“Ocean’s 8” delights crowd at Film Society screening

“Ocean’s 8” delights crowd at Film Society screening

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21

The Mount Holyoke Film Society held their first event of the semester on Friday, a screening of the feature film, “Ocean’s 8.” The film stars Sandra Bullock (“Miss Congeniality”) as Debbie Ocean, the sister of the original franchise’s iconic character Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney, “Up In the Air”).

“A Simple Favor”: Plot twists leave audiences dizzy

“A Simple Favor”: Plot twists leave audiences dizzy

BY ERIN CARBERRY ’19

Based on the debut thriller novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, “A Simple Favor” follows widow and single mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”) as she befriends the enigmatic Emily (Blake Lively, “The Age of Adaline”). When Emily disappears, Stephanie becomes obsessed with finding her friend and is quickly drawn into the tangled web of Emily’s secrets. As the story unfolds and more stones are overturned, the audience discovers that no one — not even wholesome, mommy-vlogger Stephanie — is as innocent as they seem. But how far can a story like this go before it becomes too far-fetched to follow?

Film review: “Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again”

Film review: “Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again”

BY MIRANDA WHEELER ’19

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” serves as a playful reminder that art does not have to imitate life — it just needs to celebrate it. With the first film’s takeaway point being an ode to laughing one’s way through messy-wonderful accidents, the second takes a similar tone: loving company (and maybe a good party) as a remedy for grief. The film is a bubbly, feel-good tribute to the (spoiler alert) now-late Donna (Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada.”)

Get Involved!: Arts Orgs on Campus

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

Missed the Involvement Fair this Sunday? Looking to get in touch with your creative side this semester? Here’s what a few of the Mount Holyoke arts organizations are up to on campus!

Summer 2018: Vacation Vocations

Every summer, Mount Holyoke students go off into the real world for internships and experiences that will shape them for the rest of their lives. Some of our MoHos venture into more artistic endeavors. Arts & Entertainment talked to some of these students about their summers and the work they did in their respective fields.

“Lost in Space” joins expanding crew of impressive Netflix t.v. series

“Lost in Space” joins expanding crew of impressive Netflix t.v. series

BY ERIN CARBERRY ’19

Released on April 13, Netflix’s “Lost in Space” is a reimagining of the 1960s sci-fi classic television show of the same name. When the project was first announced, audiences had their reservations: some feared another gritty sci-fi reboot while others had flashbacks to the series’ last attempt at a reboot, the universally panned 1998 film. Overall, hesitant audiences have nothing to fear: the series has heart, wit and cleverness in equal measure.

A film worth fighting for: Disney struggles with remake of “Mulan”

A film worth fighting for: Disney struggles with remake of “Mulan”

BY EMMA RUBIN '20

“Dishonor on your whole family! Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!” The famous line comes from Disney’s 1998 animated film, “Mulan.” With Disney’s recent fetish for remaking films, it’s not surprising that the company decided to give “Mulan” the live-action treatment.

Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” Struggles to Empower Women

Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” Struggles to Empower Women

BY JAHIYA CLARK ’20

Society has conditioned women to believe that they must look “pretty” to be happy, but how valuable is  feeling “pretty?” In Amy Schumer’s new comedy “I Feel Pretty,” the running joke for most of the film is that the main character, Renee Bennett (played by Schumer, “Trainwreck”) thinks she is conventionally pretty. The joke is that it’s only in her head.

Rooke’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” dazzles and delights

Rooke’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” dazzles and delights

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

This weekend the Mount Holyoke College theatre department presented their popular rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with four performances in Rooke Theater. The show, directed by Noah Tuleja, featured strong acting against the backdrop of an extravagant, whimsical set with creative costuming and an unforgettable soundtrack.

REVIEW: Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” refuses to sit and stay

BY JAHIYA  CLARK ’20

Hell hath no fury like man’s best friend scorned in the new Wes Anderson film, “Isle of Dogs.” Set in the futuristic dystopian city of Megasaki, the film’s main characters — or canines — were show dogs or actors in dog food commercials before being deported to the post-apocalyptic wasteland Trash Island.

For your ears only: An overview of podcasts

For your ears only: An overview of podcasts

BY GABBY RAYMOND ’20

It’s 2018 and your life is probably full of  social media, responsibilities for work or school and general upkeep of your life. But if you’ve never embarked on this journey into the cult of podcasts, it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re looking to try something new or want to add to your list, here are some of the most interesting shows in the four categories of talk, news, interview and narrative.

Five College Arts community benefits students

Five College Arts community benefits students

BY MIRANDA WHEELER ’19

Daphne Gauthier ’20 is one of the many Mount Holyoke students who takes full advantage of the various Five College arts communities at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, UMass Amherst and Amherst College. As a member of the UMass Marching Band Color Guard (UMMB), she gets to practice and perform with the team.“Being involved in the UMMB has been without a doubt, the greatest experience of my life,” said Gauthier. 

“The Titan” is its own worst enemy

“The Titan” is its own worst enemy

BY ERIN CARBERRY '19

The newest entry in an expanding catalogue of Netflix original films, “The Titan” examines issues of humanity, survival and hope. The futuristic thriller follows Abi Janssen (Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”) as she travels to a remote base with her family so that her husband, Rick (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”), can participate in a risky military experiment in genetic evolution and space exploration.

Frankie Cosmos’ signature sound featured on “Vessel”

Frankie Cosmos’ signature sound featured on “Vessel”

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

Indie group Frankie Cosmos released their new album “Vessel” through Seattle-based record company Sub Pop on March 30. “Vessel” is more experimental, more ambitious and longer — featuring an impressive 18 tracks — than the groups’ earlier records, employing new instruments and recording techniques. Band members David Maine, Lauren Martin, Luke Pyenson and Kline all contribute vocals and their unique musical perspectives to create a familiar yet distinct sound.

“Ready Player One” misses opportunity to be good

“Ready Player One” misses opportunity to be good

BY ERIN CARBERRY ’19

One of the most anticipated films of the year, “Ready Player One,” is directed by industry giant Steven Spielberg (“Jurassic Park”) and based on the 2011 debut novel of the same name by Ernest Cline. The film follows Wade Wyatt, or Parzival (Tye Sheridan, “X-Men: Apocalypse”), through the fantastical multiplayer virtual world of “the Oasis.” There, he and his friends battle for control of the virtual wonderland against a heartless corporation, Innovative Online Industries, and its head honcho, Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn, “Rogue One”). In the real world, Wade battles the realities of a rundown futuristic Columbus, Ohio. 

Demi Lovato wows with “Tell Me You Love Me” tour

Demi Lovato wows with “Tell Me You Love Me” tour

BY SARAH OLSEN ’18

Since her 2011 departure from Disney, Demi Lovato has been taking great strides to prove herself to be more than a childhood star. Last year she released her sixth album, “Tell Me You Love Me,” and, this February, she embarked on a world tour. The international portion starts in Brazil in May with the U.S. leg of the tour finishing in Newark, NJ this Monday. 

“Thoroughbreds” is a chilly, sophisticated thriller

 “Thoroughbreds” is a chilly, sophisticated thriller

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

“Do you ever think about just killing him?” Amanda (Olivia Cooke, “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl”) asks her kind-of new friend Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”) in a memorable scene from psychological thriller “Thoroughbreds,” the feature debut of writer-director Corey Finley. As Amanda casually uncorks a bottle of wine, the two teens first discuss the main subject of the movie — their plan to kill Lily’s stepfather Mark (Paul Sparks, “The Greatest Showman”).

Fernandez-Dieguez, a film-making powerhouse

Fernandez-Dieguez, a film-making powerhouse

BY MIRANDA WHEELER ’19

Writer-director Cass Fernandez-Dieguez ’19 has always loved cinema. “I remember when I was little, my grandpa would pick up a camcorder and we would go and make movies,” they said. “It wasn’t until I was in about 11th or 12th grade that one of my teachers noticed I had really strong screenwriting skills. Whenever there was a project, I wanted to do a video project.”