Lists

30 Essential Films of the 2010s

The 2010s has been defined by crisis and conflict but also hope and solidarity. The decade saw a rise in blockbusters and superhero films. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the rise of Netflix and other streaming sites have greatly affected the way we consume media. Outside of corporate and capitalist media, films saw… Continue reading 30 Essential Films of the 2010s

Reviews

‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

When does love end? We’re taught that one’s ultimate goal in life is to find the one, get married, and live the happily-ever-after described in storybooks. We are taught that love is a sacred entity that exists between two people destined to be together (‘til death do they part). But we are not characters written… Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

Essays

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

It was the week I turned 24; like all birthdays, I was a bit miserable, anxious, and burnt out from life and my disdain for my own words were eating me alive. 2018 was a year-long healing process from a failed decision I went through back in late 2017. I told myself that I needed… Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

Reviews

‘Dead Kids’: Being Neon-Lit Does Not Make a Movie Good

Movies should be judged on its own merits, but sometimes discourse around it seeps into the film well before one’s first viewing. As I pressed play on Dead Kids a week after its release, I was already (painfully) aware of its stellar social media reception and, subsequently, the arguments being made on the state of… Continue reading ‘Dead Kids’: Being Neon-Lit Does Not Make a Movie Good

Reviews

Sublimated Love, or the Emancipation of Xavier Dolan in ‘Matthias et Maxime’

I revere Xavier Dolan’s work as much as I absolutely abhor admitting that I revere Xavier Dolan’s work. I guess creating a multi-awarded screenplay at 16 warrants him some degree of cockiness; the pretentiousness of his cinema is what draws me in as an equally pretentious audience member, after all. That said, he is a… Continue reading Sublimated Love, or the Emancipation of Xavier Dolan in ‘Matthias et Maxime’

Reviews

‘The Lighthouse’: The Inherent Desire for Control

Robert Eggers’ sophomore film The Lighthouse is a hysterical horror film with an atmospheric narrative that explores power dynamics, sexual desire, repression, and isolation. Set in the late 19th century, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) are sent to an island coast in New England to man a lighthouse for four weeks.… Continue reading ‘The Lighthouse’: The Inherent Desire for Control