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Arts 2018 Year in Review

The Arts 2018 Year-in-Review

The Harvard Crimson ranks the best movies, TV shows, albums, and books of the year, while writing some not-exactly-serious vanities.

Music

Billie Eilish's New Single 'bury a friend' is Deliciously Eerie

The L.A. native’s new song relies on tried and tested methods — heavy on synth melodies, voice modulations, and layered vocals — yet distinguishes itself through its much faster, more upbeat tempo and powerfully disturbing lyrics.

“thank u, next” Will Take Its Time And Appreciates Your Patience

Embracing the blasé over the saccharine, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” redefines grief in the age of celebrity.

On Campus

In Photos: The 119th Annual Harvard-Yale Football Concert

The night before the 135th playing of The Game — as football players for both Harvard and Yale prepared to do battle on the gridiron — student singers took the historic rivalry to the stage. Relive the evening in photos.

Portrait of an Artist: Soyoung Lee

At the Harvard Art Museums, Lee will oversee three curatorial divisions: Asian and Mediterranean Art, European and American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art.

Theater

‘The Nutcracker’ Returns to Bring Holiday Spirit to Boston

Though the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs annually in December, it did not fail to impress with its energy and high production value on its opening night on Nov. 29.

‘figures;’: Harvard’s First Dance Thesis

"figures;" is the first-ever senior thesis to take the form of a choreographed dance performance. Choreographed and directed by TDM concentrator, Tiffany Y. Lau ’19, the show premieres this Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Film

‘Fighting With My Family’ a Hearty but Clichéd Feel-Good

Although the film’s tropes are tried and true, and none are particularly pushed in any groundbreaking direction, it’s a touching feel-good story, packaged neatly with a pretty tied bow on top.

'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' Has All the Building Blocks of a Fan Favorite

With all its energy and goofiness, “The Lego Movie 2” is a masterclass in how to make a great family movie that appeals to both the young and the old.

Books

All’s Fair in Love and War: 5 Books For Valentine’s Day

Contributing writer Rukmini Ganesh suggests five books for your Valentine's Day!

‘Golden Child’ Fails to Shine

This novel could have offered so much, but failed to deliver.

TV

In ‘Bandersnatch,’ Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Meets ‘Black Mirror’ Fatalism

“Bandersnatch” lacks the usual paranoia-driven plotline because it’s already fractured by its very structure.

Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

The Crimson Arts Board presents its TV favorites of the year, from "BoJack Horseman" to "The Good Place."

Theater

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brings ‘Othello’ to Contemporary America

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Othello" at the A.R.T. replaces the usual Renaissance Venice with a more lugubrious, yet modern American city (with the opening scenes taking place outside of a seedy nightclub) and Renaissance Cyprus with a village whose sand-toned architecture is reminiscent of the Middle East.

Arts

Playlist: Songs for Crushing

The Arts Board presents Songs for Crushing. Happy Valentine's Day!

Arts

Pudding Man of the Year Milo Ventimiglia Talks Family, Gender Equality

In both the roast’s opening remarks and the press release after the celebration, Ventimiglia and the Pudding members mentioned the Pudding’s newly-complete gender inclusivity.

Film

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Has All the Building Blocks of a Fan Favorite

After a five-year wait, screenwriting duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have delivered “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” a worthy sequel that is wonderfully meta, colorful, and fun for all.

Film

‘Fighting With My Family’ a Hearty but Clichéd Feel-Good

Based on the real story of wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis (Florence Pugh), the film follows a small, punky girl from a family of wrestlers in northern Britain as she earns a contested spot in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Music

Vampire Weekend is Back — And Exactly Like You Remember

Music

Girlpool Come Into Their Own on ‘What Chaos is Imaginary’

Music

Anjimile’s ‘Maker Mixtape’ is Brief and Beautiful

Music

The Reinvention of Maggie Rogers in ‘Heard It In A Past Life’

Film

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ a Unique Take on a Classic Story

Arts

A House Divided: &pizza and Milk Bar Review

&pizza and Milk Bar are like conjoined twins now, tied at the hip to each other’s successes. Their relationship is symbiotic.

Theater

NDT 2 Explores the Tragedy and Comedy of Being Human

The Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) 2, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, arrived at the Boch Center in Boston for two performances on Jan. 26 and 27.

Arts

This Year in Pop Culture: 1998

The year 1998 was characterized by TV shows, fantasy books, and animated films that are now considered classics.

Music

2019 Grammy Award Predictions

Female artists old and new to the industry dominated charts and delighted critics in 2018, sending a message to Portnow, Grammy voters, and the American people that women in music aren’t just “stepping up.” They’ve been here and they’re taking over.

Arts

‘You’: a Sinister Evolution of the Romance Drama

“You" takes the cultural trope of boy-meets-girl and successfully turns it on its head by revealing the dangerous underlying obsession behind a contrived relationship.

Music

Ariana Grande's '7 rings' is Out of Step and Out of Touch

Books

‘You Know You Want This’ Offers Shock Value — But Not Much Else

Arts

Does Gillette Get to be Part of #MeToo?

Film

‘Vice’ Is Postmodern and Partisan

Film

Surprises and Snubs: An Overview of the 2019 Oscar Nominations

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