‘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

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

‘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.