Haseen Dillruba: A Pulpy Hindi-Language Thriller

By Courtney Thomas Score: 5/10  Sure, it’s a little melodramatic, and it could have been shorter, but the Hindi-language Netflix movie Haseen Dillruba (trans. Beautiful Beloved) delivers as a romantic, crime-ridden thrill ride. Like the pulpy crime novels with which its heroine is obsessed, the movie is concerned with its own ability to shock, andContinue reading “Haseen Dillruba: A Pulpy Hindi-Language Thriller”

Biohackers: Season 2 Showcases the Power of the Wealthy

By Sorenya Miller Score: 7.5/10  Have you seen the 2011 film Unknown, starring Liam Neeson? If you have, then you might notice some similarities between it and Biohackers Season 2. After the conclusion of Season 1, where Mia and Lorenz are kidnapped, Season 2 starts with Mia waking up to a new reality. In thisContinue reading “Biohackers: Season 2 Showcases the Power of the Wealthy”

The Witcher: An Entertaining Fantasy Show that is Lacking in Storytelling Ability

By Olivia Snyder, Co-Editor Score: 6.5/10 At long last, after writing for The Second Stylus blog for almost a year, I finally watched the notable Witcher Netflix series that fuels much of the content of our partner blog, The Path. I’ll be honest: I had absolutely zero knowledge about anything Witcher-related before starting the show.Continue reading “The Witcher: An Entertaining Fantasy Show that is Lacking in Storytelling Ability”

Every Studio Ghibli Film, Ranked from Worst to Best

By Olivia Snyder, Co-Editor Studio Ghibli is a globally recognized Japanese animation studio, known and loved for its many incredible works of animated movies. From heartbreaking stories about life during World War II to fantasy-filled magical worlds, Studio Ghibli has surely struck a poignant chord in every viewer—whether it be moving castles, talking tanuki, orContinue reading “Every Studio Ghibli Film, Ranked from Worst to Best”

Frank of Ireland: A Disappointing Comedy with an Immature Protagonist

By Courtney Thomas Score: 3.5/10 The Gleeson brothers’ Frank of Ireland is billed as a comedy, but the sitcom is more depressing than humorous.  Titular man-child Frank (Brian Gleeson) doesn’t have a job or a car, and although he considers himself a musician, he hasn’t written a song since breaking up with Aine (Sarah Greene),Continue reading “Frank of Ireland: A Disappointing Comedy with an Immature Protagonist”

Biohackers: How Far Will People Go in the Name of Science?

By Sorenya Miller Score: 7.5/10 In the name of science or “changing the world,” people will do all kinds of crazy and unethical things. Biohackers certainly proves that notion. The German Sci-fi thriller follows Mia, a university student on a quest to uncover the truth about her brother and parents’ death.  At the onset ofContinue reading “Biohackers: How Far Will People Go in the Name of Science?”

Castlevania Season 4 Has Fantastic Action and a Surprising Amount of Heart

Score: 7/10 If you’d told me that I’d enjoy an American-made anime based on a critically acclaimed Japanese video game series about hunting vampires, I’d have been skeptical. This was one of those shows which I clicked into to escape the endless doom-scrolling through Netflix content – and now, I don’t regret it one bit.Continue reading “Castlevania Season 4 Has Fantastic Action and a Surprising Amount of Heart”

Beastars S2 Is Actually a Wholesome Show About Self-Acceptance

*Major spoilers for Beastars Season 2 ahead* Oh boy, here we go. Please bear with me as I try to untangle my thoughts about this show.  Season 2 of Beastars has plenty of fodder for analysis, given that it covers major ground in terms of plot due to the unveiling of Tem the alpaca’s murderer.Continue reading “Beastars S2 Is Actually a Wholesome Show About Self-Acceptance”