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Column: Miniseries should stay mini

Column: Miniseries should stay mini

April 13, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist   Well, reader, I’ll let you in on the creative process behind this week’s column. I originally intended to praise the maturity and craftsmanship of two recent hit miniseries – HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” – ...

Column: It’s time for film to get creative

Column: It's time for film to get creative

April 6, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist Midway through “Even Lovers Get the Blues,” a Belgian film that screened as part of this year’s Wicked Queer film festival, one of the characters narrates her thought process as she prepares for her first night out since the death of her boyfriend. As the voiceover...

Column: ‘Kong’ film distorts history

Brie Larson plays Mason Weaver, the Kong’s newest female opposite, in “Kong: Skull Island.”/Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

March 30, 2017

By Vy Thai, A&E columnist From the original movie in 1933 to its remakes throughout the decades, the “King Kong” franchise has always been more than just a cliché about a giant ape climbing skyscrapers and pursuing forbidden love with women of the human race. Filmmakers have often included metap...

Column: Desperate times call for deeper reporting

March 22, 2017

By Vy Thai, A&E columnist Almost 45 years ago, the Watergate scandal helped define investigative reporting—in-depth investigation and critical analysis that surpasses the scope of mere fact reporting and often involves the unearthing of secrets—as a crucial part of journalism. Today, however, ther...

Column: Mull over Best Picture themes

Column: Mull over Best Picture themes

March 17, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist And now for one last think piece on “Moonlight.” Despite my ability to run my mouth on any topic that flashes through my mind, I’ve remained at a loss for words when describing the sapphire-tinted masterpiece that was crowned Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awar...

Column: It is time to revisit mythology

Column: It is time to revisit mythology

March 2, 2017

By Vy Thai, A&E columnist The exposure and relevance of Norse mythology has resurfaced in contemporary pop culture, with perhaps the most noticeable being Marvel’s “Thor” movies and comics. Most of the knowledge we have about Norse myths in pop culture involves the cycles of the creations and destruct...

Column: Gendering food takes labels one step too far

Column: Gendering food takes labels one step too far

February 22, 2017

By Vy Thai, A&E columnist Dietitian Christy Brissette wrote in The Washington Post that people choose their eating habits not based on the food itself but rather on the social standards of what men and women should eat. While men are believed to be more masculine by eating calorie-laden, unhealthy food such as hamb...

Column: Grammys must adapt or die

Column: Grammys must adapt or die

February 16, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist “Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep.” So goes Frank Ocean’s fantastic Tumblr-posted clapback at the Grammy producers who wrongly claimed...

Column: Despite differing opinions, “Girls” is a work of art

Column: Despite differing opinions,

February 9, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist It’s a shame that people won’t give Lena Dunham a chance. Don’t get me wrong, the actress/writer/director behind the HBO series “Girls” is often as “painfully narcissistic, shockingly tone-deaf and just generally one of the most insufferable people yo...

Column: Stories of truth needed

Column: Stories of truth needed

February 4, 2017

By Vy Thai, A&E columnist To change the world is a big goal, but constructing social awareness by inspiring people is an important first step. As much as I enjoy reading and watching fiction to explore intriguing new ideas through precise and vivid story lines, I see the essence of documentar...

Column: The US may lose its cultural edge sooner than predicted

Column: The US may lose its cultural edge sooner than predicted

January 25, 2017

By Vy Thai, arts & entertainment columnist For several decades, the U.S. has unofficially proven itself the cultural center of the world, shown through the prevalence of its cultural products and lifestyle beyond its physical borders. As a kid born and raised in Vietnam, you may be surprised by how many c...

Column: American cinema finds artistic upswing

Column: American cinema finds artistic upswing

January 19, 2017

By Juan A. Ramirez, A&E columnist The year 2016 might not have been as strong a year in film as the one prior – the Year of Our Lord which brought us “Mad Max,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” – but some of its late releases point to an emerging field of thought-provoking, artistica...