Report Card: September Picks
By Chelsea Quezada
Immunity (Album by Clairo) ― A
Claire Cottrill’s, better known as Clairo, emotional debut album contains thoughtful lyrics and ‘90s beats. She opens with “Alewife,” an emotional ode to a friend who helped her out of a dark time. Her most recent single, “Sofia,” talks about catching feelings for a girl, which refers to her bisexuality. The closing song is Clairo at her best; “I Wouldn’t Ask You” calls back to a time where her autoimmune disease landed her in the hospital. It starts off as a touching ballad and transitions into a livelier beat, with changes in the tone of the lyrics and backing vocals by a children’s choir that is symbolic of innocence. The entire project is a cohesive look into Clairo’s life.
Lover by Taylor Swift ― A
Say what you want about Taylor Swift, but the woman knows how to write songs. In the title track of her newest album, she delivers heartfelt lyrics and a sound that takes me back to “Speak Now” era Swift. “Lover” is the type of song that plays in romantic comedies when the two leads realize they love each other and slow dance until the credits roll. Listening to this song makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, like maybe true love does exist. Swift’s songwriting skills are unmatched, especially during the bridge of the song: “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue / All’s well that ends well to end up with you.” Overall, “Lover” is a tender and sweet song for the romantics of the world.
Love Island USA (CBS) ― C+
Putting together attractive people in their twenties, who are looking for love in a Fiji villa and win cash prize should equal a triumph for CBS, right? That’s surprisingly not what happened on the American version of the original “Love Island” hailing from the UK. Islanders “couple up” with whoever interests them and spend time getting to know each other through dates and games. As contestants are sent packing by the viewers, new ones arrive. By the end, the viewers vote for which couple should win $100,000. There’s tears, ocean views and plenty of B-roll footage of male islanders lifting weights, but unfortunately, it did not win my heart.
Good Boys (Universal Pictures) ― A-
This R-rated comedy follows three sixth graders: Max (played by Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon), who have endearingly dubbed themselves “The Beanbag Boys.” The trio get themselves into several sticky situations throughout the movie, similar to “Booksmart” and “Superbad.” Aside from the main action of the film, the underlying story is about their friendship. Anyone who has ever been in sixth grade knows that it is a confusing time and having friends you can count on means more than anything. There is never a dull moment during “Good Boys” because of the chaotic, yet understandably naive energy all three boys exude. It’s lighthearted and worth the watch.