Behind Her Eyes: A Rollercoaster Ride of a Thriller that Delights in Viewers’ Uncertainty

Score: 7/10 There’s something satisfying about being tricked by a show. When a show leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for you to follow, allowing you to build up confidence in your theories, but then artfully reveals what you missed – you got me there – you feel grateful to the writer, not because you’ve beenContinue reading “Behind Her Eyes: A Rollercoaster Ride of a Thriller that Delights in Viewers’ Uncertainty”

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan—A Fascinating Docuseries about Warlords and the Battles that Shaped Japanese History

Score: 6/10 Clashing swords, showering blood down onto the battlefield. Burning villages, overwhelmed by the screams of dying peasants and their families. Banners waving in the smoky air, boasting the colors and crests of the powerful families that they represent. This is what 16th century Japan looked like—a gory combat zone, overrun by men willingContinue reading “Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan—A Fascinating Docuseries about Warlords and the Battles that Shaped Japanese History”

Love Alarm Season 1: A Messy Romance Aided by an App

Score: 7/10 Confessing to your crush takes a lot of guts, right? But what if there’s an app that does all the work for you? Your crush knows your feelings, and you know their feelings too. Romance would be easier. But Love Alarm shows us how messy romance can become when people rely on anContinue reading “Love Alarm Season 1: A Messy Romance Aided by an App”

The Call: A Gripping but Shaky Time Travel Story

Score: 6.5/10 As someone who has avidly consumed a lot of movies and shows over the years, I’ve found that for a piece of media to really make an impression and remain in my memory, it has to either be really exceptional or horrifyingly bad. For me, this spectrum runs the gamut between Peter Jackson’sContinue reading “The Call: A Gripping but Shaky Time Travel Story”

I Care a Lot: A Suspense-Packed Comedy with Villains that You’ll Love to Hate

Score: 8/10 “Caring, sir, is my job. It’s my profession. This is what I do. All day, every day, I care.” Meet Marla Grayson. With her perfectly straight bob cut, tight-lipped smile, and colorful coordinated outfits, she is ready to take on the world… but not in the most ethical or fair way. While sheContinue reading “I Care a Lot: A Suspense-Packed Comedy with Villains that You’ll Love to Hate”

Little Big Women Shows the Struggles of Womanhood

Score: 8/10 If an estranged family member suddenly died, how would you feel? What would you do? The Netflix film Little Big Women explores just that. Directed by Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu, Little Big Women shows a Taiwanese family’s struggle with grief and frustration. On her seventieth birthday, the matriarch Lin Shoying hears shocking news ofContinue reading “Little Big Women Shows the Struggles of Womanhood”

Bridgerton: Inherently Flawed

Score: 5/10 Set in a fictional version of Regency-era England, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, a young debutante about to make her first appearance in the marriage market, as she grapples with society’s expectations of her as a young woman. Through her perspective and the plight of her closest family and friends, we begin to understandContinue reading “Bridgerton: Inherently Flawed”

The Dig: An Homage to a Man Largely Unrecognized by History

Score: 7/10 Set in Great Britain on the brink of World War II, The Dig, based on both a true story and the novel of the same name by John Preston, follows the extraordinary excavation of a rare Anglo-Saxon burial ship and its treasures, otherwise known as Sutton Hoo. The story begins when a wealthyContinue reading “The Dig: An Homage to a Man Largely Unrecognized by History”

Firefly Lane: A Run-of-the-Mill Story about Two Best Friends Through the Ages

Score: 4.5/10 The story of Firefly Lane is a tale as old as time: two best friends, sticking out all of the trials and tribulations of life together as the years go by. Based on the book of the same name by Kristin Hannah, the Netflix Original series follows Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) and TullyContinue reading “Firefly Lane: A Run-of-the-Mill Story about Two Best Friends Through the Ages”

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: An Incredible Performance in Honor of a Real-Life Blues Pioneer

Score: 8.5/10 The squeak of a brand new pair of shoes. The bustling noises of the city of Chicago. The overwhelming summer heat. And above all else, the sweet, comforting sound of the blues. These simple but symbolic elements all factor into the great work of film that is Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directedContinue reading “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: An Incredible Performance in Honor of a Real-Life Blues Pioneer”