‘Joker’ Has Redefined Good Cinema

Is Todd Phillips’ Joker a good movie? At this point, it doesn’t really matter. I wasn’t intending to see Joker, because neither psychological dramas nor superhero movies hold much interest for me. But as it became a cultural phenomenon, I was curious what all the hype was about. What all the controversy was about. Surely one film couldn’t be all that everyone was claiming it … Continue reading ‘Joker’ Has Redefined Good Cinema

Get Off Your High Horse, the Book Is Not Always Better Than the Movie

It is common knowledge among book readers that the movie version will almost always be inferior to the book it’s based off of. It’s a popular refrain by moviegoers, dinner guests and librarians everywhere. And to some degree this belief is well justified. There are a lot of bad or utterly forgettable book adaptations out there that deserve to be purged from popular memory.  Hollywood … Continue reading Get Off Your High Horse, the Book Is Not Always Better Than the Movie

What Does Your Favorite Classic Monster Say About You?

You see them lurking in the shadows. You hear their howls on the wind. You feel them brush past, prickling awareness on your skin. As vegetation begins to rot and a chill invades the air, they sneak back into our collective consciousness en masse, awaiting their rightful place as the kings and queens of Halloween. Monsters. If there’s one thing we can learn from their … Continue reading What Does Your Favorite Classic Monster Say About You?

How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

Miyazaki’s masterful storytelling and fine-tuned artistic vision is apparent in many if not all of the Studio Ghibli films, especially in one of the most iconic, Spirited Away. I remember watching Spirited Away for the first time in middle school. I had to ask my mom to buy it off the cable’s pay-per-view, patiently waiting as she fiddled with the remote’s buttons to punch in … Continue reading How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

What do Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson have in common? If you guessed that all their bodies have been turned into horrifying human/cat hybrids that will unsettle your sleep for years to come, you’d be right. The trailer for Cats dropped yesterday, and it’s…something. Something wonderful, something off-putting, something mystifying and magical and so effing weird. The internet is full of … Continue reading The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

*Spoilers included for Toy Story 4* Like most people, I thought the Toy Story franchise would end with the tear-jerker of Toy Story 3. What could be better than ending their tale with them saying goodbye to Andy as he drives off toward college and adulthood? So it came as a surprise when Pixar announced that a fourth movie would be made. This time, however, … Continue reading Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

Slytherins Are Not Bad People

Despite her best attempts to keep her greedy little niffler paws in it, the Harry Potter universe has grown beyond the machinations of the great J.K. Rowling. We’re eternally grateful she blessed us with the story, but the fans have since taken it and made it their own. From fanfiction and fanart to quidditch clubs and book clubs, at this point more young people probably … Continue reading Slytherins Are Not Bad People

The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gives Thor a New Beginning

*Spoilers included for Avengers: Endgame* As with most popular blockbuster films, Avengers: Endgame was barely released in theaters before the grumbling and criticism began. No movie is perfect, of course, and not everybody will be happy with the events that transpired in Avengers: Endgame. But there is one character whose arc has many people up in arms against the beloved Russo Brothers: Thor’s. In the … Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gives Thor a New Beginning

Brie Larson’s ‘Unicorn Store’ Is a Glitter-Bombed Look into the Millennial Soul

Capitalizing on the Captain Marvel buzz, Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store hit Netflix just days ago and has since been met with mixed responses. The film is a heartwarming, quirky tale that meanders through the life of a young artist trying to come to terms with adulthood. It’s fun and lighthearted, with a fantastic cast, quality performances, and only a few questionable music choices. … Continue reading Brie Larson’s ‘Unicorn Store’ Is a Glitter-Bombed Look into the Millennial Soul