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2010

by Vadim Rizov Feature Articles Music

Not Dying Young: A Decade of Vampire Weekend

June 28, 2019

Vampire Weekend were anachronistic from the moment they formed: clean-cut Ivy League youths writing exceptionally clear songs, both in terms of structure and recording clarity. Their first self-titled album officially dropped January of 2008, almost exactly one year before Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, which itself paved the way for what it’s apparently now possible to refer to with a straight face as the “summer of chillwave.” Fuzzy beach songs in, boat shoes out? This narrative seems a little too…

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by Iris Xie Film Retrospective

Spring Fever | Lou Ye

A film built upon gay male hypersexualization overlaid with some hamfisted prose, Spring Fever turns the sadness of being gay and Chinese into a dry drama that does not say anything new about the LGBTQ experience. The film opens with a jangly driving sequence…

May 17, 2019
by Lawrence Garcia Retrospective

Hahaha | Hong Sang-soo

True to its title, 2010’s Hahaha is very funny — amusing in ways that might even cloak its generous, searching ambition. The film follows two skirt-chasing, barely-employed Korean men: Joong-sik (Yoo Jun-sang), a depressed film critic pursuing an extramarital affair, and Moon-kyung (Kim Sang-kyung), a director…

October 19, 2018
by Steve Carlson Film

The Other Guys | Adam McKay

Will Ferrell is a very funny guy who has been accused of doing a certain type, a type he falls into easily, too often. I prefer to think of his as a coherent body of work. Whether macho man or milquetoast, Ferrell’s characters are…

October 5, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Toy Story 3 | Lee Unkrich

“We’re all just trash, waiting to be thrown away…” Consider what it must be like to be a toy in the world of the Toy Story films. It’s all fun and games as long as your owner is of the age where you matter.…

July 23, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Splice | Vincenzo Natali

“What’s the worst that could happen?” The smart viewer, upon hearing this phrase during a film, will cringe. This is always intended as a rhetorical query, yet the asking will invariably summon up the barrel-bottom worst-case scenario that the characters are doing all they…

July 19, 2010
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