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”

Raya and The Last Dragon: A Critique of Disney’s Representation of South Asian People and Character Design

By Olivia Snyder When the official trailer for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon first dropped in late January of this year, not to be dramatic, but I can honestly say that my heart almost stopped. Since the release of Mulan in 1998, the collection of official Disney princesses has been sorely lacking another princessContinue reading “Raya and The Last Dragon: A Critique of Disney’s Representation of South Asian People and Character Design”

Superhero Subversion and Reaffirmation in Invincible

*Spoilers for Logan and Invincible ahead* In 2017, I watched the film Logan, which is inspired by the “Old Man Logan” alternate storyline from the X-Men comics and stars Hugh Jackman as an aging Wolverine. I remember feeling that this film was different from other superhero movies I’d seen, but I couldn’t really put myContinue reading “Superhero Subversion and Reaffirmation in Invincible”

Bo Burnham’s INSIDE Special: An Intimate Look into Mental Health and the Pandemic Quarantine Experience

[Trigger Warning: mental illness, suicidal ideation] Now that the U.S. government and general American population has collectively decided that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, multiple articles and news outlets are buzzing about what activities people are most looking forward to doing again. Forget about the fact that much of the rest of the world isContinue reading “Bo Burnham’s INSIDE Special: An Intimate Look into Mental Health and the Pandemic Quarantine Experience”

A Follow-Up on Yasuke: On Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Media

It’s July 2021, and summer is in full swing. This past June has meant a lot to many people – the start of summer, the end of another pandemic school year, and the much-awaited transition back to a hopefully safe public life are all events that have sent people abuzz on the internet. Outside ofContinue reading “A Follow-Up on Yasuke: On Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Media”

Love, Death & Robots Season 2: Why It Works

When I watch fantasy or science fiction, I find that worldbuilding is paramount to my immersion. I remember the first time I watched the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and being so swept away by the vastness of it all – the panoramic shots of New Zealand that were so shockingly perfect as aContinue reading “Love, Death & Robots Season 2: Why It Works”

Pretend It’s a City: A Fantastic Compilation of Lebowitz’s Lifetime of Witty N.Y.C.-Centric Observations

By Courtney Thomas Score: 8.5/10 Pretend It’s a City is a 2021 docuseries about writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz, directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s the pair’s second collaboration, coming ten years after Public Speaking, Scorsese’s first documentary about Lebowitz. Conversations between these two old friends are the organizing throughline, but any show about Fran LebowitzContinue reading “Pretend It’s a City: A Fantastic Compilation of Lebowitz’s Lifetime of Witty N.Y.C.-Centric Observations”

Yasuke: A Refreshingly Diverse Take on the Anime Genre

Score: 6/10 If you’re an anime fan like me, then you’ve probably become accustomed to the typical tropes that are included in almost every popular anime series. From samurais to giant mecha-robots to magic, sometimes it feels like we’ve already seen enough variations of these anime themes. But what if you combined all of theContinue reading “Yasuke: A Refreshingly Diverse Take on the Anime Genre”

Seaspiracy: The Only Flaw About this Documentary is Not Calling it “Conspirasea”

Score: 8/10 It’s safe to say that all human beings, to a certain degree, are fascinated by the ocean, the largest and most powerful entity to exist on our planet. Home to one million species and still largely unexplored, the ocean has remained a mighty and mysterious force since the beginning of the existence ofContinue reading “Seaspiracy: The Only Flaw About this Documentary is Not Calling it “Conspirasea””

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”