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Adapted from Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel, “Eileen” boasts atmospheric eeriness and dazzling performances. (Courtesy of Twitter)

The Mundane Eeriness and Realism of “Eileen”

Kari White, Opinion Editor November 29, 2023
The dramatically drab world of Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel, “Eileen,” enters theaters in limited release on Dec. 1, and wide release on Dec. 8. Adapted from book to screen by Moshfegh herself, with the help of her husband and screenwriter Luke Goebel, and directed by William Oldroyd, this film transmits the wild imaginings of its titular character into film. A sinister psychological thriller, Moshfegh and Oldroyd take you on a journey where little happens and little is explained until the entire world falls apart.
The theme for the 2024 Met Gala exhibition has been revealed. (Courtesy of Twitter)

2024 Met Gala Theme Reimagines Historic Fashion

Zoe Ennis, Contributing Writer November 29, 2023
The theme for the 2024 Met Gala exhibition has been revealed as “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” According to a Vogue article announcing the theme, “The exhibit will feature approximately 250 rare items drawn from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection.” These pieces span over 400 years, from the Elizabethan era to the modern day, and will be divided into three “zones” of land, sea and sky, as the pieces will pay tribute to the natural world.
Barry Manilow ventures into the world of musical theater with Harmony. (Courtesy of Anna Gehres for The Fordham Ram)

“Harmony” Fails to Sing Along With Its Source Material

Theater-goers who saw “Harmony” at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene expect to see roughly the same show at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it opened on Nov. 13. Barry Manilow fans might expect a jukebox musical with his familiar tunes, which — spoiler alert — it is not. But for most, this is a new show with a title that does not give too much away.
NYBG’s holiday train show returns with its stunning plant-based creations inspired by the Big Apple. (Courtesy of Alexander Hom for The Fordham Ram)

It’s the Greenest Holiday Train Show on Earth

Alexander Hom, Contributing Writer November 29, 2023
The sculptures for the annual New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) Holiday Train Show were made almost exclusively with plant materials. Lost to time, the Elephant Colossus model has fungi for ears, lichens for skin and little leaves that seriously resemble slate tiles. Their Luna Park Gate is made with the tops of the world’s largest pinecone species.
For Nora Ephron fans, the entire city is transformed by her influence. (Courtesy of Twitter)

A Love Letter to Nora Ephron’s New York City

Nicole Braun and Evan McManus November 29, 2023
If you don’t know who Nora Ephron is, then you definitely know her work. If you say you don’t know her work, then you’re more than just culturally unplugged — you’re unaware. She wrote the screenplays for and directed the best rom-coms of all time (“When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail”), the delightful “Julie & Julia” and the original script for “All The President’s Men.”
Some actors are discontent with SAG-AFTRA’s agreement with the AMPTP. (Courtesy of Twitter)

SAG-AFTRA Ends Historic Strike

Nora Leach, Executive Copy Editor November 29, 2023
After nearly four months, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) ended their strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). In a historic summer for the entertainment industry, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike in May of this year, with SAG-AFTRA following suit in July.
Give your loved one a heartfelt present without breaking the bank. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas

Stella McFarland, Contributing Writer November 29, 2023
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start shopping for gifts, which for a lot of college students means shopping on a budget. The best gifts are thoughtful and unique to the person you are gifting it to. Luckily, this means some of the best gifts can be homemade, because it shows the time and effort put into the gift.
The Holdovers shows the comfort and love of makeshift families. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Finding Comfort in “The Holdovers”

Allison Moffitt, Contributing Writer November 29, 2023
Alexander Payne’s new film, “The Holdovers,” is about the makeshift families we find in the most unexpected places and the ways they can impact us even when we have shut out the world. While this lesson has been visited in film time and time again, “The Holdovers” still feels original as it surprises audiences with its intelligence, sincerity and realistic characters.
Badalamenti’s move to New York was a big yet rewarding adjustment. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Junior Swaps West Coast for East

Nick Guzman, Sports Editor November 29, 2023
There are nearly 3,000 miles between Oakland, California and Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus. For many, attending college that far away from home is simply too hard. But for Zach Badalamenti, FCRH ‘25, coming to Fordham was an easy choice.
A siesta is when a whole city yawns, stretches and lays down to rest. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Finding Lifestyle Balance With La Siesta

Aedon Benson, Contributing Writer November 29, 2023
A deliberate break in the day balances and invigorates your life in a way conducive to well being. I’m not sure if when I return home I’ll fully incorporate the siesta into my day-to-day life, but I’ll make sure to take it easy every day with some purposeful rest. Slowing down and taking time to appreciate something simple might not always be your first instinct, but more often than not it’s the best thing you can do.
Harlem, one of NYC’s most famous neighborhoods, lives up to the hype. (Courtesy of Caleb Stine for The Fordham Ram)

The Most Famous Neighborhood in NYC

Caleb Stine, Columnist November 29, 2023
Americans and non-Yankees alike know Harlem or at least the name, reliably. An area of Upper Manhattan known as a cornerstone of Black culture and influence, Harlem has produced the world’s best poets and jazz musicians, and stands today, like much of our city, at a cultural crossroads at this current moment, with delicious food.
The lovable characters of “Peanuts 2000” provide a return to childhood. (Courtesy of Nicole Braun/The Fordham Ram)

The Childlike Magic of “Peanuts 2000”

Nicole Braun, Opinion Editor November 29, 2023
Rediscovering the "Peanuts" characters isn’t just a return to my childhood, but a return to childhood generally. The world of Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus and, of course, Snoopy is one of wonder and innocence, where small problems are huge and huge problems are manageable, if existent at all.
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