Oscars 2018: no surprises, but good fun

GABY IORI After the unexpected envelope mishaps of last year’s Oscars, the 90th Academy Awards were a somewhat welcome change of predictability and Hollywood frivolity. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Hollywood’s biggest night was March 4 and boasted the attendance of the film industry’s most well-known and lauded stars. Kimmel kept his opening monologue relatively tame, […]

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Contemporary Poetry Review: “play dead” by francine j. harris

NATALIE PATTERSON “play dead” francine j. harris Published April 2016 francine j. harris, 2015 NEA fellow and PEN Open Book Award-winner, writes a poetry that is as difficult to describe as it is profound, subversive and challenging. “play dead” has been showered with accolades, including a 2017 Lambda Literary Award and is praised both by […]

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Film Review: “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”

GABY IORI Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool dir. Paul McGuigan  Released Dec. 29, 2017 “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell is a melancholy look at Oscar-winner and Classic Hollywood star Gloria Grahame (Bening) during the final years of her life. The film delves […]

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What’s New Book Review – In Search of Us

SAM SHAW In Search of Us Ava Dellaira pp. 416 Farrar Straus Giroux  Published March 2018 When a book starts by tossing out disconnected puzzle pieces that make up the inevitable end, it is a challenge to keep reading. The energy, plot arc and tension have to be powerful enough to keep the rapt attention […]

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The Vagina Monologues

DENAE RABINETTE The Vagina Monologues are an Obie award-winning production created by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, based on real interviews with real women about their vaginas, sexuality, sexual experiences and body image–among other topics. Women of all different ages, races and backgrounds were interviewed – including a six-year-old girl, a dominatrix and an elderly […]

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Film Review: “Call Me By Your Name”

SAV FRANZ Call Me By Your Name dir. Luca Guadagnino Released Jan. 19, 2018 In Luca Guadagnino’s film “Call Me By Your Name,” rather than being ripped into a parallel world of fantasticism and adventure you are taken gently by the hand and lead into an elegant and sensual land of “somewhere in Northern Italy.” […]

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Hollywood’s Night of Self-Reflection

*All views expressed in the opinion section are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Salemite GABY IORI The Golden Globes celebrated their 75th anniversary on Jan. 7, 2018. The Globes are usually seen as an escape from award-season norms such as the Academy Awards or the BAFTAs, and […]

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