2020 was the magic year: Now recovered, after years of pain and exhaustion and triumph and resilience, Gabriela Lipson would finally be entering Stanford’s famed archways as a member of the class of 2024. Then, COVID-19 hit.
The Screen beat is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month with recommendations from our staff writers for films and television shows written or directed by AAPI creators. Get some new picks for your watchlist below!
Ram’s Head Theatrical Society’s “Heathers” isn’t your average Zoom musical. The show follows high school senior Veronica Sawyer (an astonishing Junah Jang ’24) as she joins a clique of the titular Heathers (Maliha Yousuf ’24, Tyah-Amoy Roberts ’23 and Isabella Juarez ’23 — all wonderfully confident and charismatic) and navigates the toxic masculinity of football jocks Ram Sweeney and Kurt Kelly (brought hilariously to life by Cainan Cole ’20 M.S. ’21 and Dylan Moore ’24).
Any non-disparate selection from Hong’s oeuvre would do a disservice to the variety and complexity of her writing — for Cathy Park Hong is an author whose genre-traversing work rejects homogeneity.
Black History Month is an incredible opportunity for everyone living in America to celebrate the achievements of Black people and to learn about key figures and events in Black history. As young music lovers, we wanted to write about the music we know most intimately: albums released in the 2010s.
Both “Constitution” and “American Utopia” open up the world of theater to new audiences, democratizing an art form usually reserved for rich urban dwellers.
This is the movie that cemented rage zombies into our cultural lexicon, pivoting away from slow-shambling creeps and instead leaning into a fast-paced terror the whole way through. It’s a master of the spook that you can see a long time coming — and yet are still shocked by. “28 Days” merely uses the creepiness of its zombies as a backdrop as it delves into the horrors of our own humanity, lending us a long-lasting feeling of deep uneasiness.
Is “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” an accurate portrayal of this hectic year? Probably. But will we look back on this sequel as an insightful time capsule, or as an outdated flick of little consequence?
“Dick Johnson Is Dead” is a wonderful ode to life and loss and how we narrativize our tragedies to make sense of them. But sometimes it gets too wrapped up in inventing these narratives for its own good.