Do American movies seem stale to you? Are there moments when you want nothing more than to read subtitles? It’s a big, cinematic world out there filled to the brim with non-American films. With 2013’s “Nairobi Half Life,” and “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,” Kenya and South Africa’s movie industries are on the rise. South Korea is still experiencing a renaissance. Thailand’s industry is growing along with China’s. Argentina and Colombia are coming into some serious economic growth thanks in part to films like 2012’s “Elefante Blanco” and “La Sirga.” But until those movies make it onto DVD, here are five foreign flicks to sate your appetite.
Stories By Jacob Holley-Kline
Hollywood is racist. It always has been, but what is racism? Let’s define some terms. Prejudice is the thought, discrimination is the action and racism is the system. There are systems all throughout society that benefit one race over another. In this system, white people are far more privileged than people of color.
It’s the last five minutes of the second half. Your team is down by three. There’s no stopping your ruthless opponents. You take the shot from the free-throw line.
You miss. All hope is lost. The game is done.
I miss the Street. I mean, I miss the Street franchise. “NBA Street Vol. 2” has to be one of the best basketball video games ever made. I don’t even like basketball or sports games in particular, but “Vol. 2” grabbed me like no other sports game had.
In the lonely interior of Poland, far away from any big city or town, is the small village of Chelmno nad Nerem. From 1941 to 1945 it was here that between 152,000 and 340,000 Jews were exterminated. Of the victims kept there, only two survived.
Under a lattice of lights, the UAA Dance Ensemble emerges in sterile outfits. The performance following, “Sleying the Reed: A Movement Meditation on Women and Violence,” is a resonant portrayal of women’s struggle.
Following on the heels of his 2011 EP, “Ravedeath, 1972,” Hecker returns with an even more richly textured, live instrumental album. “Ravedeath” represented a shift in his production. Hecker went from using samples to live instruments, and the result was well worth the wait. It’s safe to say that with “Virgins,” Hecker has successfully lived up to and exceeded “Ravedeath.”
In the world of “The Clone Returns Home” cloning a body is possible, but what about the spirit? “Even if you extract the memories and destroy the original body, the original soul will still remain,” says Professor Teshigawara (Toru Shinagawa, “Dark Water”) in a scene from the film.
In classrooms all across the world, students are given the space to strut their intellectual stuff, but less often are they able to demonstrate their hidden talent.
There was a day when “The Chronic” reigned supreme. Dr. Dre brought the synthesizer to hip-hop and no Los Angeles club would be the same for years to come.
In the 80’s, socially conscious hip-hop, like De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory,” dominated the rap landscape. Groups like N.W.A rose to prominence with “Straight Outta Compton” and two members from that group, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, would find fame with critically and commercially acclaimed solo releases.
In 2011, on the side of the Polaris Building in Fairbanks hung a four-story sign that read, “Looking for love again.” Two chalkboards at street level invited passers-by to share their memories of the building and hopes for its future.
This art project, “Looking for Love Again,” was the brainchild of artist Candy Chang, commissioned by the Alaska Design Forum.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths behind lung cancer. To help combat this, Jenna! Roosdett, graphic design and photography senior, and social work senior Kacee Holloway founded the UAA chapter of Colleges Against Cancer last year.
She has killed God, sought the Exxon within and gone parasailglidebiking in Rio Guamquai. She is Maria Bamford.
In the first installment of the “Amnesia” series, “Amnesia: The Dark Descent,” the player is jolted with a jump scare in a long dining hall. It’s effective and sets the unsettling tone for the rest of the game.