In 2016, independent cinema reminded us to get outdoors

By AJ Newberry, THE MIAMI STUDENT Last year, I really thought “Room” was gonna snag Best Picture. Its gentle camera techniques captured the broken-down body language of two individuals trapped in captivity, layering overwhelming moments of grief atop a hopeful outlook. I left the theater drained, but also with a desire to break free from the rooms in my life. The film reminded me of the awe one can feel when looking outward instead of forward, and discovering the world outside the boxes we put ourselves in. The Academy loves films that remind us of our perception, but understandably...

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Oh, how easy it all is

By A.J. Newberry, Cartoonist 8:30 AM: Eyes closed, smirking, I reach my hand over to suspend the alarm on my phone. How foolish my device is to take me for self-flagellant. Time is impotent, for man is doyen of the agenda. 10:48 AM: Sparked with the might of day, I hurtle from my dejected sheets. How silly are those who make beds, only to thrash them about so shortly later. Long ago I decided breakfast is terribly indulgent, and a big breath of fresh air is basically all one needs. 10:58 AM: Perceiving that I will have ample downtime...

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