Movies + TV
Frances Ha: A Portrait of Female Intimacy

Frances Ha: A Portrait of Female Intimacy

I was helping a friend analyze short stories for a research paper. One story involved two friends who, at one point in the story, sleep in the same bed. One of them jokes about how they are a lesbian couple. My friend, a man, used this to suggest there must be some romantic desire between...
Reading Between The Cracks: A Black Mirror Review

Reading Between The Cracks: A Black Mirror Review

Black Mirror, a Netflix original British-based television show created by Charlie Brooker, explores the morbidities and excellences of modern technology.
Self Love and the 2-D Family

Self Love and the 2-D Family

Loneliness sucks. Understatement of the year? Perhaps, but I’m letting my inner poet take the day off. So much art has been dedicated to loneliness, so I’m not going to wax poetic about the soul sucking emptiness of loneliness, though I could easily do so all day.
Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

  A year ago, if you had asked me to name an Asian character on television, I would’ve stalled for a solid five minutes before naming a grand total of one– Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead. Now, I can name seven, a number that is simultaneously pathetically small and unusually large when applied to...
Fabulously Fiendish: Disney Villains and Queer-Coding

Fabulously Fiendish: Disney Villains and Queer-Coding

  Most of what I know I learned from Disney films. A dream is a wish your heart makes, we are part of the circle of life, everybody wants to be a cat. In the first formative years of life, Disney plays an integral part in shaping children, the way they think and feel about...
Revisiting The Visit

Revisiting The Visit

Illustration by Jaye Elizabeth Johnson.   You don’t have to turn my grandma into a monster! Grandpa’s odd tendencies don’t make him a maniac! Sure, media such as movies, have tapped into society’s gerontophobia, or fear of the elderly, and ageism, but to add ableism into it, too? M. Night Shyamalan, there is another way!...
Women of Color in Horror

Women of Color in Horror

  “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.” At the 2015 Emmys, Viola Davis spoke in front of millions what women of color have felt and lived for decades. It is undeniable that entertainment media, especially the esteemed TV shows and films recognized at fancy gold-star award shows, are...
Horror Can Be A Home

Horror Can Be A Home

  “It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.” -Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone Fear is a universal emotion, and thanks to that, it is easy to call on...
A Rocky Horror Halloween

A Rocky Horror Halloween

Illustration by Drew Jefferson. I first saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was seven, which is a fact that causes quite a lot of controversy when I mention it. Many people think it’s highly inappropriate for a young child to watch Rocky, because there’s a man in a corset and heels – people...
American Horror Story: American Horror Story

American Horror Story: American Horror Story

  Warning: This article contains spoilers for American Horror Story seasons 1-5 and discusses mature themes such as sexual abuse, profanity, and graphic violence. When I walked into college the morning after the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel four different people asked me if I’d seen the episode. I hadn’t and was adamant about...
The VMAs: What We Should Be Talking About

The VMAs: What We Should Be Talking About

Images courtesy of Getty Images. The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was a compilation of ill-timed sexual jokes and a blatant ignorance of the social issues surrounding music today, with a dash of racism and overall incompetence by the beloved host.