The Mustang (2019), dir. Rupert Wyatt Film Review By Taylor Thornburg In this year’s release The Mustang, an incarcerated convict participates in a rehabilitation program in which he breaks wild horses to be sold at auction. In doing so, he explores the meaning of freedom from the perspective of someone imprisoned behind literal and figurative walls. The Mustang stars Matthias Schoenhaerts (A Bigger Splash, The … Continue reading “Knock them down. Refuse their bargain.”
by Margaret Marsh HASTINGS, NE – Located 60 miles north of the geographical center of the United States, there is little to distinguish Hastings, Nebraska from any other small midwestern town. Our biggest claim to fame is that we’re the birthplace of Kool-Aid. We host one of the state’s largest tourist events each August in celebration of the soft drink. Our 25,000 residents live in … Continue reading Deportations draining life from Hastings, rural communities
The local chef’s mission is to bring healing to the community through food, music. Interview by Phil Gillen Egypt McKizia, better known as Chef Egypt, is an Omaha-based chef and musician who does various pop-ups and events around town serving delicious vegan cuisine. After tasting Chef Egypt’s work at a pop-up in North Omaha a couple of months ago, I was impressed. I wanted to … Continue reading A Conversation with Chef Egypt
by Mark Honey In April, city council passed an ordinance mandating inspections for rental units every 10 years. I can’t even tell you just how worthless it is. This ordinance came into the spotlight after the Yale Park apartment fiasco, in which landlord Kay Anderson was neglecting a large complex of apartments where refugees from Myanmar lived. The city declared it unlivable after an inspection, … Continue reading Could Omaha City Council Be Any More Useless?
State Flower The prison unfolds like the seams of a lily. Likewise, I see the tower, its stem erect, with so much crowded in the pregnant center, it’s flower barbed to any man who dare grasp its coiled mesh. Hungry with the faces of men, tell me when its petals rupture at the seams, and I’ll reveal the gnarled root, and red blossom bursting between … Continue reading Poems by Ben Wilson
Captive State (2019), dir. Rupert Wyatt By Taylor Thornburg In 2019’s Captive State, rebels lead an insurgency on Earth after an alien species invades the planet and wrests control of the human race from the world’s governments. Captive State stars the ubiquitous John Goodman playing against the protagonist Ashton Sanders, principally known for his role in 2016’s Moonlight. Rupert Wyatt directs following 2014’s The Gambler … Continue reading “Strike a Match, Burn Your House Down”
By Phil Gillen When 19-year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X released his country/trap hybrid “Old Town Road” in December 2018, it was at least partially tongue-in-cheek, with lines like “Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.” The song’s rise to popularity through TikTok was also driven by the humor of juxtaposing the worlds of “urban” and “country,” with TikTok users parodying country life. … Continue reading Horses in the Back: Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road signals a culture shift