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88th Academy Awards: Will DiCaprio finally win his first Oscar?

After about two months, the major film award circuit is drawing to an end. The final and biggest awards show, the Academy Awards Ceremony, will be held on Feb. 28. While there has been much justified criticism regarding the lack of diversity, the Oscars still hold sway with much of the American public. After often long, exacting shoots and publicity tours, an Oscar can be the ultimate prize to many an actor and filmmaker. This has absolutely been one of the better years in film and all the major categories consist of many stellar and worthy candidates. Although the Oscars’ categories cover a wide range, most pay heed primarily to the essential few. Following is a list of the nominees for the main categories and a prediction of the respective winners. More ...

Spanish Film Club’s series kicks off with Bad Hair (Pelo Malo)

Last Tuesday, February 2, the Hispanic Studies Department showed Pelo Malo (2013). The film was the first screening for their film series celebrating “the new wave of Ibero American Cinema.” The event began with an introduction from Professor Luisa Briones-Manzano. Next, Phyllis Breland, who attended the event as part of a collaboration with the Days-Massolo Center, gave a personal account regarding the idea of “good hair.” More ...

Choir does musical theater legend justice with energetic performance of Sondheim on Sondheim

This weekend the Hamilton College Choir delivered a vibrant tribute to musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. The piece, Sondheim on Sondheim, is a melange of performances highlighting Sondheim’s greatest hits with interview snippets projected onto a screen above the performers. Performances of Sondheim’s musical numbers were distributed among the interview footage, forming an exciting give-and-take of Sondheim’s own words with his stellar compositions.  More ...

Looking for a creative way to procrastinate? Try streaming Netflix documentaries!

With college students’ busy schedules, free time is one of the most cherished luxuries. Whether it is on a homework-free Tuesday night or low-key Sunday afternoon, breaks from the college grind are always welcomed. One of students’ favorite diversions is watching one of the many popular video-streaming websites such as Netflix and Hulu. Covering a wide swath of genres, these services are often able to entertain the pickiest of viewers. One of Netflix’s most comprehensive categories is “Documentary,” where one can view many incredibly high quality films. Following are a few particularly worth watching. More ...

The Intimate Universe and Pure Pulp to open at Wellin

At the Wellin Museum, diverse forms of art meet to exchange interesting perspectives and nuances. This Saturday, the Museum will host the reception of The Intimate Universe and Pure Pulp, the result of two long years of planning. The Intimate Universe by Yun-Fei Ji portrays the Chinese countryside nostalgically, criticizing the ambitious infrastructural projects that destroy natural habitats regardless of any negative cultural and environmental implications. Yun-Fei Ji is a Chinese artist who has been a resident of New York since 1990. More ...

Parsonsfield returns to Barn to entertain

Parsonsfield returned to a candle-lit Barn last Thursday after their first Hamilton performance three years ago in 2013. In the interim the band and the Campus Activities Board have stayed busy. Since 2013 CAB’s Acoustic Coffeehouse programming has included acts like Chadwick Stokes, Shakey Graves, Pearl & The Beard, Phosphorescent and Wilsen. More ...

Boeh and Blanchard ’17 entertain with clean comedy

This Saturday’s performance began with Hamilton’s own Tommy Blanchard ’17 opening for Tyler Boeh. Blanchard warmed up the crowd by divulging, “In my town, people only get really excited about pumpkin spice lattes and yelling at minorities.” More ...

Behind The Revenant, cinematographer Emmanual Lubezki

This has been one of the better years for  film in recent memory. Ranging from blockbusters such as The Martian to dramatic ensembles such as Spotlight, there was a quality movie for everybody. J.J. Abrams even redeemed the Star Wars series after a disastrous prequel trilogy. More ...

A conversation with the CAB Movies Coordinator

The Spectator had the opportunity to talk to the new CAB Movies Coordinator, Nelly Green ’18, about her plans for future events and what sort of films she plans on showing this semester. Interview by Arts & Entertainment Editor Bridget Lavin ’18 More ...

Hamilton Announces Spring 2016 F.I.L.M. Series

Hamilton College announces its spring F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series, scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building on Hamilton’s campus. The theme of the spring series is “In Focus: African-Americans in Film: Rarely Screened Landmarks.” All events are free and open to the public. More ...

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