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Because Bob Dylan is lauded as one of the greatest American songwriters of all time, this presents a unique set of challenges when adapting his life to the big screen. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

OPINION: There are unique challenges to making a Bob Dylan biopic

Hollywood’s infatuation with biopics, specifically those of famous, yet aged-out musicians, has been a long-standing tradition. The most recent of these films is the new Bob Dylan biopic — starring Hollywood obsession Timothée Chalamet. As with all major blockbusters of this ilk, photos and videos from the production have begun to be released, and I have some concerns, to say the least.

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The album cover reflects the vibrant sounds displayed on Gray’s newest record (Photo courtesy of Apple Music).

Broken hearts & the 80s: How Conan Gray ‘Found Heaven’

“Found Heaven,” Gray’s most recent studio effort, is a drastic pivot away from the ballad-driven songwriting of his last two albums into bright, 80s-influenced synth-pop. Acoustics are traded for disco-beats and hushed vocals become belting choruses. It’s a development of sound so jarring that even his previous skeptics were unable to deny their curiosity. 

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Stage productions are often what comes to mind when people think of musicals. (Photo courtesy of Flickr / Ayuntamiento de Guadalajara, Jan. 1, 2023)

OPINION: No, you don’t hate musicals

What interests me about the holistic hate of musicals is how people don’t understand musicals to begin with, and not in the sense that they don't get the point of them. For example, a common critique is that musicals take too long to get to the point of their story. This is a valid criticism. What I’m talking about is more related to what detractors even consider a musical to be.

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The Super Bowl halftime show is a near-mythological pop-culture event. (Photo courtesy of Flickr / “Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, Minneapolis MN” / February 6, 2018)

OPINION: Great halftime shows have three key elements

The Super Bowl halftime show has rightfully gained a legacy as being a huge honor for the artist chosen. As far as testaments to one’s artistic ability go, successfully swaying the audience at the Super Bowl is perhaps the pinnacle. A successful halftime show is a complicated formula of varying factors, factors that ensure that a performance will be successful, or in other words, memorable.

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“Midnights” pales in comparison to Swift’s other works (Photo courtesy of Apple Music).

OPINION: ‘Midnights’ didn’t deserve AOTY at the Grammys

The Grammys this year pleasantly surprised me. However, despite the many successes of the night, I couldn’t help but scowl at my TV when they awarded Taylor Swift her fourth Album of the Year win for her tenth studio album, “Midnights.” “Midnights,” with its confused writing, lackluster production and stale context leaves me with a cynical suspicion – that it won not because of its quality, but rather because of the huge year that Swift had.

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