Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List

“YOUTHS.” : Schmidt, New Girl Hello, suckers. Welcome back. (That’s how Velma Kelly opens Act II of Chicago, for all you theatre freaks.) After racking up an array of shows and movies and also YouTube takedowns of the shows and movies, I have reached the limit of my tolerance for almost all visual media revolvingContinue reading “Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List”

Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP

Or, an encapsulation *WARNING: SPOILERS* I went into Netflix’s Don’t Look Up expecting to be made very angry. I knew what it was about, and I knew what it was meant to represent. Instead, as I watched, I experienced a mix of déjà vu and deep fatigue. This was an only slightly factionalized version ofContinue reading “Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP”

Get back, JoJo!

In which I dig a pony (and a lot of other things) On Saturday, from mid-afternoon to midnight, a friend and I marathoned Peter Jackson’s new three-part documentary The Beatles Get Back. This is supposedly (and I do suppose) the entirety of the footage from which the original Let It Be film was culled. YouContinue reading “Get back, JoJo!”

Preparation of a Young Woman Film Critic

In which I make a checklist Big news: your girl was selected for the Young Critics Workshop at the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin! From this weekend through next, I’ll be working alongside seasoned and up-and-coming writers to probe the genre of film criticism and hone the craft in order to cover this year’s premieres. ItContinue reading “Preparation of a Young Woman Film Critic”

6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow”

In which I do not exactly go off the deep end So I rewatched the latest iteration of A Star is Born, mostly because I had bought it on iTunes in order to watch it the first time and wanted to get my money’s worth. To my pleasant surprise, I took a greater liking toContinue reading “6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow””

The Wilsonian Institute

In which some old, old feelings meet new context Maybe it was the gummi bears. When I sat down with a bag of Haribo Goldbären to Love & Mercy, the biopic covering (in)famous periods in the life of Brian Wilson and the career of The Beach Boys, I thought about how this piece of workContinue reading “The Wilsonian Institute”

Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?

In which I step out onto a limb So I’m trying something a little different this International Women’s Day. I thought I’d explore the life of a woman who came from the country I am living in and learning about. And, since women are such marvelously nuanced creatures, I chose a woman who wielded unusualContinue reading “Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?”

In Defense of the Kids Who Had the Nerve to Audition

In which, for once, inclusivity supersedes quality We all—of a certain age, anyhow—remember the scene in High School Musical where a procession of hopefuls audition for the winter musicale. They sing an excerpt from “What I’ve Been Looking For” accompanied by its composer, accident-prone musical genius Kelsi Nielsen, who is to East High what ColeContinue reading “In Defense of the Kids Who Had the Nerve to Audition”

Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

In which I watch the finest tightrope act around We end the month on a high note (pun intended) with a artist with a finger in every pie, who is tirelessly bringing joy and empowerment to our very own time. I’ve been an acolyte of Janelle Monáe’s for over two years now. Her acting rangeContinue reading “Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe”

Girl Next Door

In which I set something straight It came to my attention during a family phone conversation that I have misinterpreted the “girl next door” trope for most of my life. This stock character often appears in visual media as the primary love interest or counterpart (apparently) to the boy next door to her. The premiseContinue reading “Girl Next Door”