Review: BFA Thesis Exhibition – Practice/Practice

I preface this review with one central caveat: This will not be an entirely objective critique of Practice/Practice - the University of Minnesota's BFA Thesis Exhibition. As the older brother of one of the exhibition's featured artists (Emily Mohrbacher), there is, of course, a potent bias that I possess towards her respective piece, "Be kinder…Read more Review: BFA Thesis Exhibition – Practice/Practice

Oscar Picks 2014: Here We Go Again

One minute you look around and it's the beginning of December. The self-titled "harbingers" of the Oscars (also known as The New York Film Critics Circle) are announcing their awards, unofficially kicking off the wearisome period known as film's "award season." You close your eyes, you try to block it out, but the tumult is…Read more Oscar Picks 2014: Here We Go Again

American Hustle, Angels in the Outfield, Ed Wood: On the Various Forms of the Ensemble

With American Hustle finally being released in "fly-over" country; aka the boonies, aka the middle of the country, aka anywhere that is not New York or LA, one can at last enjoy the all-star cast which dominates the film. In watching Hustle it's hard not to think about the power of actors, especially the power…Read more American Hustle, Angels in the Outfield, Ed Wood: On the Various Forms of the Ensemble

Best/Worst: Scenes in Superhero Cinema

The genre of the modern-day superhero film is probably the most dominant and recognizable film genre to appear in the lifetime of Generation Y. General¬†opinions on the overall value of this genre of film varies strongly from person to person. However, I think it is safe to say that even the most ardent of superhero…Read more Best/Worst: Scenes in Superhero Cinema

In Defense of Detroit or How I Learned to Stop Listening and Enjoy the City

During the waning days of summer, as the perennial war-mongering began,¬† I decided to take a vacation. I didn't hop on a plane, hellbent on sipping a daiquiri (although I love them) in Cabo. I didn't stuff myself full of chimichangas at an all-inclusive resort in Mazatlan. No, I wanted something more relaxing, more luxurious.…Read more In Defense of Detroit or How I Learned to Stop Listening and Enjoy the City