The Columbia Chronicle

Review: 'Da 5 Bloods,' a challenging exploration of fact and fiction

Review: ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ a challenging exploration of fact and fiction

June 19, 2020

It’s been approximately 32 hours since I sat down in front of a small screen to watch Spike Lee’s newest film, “Da 5 Bloods,” which was both strikingly familiar and entirely unexpected. ...

Review: Upcoming poetry collection embodies a kind of 'madness' in its composition

Review: Upcoming poetry collection embodies a kind of ‘madness’ in its composition

June 8, 2020

Lately, Lisa Fishman arranges her work on her dining room table, full of loose sheets of paper, notebooks, lists and drawings. She and her family eat at a smaller table pushed against the stove. "For...

Review: ‘Purposefully kept’ truths about the asylum process revealed in ‘Between Everything and Nothing’

Review: ‘Purposefully kept’ truths about the asylum process revealed in ‘Between Everything and Nothing’

May 19, 2020

What began as a friend's simple suggestion for an essay became a two-and-a-half-year project. The result? A 336-page retelling of the trials and tribulations of two Ghanaian asylum seekers, Seidu Mohammed and Raz...

Review: 'American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans' locks change in the revolver

Review: ‘American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans’ locks change in the revolver

May 18, 2020

“There are guns in the streets, there will never be peace,” wrote 17-year-old James Lofton in the last line of "American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans." This line ricochets in the brain like ...

Jacob Elordi, Joey King and Joel Courtney attend a screening of 'The Kissing Booth' at NETFLIX on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

Review: The no-nos of Netflix: What not to watch during quarantine

April 11, 2020

So here you find yourself, at a point in self-isolation or quarantine where you’ve already run through first-string entertainment. You’ve watched “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” you’...

Review: The many issues with the Netflix docu-series 'Tiger King'

Review: The many issues with the Netflix docu-series ‘Tiger King’

April 10, 2020

After not being able to understand any of the Twitter posts of a blonde-mulleted man named Joe Exotic, I turned on Netflix and sat down to watch the series he was a part of: "Tiger King: Murder, May...

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

March 30, 2020

In the age of digitally produced music, some pop tracks on the radio can feel bland, formulaic or, worst of all, predictable. Indie-rock trio Vundabar’s latest album “Either Light”—released March 13...

Gabriel Bump is a Chicago native. His debut novel,

Review: ‘The microcosm of South Shore,’ a literary coming-of-age in Gabriel Bump’s ‘Everywhere You Don’t Belong’

March 25, 2020

The city of Chicago has been documented in various ways, some positive, others more critical. The historical and political aspect of the city has been commemorated in books such as "Chicago," by Domin...

Alexander Glantz, who goes by Alexander 23, opened for pop artist Chelsea Cutler at their sold-out show Tuesday, March 10.

Review: Alexander 23 steals the show

March 17, 2020

As a teenager growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, musician Alexander Glantz’s favorite music venue in Chicago was the Riviera Theatre. He dreamed of performing there but never had the chance—unt...

Miles, played by Daniel Radcliffe, desperately calls for help from two police officers in a still from the film.

Review: ‘Guns Akimbo,’ a neon-drenched nightmare

March 8, 2020

The camera has just spun 360 degrees around Daniel Radcliffe for what feels like the tenth time in 30 minutes and my mind, too, has been sent spinning—not because of the blazing neon lights, screwb...

Kate Smith spent 3 1/2 years creating her production, “One Woman Hamlet.”

Review: ‘One Woman Hamlet’: ‘To be, or not to be’ aware of mental health issues

February 12, 2020

At any other event where the walls were decorated with taxidermied fish and a disco ball dangled from the rafters, patrons may be distracted from the main event. But at Kate Smith’s “One Woman Ham...

Review: The splendiferous ‘Birds of Prey and Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn’

February 10, 2020

While DC Comics movies have struggled in the past, they have found their footing in "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn," a seemingly hopeful leap forward into a prom...

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