Art References in Bojack Horseman Only an Art History Major Would Get

A large source of the show’s comedy is its background jokes, which include parodies of LA landmarks, caricatures of celebrity culture, and a fair amount of animal puns. But oft overlooked are the works of art throughout the show. The paintings hung around Bojack’s home heavily reflect his inner turmoil and are representative of his character….

Documentary Review: Dealt

What do you do with the hand you were dealt? If you’re Richard Turner, you make magic. Dealt, a recent documentary by director Luke Korem, follows the life and career of Richard Turner, one of the world’s most famous close-up magicians. If you ask Turner, he’s not a magician but a “card mechanic,” someone who…

Milano? Como no?

With an extra day before we returned stateside, Linda and I decided to take a quick afternoon day trip to Milan, squeezing in some shopping and pastries along the way. Stop 1: Prada Foundation & Bar Luce First stop was the Prada Foundation, a new art center which just opened two years ago. There wasn’t much…

Instead of “Me Too” We Need to Ask “Have You?”

Inspired by the movement started by activist Tarana Burke who founded the “Me Too” movement over a decade ago, a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano inspired millions of survivors of sexual violence to post “me too” hoping that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might…

La Biennale di Venezia: Arsenale

Woke up bright and early to get through the entire Arsenale at the Art Biennale. Woke up bright and early to get through the entire Arsenale at the Art Biennale. “The Horse Problem” from Argentina was one of the most captivating, and the Italian Pavilion, while conceptually intriguing, was rather…unappetizing. The pavilion that struck me…

La Biennale di Venezia: Giardini

Took a strong through the garden, but not to enjoy the nature. I hopped between pavilions at the Venice Biennale’s Giardini, traveling around the international art world all in an afternoon. Obviously I couldn’t fit all the pavilions we saw that day into this article, so I just picked out a few of my favorites….

How We Misrepresent Sexual Violence On Screen

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Spoiler alert: This articles contains spoilers for Jessica Jones, House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, Downton Abbey, Gone Girland Game of Thrones. Over the past few years I’ve noticed an increase in the number of television shows and films that center around characters who are survivors of sexual assault, and initially I hailed this as…

Even After Wonder Woman, Studios Aren’t Choosing Female Directors

Fanboys and feminists cheered in unison as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins officially signed on to direct the film’s sequel. Much of the summer, fans have been cheering on the success of Wonder Woman, the highest grossing film directed by a female director to date. Variety and other news outlets ran headlines like “Success of…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Making its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart chronicles the life of Lorraine Hansberry, best known as the playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. Despite Hansberry’s profound influence and accomplishments, she has yet to receive a definitive document about her life..A Raisin in the Sun made Hansberry the first…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Boom For Real

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of the 1980s, having catapulted to a meteoric level of fame. His abstract paintings comment on the disparities between people of different racial and social classes, and the individual’s role within society. But just a few short years before his first major exhibition, Basquiat was a…