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The Lunar New Year can be a celebration that is at once intensely personal and introspective and also a deeply shared cultural experience. To better understand what this time looks like for students on Princeton’s campus, The Prospect solicited responses from our editors and staff, as well as staffers from The Daily Princetonian at large.
For fans of “Snowpiercer” and “World War Z,” Yeon Sang-ho’s “Train to Busan,” should be next on your watch list. The movie’s plot is set into motion when an unknown virus spreads across South Korea and causes a zombie apocalypse. In the opening scene, a deer — presumingly infected with the virus — rises from the dead after being run over by a truck, establishing the film’s eerie tone. The stage is set.
It is 1956, just the sixth year that women were admitted to Harvard Law School. “Why are you occupying a place at Harvard that could have gone to a man?” asks Dean Erwin Griswold (Sam Waterston) at a welcome dinner for the nine women admitted to the law school’s incoming class of over 550 students. Among them is a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones). She replies that she is studying law to “become a more patient and understanding wife,” making it evident that women were not welcome in the field of law at the time.
For any moviegoer looking for an interesting history lesson or simply an entertaining film, “Hidden Figures” is for you. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name, “Hidden Figures” tells the true-life stories of Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), a trio of Black female NASA scientists who played essential roles in the U.S. space program during the early 1960s.
Every year, Princeton University Players (PUP) — the University’s only completely student-run musical theater group — hosts its annual all-frosh musical, and this year is no exception in spite of the pandemic. On Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. EST, “Sex on Broadway 2020: Things We Missed” debuted via YouTube live stream as PUP’s first-ever virtual musical.
Since the 2008 box office hit “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios has brought countless fan-favorite superheroes to the big screen as part of its shared universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Full of lovable characters, lively humor, and action-packed fight sequences, the MCU is now a household name among both comic book fans and moviegoers. While the MCU has experienced major success in the past few years, various critics have chided the multi-billion dollar franchise for its formulaic nature and refusal to take artistic risks.
In a movie landscape oversaturated with sequels, reboots, and remakes, Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors in Hollywood who consistently delivers high-quality original storytelling to his audiences — and his latest film “Dunkirk” (2017) is no exception. With a star-studded cast of Oscar winners and talented newcomers, impeccable craftsmanship, and an inspiring narrative based on historical events, “Dunkirk” is one of the greatest war films in recent memory.
When Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it received a six-minute standing ovation; some critics called it Lee’s best film in years. Throughout his career as a director, Lee has used cinema as a medium to explore themes such as race relations and the African American experience. “BlacKkKlansman” updates these themes for modern mainstream audiences, representing a natural progression from his previous works. Thanks to Lee’s masterful directing, a bold screenplay, and an all-star cast, the film combines absurdity, dark humor, and horror into a nuanced commentary on social issues still relevant today.