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MOVIE REVIEW: Stella's Last Weekend

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Scrolling through my Instagram timeline late last year, I come across a video posted by @natandalex, a shared Instagram account of the multi-talented brother duo Nat and Alex Wolff. It was a trailer for a film called Stella’s Last Weekend.   What was clear about the movie post watching the trailer was that the two would be playing brothers lusting over the same girl. I was excited for the film for two reasons; Nat and Alex are two of my favorite young actors, and one of the main characters was a Black girl. The film was directed and written by the Wolffs’ mother, Polly Draper, who also plays their mother on screen. I watched the film this week, about five months after its initial release. Read more here

MUSIC REVIEW: ZAYN has us quaking ‘Till Dawn’

By Khari Dawson, September 7th, 2017

We’ve all been patiently waiting the next musical resurrection that is a ZAYN song. And after six long, agonizing months, ZAYN finally gives us what we’ve been waiting for.

Zayn Malik (who goes by “ZAYN, now) hasn’t released a single since April of this hectic 2017. “Still Got Time ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR” is a fun party bop that kept us calm until the next single was to arrive. But just as we were getting anxious, asking “where in the h— is ZAYN?!” he comes through for us with “Dusk Till Dawn” ft. Sia, accompanied by a stunning music video with Jemima Kirke as his lovely co-star.

With both a captivating music video and an alluring song, you surely have to play the video twice to focus on just one. The music video depicts Zayn as a man on the run, wanted by two different groups. The police and gangsters. The police get a hold of him, all to be out smarted and end up releasing him. And he escapes the gangsters, too, riding off into the sunset with his wig wearing sidekick, Jemima. The song is passionately sung by both Zayn and Sia, which makes it hard not to want to join in on their harmony, even while not knowing the words. It starts out simple and melodic, until it breaks into a fervent chorus that sticks onto your brain long after listening to it.

The ZQUAD (Zayn’s passionate and diverse fandom) is obviously shook beyond cure, and are breaking twitter with hysterical tweets about Zayn’s double blow to us.

 

Read full review on artsymoon.wordpress.com

FILM REVIEW: ‘IT’ has us floating, too

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By Khari Dawson, September 8th, 2017

“Pennywise is sort of this demon of all demons,” says Finn Wolfhard, the comic relief of the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Even though I wasn’t even a thought in 1990, there is no doubt in my mind that the It miniseries still sits comfortably in the brains of many adults as the root of sewer fears. With Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown of the terrifying two part series, it became an iconic tv bound piece in the way of horror in 1990. But Andy Muschietti’s 2017 adaptation of It is wildly and brilliantly different from the mini series.

 

Pennywise is now played by Bill Skarsgard, with an exaggerated prosthetic forehead, yellow predatory eyes, and huge front teeth. He terrorizes and eats the children of Derry, Maine, and we get a special look at his tactics as he prays on “the Losers Club” as they call themselves. Made up of Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Grazer), Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), and Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Taylor), the Losers team up to stop Pennywise and secure a safe future for the children of Derry.

 

The vibe of the movie is similar to Stand By Me or Stranger Things, playing heavily on the friendship of a few kids in a time period fairly far from the one we are in now.

 

The film shouldn’t be reduced to a scary movie lost in a marathon of scary movies on Halloween. Not only will you need to find a blanket or two to feel safe while it’s on, you’ll also probably need a box of kleenex. The movie hones in on the different and unique personal lives of most of the Losers, where we get a better understanding of their fears and how they were created. And this also makes the scares better. How Pennywise would turn into a disgusting, zombie-like creature to germaphobic Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Grazer) would be just a pointless scare if we didn’t know Eddie was a germaphobe, for example. Most of the the Loser’s home lives are quite disturbing, like Beverly’s, who has a sexually abusive father. The relationship development is also a reason to shed a few tears (as it should, the kids are best friends in real life). The loyalty that they hold with each other, even with the three newest members of the group, is heart swelling and beautiful. And the movie is also dangerously funny, with Richie Tozier as the main perpetrator of jokes, sex and Eddie Kaspbrak’s mom usually the topic of them. Read more here