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Ethan B. Reichsman '19
Film

Arts Vanity: So You Want to be Damien Chazelle

Maybe his last film didn’t win Best Picture, but he’s still the youngest person ever to win Best Director! And why shouldn’t he be? After all, he went to Harvard.

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Arts

Beauty and the Brain: The Emerging Field of Neuroaesthetics

Neuroaesthetics, an innovative but controversial new area of neuroscience research, has the potential to help us understand the ways our brain responds to art. But some remain skeptical of how much science can really tell us about aesthetic experiences. The Crimson surveys the state of the field on campus and beyond.

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Arts

‘The Good Place’ Pulls a Twist, Sticks the Landing

It can be hard for a show to recover from a major twist, and it’s hard to think of a more earth-shattering twist than the one that “The Good Place” revealed in its Season One finale.

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Arts

What is Film Editing?

There’s a reason film editing is often called “the invisible art”: The goal of most editors is to create a seamless finished product, with no trace of their tampering. In reality, their fingerprints are all over the final film, and they are often among the most important figures in the entire process.

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Film

‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Pairs Tragedy and Black Comedy

By establishing a world with bizarre characters and twisted logic, Lanthimos is able to mine the drawn-out, if inevitable, build-up to a dramatic conclusion for an equal measure of laughs and chills.

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Film

With ‘Un Beau Soleil Intérieur’, Denis Takes Light Hearted Stroll Down Lover’s Lane

Denis manages to create a world far more similar to reality than most romantic comedies, one full of genuine awkwardness and mishaps and no dramatic conclusion.

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Film

Moments Shine In ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ but the Film Does Not

Aryan can fly. No one knows how, or why, but not only can the lead character of Kornél Mundruczó’s “Jupiter’s Moon” rise above the ground, he is practically invulnerable.

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Film

‘120 Battements par Minute’ is Still Too Slow

Much of what could be boring in “120 Battements par Minute (120 Beats per Minute),” written, edited, and directed by Robin Campillo, is not.

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Film

‘Okja’ a Heartfelt and Colorful Satire

Bong Joon-ho’s latest feature follows the titular, genetically modified pig and her human caretaker Mija (Seo Hyun Ahn) through the world of corporate greed and animal–rights activism.

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Film

'Visages Villages' a Playful Passing of the Torch

Not only is it clear that the brilliant and playful mind that has made Varda into the living legend of cinema that she is remains undimmed, but she has found for us a new guard, ready to step into the light.

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Film

Cannes Par Jour: A Blog

There is very little one can do to be fully prepared for his or her first Cannes.

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Film

‘Loveless’ a Scattered yet Powerful Shot at Human Institutions

One of the key lines of the film, uttered by Zhenya’s new lover, states simply, “Lovelessness: one cannot live in that state.” By the conclusion, this state takes on the meaning of state as government.

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Film

‘Wonderstruck’ an Aesthetically Stuffed but Enchanting Tale of Childhood

Although clichéd, the story finds room for genuine warmth and sweetness, and is worth a watch for any family.

Film

'Prevenge' Slashes Taboos, Throats

Ruth, the protagonist, is being guided in her rampage by her unborn daughter. The mastermind behind her killing spree is a surprisingly articulate fetus.

Music

Dirty Projectors’ Latest Is Immersive, if Self-Indulgent

“Dirty Projectors” is the first album released by the band since frontman David Longstreth and his longtime partner Amber Coffman broke up, and that loss makes itself felt on every song.