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Beau is afraid, and so am I

Written by: Mikayla Coleman

“Beau Is Afraid” — Ari Aster’s third full length feature film running just under three hours — has a beast of a storyline. Attempting to explain anything about this film can be an enormous challenge and those who have seen it will understand. 

The film follows the tumultuous relationship between Beau, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and his mother, Mona Wassermann, played by Patti LuPone. 

After a visit with his therapist, Beau is set to leave for a trip to see his mother. However, a set of unfortunate circumstances prevents Beau from leaving on time. As his home and neighborhood evolve into a terrifying hellscape filled with odd characters with a tendency toward stabbing strangers on the street, Beau learns of the death of his beloved mother he was just meant to visit. In a hurried struggle to go lay her to rest immediately, Beau is struck by a car. 

This movie does a wonderful job at simulating what it can be like to have anxiety. The soundscape, visuals and symbolism are absolutely saturated with paranoia. Through exploring Beau’s warped world, one is able to understand and empathize with his fear that everyone in his life is playing a fixed part in the journey to unveiling his guiltiness and his ultimate demise. 

The film has a unique way of pulling the rug from underneath its viewers — every time that one thinks to themselves that they could possibly have a grip on what is actually going on or what may be coming next, it takes a massive turn into the unexpected.

Along with the film’s long run time comes multiple different acts, differing from one another greatly in all aspects. It takes a multimedia approach, with animated portions, flashback scenes, another entirely constructed timeline in which Beau has a family and is separated from them and many, many more twists and turns. 

This movie was beautiful, heartbreaking, cathartic and terrifying. It may have been how long the movie was, or simply the subject matter, but I felt disoriented for days after watching “Beau is Afraid” — trying to piece together what it was supposed to mean and debating what parts could have been tangible or dramatized by the unreliable narration of Beau. 

The only way to know how one will feel about this film is for them to experience it themselves. It is something no one can prepare one for. 


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The Main Character’s Playlist

Written by: Mirella Barrera-Betancourt

Having a bad day? Need a confidence boost? The following songs can help reframe any day into a scene from a movie, whether one is walking home or cruising down a backroad with the windows down. This playlist is for the people who want to feel on top of the world. 

“Animals” — Neon Tree

“Cigarette Daydream” — Cage The Elephant

“Escapism” — RAYE ft. 070 Shake

“Electric Love” — BORNS

“Daisy” — Ahnikko

“Collide” — Justine Skye ft. Tyga

“Midnight City” — M83

“Prom Queen” — Beach Bunny

“Sweater Weather” — The Neighborhood

“Hayloft” — Mother Mother

“Sweet Dreams” — Eurythmics

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” — Cyndi Lauper

“Riptide” — Vance Joy

“Heroes” — ZAYDE Wolf

“Call Out My Name” — The Weeknd

“Judas” — Lady Gaga

“People I Don’t Like” — UPSAHL

“Ribs” — Lorde

“Big Boy” — SZA

“Perfect Day” — Hoku

“Tongue Tied” — Grouplove

“Gimme Love” — Joji

“Out Of My League” — Fitz And The Tantrums

“Tia Tamera” — Doja Cat ft. Rico Nasty

“Wicked Ones” — Dorothy

“Swim” — Chase Atlantic

“YOUTH” — Troye Sivan

“Someone To You” — BANNERS

“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

“Stay” — The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber

“Teeth” — 5 Seconds Of Summer

“Hurricane” (Artsy Remix) — Halsey

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Best Netflix Documentaries

Written by: Gretchen Sims

Sometimes, particularly during the fickle spring weather, all homework should be cast aside in favor of a good documentary. After all, what could possibly be better than snuggling up with a blanket — perhaps a cat or two — and a warm beverage of choice to watch the evermore fascinating life of someone else? 

Thankfully, many fantastic options are readily available on popular streaming services. Often, the most significant hurdle between one and their perfect afternoon is all the options to choose from.  

To alleviate a stressful afternoon spent scrolling Netflix for the perfect documentary, here are some of the best, most interesting documentaries to choose from. These will not disappoint. 


“The Keepers” — This seven-episode series follows the mysterious death of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a teacher at Baltimore’s all-girls Archbishop Keough High School. Former students suspect foul play after a priest is accused of abuse. 

Content Warning: contains mentions of sexual abuse and violence


“Murder Among the Mormons” — This three-episode mini-series details the life of one of the most notorious forgers in history who created fakes that duped The Church of Latter-day Saints. As he begins to feel the law closing in on him, the forger resorts to the unimaginable. 

Content Warning: violence


“Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” — This three-episode mini-series covers the highly mediatized Murdaugh case. After a major blow is made to the Murdaugh family name, an offending family member and his mother are mysteriously found deceased. 

Content Warning: suicide and violence


“Worst Roommate Ever” — Dorothea Puente is an outstanding member of the community. She donates to politicians, rescues kittens and even opens up her home to the less fortunate. Is it possible that something more sinister lurks beneath this grandmotherly facade? Each of the episodes details a different roommate horror story.

Content Warning: violence



“Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey” — This four-episode series focuses on the happenings within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day church. The documentary gives the unique perspectives of family members and ex-wives of Rulan Jeffs on the Mormon sect under the leadership of Warren Jeffs.  

Content Warning: religious trauma and sexual abuse


“Waco: American Apocalypse” — One of Netflix’s newer documentaries, this three-episode limited series contains real-life footage and interviews with survivors that detail the horrific situation in Waco Texas. FBI hostage negotiation teams clashed with on-ground forces in a way that escalated into the death of hundreds. 

Content Warning: religious trauma, sexual abuse and violence


“Sins of Our Mother” — A loving mother, quickly turned doomsday believer, is willing to follow her new religion to unbelievable ends. This three-episode series takes a deep dive into a popular case.

Content Warning: religious trauma, violence


“One of Us” — This documentary follows three Hasidic Jews and their journey to leave a very restrictive Jewish sect. With little to no education, these people must fight for their place in the outside world.

Content Warning: religious trauma



“13th” — This thought-provoking documentary forces its audience to take another look at the American prison system. 

Content Warning: discusses racism and difficult topics


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Revenge is Best Served Raw

Written by:  Mikayla Coleman

Released on Netflix Apr. 6, the 10-episode drama mini-series “Beef” has been taking the world by storm. The series, created by Lee Sung Jin, stars Steven Yeun as Danny Cho, Ali Wong as Amy Lau and David Choe as Isaac Cho. 

The series follows Danny Cho, a struggling contractor, and Amy Lau, a prestigious business owner, as their worlds collide and implode after a particularly spicy road rage incident between the two. Instead of setting things aside and moving on as most typically would, both characters allow the incident to fester into a bitter feud that completely takes over their professional and personal lives — putting everything and everyone in jeopardy. 

The two main characters’ lives could not be more different. The show begins by depicting Danny struggling to maintain his contracting business and cohabitating with his younger brother in a small apartment. 

Amy Lau is on the cusp of a major business deal that will allow her to sell her small business and finally be able to enjoy the luxury that she has worked hard for. Amy has a young daughter and a mildly famous husband, known for being the son of a famous Japanese artist. While Amy seems to have the “better” life, it becomes clear throughout the series that money truly cannot buy happiness. Amy is painstakingly choosing to be surrounded by many tone-deaf members of the one percent — earnestly trying to ignore the blatant philosophical and ethical differences between herself and those close to her. 

And despite the money that Lau has access to, there is a major parallel between both Danny and Amy — their utter, bitter unhappiness. This common thread of struggle weaves the two together in a beautiful melancholy throughout the entire series and ultimately brings them together when they are both at their lowest. 

Most episodes begin by displaying paintings by David Choe, carrying heavy visual metaphors and symbolism for what is to come. The seething energy that is present between these two characters, along with several deviations and side plots, makes every minute captivating. 


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Songs for Fan Girls

Written by Juliana Tinker, Addie Floyd and Caitlin Quirk.

“Burning Love” — Elvis Presley

“Satellite” — Harry Styles

“right where you left me” — Taylor Swift

“The River” — Daisy Jones & The Six

“Moves” — Suki Waterhouse

“Tutti Frutti” — Little Richard

“Thunder Road” — Bruce Springsteen

“Dive” — Olivia Dean

“Silver Springs (Live)” — Fleetwood Mac

“Ceiling” — Lizzy McAlpine

“I know it won’t work” — Gracie Abrams

“What A Time” — Julie Michaels, Niall Horan

“Jailhouse Rock” — Elvis Presley

“Ever Since New York” — Harry Styles

“Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” — Taylor Swift

“Dancing with Myself” — Billy Idol

“American Girl” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“The Oogum Boogum Song” — Brenton Wood

WOU Art Galleries Spring into Action

Written by: Gretchen Sims

April has been an eventful month for Western Oregon University Art Galleries. With works displayed in the Cannon Art Gallery, Instructional Technology Center, Hamersly Library and the Werner University Center, one can enjoy so much art across campus. From student artists to seasoned vets, the exhibits put on by the WOU Art Galleries are a staple in the community here at Western. 

These are the current art exhibits hosted by Western and the dates that they will be here. Be sure to check them out before they’re gone. 

Walk This Way — Composed by the artists of Living Studios in Corvallis, OR, this exhibit features “artwork made for art’s sake.” Living Studios gives a creative outlet to adults experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities. The artists’ detail-oriented works present art the way it “should” be — everything everyone thinks it’s not. 

This colorful and engaging exhibition runs through May 5 in the Cannon Gallery of Art. Check out this exhibit Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 

Islanded (no more) — This exhibition captures the experience of what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in America through the photography of those living it. A three photo series and five short films by Carl Collison are featured in the Hamersly Library Exhibit on the second floor. The works document the LGBTQ+ experience through both horrific queerphobic violence, but also the hope many find in the future. 

This moving exhibit runs through Apr. 30 and can be viewed any time the library is open. 

Picturing America — On the third floor of the Hamersly Library, this collection of works showcases the talented Gregory Poulin. This is a continuation of his ongoing series which finds inspiration in exploring a diverse group of individuals and their outlook on America today. 

This collection will be available until May 3 and can be viewed any time the library is open.

Rotating Senior Art Exhibit — Every month, a new senior from the Art & Design Program showcases their work in the Werner University Center Exhibit. This is a chance for students to show off their talents and express themselves through their art. 

This month, the student artist is Morgan Amerson whose exhibit “Color Me Surprised” will be available for viewing until May 6. Stop by Monday-Thursday between 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For any questions, contact Gallery Director Paula Booth at

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Interview with Aisia Carrillo

Written by:  Gretchen Sims

This month’s senior artist is Aisia Carrillo. Carrillo explores the theme of connection through exploration in their exhibit “The Journey of Exploration.” Carrillo states that, “As a student exploration of medium and message has been a large part of my work.” 

Being able to see the connectivity between art and personal experience can enable an artist to engage with and better entrance their viewers. 

Carrillo’s mediums help represent their message. The charcoal drawings that open this exhibit represent the message that Carrillo hopes to display. The exhibit then transitions into beautifully colored paintings that embody how color can add to the message of the pieces. Finally, the exhibit ends with yarned pieces that draw connectivity between all of the works. 

Carrillo masterfully uses their works to showcase the range of mediums in art as well as an exploration of subject matter.  

Q: What does art mean to you?

A: Art to me is a form of expression that enables me to show everyone how I see the world.

Q: What first got you interested in art?

A: I can not remember what first got me interested in art all I remember is asking my parents for art supplies when I was very young.

Q: What would you like others to take from your art?
A: I would like others to be able to feel something when they see my art. Whether it is good or bad I seek to invoke an emotion.

Q: What inspires you?

A: I am inspired by the world around me and everyday life. I am constantly thinking of new ideas and pictures of things I can make whether I’m driving or reading a good book. 

Q: What is your “why?” (what makes you the artist you are today)

A: My why is the challenge. I love a challenge and art allows me to challenge myself and push myself to be better every day.

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