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Film & TV

Jon M. Chu: “I wanted to paint what it feels like to be a dreamer.”

34th Street speaks with Jon M. Chu, director of 'In the Heights' and 'Crazy Rich Asians,' about his college days and being a leader for representation in Hollywood.

by JACOB A. POLLACK

Falling from Startup Stardom

The death of Theranos and the docuseries genre

by NATALIA CASTILLO

A World–Class Creative Team Can't Save 'The Batman' from Subpar Writing

The only thing that isn't perfect about the superhero's latest reboot is its writing. 

by KAYLA COTTER

The New ‘West Side Story' is One Small Step for a Movie, One Giant Leap for Moviekind

Spielberg's adaptation of the classic musical is a flawed film with an exciting legacy.

by JULIA POLSTER

'Love Is Blind' Perpetuates the Need to get Married

What are you willing to overlook in order to say "I do"?

by EMMA MARKS

Euphoria’s Glitz and Glamor Can't Hide its Flawed Storyline

In a writer’s room of one, Sam Levinson’s Euphoria season two triumphs in its creative and visual decisions, but leaves behind fragmented and unresolved storylines. 

by JACOB A. POLLACK

Bent Button Vice President Kota Yamamoto Talks Turning His Hobbies into Tangible Results

How this Wharton sophomore is developing his creativity at Penn's premier filmmaking club

by KAYLA COTTER

In Which I Get Verklempt Over ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

By a woman who likes her television like she likes her men: Jewish, funny, and touching her in places she didn’t even know existed.

by JULIA POLSTER

'Inventing Anna:' Con Artist or Con Heiress?

Who is Anna Sorokin? Who knows, she might just reinvent herself and become Anna Smith tomorrow. 

by EMMA MARKS

What to Know about 'The Sex Lives of College Girls'

Mindy Kaling's new hit show finally captures what it's like to be young, awkward, and in love.

by MAME BALDE

Should Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther Be Recast?

The late actor started T'Challa's legacy. It shouldn't end with him too.

by KAYLA COTTER

34th Street Staff Picks: What Street's Been Watching, March 2022

Looking for something to watch over spring break? Street’s got you covered.

by 34TH STREET MAGAZINE

Living in the Past: The Rise of De–Aging Technology in Hollywood

When it comes to banking off of nostalgia, the film industry has more tools at its disposal than ever.

by KAYLA COTTER

Hollywood’s Colorism Problem: Where has Lupita Nyong’o been?

Nyong’o should be one of Hollywood's most in–demand actresses. But now she mainly resides on magazine covers.

by JACOB A. POLLACK

Mourning ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and the Great American Television Comedy

In 2021, one of television’s greatest ensembles of all time faded away—but was there even more lost?

by JULIA POLSTER

How Disney is Subverting the Fairytale Narrative

Lately, Disney's animated features are highlighting family over romance. 

by KAYLA COTTER

In Defense of Che Diaz

Yes, Che Diaz sucks. But the most controversial character in 'And Just Like That...' also brought the "sex" back into the city.

by JACOB A. POLLACK

Give These Romantic Tropes A Second Chance

Revisiting some of the most perfectly executed romantic tropes in film

by CINDY ZHANG

'Definition Please' is a Hot Take on South Asian Stereotypes

Sujata Day rewrites South Asian characters and dismantles damaging stereotypes in her genre–bending directorial debut.

by CINDY ZHANG

Are Penn Students Experiencing “Superhero Fatigue?”

Some fans have become increasingly burned out from the redundant storylines of comic book movies and shows.

by JACOB A. POLLACK

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