Opinions, Opinions: Installment Two

MOVIES

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Drinking Buddies (2013) Joe Swanberg’s rom-com Drinking Buddies gets its roots from the ‘mumble-core’ sub-genre of independent cinema, it’s free-flowing conversation and natural rhythm rarely falters in keeping your attention, quite a feat for something with such minimal production. A tongue-in-cheek look at the ins and outs of modern relationships it definitely boasts an all star cast, New Girl’s Jake Johnson and Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick are amongst the talented bunch. Olivia Wilde plays Kate, the beer-chugging, wayfarer donning ‘cool girl’ of every guys dreams, particularly Luke (Johnson) who happens to be engaged to another girl, Jill (Kendrick), a do-gooder and nature type who just happens to be a perfect match for Kate’s actual boyfriend, Chris. This complicated entanglement of emotions has its sights firmly set on a near perfect level of realism, one that will have you laughing, hoping and tearing your hair out in frustration at the same time. -Chloe

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Submarine (2010) Last month, in one of my classes, we were asked to partake in an icebreaker. Name your favorite movie- simple enough. Except I, as always, blanked out and did not realize until after I sat down that I actually should have said, proudly and confidently, “Submarine”. I have seen Submarine numerous times, and it brings out all the emotions every single time I watch it. It has been a staple for me and it’s always there when I need it (as long as Netflix doesn’t take it away from me… in which case I will certainly riot). Submarine, based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne, depicts young Oliver Tate’s first experience with heartache. Taking place in Wales, the film evokes the perfect minimalistic imagery, pairing impeccably with Oliver’s constant nostalgia for better times. Don’t let the fact that the movie centers in on first love stop you from watching it. It is the greatest representation of first love my eyes have ever seen. And, to top it off, Alex Turner (yes, Arctic Monkeys, love of my life Alex Turner) wrote six original songs just for the movie. They are glorious songs that are (excuse the cheesiness of this comment) the cheese to Submarine’s macaroni. -Virginia

ALBUMS

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Same Trailer, Different Park by Kacey Musgraves I fell in love with Kacey Musgraves at the 2013 CMA Awards. The instant I heard her perform I knew she was going to be my new favourite country artist. Now many of you may balk at country music, but I am here to tell you that you need to give Kacey Musgraves a chance. Same Trailer, Different Park is full of songs that make you forget you’re listening to country music (it also has a few songs, such as My House, that are so country it almost hurts). Her lyrics are clever, sarcastic, and beautiful and her voice is  absolutely lovely. Follow Your Arrow tells us it’s ok to be whoever we want to be, while Back On The Map will make you cry for no apparent reason, and Merry Go Round shows us just how many ways we can use variations of the word “merry.”  -Summer

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Bad Vibes by Shlohmo The album is called ‘Bad Vibes’, but the only vibes I’m feeling when listening to this album are cool ones. Don’t be mistaken. My best friend introduced me to this album and I fell in love with it within the first few seconds of listening to ‘Seriously’. I love the way the songs are all put together because it’s so pleasing, like super great ear candy. I’m a sucker for additional noises in songs, like the twang of guitar strings, or the various clicks and snaps throughout the album. I also have huge heart eyes for the use of the running shower water in the background because it’s really relaxing and gives the songs a further element of wonder. I feel like I’m listening to little personal snippets of Shlohmo’s life mixed in with super cool beats/sounds/tunes and so on. Give it a listen, I urge you. -Amy

BOOKS

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Sara Marcus’ “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution” is one of those books that might just change your life. From the history of Riot Grrrl (a feminist movement within the 1990s punk scene) to the personal histories of its key figures, there is so much to take away from this book. Reading it introduced me to feminism in a way that made it accessible and interesting. The book also turned me on to so many great bands I would never have heard of otherwise. The book perfectly captures the spirit of the Riot Grrrl movement of the early ’90s, which readers will quickly realize is still alive today. It’s a really intriguing and empowering read, and I suggest you give it a try. -Lisa

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Hollywood’s Last Golden Age is exactly what you’d expect from the title; Kirschener examines the films produced during the 1970’s, relating the tropes and subject matter of the films to the social and cultural politics of the period. Kirschener rates the greatness of films based on their level of engagement with political, social, personal, and philisophical issues of the time. His ideas are explicitly supported through analysis of approx 20 films including The Godfather Part I and II, Network, and Diary of a Mad Housewife. Overall it’s a good read because Kirschener spends a lot more time relating the chosen piece to social politics than he does giving plot summaries (which I find really boring in film analysis.) Plus it’s very-Nixon/Watergate heavy which leads to lots of double peace sign visuals. Although I can’t be certain Kirshner intended this I also can’t be certain that he didn’t so, enjoy! -Jessica

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