Knives Out (2019) REVIEW – The Whodunit of the Decade

There’s a saying, that all good things come to those who wait. In this case, waiting doesn’t mean a week, a month, or even a year. When it came to the production of Knives Out, it took director Rian Johnson ten years to allow his riveting mystery movie to marinate. The first scene of the film was pitched a decade ago; now, it thrives on … Continue reading Knives Out (2019) REVIEW – The Whodunit of the Decade

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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

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…

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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 Interview With MTV Lebanon Star And Fitness Icon: Maya Nassar

GLUE: How did you get started in the fitness industry? MAYA: I actually had no previous background in fitness, I had only discovered my passion several years ago. I was unhealthy and overweight, I knew very little about eating healthy and the benefits of exercise. I suffered heavily from asthma, it got to the point where I would have trouble breathing just from climbing the stairs! … Continue reading An Interview With MTV Lebanon Star And Fitness Icon: Maya Nassar

On the Intense Gender Norms That Support the Korean Music Industry

or girl groups, what is typically received best by (primarily male) audiences is a cute, childish, and soft theme among their songs, dances, and music videos. As for boy groups, just about the opposite is what’s popular among their (primarily female) fans, that being a more dark and sexy, if not cool and laid-back concept. Continue reading On the Intense Gender Norms That Support the Korean Music Industry

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Released on Saturday, May 5th, Childish Gambino’s new single “This Is America” has become an online sensation. Packed with messages and commentary regarding mass shootings, police brutality, white supremacy, gun violence, and pop culture, Gambino sends a message to audiences to “not be caught slippin” and remain undistracted from America’s unreconciled issues with gun violence and willful ignorance. The video starts with a Black man sitting … Continue reading Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Ten years ago, I recall gazing up at the screen where genius-playboy-billionaire-philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was set to the task of navigating himself out of a hostage situation in Afghanistan in Iron Man (2008.) Stark, who canonically has a heart condition and anxiety, was a new breed of character. Despite his arrogant bravado, it was important to see the representation of physical and mental … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

I don’t remember the last time I met a young person who didn’t have an Instagram account, yet I can recall just yesterday overhearing a group of friends discussing how to get their feeds to “look better”, whatever that means. About three billion people have social media, and it feels like most of us are totally preoccupied with it. Now, I’m not bashing Instagram, or … Continue reading Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

What Happened at #BeyChella?

Beyoncé Knowles is the first woman of color to ever headline at Coachella Music festival in Indio, California. Fans have been waiting in anticipation for months ever since the lineup was announced in January. They’ve even created the trending hashtag #BEYchella. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. The show started with a marching band dressed in all yellow. As the marching band played dancers … Continue reading What Happened at #BeyChella?

5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Many of the most successful musicals and plays ever created were inspired by books. The musicals we love have often been formed off of these stories that were previously written by other writers. Here are a few books that have been the bases for successful musicals created thus far. “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire     Wicked is a book that was written about the origin … Continue reading 5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

We all know that social media can be both wonderful and terrible, at the same time. One of the social media platforms that can be the worst for mental health and self confidence is Instagram, but I believe that if you follow the right accounts, you can make your feed a lot better. And I believe that one of the best ways to do that … Continue reading Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

#MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

Classes are resuming as American students return from a spring break consisting of weeks that have captured the nation’s attention – in two very, different ways – regarding the exact same issue: gun violence. On March 24th, 2018, members of Never Again MSD in coordination with Every Town for Gun Safety led the March of Our Lives rally in Washington, with young student activists leading … Continue reading #MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

20 Best Songs From Teen Movies

Recently an online newspaper released an article explaining their top picks for the best songs from teen movies. The list consisted of a lot of the more “memorable” songs from the soundtracks Which isn’t a problem, however I believe that the most “memorable” isn’t always the best. I also felt that a majority of the movies on this list were older movies. So I decided … Continue reading 20 Best Songs From Teen Movies

Ready Player One (2018) REVIEW

Welcome to the OASIS, the virtual reality cyberspace that has given mankind the ability to live within a video gaming universe through bodily technology. Through these advances, nearly anything is possible through the futuristic forms of automation. It’s eerily resemblant to a modern-day VR chatroom in which we have access to in the present. Director Steven Spielberg is triumphant as Ready Player One is candidly visionary. The … Continue reading Ready Player One (2018) REVIEW

The First Trailer For “Avengers: Infinity War” Has Arrived

If you’ve been on Twitter at all in the past hour, or any other social media, you’ll note that there’s a large commotion around the release of the “Avengers: Infinity War” full-length trailer. There’s a reunition of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo,) Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson,) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) shown, which can raise many questions from Captain America: Civil War (2016.) After Banner’s transformation into The … Continue reading The First Trailer For “Avengers: Infinity War” Has Arrived

The Death of Stalin (2018) REVIEW

When a dark comedy is taken from historical events- especially the death of a notorious dictator- it has to be done in a particular way that leaves audiences jaw-dropped, wide-eyed and trying to comprehend if what they saw was “even allowed in a movie.” These instances have been seen before in films such as The Dictator, Borat, or even The Interview, but there’s an aspect about director Armando … Continue reading The Death of Stalin (2018) REVIEW

Michigander & Leland Blue– What Midland, MI Brings You

The midwest. A dreadful expanse of land that is the scene for most of pop punk music culture. It is the epitome of small town life that cultivates teenagers who are eager to escape. However, in the depths of Michigan there are two groups that take pride in being a part of the midwest (maybe just Michigan). Michigander, a common term used to describe… you … Continue reading Michigander & Leland Blue– What Midland, MI Brings You

Hamilton on the West End: Review and Reflections

Yes- It deserves the hype. Hamilton has become a groundbreaking, convention-defying, award-winning international phenomenon; but at the same time is it so much more. It is the topical, powerful and unapologetic musical which the world (not just America) needs right now. Packed with rap, hip-hop and R’n’B, infused with expert lyricism and masterful motifs, Lin Manuel Miranda’s soundtrack comes alive on stage. 17th Century political … Continue reading Hamilton on the West End: Review and Reflections

Call Me By Your Name – A Must-See Movie

“Is it better to speak or die?”  Disclaimer: the article contains spoilers Never before have I sat down to watch a movie and been so completely captivated by the story unfolding before my eyes. “Call Me By Your Name”, directed by Luca Guadagnino, managed to take me on a beautiful trip to Italy, then break my heart into a million pieces. The movie truly unfolds … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name – A Must-See Movie

Predicting the 2018 Oscars

As a new year in film is opened, the chapter of a year past is closed, and studios anxiously await the nominations of the Academy Awards that crown the best features. When the disappointments of the past movies are overlooked, the competition of esteemed and encaptivating pictures are facing off head-to-head at the 2018 Oscars. Dunkirk is a front-runner for “Best Picture,” through threats such … Continue reading Predicting the 2018 Oscars

What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

One score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth the antidote to the monotony of vapid teen movies: Heathers. The 1988 cult classic stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a high school couple who want to end the evil reign of the popular girls (all named Heather), by any means necessary. Beloved by Gen Z and Gen X alike, the film set a baseline for … Continue reading What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

Interview with Erin Anastasia

Erin Anastasia is a twenty-four-year-old poet from New Jersey. She has over 10,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she publishes videos of her own and others’ poetry, conducts interviews with other poets, and hosts discussions on writing and other social issues. Anastasia has always felt a strong connection and love for writing and dabbled in poetry during middle and high school. During her senior … Continue reading Interview with Erin Anastasia

Interview with Megan Falley

Megan Falley is a twenty-year-old poet and is the co-founder of the touring group, SPEAK LIKE A GIRL. She is also the creator of the online writing course, Poems that Don’t Suck, and her YouTube videos have collectively reached over one million views. She was born in New York and has lived there throughout her life. She is currently based in Colorado, but tours frequently. Falley has always … Continue reading Interview with Megan Falley

Interview with Rhiannon McGavin

Rhiannon McGavin is a twenty-year-old actress and poet. Her Condensed Shakespeare videos, impassioned poetry, and casual chats have caused over 37,000 people to subscribe to her YouTube channel. She currently lives in Los Angeles but has read her poetry in a variety of different locations inside and outside of the United States. “Between the bicycles and cheap wine, I’m satisfied anytime I can read in … Continue reading Interview with Rhiannon McGavin

Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands

“A classic band failure.” That’s how Karen Cowley of Irish trio Wyvern Lingo described the overly-long soundcheck that delayed our phoner. It’s the first glimpse of modesty and humor I’d encounter from the frontwoman of this exceedingly busy emerging act. This is just one instance of many in the band’s hectic schedule: after providing backing vocals for and touring with fellow Irish breakout star Hozier, … Continue reading Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands