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Harry Potter Fandom Explored

I remember the fateful day so clearly: Thursday, Nov 18. I woke up extra early, rasping “Accio alarm clock!” as I peered at our quiet Muggle campus outside my window. The premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was seventeen long hours away at that point, but the zing...

Play Marat/Sade Impresses

Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade is by far the most visually and conceptually ambitious production that 5C theater has mounted in the Allen Theater black box. Audiences should be prepared for absolute chaos—screaming dirty actors, flickering spotlights, and an electric air of sexual tension....

Recommendations: What to Watch Next

If you like Mad Men, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under Sometimes watching TV is like savoring a steak, and sometimes it’s like shoving store-bought cupcakes into your mouth. Boardwalk Empire is like a pile of Kobe beef showered in flecks of gold. This relatively new offering from HBO,...

Jersey Shore: Real Reality TV

I saw a whole lot of Snookis on Halloween, but no matter how high your pouf or how tight your skirt, I bet you didn’t hold a candle to the original. The Snookster and her shrill, well-oiled fellow castmates of Jersey Shore produce hours of vapid, ridiculous, endlessly compelling...

Let's Get Lost...Again

It has been four months, five days, and nine and a half hours since the Lost finale. Apparently, at this stage of the grieving process, I’m supposed to be feeling “acceptance” and “hope.” That’s kind of true. I’ve “accepted” that my most...

The TV Column Version of “Snack”

When you’ve got midterms coming up and every waking minute is scheduled for studying or paper-writing, it’s tough to set aside an hour of “me time” for your favorite show. How can you possibly satisfy your brain’s craving for mindless pleasure? Try out one of these...

Dexter: The Lovable Killer

Breakfasts at Frary are getting uncomfortable. Whenever I see a blood orange, I get this sexy urge to slice into it and spill juice all over the table. Then I want to stick pins into my bacon and dump my toast into my coffee, letting it sink to the bottom of the mug where the cops won’t...

The Subtle Art of “Mad Men”

It’s been less than a minute since I watched the conclusion of Mad Men’s most recent episode, and I’m already itching for a vodka tonic and a Lucky Strike. AMC’s sharp yet atmospheric period drama is as addictive as the vices it so often features. Tonight, ruminating on...

TSL Celebrates the Return of Your Favorite T.V. Shows

Whether you’re a first-year prancing off to ID 1 or a senior crumbling under the weight of the future, chances are you’re missing your favorite television show right now. While Pomona College is busy molding us into fine young citizens of the world, Liz Lemon’s getting lettuce...

On The Big Screen: Crazy Heart

During those long, dull days of winter break, I watch a lot of Country Music Television. I used to disdain the channel until I caught one magical hour of “I Want to be a High School Cheerleader Again,” and from then on I was hooked on CMT’s country-fried, reality-soaked...

Film Review: May-December Romance Handled in “An Education”

An Education should serve as such to any filmmaker looking to respectfully illustrate a May-December romance.Actually, the romance between 16-year-old Jenny and 30-something David falls more squarely into Lolita territory, but director Lone Scherfig and writer Nick Hornby artfully steer the film...

“Precious” is a Destructive and Sobering Experience

For all the metaphor surrounding her name, Precious Jones doesn’t seem to mean much to the creators of this eponymous film. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire has been exhaustively hyped as an intense viewing experience, a tale of grit and redemption. In many ways,...

Movie Review: “Where the Wild Things Are” Is Aimed at the Young

Sandwiched between puzzled young children and stoic parents, I found myself similarly deflated after viewing Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic, Where the Wild Things Are. Dazzling visuals dress up sentimental stock characters; occasionally witty dialogue sails over the...

Q&A with John Krasinski

After seeing a screening of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,John Krasinski’s directorial debut, I had the remarkable opportunity to sit down with Krasinski for a brief interview of his own. I was truly honored by his candor and inspired by his strength in making this film. Read on to...

Movie Review: The Informant

While perusing the Laemmle’s cinematic offerings for fall 2009, I was not at all surprised to find myself most excited for dumb, rip-roaring fare like Jennifer’s Body. I have come to detest cleverness in movies; I have been drowning in it since the meteoric rise of the Indie genre...

Review: Somehow, “Adventureland” is an Achievement

Nestled among the musty industrial complexes of Farmingdale, New York, the actual Adventureland doesn’t so much glitter with whimsy as it pulses dully in the summer heat. I grew up less than a mile away from its creaky gates and was aware of its overt air of decay from young childhood....

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