Album Review: ‘Leo Rising’

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on October 14, 2016.]

The concept album remains an art form. It is tough to create a body of 10 to 14 unrelated songs to go on an album. When artists actually put effort into creating a set of songs that connect, the result can either succeed or fail. In Karmin’s case, with their new album Leo Rising, released on September 9th, they were successful.

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Movie Review: ‘Hell or High Water’

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on October 4, 2016.]

Let me begin by saying that I love Hollywood’s new trend of making short, straightforward movies. You might be thinking, “What?! Making simple movies is not a new concept!” Are you sure? For many years, I have not seen a film shorter than two hours in length. A story should have a beginning, middle and end, yet filmmakers have been set on giving that beginning its own beginning, middle and end, and so on.

Hell or High Water proved that a good–no, excellent–film is possible in 102 minutes.

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Review: 68th Annual Emmy Awards

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on September 26, 2016.]
It’s always bothered me that the Emmys aren’t considered the beginning of awards season. That honor goes to the Hollywood Film Awards, which occur towards the end of the year and aren’t even aired on TV for the public to see. Beside that, the Emmys kickstart an exciting few months followed by the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and culminated by the Academy Awards. This is 100% why I stand by the fact that the Emmys are the beginning of awards season.

Like television, the Emmys are a constant. There’s never any scandal or drama—that aspect of Hollywood seems to overlook television (cue the obligatory joke that all of Hollywood overlooks television, AKA the basis of Seth Meyers’s monologue in 2014). There’s a diverse range of actors and shows nominated yearly, and history is made yearly with new nominees, winners and winning streaks. So yeah, the Emmys are a pretty important night in television. If you watch TV, you should watch the Emmys.

But, just in case you didn’t this year (shame on you!), here’s a recap of what did and did not work this year.

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Movie Review: ‘Sully’

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on September 17, 2016.]

I remember watching the news in January 2009. I remember seeing a pilot land a plane on the Hudson River. I remember the visuals of every single passenger standing on the wings and on life rafts trying to get off the plane. I remember Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger becoming my hero. I remember finding out, just a few months ago, that a new movie titled Sully would be released, chronicling the “Miracle on the Hudson”–as many called it–and the untold story behind the landing, and being as excited as I was when the news broke seven years ago.

Sully did not disappoint.

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Movie Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Review: 88th Annual Academy Awards

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on March 8, 2016.]

If you caught it, last week I wrote a piece previewing this year’s Oscars ceremony. It mostly featured predictions of who would win the most important awards of the evening, including Best Actor, Actress and Picture. While these winners were a huge part of the ceremony, there is a lot to be said about how the entire night went. Here’s a quick look at this year’s Oscars.

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Concert Review: Marianas Trench at the House of Blues

[NOTE: This article was originally posted on Her Campus Emerson on February 18, 2016.]

On Tuesday, February 2 I saw Vancouver-based band Marianas Trench at the House of Blues in Boston.

Ever since Tuesday, February 2 I have not been able to concentrate on school, work, friends or family.I have, however, been able to concentrate on Josh Ramsay, the 6’2” and incredibly sassy frontman of the band. Ask anyone I know. I have not been able to complete one sentence without dropping his name into it.

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