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Graciana Paxton | Music | fine arts editor
Paxton is the 2022-2023 music | fine arts editor. She was previously an Arts contributor from 2021-2022. She is also a third-year psychobiology student from Morgan Hill, California.
Paxton is the 2022-2023 music | fine arts editor. She was previously an Arts contributor from 2021-2022. She is also a third-year psychobiology student from Morgan Hill, California.

Arts

April 5, 2024 6:42 p.m.

Album Review: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Only God Was Above Us’ embraces beauty in chaos

Vampire Weekend has rediscovered the key to heaven on its fifth full-length album.
“Fuck around and find out,” Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig gleefully exclaims on the opening track of the band’s latest album, “Only God Was Above Us.” Born from a Daily News headline, the 10-track album’s title references a 1988 plane crash where when recounting the striking visual of the aircraft’s roof ripping off, one survivor declared “only God was above us.” Fittingly, the genre-bending record is deeply interested in mining beauty from chaos, and for the most part succeeds.

By Graciana Paxton

Arts

Jan. 28, 2024 8:41 p.m.

Sundance 2024: ‘I Saw the TV Glow’ actors discuss film’s script, connections to upbringing

“I Saw the TV Glow” is breaking through the static of the horror genre.
After making their narrative film debut at Sundance 2021 with their lo-fi horror film “We’re All Going to the World’s Fair,” writer-director Jane Schoenbrun returned to this year’s festival with “I Saw the TV Glow.” The filmmaker’s A24-produced sophomore entry centers on lonely teenagers Owen (Justice Smith) and Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine) who find solace in their favorite television show, “The Pink Opaque.”
Smith, Lundy-Paine and cast member Ian Foreman spoke with the Daily Bruin’s Graciana Paxton at the Sundance Film Festival about the ways in which the coming-of-age horror explores media obsessions, isolation and identity.

By Graciana Paxton

Arts

Jan. 27, 2024 3:05 p.m.

Sundance 2024: With neon ’90s visuals, ‘I Saw the TV Glow’ is a haunting exploration of identity

All that glitters is gold – or pink – in Jane Schoenbrun’s “I Saw the TV Glow.”
The writer-director’s stunning sophomore narrative effort follows teenagers Owen (Justice Smith) and Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine) as the two seek to overcome feelings of loneliness and otherness through their shared love for a fictional ’90s late-night program, “The Pink Opaque.” With striking visual language, Schoenbrun fires on all cylinders, maximizing both style and substance through clarity of voice and a deeply original script in the beautifully haunting “I Saw the TV Glow.”
And glow it does, as the neon pinks, blues and greens that inform the film’s vivid aesthetic deliciously ooze from the screen.

By Graciana Paxton

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