Author: Aidan Zinck

Twin Peaks: The Return Review

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When it was first broadcast on network television in 1990, Twin Peaks was revolutionary. The original run of the show so greatly changed the face of primetime television that our concept of “prestige TV” still bears the marks of Twin Peaks‘ formula.…

New Twin Peaks

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When I first heard that Twin Peaks would be returning, I was both ecstatic and nervous. The original remains one of the greatest shows ever to air on television, and David Lynch is one of my favorite contemporary directors; therefore, even a…

Wolf Hall: Book Review

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I’m somewhat late to the party, so to speak, on reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, published in 2009. It was the first book in a planned trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, a key advisor to Henry VIII who was…

Get Out Movie Review: Aidan’s Perspective

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Get Out is, for the most part, a movie about whiteness. The directorial debut of Jordan Peele, Get Out is probably my favorite horror movie since 2014’s The Babadook, which is no small feat, considering that It Follows and The Neon Demon came out in the intervening period.…

Hidden Figures Movie Review

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Hidden Figures is, above all, conventional. However, being ordinary is not necessarily a bad thing, and Hidden Figures is the best a film can be while still fitting into the formula of the big-budget Hollywood movie about race. In the…

Moonlight Review

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Moonlight is my retroactive favorite film of 2016. It is a masterpiece on every level-technically, emotionally, and dramatically it was a refreshing surprise in a mostly dull slog of mediocre films, like Suicide Squad or Rogue One. The film focuses…

Political Correctness and Free Speech

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Reading any mainstream news outlet, e.g. the New York Times, one is likely to encounter pearl-clutching articles detailing how political correctness undermines academic freedom or free speech. I can’t say I have much sympathy for their complaints, and I’d like…

Movie Review: Loving

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Loving, although a late entry, is in serious competition for the best film of 2016. It’s a gorgeous, measured, and intelligent film, lacking the saccharine or melodramatic elements that so often ruin films talking about civil rights issues. Beautiful natural lighting…

Election Protests

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In the wake of the presidential election last Wednesday, protests have been occurring in Philadelphia, LA, Boston, Portland, and New York City in reaction to President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed policies, which are, to many, a retreat from thirty years of…

Horror Movie Recommendations

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The Halloween season is drawing to a close, but there’s always a reason to watch a truly great horror movie, as few and far between as they are. The genre of horror is a haven for low art and cheap…