The Pandemic’s Effect On Cinema and Production

In addition to a halt in box office sales, film production has also slowed the past few months. I believe this is the ideal opportunity for the industry to blossom creatively, for quality films to flourish in accordance with smaller budgets, sets, and casts. There is something raw and beautiful about less precision and professionalism, which Hollywood tends to rely on. New voices and creators within the independent film industry may thrive, working around the struggles a pandemic provides. This time around, creativity and flexibility win over professionalism…

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Drain Gang’s Vision for the Future of Live Shows

Well into the COVID-19 lockdown, the official YouTube channel of London-based live radio network NTS uploaded an hour-long live performance featuring Bladee and Ecco2k, two members of the Swedish cloud rap collective Drain Gang. This whole “concert” shows the inventiveness of Drain Gang and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for inventiveness in the live medium. There’s no telling what kind of creativity other artists could bring to the table if this becomes the new norm…

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My New Favorite Album Just Died…

Weezer’s latest single, “The End of the Game”, is a driving force carefully crafted to continuously propel you forward from start to finish.  With steady, heavy power chords guiding you along like a train on a mission, scenic “views” of acrobatic guitar riffs sprinkled throughout to joyously catch you by surprise, and a melody that is both simplistic and infectious at the same time, this song is a seamless blend of Van Halen-style rock and the kind of mood-elevating pop you sing along in the car to with your friends…

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COLORS Studio-YouTube

What sets this channel apart from other mainstream music outlets is that they seek and feature specifically underground artists. There are a few mainstream artists such as Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and Daniel Cesar, and while the majority of the featured artists might not be as popular, they keep you clicking next with each one’s breathtaking raw talent…

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Three Poets That Won’t Remind You of English Class

While there’s no doubt that some types of poetry have been heavily influenced by older, structure-heavy forms like sonnets and soliloquies, the work of many modern poets has transformed the industry into one that is much more accessible for audiences who are younger, or simply less acquainted with the poetry genre.

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The Haunting of Hill House

What makes The Haunting of Hill House so impressive is how the story itself is executed. What could’ve been a campy horror story filled with jumpscares and overused tropes was instead a carefully crafted, slow-burn tale that saved its few jumpscares for just the right moments. Furniture and wallpaper are arranged to resemble faces hidden in almost every scene, and the ghosts of Hill House lurk in almost every scene – often in plain sight yet easily missed…

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