The Mandalorian (2019-) REVIEW – A Star Wars Spaghetti Western

As the Star Wars universe expands, as does its lore, and with its lore, come more intriguing characters that deepen the intensity of the beloved space saga. Meet The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a stark drifter of little words. After the fall of the Empire, prior to the First Order, the solitary gunslinger searches for his bounty in a galaxy far, far away. Announced back in … Continue reading The Mandalorian (2019-) REVIEW – A Star Wars Spaghetti Western

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Ford v. Ferrari (2019) REVIEW – More Than a Feud

The term ‘rivalry’ is a cutting, astringent, acid word that is pinned to hostility and vinegary negativity, but beneath its surface, rivalry paves the way for victory, success, and history to be made. As the ’66 Le Mans race approached, Ford rose up, hungry for triumph over long-time Italian auto adversary Ferrari. While the ’60s waved goodbye to their waning years, Ford assembled a diligent … Continue reading Ford v. Ferrari (2019) REVIEW – More Than a Feud

Jojo Rabbit (2019) REVIEW – A Fresh Political Satire

Fox Searchlight sets out to challenge the textbook coming-of-age story that has been told time and time again. Taking an unsavory stance upon its opening, the progression of Jojo Rabbit delightfully surprises with its message, but with a softer blow than what is anticipated by applying a playful attitude towards the Holocaust that doesn’t dismiss its historical significance. Leeching off of the trauma of World … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit (2019) REVIEW – A Fresh Political Satire

The New Bauhaus (2019) REVIEW – Revitalizing Chicago Design

The city of Chicago is known for its long-winded history of outstanding design and architecture that captures the eye and challenges the evolution of construction. Chicago, prided on its everchanging design and forefront, cutting edge style, stands out once again with The New Bauhaus. The New Bauhaus, an art institute that aims to spearhead and revise the bases of modern design, was enlivened by Hungarian … Continue reading The New Bauhaus (2019) REVIEW – Revitalizing Chicago Design

JOKER (2019) Review – We Live in a Society

Gotham is revived in living color and in inauspicious despair as it bears growing lawlessness that commands the centric theme of the highly-anticipated character study on the harlequin of hate who has been praised as a saint for exiles throughout the ages – Joker. The notorious, infamous, face-painted, and fearmongering character has been one that has become, in sorts, a mockery of itself in recent … Continue reading JOKER (2019) Review – We Live in a Society

The Farewell (2019) REVIEW

A24 triumphs once again when it comes down to releasing comedies that target sensitive subjects while paying careful attention to capture the heart along the way. Writer and director Lulu Wang steps into the spotlight with her debut film, The Farewell, which retells the true events of Wang’s family discovering their grandmother’s terminal cancer diagnosis- and more importantly, how they plan to hide it from … Continue reading The Farewell (2019) REVIEW

The Lion King (2019) REVIEW

As Disney continues to re-imagine and re-release their Renaissance collection as live-action films, the animated classic is brought to life and introduced once again to Disney fans and curious filmgoers alike. Director Jon Favreau brings a similar element to The Lion King as he had done in previous years with The Jungle Book as he uses photo-realistic rendering and a similar pattern of creating a … Continue reading The Lion King (2019) REVIEW

Interview: Composer David Arnold discusses ‘GOOD OMENS’ and scoring film

Award-winning composer David Arnold provided the Amazon Prime mini-series Good Omens (2019-) with a structure through his compositions by taking the wonderfully weird substance material that the show provides and converting it into charming, whimsical, delightfully peculiar arrangements of music. Arnold, most recognizable for his work on Independence Day (1996,) Casino Royale (2006,) and Godzilla (1998) recalled that composing score was something that he fell … Continue reading Interview: Composer David Arnold discusses ‘GOOD OMENS’ and scoring film

Good Omens (2019-) REVIEW

Amazon Prime Video took Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1900s “reign of terror” novel “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” and have created a manic limited series that reminds us that Biblical tales can, in this case, be categorized in the “fantasy-comedy” genre. The series is short but sweet and takes the abbreviated title of the novel, simply going by … Continue reading Good Omens (2019-) REVIEW

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) REVIEW – Jennifer Lawrence is Finally Free

The X-Men are definitely known for their extraordinary, unique, and outstanding abilities, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019,) however, reminds us that no matter how strong a character can try to be, a film can have the ability fall flat on its face. Director Simon Kinberg attempts to finish off the era of the X-Men franchise with a high, but ultimately recreates X-Men: The Last Stand … Continue reading X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) REVIEW – Jennifer Lawrence is Finally Free

Gearing Up for Anime Central 2019

Anime Central, otherwise known as Acen, is the largest anime, manga and Japanese culture convention held in Rosemont, Illinois, each year, and will return to the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center from May 17 to May 19, 2019. The convention prepares to bring in hundreds of thousands of fans and entertainers from not only across the country but from across the globe.  Notable guests that … Continue reading Gearing Up for Anime Central 2019

The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

If you have any online presence, more specifically, if you are a Twitter user, you are likely to be familiar with the subcommunity of “Stan” Twitter. “Stans” or users that categorize themselves in this cult-like subculture often run fan accounts for specific franchises of entertainment. Popular “stan” groups include Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Korean Pop or “K-Pop,” anime, and Ariana Grande’s fanbase. Thought these are … Continue reading The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

We Need to Talk About the Academy Awards…

Despite the usual controversy and problematic noise around any awards show, there’s something peculiar about The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, this year. The show, still scheduled for Sunday, February 24, still lacks a host and lacks substance. Comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from the position of the host after his homophobic comments had surfaced and his public shaming followed in suit. Hart refused to apologize … Continue reading We Need to Talk About the Academy Awards…

Third Eye

we have two eyes at least some people do  some people would look at him and see a damaged boy incapable of loving fully incapable of investing fully only capable of spreading confusion and spreading warmth at his own convenience   a mama’s boy at heart but still disrespecting the women he dates forgetting they’ll be a mama one day too   but not me   we have two eyes at least some people do   but I have a third eye   the third … Continue reading Third Eye

A Look Back at Anime Central 2018

Proudly stated as one of the largest anime, manga and Japanese culture conventions in the Midwest, Anime Central or ACEN had reached an impressive number of attendees in 2018, reaching  91,609 cosplayers and congers alike. With a number of attractions, activities, and live events, the convention is known for bringing in an outstanding crowd. Much like the success in past years, ACEN 2018 was another … Continue reading A Look Back at Anime Central 2018

Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

The internet is an interesting place – it can be both really great or really awful, depending on what’s happening. However, one of the things that adds to the not so pleasant side of it is the culture of finding “dirt” to cause drama, or “calling people out/exposing” them. Many celebrities have found themselves as a topic of drama, and have been called out by … Continue reading Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) REVIEW

Sure, we’ve seen multiple Spider-Men come and go over the past decade or so. It started off with Tobey Maguire, then it was Andrew Garfield, and now Tom Holland as the teenaged Peter Parker who “didn’t want to go” in Avengers: Infinity War (2018.) But this? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) introduces a new breed of radioactive spider-bitten vigilantes. Sony knows how to kick off their animated … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) REVIEW

How to Handle a Long Distance Friendship

Between college, moving around, and internet relationships, long distance friendships are becoming more and more common. Despite the easy access to communication today’s technology offers us, there are still some challenges that arise with keeping a friendship going when distance interferes. Here are some tips to help keep close with all of your long distance friends: Communication is Key As much fun as it is … Continue reading How to Handle a Long Distance Friendship

Andrea Russett Stands Up For Herself (And The LGBT+ Community) In Response To Homophobic Ex-Best Friend

Any longtime Youtube fan knows Andrea Russett is a legend. Once known as GETTOxFABxFOREVER, Russett is one of the OG Youtube artists. Indeed, she’s been making videos since 2008, with over millions of views and subscribers. With her social media fame, she was even able to land a gig as a host for WJFX Radio, as well as a few acting roles in movies like … Continue reading Andrea Russett Stands Up For Herself (And The LGBT+ Community) In Response To Homophobic Ex-Best Friend

The Realities of Being a Female Athlete

When Serena Williams wore a full-body catsuit to the French Open earlier this year, fans of the tennis player were pleasantly surprised by her fashion forward outfit. The catsuit, which Williams said was inspired by the movie Black Panther and the fictional country of Wakanda did not impress the French tennis officials however. The French tennis officials went as far to ban Williams’ catsuit from … Continue reading The Realities of Being a Female Athlete

‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Has a Feminist Meaning We’ve All Been Missing

While we’ve all been obsessing over Noah Centineo and the ever dreamy story line of Netflix’s newest teen rom-com, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, there’s one aspect of the movie that viewers have been overlooking: the overtly feminist tone the movie leaves in its wake. The very plot of the movie offers a very feminist perspective on high school life and teen romance. … Continue reading ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Has a Feminist Meaning We’ve All Been Missing

The Battle Against Skin-Whitening Products In The UK

The BBC has found that several high-street shops are continuing to sell skin-whitening products such as creams, even after they were prosecuted for doing so. Trading Standards have acknowledged that it is a “really big problem”, as they are responsible for taking control of any creams and prosecuting businesses that are selling them. However, the businesses are not bothered by the fines and are continuing … Continue reading The Battle Against Skin-Whitening Products In The UK

Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

During the 24 years between 1965 until 1989 when Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s communist leader, ruled the country, Romania underwent severe changes and the nation had to endure brutal restrictions and injustices. For instance, Romanians were not allowed to speak out against the government, religious freedom was non-existent, there were food/water shortages, people were not able to change homes or jobs freely, any form of birth … Continue reading Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

It’s Time to Break the Stigma Behind Mental Illness

              Although a big topic of controversy and notoriety in recent years, mental illness is something many of us are often still weary of directly talking about. When thinking of mental illness, many people would imagine millennials, “snowflakes,” crying depression to get attention. The truth is, mental illness is a spectrum. Different people suffer to different degrees, and it’s … Continue reading It’s Time to Break the Stigma Behind Mental Illness

6 Moments That Prove 2018 Is The Year Of Asian Representation

2018 has been a year filled with amazing breakthrough for Asians stars. From artists like BTS and Jay Park who are gaining popularity outside of Asia to the immense success of Crazy Rich Asians has had,we are finally seeing some progress in representation for Asians in the Western media. Here are six times Asian entertainers have grabbed the spotlight in both music and television/movies. CL earns her … Continue reading 6 Moments That Prove 2018 Is The Year Of Asian Representation

What Four Days At A Music Festival Were REALLY Like

Heading into Lollapalooza, a four day long summer music festival hosted in Grant Park in Chicago, I had the highest expectations. With a lineup studded with my favorite artists, four Insta-worthy outfits planned out, and a pound of body glitter ready to go, it was hard to believe that the four days would be anything less than the best weekend of my life. However, what … Continue reading What Four Days At A Music Festival Were REALLY Like

GLUETRAVELS: Taiwan

Visiting other countries is always an amazing experience and something that a traveler will remember for the rest of their life. I discovered this summer that learning more about other cultures helps a person to expand their thinking and become more global. Traveling to Taipei, Taiwan was something that I never thought that a homebody like me would do, but after staying for a couple … Continue reading GLUETRAVELS: Taiwan

In Praise of Online Teen Zines

Gone are the days where our fingertips have felt the smoothness of glossy paper. Our noses no longer recognize the scent of fresh print. Eyes no longer skim through horoscopes and anonymous confessions–on paper, at least. For generations, print magazines have been safe spaces for many, teens especially. With the with the advancements of technology and our dependence on it, unless you’re a technology-hating purist … Continue reading In Praise of Online Teen Zines

Be Confident In Your Body This Summer

We’re now into the summer months, and around now is the point where people are trying on all the swimwear they’ve bought for their holiday, looking at themselves in the mirror and deciding that they don’t like what they see, because they don’t fit society’s view of an “ideal body”. Both women and men have unfair expectations put on them about how they should look … Continue reading Be Confident In Your Body This Summer

Is Kylie Jenner Really a ‘Self-Made’ Billionaire?

On Wednesday, Forbes magazine said that reality TV star Kylie Jenner was on track to be the youngest self made billionaire.   But can all of Kylie’s fortune be attributed to her and her alone?   When Kim’s infamous sex tape was leaked and she started the now 15 season long reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kylie was only 10 years old. … Continue reading Is Kylie Jenner Really a ‘Self-Made’ Billionaire?

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018)

As a die-hard and lifelong Marvel fanatic, I can honestly say that there was a lot of bias and apprehension during Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018.) However, despite where my loyalties lie,  DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers may have easily outdone themselves with this animated delight. The reboot of the Teen Titans on Cartoon Network is frankly cheesy and overdone. When it comes to the … Continue reading Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018)

What It’s REALLY Like Being in a Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationships are nothing new. But unless you’re in one, or have been in one, it’s likely you don’t know much about them! As someone who is currently in a long distance relationship, I’ll tell you upfront that having your partner thousands of miles away is nothing easy. Quite frankly, it has been one of the craziest emotional roller coasters I have ever been on. As … Continue reading What It’s REALLY Like Being in a Long Distance Relationship

Netflix’s “Insatiable” Promotoes Fatphobia and Obsurd Beauty Standards

A trailer for the new Netflix series, “Insatiable” has caught the attention of body positive and recovery activists on social media. The show is set to air its pilot on August 10th, despite over 150,000 signatures on a Change.org petition. In light of the 30 second trailer released in promotion of the show, activists everywhere are taking a stand against fat phobia in the media … Continue reading Netflix’s “Insatiable” Promotoes Fatphobia and Obsurd Beauty Standards

What Is Pastel Feminism?

Googling the term won’t give you the exact results, but what you’ll get won’t be unimportant in this context.  Recently, someone on Twitter reacted to a dismissive article on the progress of Filipino feminism by asking what the Filipino equivalent of white feminism was because the article in question was the epitome of it.  Exclusive feminism has always been something that has angered me and … Continue reading What Is Pastel Feminism?

Melanin Mix-Up

In an entertainment industry where lack of diversity remains a prominent issue, films such as “The Hate U Give” carry a lot of weight. Within the last month, actress and model Amandla Stenberg released the official trailer for the new movie on her Instagram and was immediately faced with criticism on many social media outlets. The #1 New York Times best-seller, which follows the rise … Continue reading Melanin Mix-Up

A Look At A New Wave of Eco-Friendly Policies

Plastic straws have been the target of many environmentalist’s attacks recently, as they serve very little purpose, and can only be used once before being disposed. Companies and cities have been responding to consumer complaints by banning the use of single use plastic products, and providing a more environmentally conscious option.   This Monday, Starbucks announced it’s decision to eliminate the use of plastic straws … Continue reading A Look At A New Wave of Eco-Friendly Policies

Bringing ‘The Bold Type’ Down To Reality

Don’t get me wrong–I love The Bold Type. It’s a fearless-ahem, bold- show that tackles important issues ranging from sexism in the workplace to sexual assault and even American immigration policies. The show is written in a way so that it feels genuine when tackling such heavy issues, while also keeping the characters from coming across as too serious or emotional. It’s a so-called ‘social justice’ show … Continue reading Bringing ‘The Bold Type’ Down To Reality

Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

Almost every day we see men in power take advantage of and continuously harass women just because they can.  Not only that, but it seems like everywhere you look, instances of abuses (especially of minorities) are often present. You may see people defending and coddling them and their actions for whatever reason they make up, but luckily, feminism has become more widespread and accepted in … Continue reading Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

Exams are never fun. The atmosphere in the room, the pressure put on you by your school and yourself, the fear of failing or doing badly… They can all add up to create an extremely stressful time, for anyone. But something that makes it even worse is when you struggle with anxiety, like I do, among many other people. Having anxiety during exams means that … Continue reading How To Deal With Anxiety During Exams

How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

On Thursday, June 28, five employees of the Capital Gazette: Wendi Winters (special publications editor), Rebecca Smith(sales assistant), Rob Hiaasen (assistant editor), Gerald Fischman(editorial page editor), and John McNamara(staff writer) were killed, among others who were injured, in a shooting inside the newsroom, in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect is Jarrod Warren Ramos, a 38-year-old man. Unfortunately, this is yet another chapter in this oddly familiar … Continue reading How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

Have You Encountered These Planets?

Profiles on someone you probably know and have fallen (are falling?) for, but out of this world.  Literally.  At least for the most part. The One Hopelessly Out Of Your League / The Exoplanet An exoplanet, by traditional definition, is a planet orbiting a star that is not the Sun. An exoplanet can also be the girl you locked eyes with for two seconds, and … Continue reading Have You Encountered These Planets?

Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

In some provinces of Canada, our tax dollars fund both the Catholic and Public school boards. In the last few years, education reformers have been pushing to change this system. With increasing diversity, lack of funding and ethical issues, why should we have to pay to fund two separate boards instead of just combining them?   In Ontario, most of a school’s funding comes from … Continue reading Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a holiday on the 19th of June, celebrates the end of slavery and the newfound freedom. It’s mainly observed in the United States and not very well known among races outside of African Americans. Also known as Freedom day and Emancipation day, it honors the day that Major General Gordon Granger, who was part of the Union, announced to Texas the abolishment of slavery. … Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Five Minority Female Characters That’ll Make Your Life Better

Whether it’s clamor for a healthy same-sex relationship or demands for more people of color, you’ll often see people asking for better representation on TV and other media forms.  These calls are completely valid because there have been countless times I had to watch something solely focusing on the reused, cliché narratives of the majorities, but barely remember the instances wherein I’ve seen myself and … Continue reading Five Minority Female Characters That’ll Make Your Life Better

An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

After one of the most arguably obscure, insane, and frankly unbelievable first halves of a presidency America has witnessed, change might be upon us come the November midterms. And this change will be driven by women.   This female push follows the highly controversial reign of 45th President, Donald Trump. After seeing his administration implement atrocious and unjust policies, such as the latest immigration policy … Continue reading An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections