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

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Better Than ‘Harry Potter.’ Duel Me.

Spoilers included for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald received a lot of backlash, especially on social media, after its release in theaters. Whether fans were confused by the plot, angry with J.K. Rowling for adding in a not-so-surprising twist, or wondering why Dumbledore is wearing suits instead of a fancy Hogwarts robe, the film and its prequel don’t … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Better Than ‘Harry Potter.’ Duel Me.

Atticus Finch Is the Male Hero We Need Today

Male protagonists are a dime a dozen, but not a particularly diverse bunch. Take any popular movie or video game and the marketing for it will likely feature a tall muscular white man with short dark hair holding a weapon, staring towards whatever enemy looms on the horizon. Plenty of exceptions exist, but when in doubt writers seem to fall back on the same sort … Continue reading Atticus Finch Is the Male Hero We Need Today