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Intimacy and evolution: BFA art exhibition

Words can only do so much. When it comes to ideas like intimacy, confronting one’s personal past and dealing with inevitable change, visual art has a specific power to it that words may not and vice versa. Six artists featured in the two upcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions will confront these topics and more […]

‘Bad Guy’ meditates on evil, mixed results

Title: “Bad Guy” Director: Ki-duk Kim Release date: Feb. 11, 2005 Genre: Drama Country: South Korea Rating: 3/5 Some people are just born evil. As for the wordless sociopath at the center of “Bad Guy,” he’s got some good in him, but it shows in the worst ways. After being justifiably rejected by the virginal […]

Alaska Native storytelling: Will it survive?

When the boarding schools came to Alaska and the lower 48, an entire generation of Alaska Natives was robbed of their language. Those who went to boarding school and went on to have kids carried shame in speaking their own language, and their language was not always passed down. “A lot of the storytellers are […]

‘Goat Simulator’ dumb fun wears thin

Title: “Goat Simulator” Developer: Coffee Stain Studios Platform: PC Genre: Action Rating: 3 Thankfully, “Goat Simulator” doesn’t live up to its name. While you’re definitely a goat, you’re not the type of goat you see grazing and bleating in fields. That’s a boring enough game to be put alongside “Logging Simulator.” Thankfully, Coffee Stain Studios […]

“Moloch Tropical”

TV movies rightfully get a bad wrap. The Lifetime television network alone deserves a separate section at the Razzie awards. But, disproving the notion that TV movies are trash by nature, “Moloch Tropical” is an admirable attempt at making a lot with a little. The film follows fictional disgraced Haitian president Jean de Dieu Théogène’s […]

Reading for fun versus reading for school

It can be hard to do what you need to do. If you’re in an English class or any literature class, reading can feel like a burden. Where’d the fun go? Reading for class and reading for fun are obviously different, but why? What sets them apart? Generally, one looks forward to pleasure reading but […]

New Dances 2014

Sometimes, the most difficult ideas and questions can be faced with just a few dancers and a stage. “New Dances 2014,” a compilation dance show put on by the UAA Dance Department, will open with an exploration of conformity and the human urge to break away from it. The piece in question is called “is […]

‘The Day the Sky Exploded’ is just boring

Before Italian science fiction lost its collective mind with madcap creations like “Super Argo and the Faceless Giants” and “King of Kong Island,” there was “The Day the Sky Exploded.” “Sky” is Italy’s humble first entry into the science fiction movie genre. And it’s boring. Trading the insane for the sane, the film follows a […]

‘Brave New Alaskan Voices’ is safe space for Alaska youth

In 2008, youth poet mentor Trey “Freethought” Josey attended the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis., with the Alaska slam team. He and fellow poet Kima Hamilton returned determined to bring Alaskan voices to the national stage. “I literally woke up and was like, ‘I’m taking a team to nationals,’” Josey said. “There was no […]

‘House of Lies’ soundtrack only works for TV show

Everyone gets the blues every once and awhile, and no music is a better cure for the blues than the blues itself. The “House of Lies Original Soundtrack” has such a bluesy sensibility. From hard-hitting rock like Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights” to the less exciting pop tunes like Kim Cesarion’s “Brains Out,” “House of […]

Women in Hollywood: The gender gap

Both in front of and behind the camera, women are underrepresented. Like the “glass ceiling” that keeps women and minorities from advancing in the corporate world, the “celluloid ceiling” keeps them from advancing in the cinematic world. That term comes from a yearly report of the same name by the Center for the Study of […]

Art as Catharsis: Why make art?

Aristotle famously said that the purpose of art is catharsis. If looking at or making a piece of art leads to some outburst of emotions, it’s done its job. “Painting was a big therapeutic exercise for me,” said junior Accounting major Jacob Paiz, “I could transfer emotions onto canvas and detach them from myself.” Paiz […]

‘Bio Zombie’ is delirious fun

Title: “Bio Zombie” Director: Wilson Yip Genre: Horror comedy Release date: June 11, 1998 Country: China (Hong Kong) Rating: 3.5/5 “Bio Zombie” is “Resident Evil” through the eyes of “Shaun of the dead,” with enough goofy gimmicks to keep viewers entertained, at least for a while. After the misanthropic mall DVD store employees Woody Invincible […]

Art history whitewashed

The history taught in schools is propagandistic and white-centric. American kids are raised in a racist and post-colonialist education system. Students come out the classroom believing that, prior to the Enlightenment, people of color (PoC) did not exist in Europe. This is blatantly untrue and a shortsighted view of history. Often, history is a study […]

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