2017: Looking back on this year in arts

With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, The Charlatan is looking back on some of our favourite movies, books, albums, and more! Here are some of our favorite artistic moments from a year that had no shortage of highlights. Corey Price: Jason Schreier – Blood, Sweat and Pixels Blood, Sweat, and Pixels opens the curtain on the notoriously secretive video game industry, telling arguably the most compelling, honest, and intimate stories of game development ever told. Schreier’s book catalogues in stark relief the industry’s technical difficulties, creative clashes, and studio bureaucracy to an impressive degree, while also celebrating the immense accomplishments, technical breakthroughs, and financial successes. The book’s main draw, though, is the much-needed focus on the individuals behind the scenes. […]

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Review: Lady Bird

Before her directorial debut with Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig had a successful acting career. She spent her time on set as an opportunity to learn, observing and asking the directors questions like a makeshift film school. With that in mind, Gerwig intended to deviate from the male-oriented algorithm that is usually followed. She instead focusing on a female protagonist that can be relatable to young women. The subject of the film is Christine McPherson, or “Lady Bird” as she often corrects people. It’s a name “given to me by me”, she said in the film. That sets the premise for the plot: a girl who demands a different flavor of life than the one that was given to her. In […]

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