• Arts & Entertainment

    Dissecting poetry: Inside the mind of “Paterson”

    “Paterson” is a new film by Jim Jarmusch about an artist who has a stable but low income job, a steady relationship, and a disciplined drinking habit. The title character, however, is exactly the opposite of the stereotypical tortured soul that is so commonly associated with the “true” artist. Rather than revelling in self-destruction, Paterson is a man of routine. He wakes up every morning at the same time, kisses his girlfriend, goes to work as a bus driver, writes a few poems, goes home, fixes his mailbox, walks his English bulldog, has a beer and goes to sleep. Yet, he is not a slave to routine and it is…

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    “Get Out” makes viewers laugh, scream and think

    From the very first scene I knew Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was going to be something special. As a long time consumer of horror films, I consider myself very difficult to scare and can recognize most of the tricks at this point. So believe me when I tell you “Get Out” elicited some of the most visceral reactions I’ve ever had while watching a horror film. The protagonist in “Get Out” is Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, a black man who is dating a white woman, who has recently been asked to visit her childhood home and meet her parents. Upon their arrival he is immediately put into one awkward…

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    Interview With Patrick Ness: Author and Screenwriter of “A Monster Calls”

    Patrick Ness is the author and screenwriter of the recently adapted novel “A Monster Calls”, a work inspired by Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer before the book’s publication. “A Monster Calls” tells the story of 12-year-old, Conner O’Malley, who struggles to cope with his mother’s terminal cancer. Everywhere Conner turns he is met with misunderstanding. At school, he is bullied, and at home, his domineering grandmother treats him like a child—until one night when he is visited by an imposing tree monster that tries to help him come to terms with his frustration. The film, which I reviewed in an earlier issue of the Knight News, is a deeply…

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    Ongoing discussion of diversity and the Oscars

    #OscarsSoWhite dominated the discussion around the ceremony last year, speaking volumes not only about the state of the Academy Awards, but the sad state of diversity in Hollywood. While the nominations that do end up at the Oscars deserve their spot, it became clear the films and actors being snubbed for specific award positions had one glaring similarity—they were starring or made by people of color. Great films like “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed” with African American directors and thespians were recognized by the Academy, merely for roles that were held by white men, which for “Compton” meant its screenwriters were nominated, not the films director or any member of…

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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Magical Exploration of New York in the 20s

    Set in New York in 1926, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an enchanting display of “Harry Potter” author J.K Rowling’s knack for world-building. Rowling does an excellent job of intertwining the reality of this time and place with fascinating magical undercurrents, humor, and wit. Aided by a new set of characters but set in the same world as the Harry Potter series, the film dazzles and entertains as it explores this new landscape. The lead of this new series is Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a British “magizooligist,” passing through New York on route to Arizona. Despite traveling with only one briefcase, Newt did not pack lightly. His…