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GRAMMY AWARDS | The Grammys added to the series of scandals last week, cutting Drake’s acceptance speech short as he was speaking about the declining importance and relevance of awards shows in today’s music climate.

Awards Shows Face Tests of Credibility, Relevance

Over the past few years, awards shows in the film and music industries have lost credibility among artists and consumers alike because critiques about diversity have plagued both industries. The issue is mainly centered on racial disparities in nominations and award choices. The Grammys and the Oscars, as the highest[Read More…]

by February 22, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION | “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” brings to a close the relationship between Toothless and Hiccup that captivated audiences over the last nine years. With breathtakingly detailed animation, a focus on the difficulties of growing up and brief flashes of humor interwoven throughout, this final installment of the trilogy soars.

Beloved Animated Trilogy’s Finale Does Series Justice

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a visually stunning exploration of what it means to grow up, complete with the fire-breathing companions that made the first two films in the series so compelling. “Hidden World,” directed by Dean DeBlois, opens amid dark fog as protagonist Hiccup, voiced[Read More…]

by February 22, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
The original Lego movie charmed audiences in 2014 with an unpredictable and heartwarming plot. “The Lego Movie 2: The Sequel” mostly lives up to the standard the first set, featuring a catchy soundtrack, jokes that land for audiences young and old, and lots of plot twists. This second installment in the franchise is a must-see for Lego fans.

Everything Remains Awesome With ‘The Lego Movie 2′

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” may not be as innovative in style as its 2014 predecessor but still captivates its audience in its own right thanks to its script, music and animation. The original “Lego Movie” managed to draw audiences in with its original format, using an animation[Read More…]

by February 20, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide, Uncategorized
FLOR
Zach Grace, the lead singer of flor, has a dreamy and aloof voice that echoes with soft gracefulness, relaxing listeners and suiting the beachy vibe of indie-pop music. Despite similarities among songs, flor demonstrates great potential in the music industry with its peppy, joyous album, “come out, you’re hiding.”

Flor Energizes With Relaxing, Peppy Indie Pop

Though indie-pop band flor launched its debut album, “come out, you’re hiding,” in early 2018, the record has received new widespread attention from the public after a few tour appearances over the past months. Flor has opened shows for the contemporary darlings of the indie-electronic scene like Hayley Kiyoko and[Read More…]

by February 20, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
EMPRESS OF FACEBOOK | Kicking off her new tour at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., Empress Of took the songs from her sophomore album and blended them into each other throughout the set. She mixed and changed her music with an air of coolness and flexibility that created a unique experience within the packed concert venue.

Empress Of Experiments With Her Music at DC Show

Electronic and alternative artist Empress Of launched her new tour at the Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street on Feb. 18 after the release of her new album “Us.” Wearing a dress she designed herself and her mother sewed, Empress Of, known off-stage as Lorely Rodriguez, seized control of[Read More…]

BET FILMS | Ali Davis, played by Taraji P. Henson, embodies values of a hardworking, empowering and independent woman. After a shaman gives her a strong concotion to drink, Ali  obtains the ability to hear men’s thoughts, revealing their darkest secrets and true desires. “What Men Want” surpasses its predecessor by addressing gender and race.

‘What Men Want’ Highlights Humor, Diversity

“What Men Want,” the 2019 adaption of the early 2000s Mel Gibson film “What Women Want,” is a sharper, funnier, more inclusive take on the original concept. Directed by Hollywood veteran Adam Shankman, with a cast led by Taraji P. Henson, the film does the work its predecessor could not.[Read More…]

NETFLIX AND NO CHILL: Binge-Worthy ‘Bodyguard’ Compellingly Depicts Romance and Trauma

NETFLIX AND NO CHILL: Binge-Worthy ‘Bodyguard’ Compellingly Depicts Romance and Trauma

“Bodyguard,” a gripping British series, bakes drama into intense action scenes and a scandalous romance, authentically portraying the realities of a taboo relationship. However, the viewer must endure the occasional cliche as many of the subplots seem to have predictable journeys. The bingeable six-episode hit series was initially introduced to[Read More…]

by February 19, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
BRON STUDIOS | "Isn't It Romantic" parodies the stereotypical conventions of the romantic comedy to weave a charming tale that bolsters female empowerment and body positivity.

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Charmingly Parodies the Romantic Comedy

★★★½ Starring comedian Rebel Wilson, “Isn’t It Romantic” delights audience members with its lighthearted satire of romantic comedies, celebrating female empowerment while revealing how negative social norms manifest themselves in cinema. This parody follows the life of New York architect Natalie, uninspired and invisible in her career while struggling to[Read More…]

by February 19, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
DIRECTOR’S CUT: Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Humanizes Western Front Soldiers

DIRECTOR’S CUT: Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Humanizes Western Front Soldiers

As I was browsing the AMC website the other day, I noticed that Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” had returned to the theater on account of popular demand. Given the endless critical praise and the film’s status as one of the highest grossing documentaries of 2018, I was[Read More…]

by February 19, 2019 1 comment Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
NATALIE ISÉ/THE HOYA | Longtime staple Bridge Street Books sees the new Amazon store as no more competition than the other chain bookstores across the city that have since closed. Bookstores like Second Story Books have even made their own digital mark with online stores.

Independent Bookstores Endure Despite Competition

With the global behemoth Amazon looming into the offline space at the new Amazon Books store, its first physical location in Washington, D.C., the long-term survival of the independent bookstore would seem to be in question. Last year, NPR reported the number of independent bookstores in the United States grew[Read More…]

by February 15, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide