Aeonian Dawn to Return to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2020

When creating something new, we have a vision in mind with what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it. We throw ourselves at the mercy of creativity, and if we’re lucky enough, we watch that creativity cultivate and inspire greatness to come. Realizing the success of popular fantasy epics such as Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Dune, and Star … Continue reading Aeonian Dawn to Return to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2020

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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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

R&B

you played me to your favorite frank ocean song killed my softly to dvsn destroyed my soul to post malone i can’t listen to H.E.R. anymore because all that I can think about is “her” how i’m never going to be “her” you said that being with me was the happiest you’ve been so why did you throw it all away? we shouldn’t have tried … Continue reading R&B

Thor: Ragnarok Review

NO SPOILERS Five years. Five long years we have been waiting it out for the final film in Marvel’s Thor trilogy: but never fear, Marvel fans- it was worth it. Hilarious, on-the-nose and carried by a brilliant electro/Led Zeppelin score (composed by Mark Mothersbaugh), Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s visual representation of throwing the rulebook out of the window. It has stunning cinematography, keeping all the … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Review

Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

In October of 2016, Jahseh Onfroy, who goes by the stage name XXXTentacion was arrested for four felonies; aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.His then girlfriend has reported that she was physically abused by him. In her testimony she said that she, “tried to run away down the street. He tackled her, causing her head to hit … Continue reading Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

The Ultimate Fall Playlist

Fall is definitely my favorite season. From sweater weather to pumpkin flavored everything, there is not one thing I don’t enjoy about fall. With fall already commencing, I thought I would make a playlist encompassing all of my favorite fall-esque songs. Without further ado, here’s my ultimate fall playlist. Electric Love – BØRNS “Electric Love” is a fantastic feel-good song.  When I listen to it, it … Continue reading The Ultimate Fall Playlist

Let the Players Protest

America – a country built on the backs of minorities and slavery. The land of the free that to some, may not be so free. With terrorism, poverty and other casualties within America, NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem should be the least of your worries. It started with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. That is … Continue reading Let the Players Protest

My First Comic-Con Experience!

My first thought upon entering the con: I have never seen so many Funko Pops condensed into one place. My second thought: THIS IS AWESOME! Up until last Saturday, I, the nerdiest, most movie-loving person you can imagine, had never attended a comic-con. Awful, right!? It sounded like my version of Heaven, so on Saturday 30th September I ventured out with some comic-con veteran friends … Continue reading My First Comic-Con Experience!

How To Become A Fashion Expert

Featured Image from The New York Times I don’t know everything. I didn’t know New Mexico was a state until yesterday. I also don’t know everything about the fashion industry, but I would say I know more than the average Joe. I also know that we are constantly bombarded with information from the fashion world and it can be hard to determine what is reliable. … Continue reading How To Become A Fashion Expert

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

Exactly a year ago today on August 20th, 2016, Frank Ocean dropped one of my all time favorite albums: Blonde. Very few albums hold the power to captivate me months later, let alone a full year, but Blonde has managed to do just that. I still listen to this album a ton, and it holds a special place in my heart. When Blonde was first … Continue reading Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

On Friday, August 11th I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite artist, Lady Gaga, live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. She embarked on her first world tour since 2014’s ArtRave called The Joanne World Tour, which started on August 1st in Vancouver, CA. Going into the concert, I didn’t really know what to expect considering the album she was … Continue reading A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

Breakout R&B sensation Khalid Robinson (better known as Khalid) has dropped a music video for his latest single “Young Dumb & Broke”, a carefree summer anthem about what it’s like to be a modern day high school student. The video sets place in a high school and features many, many cameos. Some notable ones being, Normani Kordei, Nathan Zed, MeechOnMars, Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell, … Continue reading Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

An Analysis of Five of Game of Thrones’ Most Iconic Scores

Game of Thrones as a series is the perhaps one of, if not, the most complex and artistically developed series of our generations. The complexity of the plot and characters barely even begin to scratch the surface of the intricacy of JRR Martin’s entire body of work and it is no secret that the production of the TV series brings a whole new dimension to … Continue reading An Analysis of Five of Game of Thrones’ Most Iconic Scores

Mother Nature

Women are like nature, yes,   but their relation is most deeply rooted in their ability to grow back after being run over.   Withstanding both floods and droughts, women withstand, as nature withstands.   Yes, women are gentle like flowers, but they overcome destruction by the hands of men;   A destruction the trees know too well, a violence in which our ecosystem is too … Continue reading Mother Nature

The Importantance of Queer Visibility In Rap

When it comes to queer representation in the rap/hip-hop community, there is little to none. There are rarely ever any LGBT+ rappers or entertainers in this genre, and when there is they are usually extremely underrated. It is already hard to relate to rappers these days as a queer person, but music is music and you are meant to enjoy it, although having representation would make … Continue reading The Importantance of Queer Visibility In Rap

Rivlose Shares What It’s Like to be a Young DJ & Producer

  Carlos Rivera, known as Rivlose in most circles, is a teenage DJ from Miami. I met up with him and got to know the ins and outs of his life as a young artist.   How long have you been DJing?   I started producing like two years ago and DJing about a year and a half ago.   So, you’ve spun at a … Continue reading Rivlose Shares What It’s Like to be a Young DJ & Producer

Camila Cabello Cuts Deep With New Song ‘I Have Questions’

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello recently released her new single “I Have Questions” from her upcoming album The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving, and boy, is it emotional. In the song, Cabello ponders the questions that may come across someone’s mind after a breakup/ending of a friendship. “I have questions for you. Number one, tell me who you think you are. You got some … Continue reading Camila Cabello Cuts Deep With New Song ‘I Have Questions’

Lady Gaga Debuts New EDM-Inspired Song At Coachella

While performing at 2017’s annual Coachella Arts and Music Festival, headliner Lady Gaga debuted her first song since the release of 2016’s Joanne titled “The Cure”. My first thought about this song is that it’s definitely different than anything Gaga has ever done. Compared to other singles of hers, particularly other “dance-pop” ones such as “Poker Face” or “Bad Romance”, this is definitely a new … Continue reading Lady Gaga Debuts New EDM-Inspired Song At Coachella

Why You Should Be Watching Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’

Warning: This article discusses rape, suicide, and self-harm and also contains spoilers for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why A few days ago, I was browsing Twitter and saw a bunch of people raving about a new Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why based on a book by Jay Asher. What initially compelled me to the series is the fact that people were saying it … Continue reading Why You Should Be Watching Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’