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Festival goers misappropriate culture

Weekend one of Coachella has come and gone, and by the time this column goes to print, weekend two will well be on its way. If you’re reading this column now and are planning on going to Coachella, leave. Parking is a b–ch. Aside from parking (it literally took as much time driving from Los […]


A call for an increase in antiheroines

Look at A Clockwork Orange’s Alex, Goodfellas’ Henry Hill, Scarface’s Tony Montana, The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jordan Bellford, Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield, American Beauty’s Lester Burnham, Fight Club’s Tyler Durden, Gran Torino’s Walt Kowalski, American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman and Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle: all riveting characters, all antiheroes and all, interestingly, male. I went […]


Do the Oscars really matter?

My family loves film. It’s integral to who we are. My mom acts. My dad works in box office data. I’ve worked at a movie theater on and off throughout college. To no one’s surprise, we take the Academy Awards very seriously. And the Smith family father-daughter Oscar pool is no exception. With that star-studded, […]


LACMA fútbol exhibit fuses art and athletics

Over winter break, I came into the possession of a Los Angeles County Museum of Art pass. Being the broke college student that I am, I’ve spent a lot of time in recent weeks trolling the LACMA website, looking for exhibits to attend. One show in particular caught my eye: “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game.” I […]


Film involves both art and leisure

Film is an art form, but many often perceive it — first and foremost — as a leisure activity. Just look at the disparities between the potential awards contenders. This year, some of the most likely awards contenders  span all of genres and audiences: Skyfall (action-adventure), Lincoln (biopic), Beasts of the Southern Wild (fantasy), Flight […]


Directors should learn from Lee

At the beginning of the semester I wrote about auteurship, arguing that filmmakers need to strike a balance between mindless entertainment and films that are intentionally artistic. I argued that filmmakers need to find their identity — one that is recognizable as that of their own — so their work is distinct. Ang Lee’s career, […]


Traditional film criticism finds new platform online

With the rise of the digital age, it’s easy to say that traditional film criticism is dead. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and myriad up-and-coming digital outlets have become the norm, pushing established film critics — many of whom started in print — out of the way. But it’s too much of a generalization to say that […]