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What The DePaulia’s Arts & Life team is binging this week

What The DePaulia's Arts & Life team is binging this week

Keira Wingate and Rebecca Meluch

April 28, 2020

The stay-at-home order has been extended until May 31 in Chicago, giving more time for a constant stream of binging. The Arts & Life team has binged plenty of TV shows over the past few weeks and we simply want to share these binge worthy shows that’ll take up your month of May. You will not be d...

On ‘High Maintenance,’ characters are expendable, but essential


Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2020

No matter the medium or the genre, characters are essential to storytelling; they are the heart and soul of any good film or TV show. If the writers and directors can’t get you to care about a character's fate, the story isn’t worth telling. This is why we hear critics and cinephiles groan on and on ...

REVIEW: ‘Avenue 5’’s blend of science fiction and comedy is accessible — and kinda scary

Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

February 24, 2020

I’ve always been repelled by the science fiction genre. All those spaceships and aliens and pseudo-scientific jargon — it’s nauseating. It always felt so childish and repetitive.  But maybe I’m just a grumpy old man.  The truth is, my distaste for science fiction is born of my own flaws; namely a stu...

REVIEW: Larry David and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ master the most resilient formula in comedy TV

REVIEW: Larry David and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' master the most resilient formula in comedy TV

Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

February 3, 2020

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re on the Red Line heading home after a long day at work. It's just after 10 p.m. Your car is sparsely populated; no more than eight others, all with their faces buried in their phones or half asleep hugging their bags. All is peaceful and quiet.  Moments later, ...

Comics icon Alan Moore shares all in rare post-retirement BBC interview

Moore poses for a picture.

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

October 7, 2019

The new “Watchmen” series on HBO is coming out in two weeks, but you won’t hear about it in notoriously reclusive author Alan Moore’s new interview with musician Richard Norris.  Moore swore off giving any more interviews a few years ago, but in a new two-hour special on BBC Radio 6 Music, the...

Endless possibilities in HBO’s ‘Room 104’

Endless possibilities in HBO’s ‘Room 104’

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

September 23, 2019

One room, 12 new stories. Season three of Jay and Mark Duplass’ series, “Room 104,” follows the same format as its first two seasons, with each story taking place in one room of an American hotel room: Room 104. Just as before, each episode of the HBO anthology begins with a very simple plot, ...

Fandoms: the good, bad of today’s hyper-engaged audiences

Fandoms: the good, bad of today's hyper-engaged audiences

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

May 28, 2019

Has “fan” become a dirty word? Once a marker of one’s passion for a film, tv show or franchise; now, an excuse to whine, demand and pester the world’s top creators. The rise of Internet culture has allowed fans unprecedented opportunities to discuss and criticize their favorite content, using...

What’s Fresh on HBO: Series Finale Edition

What's Fresh on HBO: Series Finale Edition

Benjamin Conboy and Doug Klain, Editor-in-Chief and Opinions Editor

May 20, 2019

"Veep" "Veep," the highly decorated political satire, has finally come to an end. And in line with its trademark cynicism, it ended on a dark note. The final season chronicles Selina Meyer, played by a Julie Louis-Dreyfus at the top of her game, and her attempt to regain the presidency. And this time...

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ provides harrowing look at history’s worst nuclear disaster

The aftermath of the explosion in Chernobyl, which eventually became the deadliest nuclear disaster in history.

Benjamin Conboy, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2019

When the new season of “Game of Thrones” premiered two Sundays ago, viewers got a glimpse into what looked like a post-apocalyptic world. It was in fact a trailer for HBO’s new mini-series, “Chernobyl,” which chronicles the deadliest nuclear disaster in the history of the world, its attem...

What’s fresh on HBO

What's fresh on HBO

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 22, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians Based on the novel of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” became the first modern box-office success featuring an entirely aAsian cast as it smashed stereotypes and long-held assumptions in Hollywood about what can and will make money. The film works expertly well on two level...

As ‘Veep’ enters final season, Julia Louis-Dreyfus cements legacy fit for comedy royalty

As 'Veep' enters final season, Julia Louis-Dreyfus cements legacy fit for comedy royalty

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 15, 2019

For the past three decades, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been on television nearly every season. As such, Louis-Dreyfus has secured over 300 episodes of comedy under her belt that delivered her seven Emmys for acting and five Screen Actors Guild awards for her singular work, let alone a slew of other awar...

What’s Fresh on Climate Change

What's Fresh on Climate Change

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 15, 2019

Our Planet (Netflix) In the introduction to the first episode of this new Netflix series “Our Planet,” the mission is clearly stated. David Attenborough narrates that the show will “celebrate the natural wonders that remain and reveal what we must preserve to ensure people and nature thrive.”...

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