5 Movies for Fans of “Lady Bird”

I love a truly great coming-of-age film, and Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's spectacular directorial debut, sets a new high-water mark for the genre. While the film abounds with what you'd expect from a story about adolescence--school dances, thwarted attempts at romance, social rivalries, clashes with parents--the material is handled in a way that feels fresh and…
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4 Holiday Thrillers to Stream Now!

'Tis the season...to be terrified! Cozy, heartwarming holiday classics like Holiday Inn and The Nutcracker are great and all, but who says horror movies are only for Halloween? Head over to hoopla and stream a holiday scare fest with a group of your naughtiest friends! Black Christmas It's winter break, and the sorority sisters of Pi Kappa Sigma are…
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4 Great Podcast & Book Pairings

Maybe you're a voracious podcast fiend who wants to become immersed in the topics discussed on your favorite shows. Or maybe you're a wide-eyed newbie who's just a bit intimidated by the vast, ever-expanding universe of podcast choices. In any case, this list is for you! Use it to find a book that explores similar themes as…
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It’s Picnic Season!

Is there anything more sublime than a summertime picnic? Food just tastes better when you're lounging in the sun on a big old blanket, watching happy dogs hurtle through the park, and politely swatting away the bumblebees hovering around your plate. However, I must confess, I don't have the most impressive picnic prowess. I usually show up…
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hoopla Film School: Celebrate Pride!

Greetings, avid scholars, and welcome to a long, long overdue session of hoopla Film School! LGBTQ representation in American cinema has an extremely fraught history. The rigid, censorious Motion Picture Production Code enacted in the 1930s made it virtually impossible to show homosexuality on film unless it was portrayed in a negative light. Consequently, gay characters…
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What to Read & Watch After “Girls”

Last Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of its groundbreaking, infuriating, challenging, enraging, amazing series Girls. Whether you loved it or hated it, the deeply provocative show, with its brazenly narcissistic characters, unconventional storytelling, and candid sex scenes, was impossible to ignore. While I certainly understand the critics' grievances and have struggled with elements of the show myself, I…
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