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Catching up with Culture

It has been one week since the spring semester ended with final exams, and for those students returning for summer courses, that week has certainly felt like a short amount of time.

Though while we have been enjoying the few moments of leisure between the spring and summer course load, the ever-changing world of popular culture hasn’t taken a break.

The superhero film “Thor” became the summer’s first major blockbuster, Lady Gaga released her chart climbing single “The Edge Of Glory,” and Ashton Kutcher was officially selected as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on the hit CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men.”

Scene & Heard has a few recommendations that may have flown under students’ radar and are equally deserving of their attention.



While “Thor” has been advertised on seemingly every TV station and website, “Bridesmaids” has quietly made its way into theaters disguised as your average romantic comedy while actually offering so much more.

Director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow have assembled a stellar ensemble cast — which includes  “Saturday Night Live” alumnae Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph — for a comedy that turns out to be an engaging and honest story about friendship.

While comparisons to 2009’s “The Hangover” have been made, “Bridesmaids” doesn’t find its humor in the failures of its characters — but rather the triumphs and letdowns they encounter, no matter how bittersweet.


“The Doctor’s Wife” by Neil Gaiman

While “Doctor Who” has long been a staple in British pop culture, the quirky Doctor and his female companion have only recently began to gain popularity stateside.

Current “Who” ringleader Steven Moffat has made it a point to hire British talent with appeal in both Great Britain and abroad — which has worked very well — and the idea to have “Coraline” author Neil Gaiman’s write the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” continues this tradition.

In “The Doctor’s Wife,” the Doctor comes face to face with his most prized possession, the time-traveling phone booth known as the TARDIS, which has manifested itself in human form. Gaiman lends a charming sense of fun and dark humor to his episode, making it a standout episode in an already exciting season.


“Goblin” by Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator, one of the founding members of Los Angeles based hip-hop group Odd Future, has garnered equal amounts of critical praise and controversy with his second solo album “Goblin.”

While fans who’ve listened to the album’s singles “Yonkers” or “Sandwitches” may come to expect Tyler’s misogynist and violent lyrics, a good portion of the music critic community has been left confounded. Whether “Goblin” is misogynist doesn’t seem to matter much, because there is a continuing argument over whether “Goblin” has any artistic merit at all.

The Onion A.V. Club’s Evan Rytlewski hailed “Goblin” as “one of the densest and most provocative statements that independent rap has produced in years,” while critics like The Village Voice’s Eric Harvey claims that Tyler’s lyrics “cancels any goodwill I have toward the guy.”