Sunday, July 21, 2024
  After a slew of record breaking songs: "Bust Your Windows" (2008), "Need U Bad" (2008), "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" (2010) "Let it Burn" (2015) and wide recognition throughout award seasons with Grammy nominations including best new Artist and R&B vocal performance, Jazmine Sullivan went silent. She encountered writer's block and became unable to rely on the gift...
This article contains spoilers for George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Day of the Dead” and parts of “Martin.” Ghouls, monsters, walkers, runners, flesh eaters, walking dead, living dead. There’s more ways to refer to zombies than there are shades of gray, due in no small part to the overwhelming ubiquity of these creatures...
Let me paint you a picture of three monumental events that occurred in the warm summer month of June 1994. June 15: Walt Disney Pictures introduces the world to the colorful characters of Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and many more in the soon-to-be-classic “The Lion King.” June 17: O.J. Simpson, beloved American football player, is being pursued by the LAPD...
Canonical cinema rarely gets much richer than Ridley Scott’s 1982 film “Blade Runner.” Of course, by “Blade Runner” I refer to the “Final Cut,” Scott’s definitive version of the film whose themes are mirrored in the fragmented identity of its various renditions (for context, seven versions of the film are known to exist). The film, loosely adapted from Philip...
To the reader: I understand, you are rolling your eyes at the prospect of having to respect a musician as universally written off as Yoko Ono, but I assure you that this is a well-researched piece and not a merely hipster nor unorthodox article for the sake of being controversial. Yoko Ono — the cruel temptress who ruined the...
Dear Reader, If you have begun reading this, then that could only mean that you have arrived at the Arts & Entertainment section of The Highlander, UCR’s student-run school newspaper. You have turned the pages on the trending news, various opinions and event features the student writers have showcased only to come here to read this “In Retrospect” article for...
Public intellectuals are a thing of the past and in some sense reached their heyday in the ‘60s. The days when intellectuals such as Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer reached massive audiences through television is no more, and the thought that of all people, an art critic could be a public intellectual is definitely gone. And yet, the first...
This month augured two tragedies on the world stage: One, the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and two, the passing of legendary singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, overall genius, Leonard Cohen. To commemorate the tragic loss of an iconic artist, it is crucial to celebrate the life and legacy of an artist of such stature. Cohen’s...
“All Praise Be to God to Whom All Praise Is Due.” — 51 years ago, these words graced and encapsulated a weakened and broken man, an alcoholic and a heroin addict and also a talented saxophonist who had been kicked out of his own jazz band for his vices. 51 years ago, the feeling of grace, which motivated him...
I’m losing my edge. New technologies have paved the way for unprecedented synthesis between high and low, the personal and public, known and unknown, a process that is far from over. Nothing is ever truly “gone,” everything can always be “remembered.” So if it’s going to be a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever. LCD Soundsystem started as a...