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‘Concrete Cowboy’: On Fatherhood and Belonging

Any onscreen portrayal of a father-child relationship pales in comparison to the nuanced nature of fatherhood. Fathers in the media are often depicted in different ways, ranging from abusive to caring to devoted. However, this varied depiction is few and far in between. Black fatherhood in particular suffers from the stereotype of being absent in… Continue reading ‘Concrete Cowboy’: On Fatherhood and Belonging

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Exploring the Unconscious with David Lynch

No one in the film industry has created dream scenes the way David Lynch has. He conveys a visceral reaction through his direction similar to how someone experiences an actual dream. His work has inspired iconic television shows such as The Sopranos, The OA, Veronica Mars, and The Fringe, as well as countless young directors… Continue reading Exploring the Unconscious with David Lynch

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The Convoluted Messaging of ‘I Care A Lot’

In media, anti-heroes are usually men, like Don Draper and Walter White. I Care A Lot tries to subvert this by making the anti-hero a woman. While this idea sounds great, the film does not develop its lead beyond being a woman; it does nothing to address the cruelty of the protagonist’s actions, which leaves… Continue reading The Convoluted Messaging of ‘I Care A Lot’

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‘The Dig’: An Idealistic Escape

As lockdowns and restrictions persist in most countries, it is no surprise that streaming giants are taking advantage of their accessibility. Renowned directors like Noah Baumbach are having exclusive deals with Netflix; Ryan Coogler just signed a 5-year exclusive deal with Disney. It’s not a far-off prediction that film distribution has changed forever, to the… Continue reading ‘The Dig’: An Idealistic Escape

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‘Lingua Franca’: Ownership of Your Voice

Isabel Sandoval’s third feature Lingua Franca offers us a transient, emotional look into New York, the city captured in its quiet mundane moments. Through the film’s charming meditation on life as a healthcare worker, Sandoval expresses the reality of undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America.  Lingua Franca focuses on the story of Olivia (Sandoval), a domestic… Continue reading ‘Lingua Franca’: Ownership of Your Voice

Essays

The Screens We Live In: On ‘Searching’ and ‘Unfriended’

General uncertainty brews on the horizon since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions. Even after a few months, I still feel the anxiety of how my life and others’ will pan out during these trying times. In the beginning, my days blurred into each other as I was spending most of my time at home like… Continue reading The Screens We Live In: On ‘Searching’ and ‘Unfriended’

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‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

Revenge is always a complex, rich theme fit for exploration. It has been repeated endlessly through time, but it seems everyone cannot have enough of it. While Antonio Campos’ The Devil All The Time demonstrates a good grasp of it, it doesn’t offer a fresh take. The central storyline follows Arvin Russel (Tom Holland), the… Continue reading ‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

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‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

Growing up is an experience that everyone goes through at different points of their life, and coming-of-age stories have always been there to document this process. This kind of film comes and goes, but when one creeps up out of nowhere and leaves an impact on me, I hold it in my heart forever. Greta… Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

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‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

Scrolling through common lesbian film recommendations, one can notice a glaring similarity: most feature two white women. Sure, there are one or two films with women of color, but most of the time they are forgotten. Recently, there have been efforts to shed light on stories of lesbian women of color in Pariah, The Handmaiden,… Continue reading ‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

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‘The Silence of the Marsh’: A Hollow Attempt

All crime stories have similar components: questionable characters, secrets kept, and a hero dedicated to stopping it. Establishing these parts look easy enough but watching any bad crime film quickly reveals how hard it is to execute. Such is the case for The Silence of the Marsh. The film focuses on the life of a… Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Marsh’: A Hollow Attempt