• Arts & Entertainment

    “Dr. Strange”: A Superhero Movie for Everyone

    While “Doctor Strange” is a tightly paced special effects spectacle with many refreshing elements and exciting and inventive visual effects –it’s real achievement is that it is enjoyable for both those familiar with the Marvel universe as well as those who have yet to see a comic book movie. Doctor Strange’s origin differs from most of the other characters in the Marvel universe. Instead of a science fiction explanation, like gamma rays or a technologically advanced suit, his powers are of a mystical nature. This unique aesthetic separates the character from other Marvel superheroes. The story begins with Dr. Stephen Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, a brilliant, but arrogant neurosurgeon.…

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    Spotlight Article: Professor Jason Tougaw

    The English Honors Seminar for the 2016-17 year at Queens College focuses on literary works that tell stories about relationships between the brain, mind, body and self. Professor Jason Tougaw facilitates the course and has engineered the title “Reading Minds, Touching Brains” to represent the connection between neuroscience and literature. Tougaw is an associate professor in the Department of English and has been teaching at QC for 10 years. Before working at QC, he taught in the writing program at Princeton and the literature program at American University in Washington, DC. Tougaw was the first person in his family to go to college. “When I got to college, the place…

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    “Manchester By the Sea”: Living With Defeat

    “Manchester by the Sea” is a masterwork of realism in contemporary American film. When we come into the theater, we often expect to see characters embark on a journey and overcome their obstacles. This movie is firmly rooted in opposition to this idea. This film refuses to let the audience indulge in the safety of this fantasy. For this reason, “Manchester by the Sea,” is one for the saddest and most honest movies I have seen this year. The film portrays a life in perpetual defeat and shows how life continues even when there is no reason for living. This is a film in which characters don’t live up to…

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    Play leaves audience members on Cloud 9

    The Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance debuted their production of Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud 9” on Oct. 27 at the Performance Space, M11, in Rathaus Hall. The play was directed by Ana Margineanu and is broken into two very different acts. Act I takes place in Victorian times in a British colony in Africa and Act II takes place in 1979 London. All of the characters experience different things in both acts, but the themes of sexual discovery and confusion of gender are present in both. “In my eyes the play is about sexual repression,” Eleni Rosenboom, a senior art education major, said. “It is about how we…

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    Veterans honored at Veterans Day luncheon at QC

    On Nov. 9 Queens College hosted a Veterans Day luncheon in which five veterans were honored for their service to their country. The event opened with the QC student veterans in attendance leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Presenting the awards were numerous city and state officials including Council Member Rory I. Lancman, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz and Assembly Member Nily Rozic. The event notably took place the day after the presidential election in which Donald J. Trump was elected. Lancman commented on the importance and the sanctity of the peaceful transition of power. “[It] is secured by the men and women of our armed forces…