“Map to the Stars” has potential, wastes it on an incoherent plot

“Map to the Stars” follows a multitude of washups and wannabes as they desperately claw their way up the social ladder of celebrity-saturated Hollywood Hills. The director, David Cronenberg, is better known for cult-classic B horror films such as “Videodrone,” “Existenz” and an exceptional remake of “The Fly,” each of which featured a repulsive obsession […]

Poet masterfully comments on race, urban culture

Tyrone Williams, a black poet from Detroit, came to TU’s campus for a reading. Williams is a professor at Xavier University and has published five books of poetry, including “On Spec” (2008), “The Hero Project” (2009) and “Adventures of Pi” (2011). Much of Williams’ poetry is influenced by his upbringing in Detroit, especially the poverty […]

“Still Alice”: emotional kitsch outweighed by Julianne Moore’s superb performance

Viewers could be excused for dismissing “Still Alice” as the sort of emotional kitsch that airs on Lifetime. The titular Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a linguistics professor at Columbia University, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, disrupting her idyllic life. However, Moore’s performance and an interesting editing style that mirrors the decline of Dr. Howland’s […]

The Oscars: can you really watch them?

Conor Fellin says he watched the Oscars. He observed the effect the Oscars had on those around him, which is no less reliable than actually watching the Oscars. “No man is an island,” said John Donne. Or so I hear. I don’t actually know all that much about this man, except that his name is […]

TU Spring Film Festival screens pleasing student work

Every spring, shortly after the Academy Awards have aired, the University of Tulsa’s Film Department has its own Oscars, the TU Spring Film Festival. This year is their seventh annual festival, although there have been festivals like this since the early 2000s. At the festival, student films made in the last year are screened by […]

“Chicago” performance wonderful despite rocky opening number

Saturday at two o’clock, I went to see “Chicago” the musical at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The musical started out with the piece “All That Jazz.” All of the individual dancing was good; however, collectively it started out clunky and unsynchronized. Additionally, the projected backdrop flickered noticeably. Not a good start. As the number […]

TU jazz concert swings and hits

Last Thursday, Feb. 19, the TU Jazz bands hosted their first big concert of the semester. They were joined by world class trumpeter and composer Walter White. Several of White’s compositions were played by the bands. None of them had anything to do with meth, unfortunately. The atmosphere was relaxed as TU’s Big Band II […]