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Arts 2018 Year in Review

The Arts 2018 Year-in-Review

The Harvard Crimson ranks the best movies, TV shows, albums, and books of the year, while writing some not-exactly-serious vanities.

Music

Twenty One Pilots’ Evangelical Gamble

For the 24 percent of America that identifies as evangelical, “religious” music isn’t just popular, but a cultural mandate. Twenty One Pilots’ drummer, Josh Dunn, would know.

Top 10 Albums of 2018

The Crimson Arts Board presents its musical favorites of the year, from "Dirty Computer" to "Be the Cowboy."

On Campus

In Photos: The 119th Annual Harvard-Yale Football Concert

The night before the 135th playing of The Game — as football players for both Harvard and Yale prepared to do battle on the gridiron — student singers took the historic rivalry to the stage. Relive the evening in photos.

Portrait of an Artist: Soyoung Lee

At the Harvard Art Museums, Lee will oversee three curatorial divisions: Asian and Mediterranean Art, European and American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art.

Theater

‘The Nutcracker’ Returns to Bring Holiday Spirit to Boston

Though the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs annually in December, it did not fail to impress with its energy and high production value on its opening night on Nov. 29.

‘figures;’: Harvard’s First Dance Thesis

"figures;" is the first-ever senior thesis to take the form of a choreographed dance performance. Choreographed and directed by TDM concentrator, Tiffany Y. Lau ’19, the show premieres this Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Film

‘Vice’ Is Postmodern and Partisan

At its core, “Vice” is a biased work.

Surprises and Snubs: An Overview of the 2019 Oscar Nominations

It’s a genuine toss-up as to which film will take home the award for Best Picture this year, with no apparent frontrunner.

Books

‘You Know You Want This’ Offers Shock Value — But Not Much Else

Roupenian insists that we want this, we know we want this. But is it too much to ask for a little bit more?

‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ Not Worth Your Time

With so much promise, “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” failed to live up to expectations, instead delivering a story that was not worth the time to read.

TV

In ‘Bandersnatch,’ Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Meets ‘Black Mirror’ Fatalism

“Bandersnatch” lacks the usual paranoia-driven plotline because it’s already fractured by its very structure.

Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

The Crimson Arts Board presents its TV favorites of the year, from "BoJack Horseman" to "The Good Place."

Arts

Does Gillette Get to be Part of #MeToo?

"We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" exemplifies why commodity activism is fundamentally incompatible with movements like #MeToo.

Books

‘Unsheltered’ Refuses to Shelter Us from Today’s Harsh Realities

Unsheltered” falters only in moments where its message is perhaps too clear.

Columns

Gay, Muslim

We’re all socialized to believe something is the norm, and even if we are attracted to a specific trait because we’ve grown up being told that’s how it’s supposed to be, or seen everyone else acting that way, we can definitely learn to question that norm. Try to unlearn it. To expand our idea of attractiveness by trying to recognize where the damaging ideas of attractiveness come from.

Film

'Bird Box' is the 'Quiet Place' Knock-Off You Can't Unsee

Being a genre movie is a forgivable transgression if done well. Yet it’s quickly clear that "Bird Box" can’t even sketch the contours of its own worldbuilding.

Arts

Representation Isn’t Enough: Hollywood’s Diversity Problem on Display at the Golden Globes

The Time’s Up movement's ribbon bracelets felt inadvertently symbolic: Even the most energized movements, if they lose momentum, can become accessory.

Film

‘On the Basis of Sex’ Highlights Gender Discrimination, Then and Now

Arts

TV and Movie Quotes to Add to Your Tinder Bio

Arts

Holiday Gift Guide

Arts

Top 5 Celebrity Crushes as Arts Production Nights

Arts

5 Books Pretentious Section Kid Loves

Film

‘Green Book’ More Black and White Than Anything Else

In "Green Book," Peter Farrelly eschews impactful subtlety in favor of a feel-good movie with ultimately little substance.

Columns

Final Stop: Woodley Park Station

My skis begin to pick up speed until I am no longer in control. The cool air lashes against my cheeks as I plummet even faster towards the bottom of the Alp. I close my eyes in fear, just as a familiar voice penetrates the alpine air.

Film

‘The Favourite’ Redefines Period Dramas

"The Favourite"'s assessment of each character feels almost Austenian — if Jane Austen enjoyed lavish lobsters racing and heavy use of the c-word.

Arts

Editors' Note: When Arts Goes Normie

At some point in the year, we realized that we weren’t just “Crimson friends,” but actual friends.

Film

Portrait of an Artist: Musa Syeed

The Crimson sat down with Musa Syeed, award-winning filmmaker and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in the English department.

Arts

How to Write a Film Review Without Watching the Film

Arts

Top Five High Fives

Arts

Please Stop Making New Movies: A Plea from a Film Studies Concentrator

Arts

Top 5 Reasons I Can't Attend the Event I Clicked ‘Interested’ On

Arts Blog

Top Five Supergroups

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