themselves by working out their issues verbally. Although we are now used to this idea, in 1900, it was considered radical. Before Freud, hysteria was treated with hypnosis or even electric shock therapy.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    Gotye: Somebody That We Should All Know

    Belgian-born Australian Wouter De Backer recently found himself thrust into international stardom when his one-man band Gotye produced the album Making Mirrors, which contains the unsuspecting gem “Somebody That I Used to Know.” This distinctively quirky and terribly catchy break-up song has proved appealing to an extremely broad range of listeners, regardless of their customary musical tastes and preferences. It’s even a regular on the Concannon Fitness Center soundtrack, a playlist that usually features only the most popular mainstream songs. Admittedly, Gotye may be a new discovery for me, but I’m more than happy to cheerfully and wholeheartedly jump on the bandwagon.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    Let’s Rant

    It’s something of a phenomenon. A faintly attractive girl between the ages of 15 and 21 decides that she wants to become the next Miley Cyrus. Her father may not be the washed-up cowboy behind “Achy Breaky Heart,” but that doesn’t matter. This unknown starlet has a voice (presumably), a camera, and access to the Internet. A dozen YouTube videos later and her schmaltzy tunes have gotten her into the music industry.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    Editor vs. Editor

    Cats are more independent than dogs. Is that a bad thing? I would say not. The last time I checked, America holds the spirit of independence in high regard. While I don’t know what point I’m trying to make, I am definitely not trying to say that dogs are un-American. Moving on. A cat can symbolize a sultry sort of femininity, too. Examples are everywhere in pop culture. The Pussycat Dolls were the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s (according to Billboard). Impressive, right? Eh…but singles like “Beep” and “When I Grow Up” were Catnip for clubgoers. Think about Catwoman. Anne Hathaway will soon be donning black, skintight leather to play the role in The Dark Knight Rises. I get nauseous thinking about what Dogwoman would look like. Try to take that and make it sexy.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    Taste of the Town

    Andrea’s Greek-American Cuisine

    268 Thayer Street

    Providence is no hotbed of Greek culture, but if you’re jonesing for feta, Thayer Street should be your first stop. Located just doors down from the deliciously casual Mediterranean eatery East Side Pockets is a slightly more upscale dining option: Andrea’s.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.01, 2012

    What is Love? Baby, Don’t Hurt Me…

    A battered face. A broken nose, bruised cheeks, swollen eyes, a bloody, split lip—punching, biting, choking, and threatening. Not to mention the verbal abuse that led to the physical. “I’m pretty sure we can always be friends, and I don’t know about our relationship, but I just know definitely that we ended as friends,” said entertainer Chris Brown back in February 2009, after his arrest for brutally beating his girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna. In an interview with Larry King, Brown equated his situation with Rihanna to Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. Excuse me, but I don’t recall any mention of the “star-cross’d lovers” engaging in domestic violence…correct me if I’m wrong.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.29, 2012

    The Oscars Look to Billy Crystal and the Glory Days

    The top prizes at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony were claimed by French dark horse The Artist, including Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. Most of the technical awards, like Visual Effects and Sound, Cinematography, and Art Direction went to the night’s other favorite, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.15, 2012

    JC Penney Brings Degeneres On Board

    Famous beauty Mae West once said that a model is just an imitation of a real woman. While I don’t think this is always true, I am dismayed by the typical models we see today, who are dangerously thin and near unhealthy looking. That is why I’m thrilled to see companies like Dove use atypical models to represent the average female body, imperfections and all. When JC Penney decided to adopt Ellen DeGeneres as its new spokesmodel, I was pumped. Ellen is one of the greatest comedians of our time, who conquers the struggle that most comedians fail to beat–being funny, but delivering clean comedy at the same time. Degeneres is not your typical idea of outer beauty, but she is the epitome of “inner beauty.” She also seems to be a great person with a bubbly personality, and is a humanitarian who donates to charity and celebrates that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I think that’s a person worth recognizing.

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