Top 10 albums of 2018

This year’s music releases have taken listeners across every range of emotion, from soaring ballads to hard-hitting rap, country pop and disco to slow-burning R&B. It is a year of well-written lyrics — the best albums are not only the ones that feel personal and raw, but also those that are able to maintain honest songwriting while branching […]

Top five TV shows of 2018

This year was an absurd one for television. Thanks to streaming platforms, our seasonally-based conceptions of when shows should air have broken. Just when it felt like TV was dying down, it came back strong. As the year now draws to a close, it is time to rank the top five shows of 2018. Without further ado: 5. “Salt, Fat, […]

‘Mass Exoneration’ takes sobering look at consequences of wrongful conviction

Frederick Clay spent 38 years in prison for the murder of a Boston taxi driver. Only there was one problem: He was innocent. Upon reevaluation, the evidence once used to convict Clay confirmed his long-attested innocence, but the impact of imprisonment on his life was far from over, as is the case for hundreds of exonerees […]

Movie Theater Butter: Stream for free

No one likes being told what to do, but I must ask one thing of the three of you reading this: please don’t illegally download the movies and TV shows you plan to watch. Yep, this week’s column is going to be a fun one! I know we are all students, and iTunes’ attempt to […]

‘The Favourite’ is pity, fear, hilarity all in one

“The Favourite,” the newest dark comedy by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, also known for “The Lobster” (2015) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017), is best walked into blind. Although the film’s concept is simple enough, a power struggle between a maid and her cousin in an 18th century English court, Lanthimos brings his distinctive style and […]

Cheeses of Suburbia: F.O.O.D.

Zachary Hertz (ZH): It’s the final edition of your favorite dairy-based review of decade-old music, the Cheeses of Suburbia! This week it’s just your hosts, two seniors who listen to pop punk and eat junk food because it’s cheaper than therapy. Before we get into Green Day’s “Dookie” (1994), I’ve prepared homemade mozzarella sticks! It’ll be […]

With Oscars approaching, Netflix aims for wins with winter releases

December typically signifies the time of year when most ‘Oscar-worthy’ films are released. Whether it is to keep films fresh in the minds of Oscar voters, who largely receive these films on DVD and can watch them at anytime, or to give us something to talk about with our family members over the holidays, movie award […]

The Starving Aesthete: Our prophet, Hank Hill

We need a new religion. The grinding of the cosmic wheel is sustained by a continuous oiling of faith, the assumption by each individual that somewhere, deep in the bowels of the universe, something is keeping the thing spinning. But how, when the walls between us and eternity have worn so thin, can we keep […]

Art therapy relieves stress, provides creative outlet for expressing emotions

Content warning: This article discusses mental health. Art, commonly known for its poignancy and sentimentality, is often said to be healing when used to reflect trauma or melancholy. However, art in this traditional sense should not be confused with its related derivative: art therapy. The term “art therapy” was first introduced in 1942 by Adrian […]

Out on the Town: Walks

With finals season on the horizon, many of us here at Tufts may feel overwhelmed by our workloads. I, for one, am a ball of stress this time of year, and so I’m always looking for ways to decompress between work sessions. Over the course of the semester, I’ve walked in a few different directions from […]