Author: Alex Thompson

The Buzzfeed Post

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Advice

Here at Drown Unbound, we’re feeling the end-of-semester crunch quite strongly, and you probably are too. So we thought we’d have a little fun with it. For one post only, we’re becoming Buzzfeed. I’ve got a list of gifs here. Mareesa has a quote about keeping positive in this tough time. Laura’s got a Harry Potter thing and a Hamilton thing. Brian had a séance and heard some advice from Langston Hughes. The Gif List: […]

Film Club Review: A Bunch of Movies

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Lehigh Culture & Community

It’s been forever! What’s wrong with us? Business, basically. I am utterly sorry, but the fun thing is that we’re gonna recap everything in one big go. It’s gonna be crazy, especially with the crop of movies we have to talk about: 13th, The Handmaiden, Get Out, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Re-Animator. I’m not going to try to tie these together, because that’s probably impossible. Instead, you’ll get capsule reviews. 13th – Ava […]

Film Club Reviews: The Seventh Seal and The World’s End

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Lehigh Culture & Community

At first, second, and third glance, these two movies have nothing in common. The first, The Seventh Seal, is a black and white Swedish film from 1957 which uses the black plague as a background for a consideration of death, suffering, and religion. The second, The World’s End, is a fast-paced action movie about drinking, consumer culture, and assimilation. What the films share, though, is an understanding of humanity’s desire to engage in pleasureful activities […]

What’s Happening?: March 2017

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They say March is the busiest month. Do they? Maybe. Around here it is, apparently. Talks and recruitment day and a conference, oh my! We’ve got something for everyone, so see what part of that something is for you in the following list. Bring a friend! Get your learn on. Tuesday, March 7 – Job Placement Workshop: CV to Resume Who: With Lynne D’Angelo-Bello (Associate Director of Grad Student Career Development) and Deep Singh (English […]

Film Club Retrospective and Coming Attractions

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Lehigh Culture & Community

Another semester begins and that means that reading groups and our own film club are starting up again. I wanted to take some time to reflect on what we did last semester as well as look forward to what we having coming this semester. So let’s go on a trip back and to the future! Get it? It’s a movie reference. First, the stats. We watched the following films last semester: Modern Times, Young Frankenstein, […]

What’s Happening?: December 2016

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Lehigh Culture & Community

The semester’s end is nearly upon us! Ah! If you’re looking for something to do during this trying and busy time to distract yourself from all this writing, we’ve collected the few remaining happenings in the month of December here for your perusal and consideration. It is important to leave your house/apartment every once in a while. Friday, December 2 Decorating the Common Room Time: 2pm-? As some of you may know, we have a […]

“No looking backwards, just forward”: Lehigh’s Rally for Inclusion and Sing Street

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Literature & Social Justice

(The first two paragraphs of this post are adapted from a Facebook post I made yesterday) Yesterday, in the wake of the US election, Lehigh faculty, staff, and students came together to hold a silent Rally for Inclusion. The idea was to demonstrate the diversity of people who work together on the campus and make Lehigh (and the country) what it is. While it is not yet clear what Donald Trump will do as president because […]

Film Club Review: High and Low & The Innocents

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Lehigh Culture & Community

You may have noticed a distinct lack of film club reviews here in the past month. Blame our amazing contributors for filling up our publishing schedule! In the interest of time and work load, I’ve combined the last two films we’ve watched in our club to this one piece, so enjoy a weird and wild mashup of Japanese social-realism and high Gothic horror. Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low is quite different from the movies you […]

Film Club Review: Young Frankenstein

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Lehigh Culture & Community

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where comedy sits? Puttin’ on Young Frankenstein is a guaranteed cure to your mid-semester despair. Combining the immense talents of Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Peter Boyle, the film really aims at the laugh-a-minute target and it hits most of the time. Gene Wilder’s over-the-top brilliance is on full display throughout as […]

Film Club Review: Modern Times

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Teaching

Roger Ebert said that movies are empathy machines. It is difficult and some would say impossible to see through a character’s eyes and not begin to develop empathy with them. Movies can bypass the language barrier that writing necessarily can’t, and no body of work proves that better than Charlie Chaplin’s. As writer, director, actor, and composer, Chaplin retained complete control of his films, especially towards the end of his silent period when he made […]