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NOVEL IDEAS: Examining the Strange Case of Studying Abroad

NOVEL IDEAS: Examining the Strange Case of Studying Abroad

On Saturday, I sent an email blast to my friends and family detailing my first week abroad, showcasing photos of the St. Andrews beachfront. As I expected, few people responded, but those that did sent heartfelt messages offering their prayers and sharing excitement for my semester in Scotland. My friend[Read More…]

by January 28, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
AFTER HOURS: Bringing the Heat — and Alligator — to DC

AFTER HOURS: Bringing the Heat — and Alligator — to DC

The moment you enter Thip Khao, you are greeted with the overpowering smell of sugar, soy sauce, Thai basil, fish sauce and lime. My face immediately splits into a grin — if my childhood in Singapore could be condensed into a fragrant blend, it would be something like this. Struggling[Read More…]

by January 28, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
GLOBAL ROAD ENTERTAINMENT | The performances of Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, right, are decidedly the best part of "Serenity."

McConaughey and Hathaway Outshine Otherwise Disappointing ‘Serenity’

★★☆☆☆ Despite solid performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, “Serenity” fails to meet its audience’s high expectations of a film with such big-name talent. “Serenity” offers its viewers implausible plot development, unnatural storyline twists and an easily predictable ending that creates an unsatisfying experience. Known as a director and[Read More…]

by January 28, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Alexandra Brunjes/The Hoya | After garnering a following of over 800,000, Calloway decided she wanted to share life lessons from moments like the collapse of her book deal with her fans. So strong is her influence that her fans were willing to pay $165 for her spur-of-the-moment workshop world tour. Yet Calloway’s tour seems to have turned into another messy situation.

Instagram Influencer Embarks on Tumultuous Tour

As a blizzard swept through Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13, magic was brewing inside a bright, plant-filled event space in Georgetown: Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway was leading her creativity workshop, the second in an inaugural tour she had planned to host this spring. With Instagram’s growth as platform, the people[Read More…]

by January 25, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Lifestyle, The Guide
Amblin Partners | The heart of “On the Basis of Sex” comes from the biopic’s fusion of Ruth Bader Gisburg’s professional and personal lives. Despite the prominence of the relationship between Ruth, right, and her husband Marty, left, in the film, the love story does not distract from but rather complements the powerful narrative tracing Ruth’s legal fight against gender discrimination.

‘On the Basis of Sex’ Artfully Traces RBG’s Ascent to the Court

★★★★★ As Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates her 25th year on the nation’s highest court, “On the Basis of Sex” focuses on the court case that launched her battle to dismantle legal barriers for women, presenting the origin story of the Supreme Court justice we now know as the Notorious R.B.G.[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Future | While rap superstar Future stays true to the sound that launched him to notoriety, his most recent album comes across as more stale, failing to achieve the same level of quality as his previous work. However, because this album is the last on his record deal with Epic Records, hope remains for fans and dilettantes for his output in the future.

Future Dazzles but Disappoints in New Album ‘The WIZRD’

★★★☆☆ Future’s seventh studio album “Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD” serves as a celebration of everything he has accomplished over the last decade. This reflective theme is appropriate, as the album fulfills Future’s record deal with Epic Records. The rapper, who is nominated for two Grammys this February, uses a[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Amy Li/The Hoya | Centered around the lives of three teenagers — Cristin Cowley (MSB ’20) as Diwata, left, Nate Weiand (COL ’21) as Solomon, right, and Ben Ulrich (SFS ’20) as Howie — “Speech & Debate” is an inventive and enthralling experience, from the performances to the production value. Directed by Mark Camilli, the play deals with timely issues affecting young people.

Powerful Performances Shine in ‘Speech & Debate’

On the surface, “Speech & Debate” seems dry and cliche-ridden: Three outcast teenagers in an oppressively conservative town come together to form a debate club. Below the surface, Georgetown University’s Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society’s newest production is anything but predictable. A production co-sponsored with the theater and performance studies[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide, Theatre
Vice Studios | “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” documents the perils of advertising through social media influencers with the failure of the Fyre Festival. When guests landed on the Bahamian district of Exuma, they were met with surprise, as the island was filled with disaster relief tents and inadequate food and water supplies.

‘Fyre’ Documents, Downplays Viral Festival Failure

★★★☆☆ Netflix’s new documentary “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” documents the mishap of Fyre Festival, a fraudulent music festival that advertised luxury on a private island in the Bahamas but eventually left festivalgoers stranded on the little Bahamian district of Exuma in 2017. The documentary was released four[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
NETFLIX AND NO CHILL: New Thriller ‘You’ Engrosses, Alarms Viewers

NETFLIX AND NO CHILL: New Thriller ‘You’ Engrosses, Alarms Viewers

Initially, Netflix’s debut season of “You” appears to be a cliche boy-meets-girl romance set in New York City. It quickly evolves, however, into a wannabe thriller about a murderer who conflates romance with stalking. Despite the unfortunate twist, the show, based on a psychological thriller novel by Caroline Kepnes, kept[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
@asgreer/Instagram | Andrew Sean Greer explores issues of sexuality, coming of age and identity in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Less.” His background as an openly gay, highly educated writer influences the novel’s take on modern-day topics and diversity. Though brilliantly written, “Less” falls short in considering women and people of color.

‘Less’ Inspires With Modern Themes, Poetic Writing

★★★★☆ Andrew Sean Greer’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Less” explores some of the most salient topics in modern society: sexual identity, aging, status and love. The book follows protagonist Arthur Less around the world as he struggles to come to terms with a painful breakup and his looming 50th birthday.[Read More…]