An online college experience has been a hassle for many, whether it be because of one’s inability to concentrate, the quality of lectures, or just general feelings of isolation. Columbia and Barnard students across the globe can—for the most part—agree that education is better when everyone is together. However, in the absence of regular events and heavy courseloads, the University has gifted its students a double-edged sword: more free time. If you, like many others, are looking for productive ways to spend your newly found hours of the day, try picking up a new language. On top of online programs to help you learn, one of the best ways to practice a language is through listening to others speak. Without further ado, here’s a list of popular foreign films to watch during quarantine season....
Sarah lives in a quaint apartment in New York City. Her walls are covered with magazine cut-outs, her desk stacked with books.
Sometimes, jostled by the 1 train, I miss driving. Colorado is a wide and open land; jagged, regal mountains spill into yellow plains under the expansive sky. Interstate 70 scrapes the side of Denver and curves westward to become a heavily trafficked, occasionally perilous mountain corridor. Its long tunnels, steep grades, and packs of long-haul trucks make me break out in hives, particularly in rain or snow....
Since it’s the month of love and because everyone loves a good romance movie—whether it’s a romantic comedy, a romantic drama, or even a romantic sci-fi film—here’s a romance movie for every major. So settle down, pop open a bottle of wine, and get ready to watch some movies hopefully (although more likely not) from which you’ll learn something that relates to your major....
The Empire Hotel from “Gossip Girl”
One of the most eye-roll-inducing questions I endure is “What are you?”
Every girl on Barnard's campus has heard of Mistress America. How could they not, when a First Year Focus poster has advertised the movie's release from every single bathroom stall in the quad since NSOP? Written by and starring Greta Gerwig, BC '06, this slice-of-life film tells the story of Tracy and Brooke. Tracy is an introverted, mouse-like Barnard freshman who can only describe her college experience as, "The feeling of being at a party where you don't know anybody." Brooke is her stepsister to-be and an unhinged spirit: freelance interior designer, cabaret singer, entrepreneur, et cetera. To borrow a simple comparison, think of Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence: Tracy would clearly be the former—reserved, broodingly quiet, monotonous as part of an elaborate character complex(?)—and Brooke the latter—spontaneous, uncensored, and unapologetic....
"It Follows"... Oh, does it ever. David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows" relentlessly does nothing but run its central Scooby Gang of nubile, Keane-eyed teenyboppers through the ringer as they scramble from the clutches of a shape-shifting, sexually-transmitted monster....