John Cleese and A Fish Called Wanda at Cornell Cinema

I am gonna come clean now: I didn’t know who John Cleese is until two weeks ago. My best friend was appalled when he asked if I wanted to go to this Cleese talk together, and I looked at the event title and said “sure, I loved Kirshner’s class.”

But now I’m converted! The Monty Python star wrote, directed and stars in the brilliantly silly heist movie, A Fish Called Wanda, which screened at Cornell Cinema on Sept. 10. Cleese and professor Jonathan Kirshner, government, engaged in a prescreening conversation, which is just as funny and nutritious as the film.

Why Would a Cinema Only Have Two Doors? Two Door Cinema Club at the State Theater

I’ve never done ecstasy, but based on the Urban Dictionary definition which states it produces “strong feelings of positivity, empathy and connection to others” I can only assume it’s similar to the  Two Door Cinema Club show at the State Theatre Thursday night. There probably wasn’t any surprise molly in my system, but nevertheless I found myself dripping with sweat screaming for more when the band “left” before playing everyone’s favorite song. Admittedly, I went to this concert because tickets were 40 bucks and it was ten minutes from my house. I had heard “What You Know,” a song from seven years ago, but that’s about it. I didn’t bother brushing up on their music before the concert, but that didn’t matter.

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SUN SONGS: 9/15/17

This is the first edition of Sun Songs, a weekly playlist created by members of the Arts and Entertainment staff. 
This week’s playlist features music new and old from artists Angus and Julia Stone, Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, Odesza, Alvvays and Princess Nokia, among others. Angus and Julia Stone, an Australian duo, create soft folk and indie melodies combined with contrasting yet harmonious vocals, making for a peaceful experience and an ambient mood. Emily Haines, also the lead singer of band Metric, makes heavy use of piano and slow melodies. When combined with the mellow sounds of the music, Haines sets a sad yet pleasant post-apocalyptic mood. On the other hand, Seattle duo Odesza’s music features energetic sounds and beats full of substance and emotion, the perfect soundtrack for laying back and enjoying every element of the music.

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Do They Really Float Down Here?

“You’ll float too! You’ll float too!” cried Georgie in the latest trailer for It, directed by Andrés Muschietti. I remember watching it and having high hopes for this movie. The film is based off of one of Stephen King’s most famous novels, the only prior adaptation was a 1990 miniseries with Tim Curry as a crazy clown. And, if Tim Curry as a dancing clown doesn’t automatically scream horror, I don’t know what does.

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GOULDTHORPE | Lego’s In Trouble. Can Ninjago Save It?

Lego. That word alone conjures up delightful memories of putting together submarines and airplanes as a small boy. More recently, I’ve fallen in love all over again with their feature length films. If you had told me four years ago that I’d end up saying “I’ve come to expect quality from the Lego film franchise,” I’d have thought you batty! But, sure enough, they have taken Hollywood by storm with both critical and commercial success. When I pop in either Lego movie, I feel my childhood resurrecting for ninety minutes at a time.

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of Montreal Brings Experimentalism to the Haunt

The experimental pop band, of Montreal, delivered a theatrical performance at The Haunt in Ithaca on Monday. The band was founded by lead singer Kevin Barnes in 1996, and their music has since endured various evolutions since their early rock, alternative sound. With the release of their most recent album, of Montreal has embraced an experimental pop vibe that deviates from the style of the band’s 13 previous albums. This performance not only showcased the band’s new sound, but also integrated various songs from their older albums, all which were welcomed by the crowd of veteran fans. The band’s publicist Naavin Karimbux described Barnes as “a sort of modern day David Bowie.” Though this statement seems a bit too bold, Kevin Barnes certainly knows how to entertain the crowd and his use of costume changes, dancers, sets and theatrics allows him to mimic Bowie, in his drama and androgyny. The first song on of Montreal’s latest album is “let’s relate,” which begins with the lyric, “how do you identify?” This question of identity pervades the band’s music and was an overarching theme of the performance.

THIS WEEKEND IN ARTS | September 15-17

Broken Social Scene – September 15

Saturday,  Canadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene is playing at the State Theater. Formed in 1999 in Toronto, Broken Social Scene is a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. Tickets are available on Ticketfly with prices ranging from $26.00 – $36.00. The Big Sick at Cornell Cinema – September 15-16

Read a full preview of The Big Sick here. Pina (3D) at Cornell Cinema – September 16

Saturday, Cornell Cinema presents Pina, a 3D documentary that creates a moving gallery of performances of the German choreographer, Pina Bausch.

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The Big Sick: A Graceful, Hilarious Rom-Com Coming to Cornell Cinema

What if we fall in love with someone that does not meet our family’s traditional standards? The Big Sick, playing at Cornell Cinema this weekend, explores on this question hilariously and gracefully. Kumail is a stand-up comedian and Uber driver in Chicago. An immigrant from Pakistan, Kumail is supposed to marry a Pakastani woman. Every time he goes to dinner at his parents’ house, a Pakastani woman “just drops in” to join the family for dinner.