Category: Arts

  • Embrace The Chaos With ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

    Embrace The Chaos With ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

    I have always loved a good family drama, but the director duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have created an insanely fantastical take on these broken dynamics in their new film Everything Everywhere All At Once, which was released in the U.S. on March 30th, 2022. The duo finds a way to encompass the fragility, rigidity, and complex nature of human emotion through a conversation of the multiverse.

  • Capes and Tights: Pop Culture’s Commodification of Comic Books

    Capes and Tights: Pop Culture’s Commodification of Comic Books

    If you’ve been on the internet recently, you’ve probably heard of the upcoming Marvel film, Thor: Love and Thunder. Slated to hit theaters in July of this year, it’s being set up as the summer installment of Disney’s blockbuster franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe,

  • An Interview with Artist Aaron Tran: How World Issues Influence His Art and the Meaning Behind His Powerful Imagery.

    An Interview with Artist Aaron Tran: How World Issues Influence His Art and the Meaning Behind His Powerful Imagery.

    In Jan 2022, I had the pleasure of talking with Aaron Tran. Aaron is a Junior in the Communication Arts department, a member of the Asian community, and my friend. Aaron’s art often confronts world issues, in 2020, he made t-shirts using imagery from the Black Lives Matter protests and donated his profits to organizations that supported the movement.

  • Artist Spotlight: On-Set Videographer

    Artist Spotlight: On-Set Videographer

    For most of us, a good movie or tv show is just simple enjoyment. It’s a night out with friends to catch the newest Marvel installment, or a week’s worth of waiting to pounce on the next episode of Euphoria. The general plan behind those endeavors seems so simple, too; multimillion-dollar projects with months upon months of filming time and uber-famous actors and actresses.

  • Clairo and A Soft Dream at The National on 2/2/22

    Clairo and A Soft Dream at The National on 2/2/22

    Singer/songwriter and multi-faceted artist Claire Cotrill, who performs under the name Clairo, leaves the crowd feeling enchanted with her delicate voice,  warm stage presence and bubbly personality. With the accompaniment of her band and undeniably cool set design, the night was charmingly memorable.

  • Sampling (Music): A Way to Reimagine Songs

    Sampling (Music): A Way to Reimagine Songs

    The highlight of my middle school days were flipping through channels in the 900s range on Cox Cable. I would spend countless hours listening to music on the Music Choice channels. The service accompanied an endless range of genres from Rock to Soul, and with it, I was constantly immersed in new hit sounds. 

  • RVA Quick Fic

    RVA Quick Fic

    Creative stories inspired by fleeting moments captured in the streets of Richmond.

  • Soviet Lord of The Rings: A Psychedelic Masterpiece

    Soviet Lord of The Rings: A Psychedelic Masterpiece

    The Soviet Union was falling apart from the inside out, bringing forth the winds of change. A made-for-TV film adaptation of the Lord of The Rings, aired only once and then lost in the fall of the Soviet Union, until now. 

  • Black History Month Unsung Heroes: The World of Rock

    Black History Month Unsung Heroes: The World of Rock

    The influence of Black culture on music in the past 100 years is not only obvious, but priceless. From Robert Johsnon to Bad Brains and Duke Ellington to Thundercat, Black musicians across the globe have time and time again influenced the trends and directions of music, like Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps” and Hendrix’s use of the dominant 7 sharp 9 chord.

  • The Nice House on the Lake: The Evolution of the Horror Genre

    The Nice House on the Lake: The Evolution of the Horror Genre

    On June 1, 2021, the first issue of The Nice House on the Lake hit comic book stores. Written by James Tynion IV and with art by Alvaro Martínez Bueno, it took readers by surprise. Tynion and Martínez Bueno had worked together on Tynion’s Detective Comics and Justice League Dark, both to relative success, but this comic was entirely different from anything the pair had done before.

  • Are you mine?

    Are you mine?

    a valentines themed illustration set

  • MUSIC REVIEW: The Dune Flowers – Tired of Being Nothing

    MUSIC REVIEW: The Dune Flowers – Tired of Being Nothing

    The newest single from The Dune Flowers, a D.C. based project created by songwriter Tyler Drager, may at first seem like a departure from their characteristic sound. Where songs off their self-titled album rely on clean guitar tones and easy going, catchy ear-worms, “Tired of Being Nothing” employs more electronic elements and experimental production. Despite the track’s novel sound, Drager’s succinct and heartfelt songwriting style remains the same.